Chinese talent show winner coached by Taiwan's A-mei
CNATAIPEI -- A performer mentored by Taiwanese singer A-mei on the mainland Chinese talent show “The Voice of China” defeated three other finalists on Monday to win the second season of the popular competition.
October 9, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Li Qi, a 23-year-old music major, beat 27-year old farm boy Zhang Hengyuan in the deciding round of the three round finals with a moving interpretation of the love song “Truth.”
The other two contestants, 24-year-old Xuan Xuan and 32-year-old Jin Runji, finished third and fourth, respectively.
A spinoff of the Dutch program “The Voice of Holland,” the mainland Chinese show attracts tens of millions of viewers a week, making it the most-viewed talent show in mainland China.
It has also gained high ratings in Taiwan, mainly because two of the mentors — A-mei and singer-songwriter Harlem Yu — are from Taiwan, and several Taiwanese contestants stood out in the early stages of the show.
During the grand finale Monday, Li Qi and A-mei performed “After Knowing, After Realizing,” a song written by A-mei's own mentor — late Taiwanese singer Chang Yu-sheng.
A-mei's manager Edward Chan said the pop diva picked the song to pass on the mentoring spirit because she also met her own mentor at the age of 23, the same age at which Li Qi met hers, according to a report by the United Daily News on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The grand finale on Monday night began with 16 of the contestants singing “Descendants of the Dragon” together. The four finalists then paired up with their respective coaches to perform a song, before engaging in a three-round battle to determine the winner.
The competition consists of three phases, beginning with a blind audition phase, where the four mentors select contestants to be on their teams by listening to their voices but not seeing them.
The next phase sees contestants battle within each team until one from each team is selected to enter the grand finale.
Yu, who served as the mentor to Jin Runji, also coached Momo Wu, the runner-up in the show's first season.
The two other mentors were Chinese rock singer Wang Feng, who coached Zhang Hengyuan, and two-time mentor Na Ying, who instructed Xuan Xuan.
The two-hour finale is expected to have earned NT$2.3 billion (US$78.22 million) in revenues for the Zhejiang Television network, the report said.