EE-Media has stated that through this year’s Super Girls, they were going to create a “female version of Top Combine.” And since only three of the people I mentioned last time were in the top 18 (further proving that eeMedia CEO Long Danni and I do not have the same taste in artists), and all of the top 18 are already signed with eeMedia, I decided to do another post. On the other hand, not being in the top 18 doesn’t mean not being in the girlband. Only 2 members of Top Combine were in the top anything, and Hunan TV/eeMedia has said that they will invite selected eliminated Super Girls to go on Yi Hu Bai Ying to select more girlband members.
To keep with the female Top Combine comparison, I’ve even organized them into groups for you.
Wang Zhixin’s self composition – one night
Silent composer/ Ma Xueyang
Wang Zhixin (20)
Pro: talented composer, touching voice, and a sob story to go with it.
con: I think she’s too good to not go solo.
Li Xiaoyun (22)
pro: fluent in English (training to be a teacher in Australia), gorgeous voice and a Li Yuchun-like powerful personality.
con: her personality seems too strong for a girlband, and she can’t compose as well as Wang Zhixin
Cutie pies/ Jin Ensheng
Liu Xijun (21)
pro: enough voice + looks to go solo
con: she seems too popular and ambitious for a girlgroup
Liu Meihan (18)
pro: fluent in English, Japanese and German and was specially admitted to the Beijing Foreign Studies University this fall, which is China’s best school of the kind (He Jiong is currently a professor of Arabic there.) She’s young, cute, energetic, and she composes.
con: she doesn’t sing that well, but she’s perfect girlband material
Sexy dancers/ Li Mao
Li yuanxi (19) and Jiang Yingrong (21) both manages to pull off singing “sexy songs” while maintaining fun, almost klutzy, personalities. With her looks, voice, dancing and personality, Li Yuanxi is the most well-rounded of the group. Jiang Yingrong is a more powerful singer, but I wish she would stop wearing sweat jackets in every performance.
Tan Lina (19)
pro: she’s a quarter Indian. Though she doesn’t know the language, she pulls off Indian dancing pretty well, and she looks gorgeous in photos
con: neither her voice nor her dancing is as spectacular.
Pretty and talented?/ Liu Zhoucheng
Pro: sings well, cute
con: not spectacular in anything
Tao Le (25)
pro: model, designed the trophy for the 2008 Olympics Arts Fest and is currently a web designer at Sina.
con: weak voice, too old for a girlgroup. Maybe she can go into acting?
One-of-a-kind/ Zhang Yuan
Huang Ying (20)
pro: unique, simple, adorable, and has a beautiful voice.
con: really, really needs a boost of confidence
Soloists all the way
Yu Kewei (23) and Pan Hongyue (19), both of whom I touched on last time.
Pan Hongyue is young, fun, pretty-ish, can dance, can sing and has a very strong personality. I think she has the most Super Star potential out of all of them. Yu Kewei’s personality is softer, and could fit into a group, but her voice is too pretty for that.
Then there are Mo Chen (26+) and Yang Zi (25), who I don’t see going anywhere since neither are good enough to go solo, yet are both too old to be in a girlband. Da Chun Zi (26) may be a talented singer and Cheng Chen has a cute personality, but unless they can compose very well, they won’t be able to succeed commercially. Finally, there are two wtf artists that no one has any idea how they got in, since they have neither the voice, the personality nor the looks. If either Zeng Yike or Zhang Youfang manage to get into the top 10, to use a phrase from judge Bao Xiaobo, “If they stay, then I’m leaving.” Zeng Yike does compose, though, so she might be useful behind the scenes. But her voice is…worth Bao Xiaobo leaving.
Words of Wisdom from flip-flopper Gao Xiaosong
Last heard suggesting that the coastline vs. land mass ratio was an indicator of pureness of the thought, future Super Girl judge Gao Xiaosong switched his opinions by saying that mainland musicians make music as if it were art, and TW-HK musicians make music as if it were a commercial product. On the other hand, from his home in LA, he writes a loving note to Zeng Yike, among a rather amusing and insightful extended metaphor of Zeng Yike’s musical talents.
The last words are for Zeng Yike: When I was little, I had a dream, and that’s to view the world through my eyes, to use my pen to write down my feelings, and then find the right voice to sing those feelings to more people. When I see everyone from Sa Dingding to Li Yuchun singing my song to warm the hearts of many, my dream was fulfilled. I never wanted to run around singing, even if I’ll earn a lot of money that way, but those opportunities belong to people that Heaven gave good voices and looks to. Heaven gave us good eyes and good writing, and we should be satisfied.
From the competition today, we can see that for a long time, we will lack neither good voices nor good performers, what we lack is quiet and talented writers like you to write a new generation’s loves and worries.
Since SARFT is anti-voting, Super Girls this year will have a combination of three voting panels. The first round is judged by three judges, as usual. The second round is judged by a panel of regional head manager/president/editor-in-chief of Sony (regional , Go Go Rock (Mayday, Beyond), Warner, EEG, HIM(SHE, Jade Liu), Ocean Disk (JJ Lin, Hu Ling), Avex (Shin, An Youqi), Taihe Rye (Zhang Yadong, Li Yuchun), Modern Sky (represented by the judge who loved Zeng Yike), Poly Agency,and Elle magazine. The final PK is decided by a group of audiences, like this.
Side note: I’m so disappointed in Chinese companies for not staking out in the Sichuan Conservatory of Music looking for newbies. Or at least watching TV. Wouldn’t this have made a nice girlband? Effortlessly discovered and sings wonderful. I really want Zeng Sixuan to be in the girlband. She’s so refreshingly cute.