This week, the sister-brother alliance are against each other. Will Na Ying’s team (小二班) or Jay’s team (地表最强战队 – Jay’s team changed name again? It’s now Strongest Team on Earth) emerge victorious? I foresee a lot of crying, especially from Na Ying’s team. (Edit: I was wrong)
Just a recap, from Na Ying team we have: Chang Yu, Sun Bo Lun, Zhang Lei and Langgalamu and from Jay’s team: Chen Zitong, Li An, Guan Shimin and Li Xin Ni.
The following is from wiki:
In a Cross Battle, an artist would be sent by his or her coach to compete against an artist from the opposing team. The selection of the artists and their order of appearance were all decided by their respective coaches, and all of which were done without the knowledge of the opposing coach. Therefore, the battle pairings were only revealed when the coaches appeared with their selected artist on stage. At the end of each Cross Battle round, the artist receiving the most number of votes from the media judging panel would advance to the next playoff round. The 51-person media judging panel was made up of 26 professional record producers and 25 media practitioners, and each of them was entitled to one vote.
Each of the coaches were allowed to save one losing artist from their respective team, and they had to decide on the spot if they would like to exercise the power on the artist once he or she was announced as the loser of a battle. If the losing coach decides not to, the artist would be immediately eliminated. The two artists that were saved by the coaches (one from each team) would then perform again in the “coach’s save” round, with the one receiving the most media’s votes moving on to the Top 10. In the event where there was only one saved contestant as one of the coaches was unable to exercise his or her power, the only saved contestant would be given walkover and automatically advance to the next round without having to perform again.
Na Ying and her team started off with one of Jay Chou’s song – 烟花易冷. I think Chang Yu improved and he stood out to me. Na Ying then impressed and surprised everyone by performing the rap part. Haha!
Jay and his team then performed 你的微笑 and 出卖. The most heartening thing to see for me is not the performance though, it’s the rest of the team who are cheering their hearts out for the Top 4 in their team. Such an endearing act.
Cross Battle 1:
Jay believes that Li Xin Ni (Gin Lee) will be stronger and stronger so he chose her to start off while Na Ying picked Chang Yu (Shuhei Nagasawa). Na Ying was very surprised because she had thought Jay would send Chen Zitong out first. Jay sent out Xin Ni with the words, “Just relax and have fun. And get rid of him.” Well, that escalated quickly! Haha. Na Ying then sent Chang Yu out with some idioms that he obviously didn’t understand (look at screenshot above!)
Contestant: Chang Yu (Shuhei Nagasawa) [Team Na Ying]
Comments: I’m liking him more and more with each performance.
Contestant: Li Xin Ni (Gin Lee) [Team Jay Chou]
Comments: Cute, Chang Yu is singing along behind haha. She’s sounding as good as usual. I had commented that ‘she was good but didn’t stand out so she probably wouldn’t win’ but guess I’m wrong. Predictability and stability is probably important in a competition like that because they wouldn’t want a potential winner who suddenly get cold feet. Chang Yu is still mouthing the lyrics behind. Cute – I’ll miss him when he’s gone 😦
Judges comment: Na Ying pointed out that Jay is extremely unnatural today. When he helped her down the steps earlier, his palm was full of sweat. Haha! Na Ying and Jay Chou fired shots at each other and the host pointed out that, “What happened to your brother-sister alliance?” to which Na Ying replied, “Forget about that!” Jay seems to be caught by surprise and he stuttered for a bit haha. Wang Feng shared that he predicted Chang Yu would be the first to perform because he was the most stable whereas Xin Ni is confident. Oooh, both of them are from overseas! Chang Yu is a half Japanese residing in Canada while Xin Ni is a Malaysian Chinese.
Result: Li Xin Ni won Chang Yu with a score of 28:23. It’s actually pretty close! It seems that Chang Yu got more votes from the music professionals while Xin Ni got more votes from the media. Sadly, Na Ying did not revive Chang Yu so this is the end of his journey.
