Han Lei sings for Love is More Than a Word

Someone who's read the novel tell me they actually get married and this photo and the scenes aren't just clickbait.
Someone who’s read the novel tell me they actually get married and the wedding scenes in the trailer aren’t just clickbait.

Han Lei lends his soulful voice to the theme song for Love is More Than a Word 识汝不识丁, which I kind of gave up on after the trailer but might watch given their good taste in theme songs. Meanwhile, may I recommend Han Lei’s other famous BL song,  Who will remember you (link is not fanvideo but actual snippet of drama).

While there’s still no news of a streaming date yet, the production team and leads have already started filming a “sequel”, ‘Till Death Tears Us Apart, a Republican-era drama based on the novel of the same name. The team’s also planning on a fantasy bl drama….

Han Lei sings for Nanking

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Han Lei sings the sorrowful theme song for the drama version of The Flowers of War. How does it compare to the movie theme? The series is currently airing on Hunan TV, but I can’t get past episode 2 because I ran out of tissues.

The series coincides with the 77th anniversary of the first day of the Nanking Massacre (also known as the Rape of Nanking), and the first year for which the whole nation will go into mourning for remembrance of the event. China has also released a new series of evidence from the National Archives for the massacre.  The  National Memorial has also went under renovations and will re-open today, as you can read about on CNN.

 

I Am A Singer All-Stars: Season One vs Season Two

Finalists from both seasons of I Am A Singer return to the stage to duel it out, with a surprise twist.
Finalists from both seasons of I Am A Singer return to the stage to duel it out, with a surprise twist.

Have I just not been paying attention all this time, or are those sponsored beverages a lot more prominent in this episode? I don’t even know what they are. But I want to drink them.

This special episode pit the finalists of the first I Am A Singer 我是歌手 season against the recently concluded second season finalists. Season one finalist Huang Qishan, who appeared in last week’s finale, was absent in this episode and was instead replaced by Laure Shang. (Oh, I’m sure she had a very good reason for not being there.)
Just to note, some performances have not been uploaded onto HunanTV’s official YouTube channel. We’ll try and work our way around that.

The format differed slightly from previous I Am A Singer episodes. Instead of the usual free-for-all sing-off, season one and season two singers were paired together and went head-to-head in solo rounds. Some match ups were good. Some could have been better. The show started with a good one. (more…)

Han Lei wins I Am A Singer 2014

The 46 year old singer beat out 11 other competitors throughout the season's run to claim the second I Am A Singer title.
The 46 year old singer beat out 11 other competitors throughout the season’s run to claim the second I Am A Singer title.

Remember when I said that the I Am A Singer 我是歌手 finale was going to be good? Well, I lied. It was pretty awful. In almost three and a half hours of airtime, we got about 24 minutes of good music. Proportionately, that’s like taking out all the main parts of a Pitbull song and just listening to the featured artist.

The first segment of the finale invited musical guests to duet with the seven finalists. Turns out, that wasn’t a great idea. And most of the finalists probably would have done better without their partners. Take a deep breath, here’s a rundown. (more…)

I Am A Singer semifinals: Shining favourites, MH370 conspiracies and angry Malaysians

Hunan TV's I Am A Singer topped the ratings last night, beating out rival singing contest, Sing My Song, and a really cool scientific game show.
Hunan TV’s I Am A Singer topped the ratings last night, beating out rival singing contest, Sing My Song, and a really cool scientific game show.

I Am A Singer 我是歌手 drew one step closer to crowning its second season champion as the hit show’s semifinal aired last night. And while the performance results mostly mirrored the trends of previous weeks, Malaysian fans quickly took to social media to voice their discontent over Shila Amzah’s anomalous sixth place showing. Some questioned whether her low score was the result of Chinese backlash over the Malaysian government’s handling of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 investigation. More on that later.

Chinese reality singing contests often follow unconventional formats compared to their international counterparts. So if you’re confused as to how someone actually wins this show, or why a previously eliminated contestant is back on stage, here’s a quick guide. But if you’ve been following the show and just want to watch the videos and read some rants and reviews, feel free to skip ahead! (more…)

I am Singer 2 starts this Friday, releases posters

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How will the young G.E.M. fare against her elders?

With the new year comes new seasons of all our favorite shows, including musical competition “I am Singer.” The opening seven will feature the amazing young artists G.E.M. and Zhou Bichang, R&B artist Gary Cao, rocker Luo Qi, host Phil Chang, and classic Wei Wei and epic theme song’er Han Lei, although I wish he had sung this song instead. Included in the link are what is rumored to be their first song, the only one where they’re allowed to sing their own songs. Who are you looking forward to the most?
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