Sing My Song Final: At least no one cried?

I can’t believe we’re at the end of this season. Can’t they make this a regular TV program? I honestly wouldn’t mind just watching new artists come up to perform their original songs, competition or not. The winners this season are not surprising. But what’s more important is that everyone seemed to let loose and just had fun :D

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I Am A Singer Ep. 9: Jess Lee eats cherry tomatoes

Crab people, crab people. Taste like crab, talk like people.

Crab people, crab people. Taste like crab, talk like people.

Malaysian singer Jess Lee gasps in surprise as television personality, Rolling Wang (not to be confused with annoying viral chicken video songstress Rollin Wang), rolls into her hotel room with a breakfast cart adorned with breads, milk and fruit. Her eyes remain fixed on the food as he greets her and wishes her a happy new year.

Is that a plate of cherry tomatoes? Who eats just cherry tomatoes?

Is that a plate of cherry tomatoes? Who eats just cherry tomatoes?

Li Jian and his manager, Shen Mengchen, are the first to arrive on the I Am A Singer set. He flicks on the TV to inspect the competition. “Jess Lee,” Shen muses, tapping the remote to reveal her song choice. “Suffering.”
“I’ve never heard that song before,” admits Li Jian. “Have you?”
“No, I haven’t. Let’s put it on now.”
This isn’t the first time a Chinese celebrity has claimed not to know Jess Lee.

Meanwhile, in the halls of HunanTV headquarters, Han Hong examines a poster of Jane Zhang wearing a stunning white and gold dress.

Meanwhile, in the halls of HunanTV headquarters, Han Hong examines a poster of Jane Zhang wearing a stunning white and gold dress.

Some of the contestants are taking naps on their sofas. Li Jian and The One, too tall for the furniture, dangle their limbs off the side. Han Hong fits snuggly within the arm rests.


Li Jian
Bonds 尘缘 by Roman Tam

Li Jian is looking rather snazzy. He’s wearing a charcoal suit with a purple crew-neck tee and pocket square. And a watch on his right hand, oddly enough. I am totally going to steal this look for my next business casual event (I think this qualifies as business casual).

Li Jian’s performances tend to be very hit or miss. This one’s a miss. It’s slow, with no real musical or vocal climax. And that’s typical Li Jian. But it doesn’t have that unique “oomph” that makes Li Jian’s good performances good. His better songs usually come when they’re less piano-driven. Unfortunately, this one is super pianoed-up. It’s altogether a bit dull.

Hey, there’s a Caucasian dude watching the show. I bet we’ll be seeing a lot of him tonight.

It's a good thing there's a white person in the audience. Otherwise, we wouldn't know if our opinions are valid or not.

It’s a good thing there’s a white person in the audience. Otherwise, we wouldn’t know if our opinions are valid or not.

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Photoshoot Round Up: Miscellaneous


When it rains, it pours.
Liu Yifei is in black veils fro Madame Figaro – wouldn’t it be nice if she had done more of those? Zhang Xinyi is in a winter wonderland, while Tong LIya is a killer businesswoman for Grazia. Jing Tian looks ready for summer, with her dresses and skirts. Liu Tao gives off the aura of a queen for Cosmopolitan, and Xu Jinglei is mature and cool. Meanwhile, Chen Xuedong adds in a little more testerone, and super model He Sui is eyecatching in black – who wins, her or Liu Yifei? Continue reading

M.I.C. Jianci, Li Xiangxiang head Tiny Times the Musical

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Can you guess who’s who?

It’s ridiculous how good-looking even the musical cast for Guo Jingming‘s  Time Times is.

The male cast features M.I.C. Jianci, Chinese Idol winner Li Xiangxiang, singer Li Weifeng (Coke Lee), BangBangTang ex-member Wu Sixian, lead of Jin Sha the musical Zhang Qiyuan, China is Listening Third Place Ayunga (he’s my bet for Gongming),  and Chinese Idol contestant Zhang Jie. H.I.T.’s Duan Huangwei will also be in this.

Female leads include Nan Quan Mama‘s Lara, Super Girl Pan Chen (the first actual Shanghainese to play a Tiny Times lead),  and a bunch of Chinese Idol  contestants like Liu Sihan.