Cross Battle 2:
Jay predicts that Sun Bo Lun will be next and he sent Chen Zitong out because “she is not afraid of anyone!” To which Zitong replied, “Are you sure….” Hahaha. Na Ying decided to send Langgalamu instead. Jay Chou is annoyed that Na Ying ‘lied’ to him while Na Ying claimed that she didn’t promise him that she is going to send a guy next, she was just acknowledging his comment. Na Ying then shared that La Mu is very cute and had a much better mentality than she thought – even after Chang Yu was sent home, La Mu was still singing and dancing and telling everyone, “I’m only 16! I’m not afraid of anything!” La Mu laughed, embarrassed at Na Ying’s sharing hahaha. Cute! Perhaps… she’s happy because Na Ying didn’t save Chang Yu so she has double protection…. Ok, evil thoughts away! Jay then claimed that La Mu is not a problem for Zitong… which she then refuted and said, “But I have no confidence…” A case of chicken feet now!?
Contestant: La Mu (Langgalamu) [Team Na Ying]
Comments: This is my dad’s favourite song and he claims she’s brilliant for daring to sing such a difficult song. I think she handled this pretty well too.
Contestant: Chen Zitong (Queen T) [Team Jay Chou]
Comments: She gave a shoutout to Xu Lin, my favourite boy in Jay’s team! I don’t know any more. Did she sing well? I don’t think so, but I never did and she still made it here today anyway. Just a random fun fact, I was just listening to this song on youtube earlier today and a comment said, “This song was out when Hannah (Jay’s wife) was 7.” – that is year 2000.
Judges comment: Na Ying praised La Mu for singing the song so beautifully. Jay didn’t comment much and asked for Wang Feng and Harlem’s comments instead. Zitong shared that Jay had encouraged her all along because she wasn’t confident and was afraid to get the rhythm wrong and Jay added, “Yea, it’s fine. I get my rhythm wrong all the time.” Haha. Omg. The second row of judges all picked Chen Zitong. WHAT HAPPENED. IT’S A LANDSLIDE VICTORY???
Result: Chen Zitong won La Mu 38:13. I have no idea what is going on. This is stunning and shocking and WHUT? Zhang Nan from Na Ying’s team looked really sad too. La Mu still remains really cute and happy though. Her chinese has also improved. I’m sure she will still be around the Chinese music industry though. I’m so upset now, how am I supposed to continue recapping??? The result now is 2-0 to Jay. On hindsight, Jay is right – Chen Zitong is not afraid of anyone. I hope at least my favourite uncle, Sun Bo Lun, would win. Sigh.
Cross Battle 3:
Na Ying sent Zhang Lei to save the situation but…. Jay had sent Li An (Leon Lee) whom is a strong contender. The host asked Na Ying if she is stressed and Na Ying shared, “I have nothing to be stressed about. I already lost 2 battles.” Zhang Lei shared that he had only wanted to come on here to sing a folk song he liked but now he has to win for the sake of the team’s reputation. Jay shared that Li An had always sing well even in practices, so all he has to do is to not forget his lyrics. Na Ying then walked over next to Li An and started giving him pressure by telling him to ‘sing well’. Na Ying then shared that Li An is not mentally strong, he had slipped up in both previous battles. She also added that she will not use her ‘saving chance’ easily, she needs to consider the opponents that her student will face in the remaining battles so she won’t make a wrong choice now, which means that if Zhang Lei doesn’t win this round, he’s going home too.
Contestant: Zhang Lei [Team Na Ying]
Comments: What an apt song. It translate to ‘getting out of danger from the tiger’s mouth’. Sounds like the situation they are in right now. He’s a pretty cool dude, zen and in his own world with his guitar. This song is slightly more soft and calming than his usual choices. He doesn’t make it sound as sad as usual though. If I really concentrate, his voice is really quite unique – hoarse but gentle and soothing.
Contestant: Li An (Leon Lee) [Team Jay Chou]
Comments: He displayed quite a range of vocals in this song – the only question is: is it good? I don’t know, I’m not musically inclined but all I know is he has a nice voice.
