I have realized, after the dozens of Top Combine/H.I.T-5 MVs that popped up out of Youtube (and since most of my site hits come from searching either of those two names), that the reason Chinese entertainment music was not more prolific was not because of the fact that they were Chinese, but rather because there were not boybands. Now that there are some, all the cpop fans have come out of the woodwork including posting Top Combine appearance on Hunan TV’s enormously popular Happy Camp, which apparently set something like a 12 year high for the show.
I say preface that with “something like” because the article doesn’t touch on that point elsewhere in the article except the title. Nevertheless it did get the highest time slot for that time in China. This show is already the most popular variety show in China due to its quintet of fantastic hosts, one of which keeps getting linked to the “New Meteor Garden” as Tsukushi/Shan Cai (Xie Na) and one as Domyjouji/ Dao Mingsi (He Jiong) despite both being way too old for the parts. Yeah, that’s how popular they are. Not only that but the one Korean member in Tom Combine whose Chinese is still not very good is the one fans are trying to suggest as a candidate for “New Meteor Garden” to make it a cross-cultural affair. I have a feeling if this series fails, it’ll be the fans who ruin it, by always joking about the casting. They need to stop saying “Ask Li Yuchun to be Tsukushi/Shan Cai!” because the producers are going to think they are serious and everyone is going to be sorry.
Happy Camp is so good that it actually has has good cameramen, as opposed to the first show Top Combine was on, Tian Tian Xiang Shang, which blinded you with their take on the boys’ Arrival dance.
Part 2 of the show (since part 1 doesn’t have Top Combine, just the hosts): Go to youtube to find the rest and thank the poor soul who decided to upload this:
The best part, of this (shown in part 3)…which people who did not follow Super Boys/ Kuai Nan may not get:
After showing a clip of Xiao Mei, aka Liu Zhoucheng getting shot down for his singing on Super Boys by judge Yang, hostess Xie Na says she’ll sing before he sings, just to make him look good. Host He Jiong says, “Yes, here’s someone else who’s been burned by Yang judge too!”. Xie Na then replies, “what? I haven’t been hurt by him.” Then He Jiong says, “Didn’t he hurt you when he exposed your relationship with Zhang Jie?” Everyone gasps/laughs including Xiao Mei because Zhang Jie was a contestant on the show and Xie Na was a judge and they really got found out as couple. Xie Na then says…”I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that”. He Jiong pretends to go crouch down and say, “I shouldn’t have said that”, then gets up and says, “It’s okay. Judge Yang isn’t here and you guys are still together!” More laughter.
Actually, come to think of it, those two as the leads of Hana Yori Dango/New Meteor Garden/whatever wouldn’t be so bad. They’d make it extremely funny at least.