Oh, Chinese Idol is over and we have a winner

Chinese Idol, Li Xiangxiang.

Chinese Idol, Li Xiangxiang. (Prepare yourself for a angst-ridden piece of writing).

Chinese Idol 中国梦之声 debuted as one of the most promising reality singing contests of 2013, but suffered from poor formatting during its live performance rounds and everybody lost interest as abruptly as this opening sentence.

Sunday’s three-hour finale, which featured performances from the Idol judges (including a bearded Huang Xiaoming), Show Luo 罗志祥, and international guest star Lionel Richie, saw Li Xiangxiang 李祥祥 upset heavy favourite “Goddess” Yangjima 央吉玛 to become the first Chinese Idol.
Li Xiangxiang, who is kind of handsome but probably not handsome enough to justify his being called handsome so many times on the show, will sign a recording deal with Universal Music Group as part of his winnings. Runner-up Yangjima, an ethnic Monpa folk singer from Tibet who is not actually a real goddess, is also expected to score a record deal in the Idol aftermath.

And if you thought that this reality TV singing contest would only have two finalists in the grand finale, well, you’d be wrong. Entirely reasonable in your assumption, but wrong. At the beginning of the episode, six singers were still in contention for the Idol crown. Continue reading

Chinese Idol’s American Dream in China

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This week’s theme is based on judge Huang Xiaoming‘s recent throwback movie American Dream In China. The promo clip for the 10 to 8 round is reminiscence the simple 80s – the end of high school, the thick geek glasses, the first love. They may never get another chance to be together like this again. The full episode is available on youtube.

I didn’t get a chance to watch this episode yet, but from what I have read, some of the highlights will be:

  • A touching moment between James and his mother
  • Goddess Yangjima PK Heartthrob James
  • Han Hong getting angry about an elimination, and hinting that the show’s fixed…?

Unfortunately I can’t find an HD version of this promo
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“Tribal” Group Wow Judges on Chinese Idol

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(L-R) Hui Yuoyunfu (妥云福), Menba Yangjima (央吉玛), Kazakh Ah Lai (阿来), and Mongolian Husileng (呼斯楞).

The group’s diverse ethnic backgrounds (Hui, Mamba, Kazakh, Mongolian) isn’t the only reason they named themselves Tribal Group; the group members all sat down on the floor at the same time, while all other groups are standing during their first meeting. The group chose to do a remake of judge Coco Lee‘s Missing You for 365 Days, which Coco invited the group to perform at her future concerts. Watch the breathtaking performance below.

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