I Am A Singer recaps are back by popular demand (and because, when you put “blogging for Cfensi” on your CV, it’s probably a good idea to publish something recent—hello there, prospective employers!).
If you’ve been out of the I Am A Singer loop, here’s all the interesting stuff you may have missed since the first recap:
- Kit Chan was predictably eliminated. Bye bye, Kit Chan~ Sorry, Singaporeans.
- Li Ronghao 李荣浩, the guy who supposedly looks like Jay Chou but sings like Eason Chan, was brought in to replace Kit Chan. He came sixth and so didn’t get to continue in the competition. Bye bye, Li Ronghao~
- Li Jian 李健 was brought in to replace Li Ronghao. He’s stuck around since then.
- Anson Hu was eliminated. Bye bye, Anson Hu~
- Mongolian stuff was popular for a while.
- Han Hong sang in Mongolian. (You never hear her sing in Tibetan, but Mongolian she can do…) But to quote my Mongolian friend: “It seems like Mongolian. But I don’t understand her accent.”
- And Sun Nan sang with a Mongolian singer, Amguulan 阿木古楞. Pretty sure Amguulan is a boy’s name, but who am I to judge?
- Jane Zhang sang, and rapped, in English (Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj). It was okay. But she should have brought in Zhang Jiaojiao 张娇皎 to do Nicki Minaj’s part.
- Someone in the audience called Han Hong a pretty-boy stud-muffin 小肉鲜, and I have no objections to this.
And now you’re all up to date! More or less.
This is Who You Are 你是这样的人
This faux-operatic number was written as an ode to former premier Zhou Enlai to commemorate the centenary of his birth. So, 1998. A lot of Chinese classics aren’t as old as you would think.
“Red songs,” as they’re known, haven’t been very popular on I Am A Singer. After all, this is Hunan TV, and rival CCTV is all the way in Beijing. In season two, “Madonna of China” Wei Wei was booted from the competition after singing Reddest Sun, Dearest Chairman Mao 太阳最红毛主席最亲.
Han Hong does better, slightly, in sixth place. She’s not classically trained in the Western tradition, and she sounds a bit poppy at parts, but you can’t deny that she is expressive. She should have been ranked higher.