‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

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‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

If there is one word to describe this week's episode: Cruel. Way too cruel to pick the top 6 from so many incredible contestants. Way too cruel to put them right in the middle of the stage surrounded by more than 400 people judging them face-to-face - YES or NO. The show has to go on. Did hot favourites Nathan Hartono and Xu Ge Yang get through? Who else made the mark to go to the Bird Nest Stadium? What's the song list for October 7 Sing!China finale? All the details here:





You can watch the whole episode here!

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Yu Tian
If you remembered from the previous episode, Yu Tian was extremely hated for depriving his more worthy teammate Pu Xiang from advancing in the competition. This time, he carries a lot of pressure to this stage. Clad in Jay Chou's jacket and a Phantasi cap, he sings 小镇姑娘, a really lovely and likeable song by David Tao. This Canadian Chinese tried his best to give justice to both his and Pu Xiang's dreams. It was very 'overseas Chinese' style a la Wang Leehom, very catchy. But obviously, at this point in the competition, just being 'somewhat good' is not enough. One of the media representatives coldly just said he felt absolutely nothing throughout the performance. Yu was evidently upset by the hurtful comment, as his smile faltered for the rest of the night. Being the first contestant up, he is at a disadvantage as people tend to be more critical with no point of reference. With too many of these factors at play, it resulted in a disappointing score.

I still miss Pu Xiang... :(

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 24
350 audience members: 239

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Zhao Xiao Xi
In a full red suit, Zhao Xiao Xi is possessed by Harlem, and bounces around the stage throughout the performance. He sings 我们要在一起 by Mavis Fan, and everyone bobs their head to the beat. His confidence shoots up the roof. He completely sheds the shadow of the original song. He has improved again from his previous appearances. Harlem, his teacher, appears to be highly entertained, but the rest of them appears either stressed or unimpressed. Wang Feng's expression is especially unreadable... the judges seem very competitive and biting today. The media reps are stingy with their votes as well, which resulted in a more compassionate audience response.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 18
350 audience members: 302



‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Li Pei Ling
The queen slays again - I mean, Na Ying and her song choices. Na Ying is not as inventive as Jay or Harlem, but I must say she always picks the best songs for her students. Li Pei Ling sings 我知道你很难过, and her voice has matured even more than before, and projects her feelings effectively. Imagery is central. When she sings, you can totally be led into another realm. This is not the first time this song is featured in the VOC series. 刘珂 from VOC season 3 has done a memorable cover for this before.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 39
350 audience members: 306



‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Xu Ge Yang
My amazing queen, again, I have been waiting for her performance all week. And she does not disappoint, in fact, she has become even more unbeatable with her commanding personality. It's as if - everyone stop, look at her glow! Her song of the night is 异类, and the striking first line is: 'If you don't like to hear me sing, shut your ears!' There's a Mad World x Linkin' Park feel to the whole song. It is almost as if Vinida and Wang Chuang's combined power has added wings to Xu Ge Yang, interchanging between damn-rock to gentle parts of the song.

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Her whole performance just screams SWAG. That hair flip, that power as she says 'I am not threatened by anyone, I am prepared to face up to the strongest opponents any time.' Way to go, girl! Definitely a song that I will replay all week! She has always been my favourite, and she will be my favourite all the way to the finals.

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

OK I love her extra so I give her more screen captures, okay. 💕

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 40
350 audience members: 344


‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Nathan Hartono (Xiang Yang)
Oh yes, then we come to the Singapore represent - Nathan Hartono aka Xiang Yang. He sings a song composed with two songs of different eras - Desperado and 忘不了, typical of Jay Chou's style. His performance has elevated to a different kind of beautiful and charisma, it's hard to peel your eyes away from him. I must say, he really came a long way since the beginning. His voice is like melted chocolate. I still prefer him singing English songs, when he is much more at ease. The way he sings Chinese songs is very un-Chinese - as if he is floating through all the hanyupinyins. The media reps and audience are completely head over heels for him.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 47
350 audience members: 333

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Ji Ke Hao
Ji Ke Hao is one of my top favourites as well, with a distinctive style that can be identifiable even when you close your eyes and just listen out. Any song he sings can be converted to his style, yes, even a classic song like 滾滾紅塵!


‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Wang Feng gives a fair opinion to say that his interpretation of this song is actually an impressive take with the minzu daliangshan style. I am beginning to feel annoyed with Na Ying because she is constantly trying to put down other teams' contestants or portraying them negatively. It could really affect the media reps' choices as they might not want to be associated with supporting contestants that have been criticized indirectly by Na Ying.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 29
350 audience members: 337


‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Su Li Sheng
Su Li Sheng has made countless of people teared during his past performances, but this time, he does not challenge yet another touching song. He sings a slightly more rock song 私奔, a very popular song featured in past VOC seasons, sung by Season 1 champion Liang Bo, and Season 3 Chen Zhi. He is not suited to such a rock song, especially under Na Ying. If Su Li Sheng was under the teaching of Wang Feng, it would definitely achieved a better overall effect.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 30
350 audience members: 327


‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!


Jiang Dun Hao
Jiang Dun Hao reminds me of Zhang Lei with his guitar. Very steady, very beautifully performed a song of 傻瓜, which brings us back to the plains of Xinjiang. A thorough audio indulgence that is incredibly relaxing, a perfect merging of song and voice. Even when he normally speaks, his voice is so lovely to listen to - someone born to be a DJ of some sort.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 33
350 audience members: 348


Low Key Duo

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

They are singing 夜空中最亮的星, a song that has a special place in my heart. Before they start, I was worried they were going to screw it up, because I actually knew spoilers that they didn't go through :( They bowed deeply to the audience to show their respect for the stage. And oh my god. Yang He Su begins - NO RAP. He is singing for the first time in this competition. Just like Zhang Xin Yue, actually he could do very well on his own too. Then Zhang Xin Yue comes in... gooooosebumps for the first time in this episode!!!

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Of course, the rap comes in, and the SOPHISTICATION, wow! It was like they were singing a club song live, that power, that lyrics composed... I'm in awe. Yang He Su is not that strong at singing at the highest notes, but I am surprised the media reps don't like it, they get the third lowest score out of all 12 contestants of the night.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 26
350 audience members: 322



‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Yang Mei Na
The opening for Yang Mei Na is more impressive than others, and her stage persona has significantly improved even than before. I didn't like her previous get-up with those huge goggles, but this time it's much more pleasing. She sings a song from her teacher - 春泥. Her voice reaches to the thickest and deepest parts, and sings it in a contemporary, 2016 way, metamorphosing from its early 2000s version powerfully. Her good score is well-deserved.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 38
350 audience members: 311



‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Wang Chen Rui
This black horse has now spread her wings, from Cantopop to Mandopop, she has demonstrated she is a force to be reckoned with. She sings 你还要我怎样. Her singing is one of the few that managed to elicit goosebumps tonight, and it's very steadily and classicly well done, lovely to enjoy. Surprisingly, I find that one of the most endearing parts of her singing is her pronunciation of the words, so on-point and fulfills the OCD in me.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 44
350 audience members: 323


‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Liu Wen Tian
When Liu Wen Tian began singing 地心... there was a shock - is this not Wang Feng? Understandably it's Wang Feng's song. But it's as if throughout these few days of training, Liu Wen Tian has successfully evolved into another Wang Feng. There is a lot of parts of the song that he could easily disguised as his teacher. Maybe except he is less rough. I find it a pity he did not extend from his previous amazing performance of Goodnight Beijing (and his personality from that). It might have saved him a few crucial votes from the media reps which would have put him in the final #6 spot.

Verdict:
51 media representatives: 34
350 audience members: 308



OVERALL RESULTS!

‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

Ranking according to media reps:

1. Xiang Yang
2. Wang Chen Rui
3. Xu Ge Yang
4. Li Pei Ling
5. Yang Mei Na
6. Liu Wen Tian
7. Jiang Dun Hao
8. Su Li Sheng
9. Ji Ke Hao
10. Low Key Duo 
11. Yu Tian

12. Zhao Xiao Xi

Ranking according to audience members:
1. Jiang Dun Hao
2. Xu Ge Yang
3. Ji Ke Hao
4. Xiang Yang
5. Wang Chen Rui
6. Su Li Sheng
7. Low Key Duo
8. Yang Mei Na
9. Liu Wen Tian
10. Li Pei Ling
11. Zhao Xiao Xi
12. Yu Tian


