Singer 2017 eliminates one singer every episode since the start of the competition. Except episode 7 when the show filled up with new singers instead. Episode 8 gets the popular reality show back on track, picking one singer off with the lowest combined scores after 2 rounds. Unfortunately for new singer Zhang Bicheng, her Tango moves in this episode wasn’t enough to impress the audience to allow her a spot in the competition.
Here’s a break down of the contestants’ performances in Singer 2017 episode 8 of the competition (in order of appearance):
1. Zhang Jie 张杰 – 你就不要想起我
Zhang Jie picked another female song for Singer 2017 episode 8. This time round it was Hebe Tian’s 你就不要想起我 he seeks to interpret for the audience. He gave the song his usual ballad-style treatment, cranking up the emotional meter on the last few verses with a flurry of high notes. We felt that his rendition was good but it failed to connect emotionally. But he certainly moved himself, holding back tears towards the end of the song.
2. Li Jian 李健 – 父亲的散文诗
Singing a song is like telling a story. Some singers can do it so well that simply by listening to them, triggers memories and cause tears to well up. For Li Jian, this quiet force of emotion is quite formidable, especially when used in a song with equally good lyrics. The calm singer moved many in the audience and many was seen with tears streaming down their faces.
3. Zhang Bicheng 张碧晨 – 红玫瑰
As beautiful as she is, Zhang Bicheng come across as being aloof and distant. She has a solid voice and a captivating stage presence, but it’s a pity that she seems to be performing Eason Chan’s 红玫瑰 for herself only. Perhaps it’s her lack of eye contact or perhaps it’s her cold expressions, Zhang Bicheng lacks experience but she definitely has the potential to be in the top league of singers. In this round, don’t miss Bicheng and her nifty Tango moves.
4. Sandy Lam 林忆莲 – 崇拜
One of our favourite songs from Singapore singer-songwriter JJ Lin, Sandy Lam attempts to cover 崇拜 with a rock infused arrangement. Her angelic voice and good use of head voice and falsettos made the song grander than when sang by Fish Leong, the original singer of the song. Sandy seems to be getting very comfortable with the Singer 2017 stage and her performances is tighter than ever before. We think she will be the top 3 singers of this season.
5. Lion 狮子合唱团 – 三天两夜
Jacky Cheung’s 三天两夜 is touted as one of the top 10 most difficult songs to sing from the ‘God of Singers’. After many rounds of searching for their style and lacklustre performances, Lion didn’t impress us this round either. Jam Hsiao on vocals sound draggy and lacks the punch needed to lift the song. It wasn’t bad, it’s just that we had a lot of expectations for them.
With a strings intro and flutes embedded into the arrangement, Lion is drifting further from their rock roots–even though there was an impressive electric guitar rift near the end of the song–and becoming more a mixed pop band. Perhaps for the better.
6. Dimash 迪玛希 – 天亮了
Dimash first heard Han Hong’s 天亮了 when he was only 10 years old. According to the show, it was the first Mandarin song the young talent heard. This is the second time he performed a Mandarin song–the first was 秋意浓. Although his diction was just as bad as the first, but most people have probably gotten used to it and just watch in marvel his epic vocal range. Our favourite part of the song was his ad lib section about three-quarter into the song. You guessed it, it was the part without any lyrics.
7. Terry Lin 林志炫 – 卷珠帘
Terry fused a classic Chinese song 卷珠帘 with Scarborough Fair for Singer 2017 episode 8. The challenge is to seamlessly blend both songs with different time signatures into a single complete song. We must say he did it very well, completely the feat without skipping a beat.
Here’s the final ranking for Singer 2017 – Episode 8:
Rank 1: Terry Lin 林志炫 – 卷珠帘
Rank 2: Li Jian 李健 – 父亲的散文诗
Rank 3: Sandy Lam 林忆莲 – 崇拜
Rank 4: 狮子合唱团 – 三天两夜
Rank 5: Dimash 迪玛希 – 天亮了
Rank 6: Zhang Jie 张杰 – 你就不要想起我
Rank 7: Zhang Bicheng 张碧晨 – 红玫瑰 (Eliminated)
Singer 2017 – Episode 6: Justin Lo 侧田 (Eliminated)
Singer 2017 – Episode 5: Zhao Lei 赵雷 (Eliminated)
Singer 2017 – Episode 4: Teresa 杜丽莎 (Eliminated)
Singer 2017 – Episode 3: Ray Tia 袁娅维 (Eliminated)
Singer 2017 – Episode 2: Michael Wong 光良 (Eliminated)
Singer 2017 – Episode 1: Performance and results