Music Monday: Super Vocals

Super Vocal 声入人心 is Hunan TV’s third variety show to focus on the voice (more specifically bel canto in this case) as an instrument after The Sound and Phanta City

36 music students / singers / musical actors alternate between being apprentice and cover based on recommendations from producers Liao Changyong, Henry Lau and Shang Wenjie. The final 6 apprentices will go on a national concert tour and release a full album at the conclusion of the show.

(Playlist of my favourites so far)

Zhang Ziyi, Wu Xiubo, Xu Zheng sign on as judges for season two of acting variety show

The controversial acting variety show I Am An Actor 我就是演员 (previously Birth of a Performer) is back for a second season. Zhang Ziyi is the only remaining judge from the first season, and is joined by dependable uncle actors Wu Xiubo (The Advisors Alliance) and Xu Zheng (Dying to Survive). The variety show airs every Saturday night on Zhejiang TV beginning tomorrow.

This gorgeous promo features Zhang Ziyi looking back on her characters (Wu Xiubo, Xu Zheng):

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Zhu Yilong, An Yuexi duet for upcoming romance series

100 % ready to ship these two. Just look at how cute they both are.

Potentially thanks to the newly-found stardom of Zhu Yilong, Promising you a fleeting and dreamlike life 许你浮生若梦 (literal trans.) , a romance of three lifetimes with An Yuexi, is finally airing!  The series streams on Youku on the 7th and on Youtube on the 12th. 

Here’s the two’s duet / theme song:

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Ren Suxi’s live mini- musical is Phantastic

Ren Suxi’s live performance in Hunan TV’s new live musical show, Phantacity 幻乐之城,is full of childhood wonder but also made me cry like an idiot at the airport.

The series features Faye Wong as she overlooks the production of four 10-minute mini-live musicals per episode. Episode one featured Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu, Huang Xiaoming, Ren Suxi, and Lei Jia. Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu’s work with Peng Youlun was visually stunning and a decent watch, but the breakout performance was definitely director Xin Shuang and actor Ren Suxi’s “Time Machine.”

Kimberley Chen covers Ariana Grande on Produce 101

The Chinese version of Produce 101 创造101, a competition aimed at forming a girl group, began airing last night and this cover of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s Problem  was head and shoulders above every other group.

Kimberley Chen, Lucia Wu, and Mimi Lee  are all ethnically Chinese but born and raised in three different countries. Kimberley Chen is Australian, Mimi Lee is Thai, while Lucia Wu was born in Brazil. I don’t know the other two well, but  I’m a big fan of Kimberley Chen, and I’m psyched to see her getting more recognition on the mainland.

The other fun group performance last night was Plain Disco from what’s left of girl groups A’N’D and KOGirls.  Not sure how I feel about the show yet, but it’s always great to hear more from Kimberley!

Jessie J, Coco Lee, and KZ win Singer 2018 with Bang Bang, Dragon Fist, and pipa

Jessie J, Coco Lee, and KZ Tangingan won Singer 2018 this weekend with the help of an awesome pipa arrangement of Bang Bang and Dragon Fist.  I thought this season was lackluster in general, with even Jessie J having boring song choices and arrangements, but this was easily one of the best performances of the show.

Luhan, Tao lead separate street dance reality shows

Yi Yangqianxi, Show Luo, Han Geng and Huang Zitao’s Street Dance of China 这就是街舞 will have a few weeks’ head start, as the first episode is scheduled to premiere on Youku tonight.

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Variety Show Recap: The Sound, Episode 3

The Sound 声临其境, as the name implies, is a variety show where viewers are treated to a feast for the ears as actors showcase their voices and prove just how important line reading is to acting. Dubbers’ contributions to Chinese dramas should not be overlooked, but it makes a huge difference when you have good actors who are able to use their own voices.

Each week, four actors are invited to dub a wide variety of characters behind the stage, and the two most popular guests make a brief appearance before all four of them prepare a short stage performance.

Disclaimer: This may look like a Zhu Yawen fangirling post, but it’s not, I swear.

Episode 3: A Gentleman’s Voice (one-off recap)

Guests: Li Jianyi, Gao Yalin, Zhu Yawen, Zhai Tianlin

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A Bite of China Season 3 to air during CNY

“Taste life through food, taste China through film.  A Bite of China returns.”   – Season 3 slogan

Season three of the documentary series that tells the story of China and its people through their food, A Bite of China 舌尖上的中国, has released a trailer. The series will air during the 2018 Chinese New Year to maximize the number of ugly cries they get from those of us who are away from our families.

After a four-year hiatus, the series was revived under a new producer. Like the previous seasons, it’ll feature eight themed episodes, each directed by a different director. Based on the trailer, the most interesting food so far is the fried chrysanthem. Hopefully the new season will live up to the previous two.

National Treasures come alive in new CCTV program starring Tony Leung, Wang Kai and more

National Treasure 国家宝藏  will showcase 27 historical artifacts from 29 different museums across the country with the help of “protectors” (listed below), who will then present the story behind each piece in a short stage performance.

Actors / hosts featured: Zhang Guoli, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Wang Kai, Liu Tao, Li Chen, Duan Yihong, Wang Gang, He Jiong, Ma Su, Qin Hailu, Chen Xiao, Jackson Yi Yangqianxi, Liu Yijun, Guo Tao, Lei Jiayin, Guan Xiaotong, Sa Beining, Cai Guoqing, Ren Zhong, Ning Jing

Theme song: A Thousand Years in One Glance 一眼千年 – Na Ying

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