Overall ranking (# media reps / # audience members)
1. Xiang Yang (#1 / #4) = 93.65
2. Wang Chen Rui (#2 / #5) = 89.28
3. Xu Ge Yang (#3 / #2) = 88.36
4. Jiang Dun Hao (#7 / #1) = 82.07
5. Li Pei Ling (#4 / #10) = 81.95
6. Yang Mei Na (#5 / #8) = 81.68
7. Liu Wen Tian (#6 / #9) = 77.33
8. Ji Ke Hao (#9 / #3) = 76.57
9. Su Li Sheng (#8 / #6) = 76.13
10. Low Key Duo (#10 / #7) = 71.49
11. Zhao Xiao Xi (#12 / #11) = 60.79

12. Yu Tian (#11 / #12) = 57.67


‎中國新歌聲‬ SING CHINA, TOP 6 CONTESTANTS EMERGED!

It's honestly anyone's game! But only those who looks good, eh? All of the six contestants left look pretty attractive by mainstream standards. But here are my predictions any way!

Amie Hu's predictions for the finals:
#1 Wang Chen Rui (Na Ying)
#2 Xu Ge Yang (Wang Feng)
#3 Jiang Dun Hao (Wang Feng)
#4 Xiang Yang (Jay Chou)
#5 Li Pei Ling (Na Ying)
#6 Yang Mei Na (Harlem)

Finale actual results:
#1 Jiang Dun Hao (Wang Feng)
#2 Xiang Yang (Jay Chou)
#3 Wang Chen Rui (Na Ying)
#4 Xu Ge Yang (Wang Feng)
#5 Yang Mei Na (Harlem)
#6 Li Pei Ling (Na Ying)


Edit 7 October 2016:
Reasoning: Wang Chen Rui and Jiang Dun Hao are more likely to tug at people's heartstrings, therefore they actually have the best chance at clinching first. Somemore Wang Chen Rui going to sing 当年情 a classic song by the late Leslie Cheung which is almost guaranteed to bring many to tears. By tradition, non-PRCs (ie. Xiang Yang and Li Pei Ling) are unlikely to hold the championship title because it is based on audience voting. Xu Ge Yang is popular and rouses up the emotions of viewers, but she is not professionally well-trained and her LIVE performance might not be as good. Yang Mei Na is generally not so popular. However, Xiang Yang might sail well with his mentor's popularity.


Looking for the song list of The Finale tonight?

Sing!China Top 40 contestants: 《光明》
Wang Feng, Xu Ge Yang, Jiang Dun Hao: 《满》
Xu Ge Yang: 《蝶》,《勇敢的心》
Jiang Dun Hao: 《河流》,《窗台》

Na Ying, Wang Chen Rui, Li Pei Ling: 《爱上你等于爱上寂寞》
Wang Chen Rui: 《当年情》,《突然好想你》
Li Pei Ling《Let It Go》,《翅膀》

Harlem & Yang Mei Na:《命中注定》
Yang Mei Na:《倔强》,《Skyfall》

Jay Chou & Nathan Hartono (Xiang Yang): 《双截棍》
Nathan Hartono (Xiang Yang): 《城里的月光》,《最长的电影》

Xue Zhi Qian & Vinida:《丑八怪》
Vinida:《给我一个 吻》

Keep checking back for updates of The Finale next weekend.

If you need a recap on all the previous episodes:
Episode 1 - Blind Auditions
Episode 2 - Blind Auditions
Episode 3 - Blind Auditions
Episode 4 - Blind Auditions
Episode 5 - Blind Auditions
Episode 6 -  Wang Feng Top 10 to Top 5
Episode 7  - Jay Chou Top 10 to Top 5
Episode 8 - Harlem Top 10 to Top 5
Episode 9 - Na Ying Top 10 to Top 5
Episode 10 - Jay & Wang Feng PK
Episode 11 - Na Ying & Harlem PK


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2 comments

  1. Thanks for the lively writing. You've helped me to enjoy the show even more. Thumbs up!

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  2. Hello!

    That was another great blogpost and a good episode overall. And another good performance from 徐歌阳 haha.

    Which makes me wonder, why do you have 汪晨蕊 winning it all? I personally see her as a dark horse, especially after this episode, but not a front contender. On the other hand, I think 李佩玲 and 杨美娜 are front contenders based on voice and stage presence, even though 杨美娜's performances weren't as strong as earlier.

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