Forget about the happy, the female and the voice. This is war, and judge Bao Xiaobo is one against many.
After walking out last time because he disapproved of Zeng Yike’s admittance into the top 20, Bao Xiaobo returns, vowing to help the other 9 girls left . He begins the contest by saying that he wants “voices with confidence, voices that doesn’t waiver, and voices that aren’t off key.” Yikes for Yike.
Zeng Yike was the first up, and sung her version of Soda Green’s Little Love song. After a long accolade from judge Gao Xiaosong, who I’m sure we all love by now, Bao Xiaobo attacks her again, this time with a double-meaning metaphor and two pictures to go with it.
The first picture is of Zeng Yike, a small flat without any foundation. The second picture is Zeng Yike’s house surrounded by the strong towers of the other girls. The only reason why she’s still standing is because the other girls surrounding her protected her from the wind. But when those towers are gone, her weakness is obvious.
Of course, the alternative meaning that most viewers understood it as was that Zeng Yike has powerful forces protecting her, and those forces are definitely more powerful than just the other girls.
First round held little surprises in terms of performance. Yu Kewei’s score was overly high (91), even though her second song was much better. Folk girl Huang Ying learned that RnB does not match her voice with 58 out 100 points, and elegant Pan Chen realized that she can’t pull off punk at all (33/100). Pan Hongyue had the best performance of the first round, with a powerful and eye-catching performance of “Love is doubt.”
The top 4, Yu Kewei, Liu Xijun, Li Xiaoyun and Jiang Yingrong ,then competed to be the weekly winner and album cover of their digital album, which you can download here. The voting block this time are the recording companies, along with 7 internet/cellphone company representatives who had to repeat “I represent the users of XX, and according to their votes, I’m voting for Liu Xijun,” three times each. With the help of those people, Liu Xijunwent on to beat Jiang Yingrong and Li Xiaoyun, who both had obviously better performances. Luckily, the record labels seemed to realize how much hate their favorite girl would get for winning, and almost all voted for Yu Kewei in an attempt to overcome the seven newcomers.
Jiang Yingrong’s Buttons:
Sexy and mixed Tan Lina versus cute and crystal voiced Huang Ying, who would you pick?
The third round allowed those in the positions of 8-10 to challenge someone from 5-7. First up is Tan Lina, who chose Huang Ying. Neither did that well, but Tan Lina won, making her 7th and Huang Ying 9th. Li Yuanxi was braver. She knew that going against Pan Hongyue was pointless, and even though she would lose against Zeng Yike, at least she’ll be a martyr for it. Three of the judges voted for Zeng Yike, and Bao Xiaobo gave the harshest criticism of the day, telling Zeng Yike that “at such a late hour, many people who heard you singing would not be able to fall asleep tonight.” Pan Chen actually put up a pretty good fight in the final PK of the day, but even her best was no match for Pan Hongyue.
This week’s placements, in order from first to last, are: Yu Kewei, Liu Xijun, Jiang Yingrong, Li Xiaoyun, Pan Hongyue, Zeng Yike, Tan Lina, Li Yuanxi, Huang Ying and Pan Chen. No one will be eliminated until the third weeks. And now, the “awww” story of the month:
From Porcelain Doll to Boyish looks – Li Xiaoyun’s story
Why Xiaoyun dresses like a boy
When she was 8, Li Xiaoyun’s mother left her to go to Australia. A year later, she found the former “porcelain doll” Xiaoyun dressed like a boy, with a boyish cut and a sports cap. When her mother angrily asked her why, the 9-yer-old Xiaoyun timidly said, “because after mother left, no one could protect me, so I dressed myself like a boy, so the boys won’t be mean to me.”
Most touching event
During the 1998 flood, mother would give Xiaoyun 10 yuan every week to buy breakfast. After Xiaoyun saw the homeless children stuck in a tree, waiting to be rescued, she donated her money to the flood and went hungry during breakfast for a week. This happens often. Whenever Xiaoyun see people asking for money, she would give them her change without hesitance. Mother told her: “child, there are too many people like them, you can’t help them.” But the little Xiaoyun would tell her, “mother, look at them. If I see one of them, then I must help them.”
The hardest time for Xiaoyun was the Australian Chinese singing competition. Other than singing, she was also applying for college and endurng the pains of her father’s sickness. Although she cried her eyes out, she must also study and prepare for the competition. Her hardwork was repayed. Not only did she win first place in Melbourne and second overall, she was also accepted to the prestigious Melbourne University. After all this, Xiaoyun took a year off to return to China to take care of her sick father until he died.
Li Xiaoyun – Lying:
I feel that Bao Xiaobo is a bit too harsh on Zeng Yike, but it sort of balances out the other judges’ obvious biase for her. The judging panel is still quite annoying, especially because the judges can only give either a 3 or a 0, with no in between. What ends up is that the person who no one dislikes will get a higher score than someone who many love and some dislike. I hope China never goes into the business of averageness. I would also love to see how Li Xiaoyun looks with long, curly hair (her hair’s naturally curled). If her mom is any indicator of how she’ll look with long hair, then she’s probably one of the prettiest ones of the group.