If you notice him, you’ll definitely be moved by his voice, you’ll fall in love with him.
– Xie Na
The most beautiful sun – Zhang Jie
From the “servant girl in every movie” to one of the most popular hosts in China, Xie Na’s new book recounts her years of struggle in Beijing. In it, she also tells the story of Zhang Jie, the most controversial Super Boy of 2007, and one with a voice that touched her heart:
The first time Zhang Jie held a concert, I was scared, but as soon as I entered, I felt overwhelmed. The seats were filled, even the aisles were crowed; everything around me was blue. After watching the concert, I was again surprised. When the whole stadium sang “The most beautiful sun” together with him, my eyes were wet.I think he has a musician’s spirit: he loves music and he loves singing more than anything else. You can stop him from doing anything, but you can never stop him from singing.
That day, he smiled happily, but behind his happiness, there’s so much pain. He’s someone whose only dream was to buy a house for his mom and to have a stage to sing on, but he’s always harmed by others. It’s not fair.
Before joining Super Boys, Zhang Jie had won 1st on My Show in 2004. He signed on to a newly formed company. During that time, he received almost no promotion other than the shows that his friends, such as He Jiong and Xie Na, helped him to get on. His manager eventually quit the company.
singing Northern Star’s love, music and lyrics by Zhang Jie
One day, his manager called me and said that he’s no longer Zhang Jie’s manager. No one will take care him now. When we heard this news, our hearts went cold. We knew it was hard for him, but we never thought it would get harder. We helped him to get on some shows. Once, he went on only 15 minutes of “Kuai Le Da Ben Ying/Happy Citadel.” Only 15 minutes, and already a lot of people liked him…A lot of people left comments, saying, “wow, he’s so good, how come we never knew about him before?”
Sometimes, the rumors between me and Zhang Jie began. I didn’t care. If I can helpe you notice him, there’s nothing wrong with that. I trust Zhang Jie’s abilities. He’s not someone who’ll be beaten by rumors. If you notice him, you’ll definitely be moved by his voice, you’ll fall in love with him.
One day, we called him excitedly, telling him we found a job for him. That day, he was strangely quiet. He was not happy as usual, but turned the offer down.
We asked him why, but he wouldn’t tell us…later, he texted me, “I’ve heard all the stories going around. You guys were fine before, but helping me has had so many negative affects on you guys. I don’t want my friends to be hurt because of me…
I miss the competition times, when at least I had a stage to sing freely, and my fans could hear me sing. But now, I must always go as XX’s friend, or XX’s rumored boyfriend, and such. I don’t want it to be like this. ” That was the first time he said so much.
After tomorrow- Zhang Jie ft Xie Na
After that, Zhang Jie left Beijing and returned home to Chengdu to become a bar-singer. When one of his friends signed up for Super Boys, he went along. Xie Na was the host for the Chengdu auditions of Super Boys.
Later I asked him, what would your fans think? He said, they would be surprised, but they’ll be soon happy. They’ll say, “ha, we can hear him sing again.”
Because he wanted to sing for his fans, he went to that competition. He knew it would be a hard road, but he was prepared to walk it.
To be friends with someone like him, you’ll feel safe, content, happy, and lucky. You can learn a lot from him, and get a lot of good habits. Those habits will influence your whole life. If I have to say one sentence to Zhang Jie, then it’ll be “Thank you!”
Zhang Jie and Xie Na on Kuai Le Da Ben Ying, him singing Planet & Meteor
Due to her relationship with Zhang Jie, Xie Na eventually left her hostess position on Super Boys. Zhang Jie won fourth place with over 1 million votes. Earlier this month, he finally brought himself out of his previous company with the help of his fans who raised millions in eight days for him. He and Xie Na sang their first on-stage duet together on Hunan TV’s New Year Concert.