Mix-box aka Jie Jie Gao Sheng, the show that gives a stage for new artists, is back, this time changing its format and stepping up the quality of their musicians. First to go is the old show format, where through some strange and twisted way, the singers that fail to impress the judge gets to sing their whole song and the rest gets only 30seconds. In its place is a system where two singers PK each episode and the winners will battle each other out. Interestingly enough, the contestants are often paired to have a more “pop idol” versus a more “non-idol musician.”
“Mi Yao Yue Dui” is a classical folk song group consisted of lead vocalist/guitarist and ex-Super Boy Zhou Luming and celloist Meng Nan.
Perhaps this is taking cue from one of the biggest controversies of the previous season, one between the respective fans of Long Kuan and Butterfly. Long Kuan was “ugly and strange” while Butterfly were “just pretty faces who can’t sing.” The judges, usually big-named music producers called CMO’s, also took obvious sides. Some supported Long Kuan’s musical passion while others argued that Butterfly was more “marketable” while Long Kuan was “too esoteric” and not “popular.” I found it interesting that Taiwanese/Singaporean judges tended to go for Butterfly, while mainland ones prefered Long Kuan. Since these “CMO’s” are pretty important in the shaping of the music industry, perhaps they’re a clue to why mainland has lacked idols for so long. I wonder who Long Danni would’ve chose?
So far, the only win for “pop” has been by Cao Xuanbin,who has produced/composed songs like Wang Leehom fanclub’s “Love in the heart,” Fish Leong’s “Too Bad It’s Not You, and Jacqueline Lulu Li Xiaolu’s “Oriental Beauty.” He has also composed for Huang Yida, Show Luo, and Cyndi Wang amongst others. He’s also composing the theme song for Zhang Ziyi’s Sophie’s Revenge.
Mini-Photoshoot of Cao Xuanbin for Jie Jie Gao Sheng that Cfensi liked:
Other changes include the addition of a duet with a more famous artist from the competitor’s company each episode. Next episode will feature Cotton Candy with her company senior Xue Zhiqian, and HIT-5 with someone unannounced.