This week, Harlem’s team is against Wang Feng! The format will be similar to last week‘s. I was actually spoiled and I know the ending long ago because there was apparently a ‘media clash’ and unhappiness over the results (which I have blog about separately in another post later this week). For now, let’s enjoy!
[Update: I have blogged about the media clash here.]
Harlem and his team (Ma Yinyin, Tan Xuanyuan, Zhao Da Ge, Zhang Shu) sang Wang Feng’s song, 春天里.
Wang Feng and his team (Bei Bei, Huang Yong, Zhang Xinxin, Huang Xiaoyun) sang Harlem’s 我一次爱个够。
Cross Battle 1: Zhao Da Ge vs Huang Xiaoyun! A battle between the two young girls! Not as much shots fired as last week, there were not threats and all. Wang Feng pointed out it’s more important to improve and pass through one own’s limits.
Contestant: Zhao Da Ge (Ika Zhao) [Team Harlem]
Song: Ain’t no mountain high enough
Comments: Pretty sure I have seen her wear this coat a couple of times – is this a lucky coat? Harlem’s very into the performance – he’s mouthing the lyrics throughout and even wolf whistled at the end. Da Ge has got stage presence and a pretty seductive voice.
Contestant: Huang Xiaoyun [Team Wang Feng]
Song: All by myself
Comments: She sounded nice but I thought this choice of song is a bit too old for her – she doesn’t have enough life experience for this sort of song. And what’s with the influx of english songs. I like how clear and assured her voice sounded. That outburst of high note was WOAH. But the ‘punch’ that followed was pretty lacking – she need to brush up her stage skills. Still, I’m very impressed by Xiaoyun’s performance. I never thought she could do this well. I had worried for her when she was matched up with Da Ge but I think she proved herself.
Judges comment: Na Ying feels the same as me, that Xiaoyun is a bit too young and would be able to understand the song better when she is older. Whereas, Jay feels that it’s impressive that Xiaoyun managed to have such an outburst even though she’s only 16. Yes, Xiaoyun is 16 and Da Ge is 19 – youngest battle in Voice of China history.
Result: Huang Xiaoyun was leading in the votings initially but Zhao Da Ge managed to turn the tables and emerged the winner! Zhao Da Ge won 28-23 against Huang Xiaoyun. I have always liked Zhao Da Ge for her presence and perhaps, voice but I really do feel Xiaoyun improved a lot and performed so much better this time round. Wang Feng was very apologetic towards Xiaoyun and kept on apologising to her, telling her that she sang very well. (More on this on my next Voice of China update.)
Cross Battle 2: Harlem picked Zhang Shu (Lotus Zhang) and told her to be FUNKY! while Wang Feng sent Bei Bei out. The two rockstars! Zhang Shu had a really serious and strict face while Bei Bei was smiling. The mentors didn’t have much to say and the battle started soon – I guess that’s what happens with two guys.
Contestant: Zhang Shu (Lotus Zhang) [Team Harlem]
Comments: She’s wearing the same (type of) shirt again. They need a better wardrobe. Zhang Shu is rocking it out and even Wang Feng is smiling and enjoying!
Contestant: Bei Bei [Team Wang Feng]
Comments: One of Wang Feng’s song. She has a clear voice too. The only misgiving I have is that the ‘outburst’ of each song comes really late so it’s pretty bland in the front – not that the ‘bland part’ wasn’t sang well though.
Cute thumbs-up sign from Bei Bei most loyal fan, her father.
Judges comment: Fun fact: both contestants had sang Wang Feng’s song in their blind auditions. Na Ying added that she had always felt that Bei Bei had the potential to be a winner and is someone that she believes all the mentors are wary of. Zhang Shu then added that she doesn’t want to be placed first – that’s why she joined Harlem’s team. The first/winner can always be replaced, be it Guinness world records or any other competitions, there will always be new winners. She wants to be the only one. Well said.
Result: Zhang Shu won Bei Bei by 26 votes to 25 votes. The closest votes ever! Wang Feng claims that Bei Bei had spoken too much on the stage – he doesn’t want to see her leave the stage and… Wang Feng chose to save Bei Bei! I think Bei Bei is probably the closest to Wang Feng amongst the whole team. She sees him as an idol and has insisted on singing his song even though she has been discouraged by him to do so, especially because the song she chose is very difficult. No wonder that Wang Feng would choose to save her. Jay also added that, “You are a very persistent one huh, let’s say what you will do next time.”
Cross Battle 3: Wang Feng tells his team all they can do now is to go all out and touch the hearts of the judges. Wang Feng sent out Zhang Xinxin while Harlem picked Tan Xuanyuan. Wang Feng told Zhang Xinxin that he doesn’t have to win for the team – he just need to not let himself down.
Contestant: Tan Xuanyuan [Team Harlem]
Comments: Have I proclaimed my love for him yet? I’m glad he picked a Chinese song this time round. I think he sound so much more confident and able to project his voice with a Chinese song! He went for a rock style this week! But nothing more impressive than his high notes.