Judges comment: Na Ying started off by saying, “I want to praise my student.” Zhang Lei sings very well and give off the vibe that he is a man that can be relied on. Indeed, she’s now relying on him to win. Jay shared that Li An was quite affected by Na Ying’s previous comments when Na Ying criticised him a while ago, asking him whether he had been in love before or not. Hence, this time round, Li An sang his song, “Love me or love him” for Na Ying and when he sang the last sentence, he was singing to Na Ying. Na Ying then directly replied, “But that wasn’t a good performance.” Wang Feng shared that Li An is a very strong contender, even his lowest standard is very high and enough to beat other contestants. Whereas, folk music is the spirit of music and Zhang Lei had done very well, even better than a lot of folk singers. The first three rows of judges ALL voted for Zhang Lei!!!
Result: Zhang Lei won Li An with a score of 47:4. Okay, this is the real landslide! But I’m not so upset because this is in my favour HAHA. I mean, I like Li An and all but like I said in my episode 7 recap, Zhang Lei has this unexplainable appeal. Even the media and professional judges agree! After Li An sadly hugged everyone and all…. Jay Chou pressed the red button and used his chance to save Li An! This is probably why Jay said, “No, I’m not disappointed.” when Li An said “Sorry, I have disappointed you.” With that, Li An is back in play!
Cross Battle 3:
It’s nice to know my favourite uncle, Sun Bo Lun has 2 chances but I hope he wins it straight away. Even though I do prefer Guan Shi Min (Sharon Kwan) over Li An… Not much shots fired here but Jay did tell Shi Min to ‘kill Bo Lun off’, to her surprise.
Contestant: Sun Bo Lun [Team Na Ying]
Comments: Hahaha, another apt song to fit the mood – ‘It’s like I’m crazy’. I love him and his singing. Go, uncle!!! Hahaha.
Contestant: Guan Shi Min (Sharon Kwan) [Team Jay Chou]
Comments: She sang very well too. I think it’s a good choice of song, it seems like she is singing her own story. She was very composed and delivered her song steadily. And it’s really cute because the camera keeps panning to this really old lady (which I assume is Shi Min’s grandmother) who is totally absorbed in listening to the song and swaying her arms along.
Judges comment: Na Ying’s strategy is to keep on praising her members (so that the judges would get brainwashed and vote for her members HAHA). Jay shared that a good singer is one who can sing all types of songs – fast and slow. Na Ying then cuts in and said, “Uh, that’s me.” HAHAHA. “I just learnt how to rap for today.” Harlem points out that both of them sang very well and sang out the essence of their age group – Shi Min displayed her youth and passion while Bo Lun had this ‘scream’ quality represent the someone his age should. Wang Feng is very impressed with Bo Lun’s way of singing and claimed that, “Bo Lun is very suitable for singing, he sings into the heart of people.” Jay Chou then once again added that, “Shi Min is a great singer. But I wonder if she’ll have the chance to show you her talents by singing a fast song.”
Result: Sun Bo Lun won Guan Shi Min by 28:23. Close too. I’ll miss Shi Min. Jay Chou looks like he is regretting his choice to save Li An and not Shi Min and I can see why. Shi Min has great potential to be marketed as an idol singer and she can actually sing. Anyway, I’m still glad because MY FAVOURITE UNCLE WON hehe.
Na Ying shared that even though she might have lesser members (Sun Bo Lun and Zhang Lei), it is the passion and love for music that counts. And yea, I must add, I think Na Ying’s team is real strong. Jay then said, “It doesn’t matter which of us has more members, we are still one when we go against Harlem and Wang Feng’s team.” With that, Jay and Na Ying hugged and made their members hug each other. So cute, I guess the sister-brother alliance is back in play! Wang Feng and Harlem can only look in disbelief and laugh dryly.
If you notice, I have stopped asking people to ‘leave a comment after you watch Voice of China episode 10 here!’ because nobody ever does BUT I’m gonna do it again because I would love to have this place become a discussion ground!