Tibetan pop diva Alan Dawa Dolma 阿兰·达瓦卓玛 attended Hunan TV’s X-Factor auditions accompanied by a five-person entourage.
This time, the professional singer was immediately recognised by judge Zhang Ziyi. “You’re the one who sang the theme song for the Red Cliff movie, right?” she asked as the audience oohed in recognition.
The former Avex star acknowledged her professional credentials but confessed her dislike for being known only as a soundtrack singer. “I don’t like that everyone qualifies my identity with something in front of my name,” she lamented. “‘Oh, she’s that Red Cliff singer, Alan.’ ‘Oh, she’s that InuYasha singer, Alan.’ ‘Oh, she’s that Bu Bu Jing Xi singer, Alan.’ I don’t like it.”
She continued: “I came here because the past is the past. I want to start anew. I hope everyone will support me.”
Alan belted out her own song, Hū Huàn 呼喚, while judge Eason Chan looked on, unimpressed, as Alan hit her signature high notes to the audience’s applause.
“You have an infectious aura. It’s as if the stage was made for you. The music, nothing else matters,” Zhang Ziyi critiqued before giving Alan a YES.
“The stage is too small for you,” chimed Taiwanese judge, Lo Ta-yu. “I give you a very big YES.”
Eason reacted negatively after comparing Alan’s performance to riding a horse. “You didn’t perform well enough today. I say no.”
“Really?” the bemused Alan responded.
“I’ll wait for an opportunity to give you a yes,” Eason replied, “but it’s a NO for today.”
“I agree with Eason. Your performance wasn’t good enough,” said Zheng Jun. “It wasn’t your best.” But the judge manged to eke out a YES, sending Alan through to the next round with three yeses to Eason’s one no.
Alan’s advancement pits her professional reputation against that of Malaysian singer Jess Lee Jiawei 李佳薇. With two professional careers at stake so far, what do you think of Alan’s performance? Does she have the X-Factor over Jess Lee?