Contestant: Zhang Xinxin [Team Wang Feng]
Comments: He reminds me of Zhang Lei from Na Ying’s team! I like his choice of a light song. A pleasant change from all that high notes and rock songs.
Judges comment: Wang Feng had chose such a ‘unknown’ song because he had wanted to introduce more good songs to the public. Na Ying drew a comparison of Zhang Xinxin and Zhang Lei! She said that Zhang Lei had considered the song that Xinxin sang and that Xinxin had done such a great job – the votes belong to him. Jay then caught her out and reminded her that the judges were not supposed to influence the media by giving a firm recommendation/choice. Guess Na Ying’s trying to help her buddy, Wang Feng, out since she must know how it feels to be on the losing end (considering that was the state she was in last week).
Result: Zhang Xinxin was leading… until the last row of judges made their votes. Tan Xuanyuan won Zhang Xinxin by 26 votes to 25 votes. Another 1 vote difference. Na Ying let out a gasp. Wang Feng then stopped Zhang Xinxin from going down the stage. Wang Feng started making a speech. Firstly, he acknowledged his love for Harlem’s choice of songs and his students mentality, highlighting that what he is going to say is not against Harlem or his team. He wanted to sincerely apologise to Zhang Xinxin and the other two contestants who lost because he felt they lost not because they didn’t sing well or that they were worse than their opponents. (More on that in my following update.) Zhang Xinxin was about to cry but Wang Feng firmly told him, “Don’t cry.” Such a pull at the heartstrings. I love Tan Xuanyuan but I must admit Xinxin did a great job as well. There’s something about these folk songs that just charms a person.
Cross Battle 4: Ma Yinyin asked Harlem, “How do you feel now~~” and Harlem replied, “It’s false to say I’m unhappy but then again, I’m not very happy either….” Huang Yong told Wang Feng what he just said could cause a major backlash but Wang Feng told him to just concentrate on his song instead.
Contestant: Ma Yinyin [Team Harlem]
Comments: I like Yinyin’s vocals. She actually chose a song which included falsettos(???). Or at least some high notes? It sounds a bit too contrived though and Yinyin is not as relaxed as she should be, for a song like this.
Contestant: Huang Yong [Team Wang Feng]
Comments: He’s what I consider the true rockstar of Wang Feng’s team. I’m surprised his song was not as ‘rock’ as I expected it to be but he did deliver and I think the crowd was very enamoured of him.
Judges comment: Wang Feng said that Huang Yong’s performance was a bombastic ending, and I agree.
Result: Huang Yong won Ma Yinyin with 31 votes to 20 votes. I wonder if that had anything to do with Wang Feng’s little speech earlier on… The host told Ma Yinyin that even though Harlem still had a chance to save left, she has to say her leaving words. Hence, Yinyin opened her mouth and said 2 words clearly, “Save me.” And that’s it. Hahaha! That’s the way, you go girl. Harlem then added, “Wow, that was straightforward. I will have to save her, or else I am inhumane.” With that, Ma Yinyin is back into the game!
Cross Battle 5 (SAVE battle): Ma Yinyin vs Bei Bei. Both will vie for the last spot.
Contestant: Ma Yinyin [Team Harlem]
Comments: I’m not sure what Yinyin is trying to do. Instead of using her lovely low seductive voice, she’s attempting high notes. Her voice is exceptionally clear though. I’m not sure if I liked how she sang the song though – she made it sound jazz-like which I usually like but this time round, the rhythm was a bit hard to catch and it’s hard to decide if this is a hit or miss.
Contestant: Bei Bei [Team Wang Feng]
Comments: Bei Bei made use of her chance well. She aced her performance by exuding calmness and confidence. That was exactly the voice I loved during the blind auditions. And yes, that’s the same hat too, if I’m not wrong. Plus she showed off her ‘seductive low voice’ that could battle Ma Yinyin.
Judges comment: Harlem emphasised Yinyin’s uniqueness. Na Ying said that Yinyin’s voice gave her goosebumps while Bei Bei had controlled her song very well. Jay didn’t add much and said that he doesn’t want to speak much and taint the image of the judges. He wants them to vote according to the feeling they get right after listening to the performances.
Result: Bei Bei won Ma Yinyin with a score of 30 to 21 votes.
The additional news that I wanted to share (in another post) is in regards to this episode – there are claims that Wang Feng had an outburst towards the media judges because they had voted against his team due to previous misunderstandings. Wang Feng had sued the media beforehand and thus the media judges are making use of this chance to “take revenge”. I will translate part of that article and discuss more about it in the next update.
I thought that the results today are actually quite disappointing. What about you? Leave a comment and let me know! I’m really glad to see more people commenting after I made a plea 🙂 Perhaps this place will really grow to become a discussion ground!