Oh, and they also with you a Happy Chinese New Year:

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Holiday Wishlist by Bei’er

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Did you know the choreography for their song was mostly designed by Bei’er?

Bei’er‘s Holiday Wish List via Happy Camp and Youku. Also watch Lu Yi, Bao Lei, and Bei’er’s performance on the Spring Festival Gala below.

  1. When I grow really old, my parents still won’t be old.  When I’m old, they’re only 11. When I’m their age, they’re only 4. When I’m 100, they’re only born, and then they’ll grow up and give birth to me again, and we’ll continue to live together.
  2. Marry a prince
    He Jiong: Are there any princes on Where are we going? Daddy?
    Bei’er: My dad
  3. Always be with the prince and my parents
  4. I want my mom to say I have to wear long dress.
  5. My hair to grow longer all the time and can’t even be cut
  6. When I grow up, I can wear lipstick and climb mountains and go on Where are we going? Dad with the prince.


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“God of War: Zhao Zilong” wishes you a Happy New Year

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Chinese-Korean collab God of War: Zhao Zilong 武神赵子龙 released its first few stills hidden behind a New Year’s Greeting. The cast stars Lin Gengxin as Zhao Zilong, SNSD’s Yoona as made-up character, Godfrey Gao as Lv Bu, Gulinazha as Diao Chan, Jia Qing, Kim Jeonghoon, and Zhao Hanyingzi.

I’m not sure how I feel about this at all given that the latest Korean collaboration has Zheng Shuang’s outfits looking like they came from Korea 300 years ago instead of Han dynasty China. …

Live on YouTube: CCTV Spring Festival Gala

For the first time ever, you can now watch the CCTV Spring Festival Gala live abroad on YouTube.

Watch it here at 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Beijing Time

Featured artists include Li Yuchun, G.E.M., David Tao, Lu Yi and family, Chang Chen, Wu Jing, Andy Lau, Karen Mok, Liu Tao, Yu Quan, Zhang Fengyi, Duan Yihong, Zhu Yawen, Phoenix Legend, Chopsticks Brothers, Na Ying, Sun Nan,Han Lei, Cai Ming, Pan Changjiang, Feng Gong, Ma Li, Wang Sheng, Miao Qu.  Full program here.

I Am A Singer Ep. 7: A pun about The One being number one

Tibetan Buddhist monks join Han Hong on stage in this week's I Am A Singer.

Tibetan Buddhist monks join Han Hong on stage in this week’s I Am A Singer.

I Am A Singer, this year, is sponsored by Honda and Oppo. So the singers drive up in their Honda cars which totally look like the Jeeps from Jurassic Park, and unbox their new Oppo smartphones. They watch the introductory video for the newest contestant, Korean singer The One, but none of them know who he is. Obviously they didn’t watch the first season. For shame.
The One’s “manager” on the show is Xiao Wu, the Korean member of Top Combine. He does most of the interpreting for him. Let’s hop straight into it.

Don't worry. The dinosaurs don't start eating people until after Newman shuts down the park's security system.

Don’t worry. The dinosaurs don’t start eating people until after Newman shuts down the park’s security system.


Jane Zhang
If 是否 by Julie Su

Earlier in the competition, Jane performed Legend of a Hungry Wolf 饿狼传说 by Jacky Cheung. Everything about it was eerily similar to G.E.M’s performance of Lady Marmalade on last year’s show (especially the part where it actually segued into Lady Marmalade). Jane came second, but people were a bit iffy about it.

This time, Jane is singing a song that G.E.M recorded back in 2013. The similarities stop there, however. While G.E.M’s version was a demure, piano-only track, Jane’s arrangement features the whole band. Her voice harks back to her time on Super Girl. It’s powerful and free. It’s everythi- oh… and now it’s been jazzed up with trumpets. So not only did she not watch the first season of I Am A Singer, but she didn’t read my comments from last week’s episode either.

Besides almost ruining the song by turning it into a breezy jazz number, Jane actually did sing it really well. Nobody else has performed yet, but we have a strong contender for best vocal performance of the night. Continue reading