How time flies! Episoide 12 marks the second last episode of The Voice of China 4. The stakes are high for the 10 contestants left in the competition.
In this episode, each contestant will be given a final score by a panel of 27 music producers, music critics, media as well as the audience. The expert panel (music producers, music critics) will make up 50% of the score, while the public panel consisting of media professionals and the audience will contribute to the other 50% of the score. Eliminations will start after the sixth contestant, as only the contestants with the top 5 scores will get to advance to the finals of The Voice of China 4.
Zhao Da Ge 赵大格 – 蓝旗袍 (Team Harlem Yu)
Da Ge looks amazing in her avant garde asymmetrical style outfit — which while wasn’t a blue qi pao (traditional Chinese costume) — as described in the title of the song she performed — was a nice one that went with the jazzy song.
The easy going song marked a nice start to the show and lifted the mood of the competition but we felt her delivery was rather forgettable and didn’t showcase the breath of her vocals.
Chen Zi Tong 陈梓潼 – If I Ain’t Got You (Team Jay Chou)
Zi Tong sang a slower rendition of Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You’. She did really well from start to end, hitting all the high notes. If we had to nitpick, we thought the delivery felt a little start-stop due to the way she spaced out the lyrics. Maybe it was in keeping with her usual rapping style but the singing could have been smoother.
The music critics praised Zi Tong for her ability to channel the emotions of the song, which probably explained the high number of votes she garnered from the cohort.
Total from music producers and critics: 23 votes
Total from public assessment team: 335 votes
Bei Bei 贝贝 – 想念真好 (Team Wang Feng)
Bei Bei made another attempt at a Wang Feng song, ‘想念真好’. She showcased the breath of her voice by starting the song in a gentle, soothing voice before blasting her vocals at the chorus. She wowed the judges with her superb control.
Jay Chou was so impressed with her that he asked for Wang Feng’s permission to invite Bei Bei to be a special guest at his concert. That must be the ultimate flattery! But surprisingly, Bei Bei’s performance didn’t sit so well with the expert panel, who only gave her 18 votes – the lowest so far.
Total from music producers and critics: 18 votes
Total from public assessment team: 350 votes
Sun Bo Lun 孙伯纶 – 忘记拥抱 (Team Na Ying)
After the three female vocalists before him, it was a fresh breath of air when Bo Lun to come on stage. Well-liked for his manly and emotive voice, Bo Lun sang Wilbur Pan’s 忘记拥抱. It wasn’t a bad performance overall but we thought Bo Lun was trying so hard to deliver a meticulous performance that he failed to channel the full emotion of the song. A little more raw emotions would have helped moved his scores up.
Total from music producers and critics: 21 votes
Total from public assessment team: 309 votes
Zhang Shu 张姝 – 一个人 by 黄铃凯 (Team Harlem Yu)
Zhang Shu might be dressed in her signature relaxed shirt and tie ensemble but she adopted a different singing style this time round. Picking what Harlem described as a ‘blues rock’ song, she not only grasped the tricky rhythm of the song very well but also managed to channel the bad-girl vibe. Unfortunately, her performance failed to impress the judges.
Total from music producers and critics: 13 votes
Total from public assessment team: 313 votes
Li Xin Ni 李幸倪 – 秋意浓 (Jay Chou)
Xin Ni took on a challening song by Jacky Cheung ‘秋意浓’. At the start, Xin Ni’s ‘magnetic’ vocals worked to her advantage, drawing the audience in. However, things started falling apart towards the middle part of the song when the music arrangement took on a jazzy turn. Her rendition was neither bossa nova fun nor sultry. It just didn’t work for us. As Xin Ni got the lowest score in the first half of the show (out of the 6 contestants), she was eliminated from the show.
Total from music producers and critics: 11 votes
Total from public assessment team: 318 votes
Huang Yong 黄勇 – 沧浪之歌 (Team Wang Feng)
Huang Yong is not the most versatile singer. After his previous performances, he has established a signature style for himself — one that’s often characterised as a free-spirited country singer. The upside for Huang Yong is that he has fans who can’t seem to get enough of his vocals. In this round, Huang Yong executed his signature style expertly. In fact there was some kind of ‘earth shaking’ quality to his singing. We just wished there was more variety from him. Garnering a total score of 58.8%, Huang Yong was the second contestant to be eliminated in this round.
Total from music producers and critics: 7 votes
Total from public assessment team: 331 votes
Zhang Lei 张磊 – 思念谁 (Team Na Ying)
Before Zhang Lei, the scores for the past 3 singers had been on a steady decline. We wondered if part of that could be attributed to judges’ fatigue. But after seeing Zhang Lei’s score, we were sure that was not the case. So how did Zhang Lei break through the 90 points, the highest score so far? For starters, his version of ‘思念谁’ sounded very original. We really like Zhang Lei’s relaxed, seemingly effortless style of singing. Although his usual folksy (ming yao) vibe didn’t come through as much this time, it wasn’t a bad thing as it showed a different side of him.
As only the top five scorers can stay on, Zhang Shu was booted out of the competition at this stage.
Total from music producers and music critics: 25 votes
Total from public assessment team: 348 votes
Tan Xuan Yuan 谭轩辕 – Carrie (Team Harlem)
Xuan Yuan has always impressed judges with his ability to hit the high notes. This time, he picked another challenging son — ‘Carrie’. Xuan Yuan didn’t disappoint this time either, hitting all the high notes without much effort. Overall, his execution was described as a ‘soft rock’, with just the right balance of emotions and power.
Xuan Yuan’s 85.8% score secured him a spot at the finals but the bottom-six contestant Zhao Da Ge got eliminated.
Total from music producers and critics: 21 votes
Total from public assessment team: 338 votes
Li An (Leon Lee) 李安 – ‘再回首’ (Team Jay Chou)
Hot favourite Leon Lee (Li An) was the last to hit the stage. If you haven’t heard 苏芮’s ‘再回首’, you’ll be mistaken that the orginally sorrowful song is in fact a light-hearted one. Leon’s rendition seemed effortless enough — but perhaps a little too effortless. He came off sounding like a good singer performing at the karaoke, rather than a skilful vocalist in a competition. The performance was pretty forgettable.
Having secured a total score of 84.25, Sun Bo Lun was eliminated.
Total from music producers and music critics: 19 votes
Total from public assessment team: 353 votes
The top five contestants to advance to the finals were Bei Bei 贝贝, Chen Zi Tong 陈梓潼, Zhang Lei 张磊
Tan Xuan Yuan 谭轩辕 and Li An 李安.
Watch the full episode of The Voice of China 4 Episode 12 here
Stay tuned for our update on the final episode of The Voice of China 4 next week.