'The Voice 4' Harsh Judges, Carat Cheung Cries from Elimination; Fred Cheng's Singing Highest Scorehong kong the voice 4 eric kwok sally yeh
Posted 23 June 2013 - 10:51 AM
Saturday June 22, 2013 Hong Kong
Source: The Sun, Mingpao (images)
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
Last night TVB artists Carat Cheung, Mandy Wong, Oscar Leung, Fred Cheng, Ronald Law and Benjamin Yuen participated in the recording of the celebrity edition singing contest The Voice 4's first episode. The judges were Sally Yeh, Eric Woo, Dominic Chow and Eric Kwok. However, Mandy and Carat's performances were criticized badly by the judges, how pitiful!
Mandy performed Kary Ng's Love is the Most Powerful (愛是最大權利), but unfortunately she got off tune and didn't perform too well. She received the lowest score of the night. The judges were quite harsh on her as well, Eric Woo said: "Your voice is dry and narrow!" Eric Kwok said: "You said yourself that in singing, one must have clear pronunciations. You're also an actress, I took off a lot of points!" Mandy explained this is her first time performing the song, but the judges continued to criticize that she didn't prepare well and seem to have slacked a little! She also chose the wrong song.
Carat performed Joey Yung's Gorgeous Encounter (華麗邂逅). Her singing skills were only average, she got off tune and she knew her performance wasn't good. When she finished performing the song, she started crying. Eric Kwok criticized: "I gave you a really low score. I wrote this song, it's difficult to sing. You sang the song like you went to a world of fear." When Carat learned she was one of the lowest scoring contestants and that she's eliminated from the contest, she cried again. Mandy was also eliminated, but she still told her fans not to feel disappointed on Weibo. Carat's fans raised their signboards to show their support.
As for Oscar Leung, whom was rumored to have been one of the three TVB chosen ones, performed Danny Chan's Wait (等), but despite demonstrating his confidence before the contest, his performance was off tune and he sang the wrong key. Although he admitted himself that he "broke the key", Eric Woo still did not give him any face and criticized him harshly: "Danny Chan is very significant to me. He's outstanding. Your beat was a total mess, you ruined the song!" However, Dominic Chow refuted: "Enough, you bashed [him] for too long. He is a young man, still has a future to look forward to. You said he ruined the song, I say you are speaking nonsense." Oscar ends up in third and advances to the second round.
Fred Encouraged to be a Singer
On the other hand, there are several contestants with great singing skills, such as Fred Cheng, whom had participated in the 2001 TVB International Chinese New Talent Singing Championship before, performed Eason Chan's Modern Song (時代曲) exceptionally well. Eric Woo gave him a score of 80. Eric Kwok encouraged him to become a singer instead. Ultimately, Fred enters round 2 with the highest score. After working in TVB for 10 years, Fred is still playing minor or supporting roles. He smiled and said his opportunity finally came; he hopes he'll get to develop in both singing and acting in the future.
"Ka Ming" Stanley Cheung's performance was criticized by Dominic Chow that he had stiff stage manners; Ronald Law was said to have an old school singing style, similar to Wan Kwong, but he ends in second place.
Episode 2 Oscar Eliminated; Benjamin "Not Singer Material"
Episode 2 recording took place today (6/23), Oscar didn't perform any better and got criticized by the judges that he deserved the low scores. However, his 'momentum' wasn't as strong as Benjamin Yuen, who got heavily criticized by Dominic and Eric Kwok. They did not hesitate to tell Benjamin honestly that he just isn't "singer material". Oscar and Stanley Cheung had the lowest scores again and were eliminated.
When asked whether the judges were being too harsh on the contestants? Sally Yeh smiled: "Nope, but we will tell them what they need to improve on because the contestants are all artists from the industry. The expectations are higher."
Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:10 AM
Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:27 PM
Posted 23 June 2013 - 04:39 PM
I have noticed Fred Cheung in TVB dramas, he is such a cute decent guy, acting is not bad but never got the opportunity to shine in his cameo roles...I hope he does get some notice from TVB after this. He sings good and have the cutie looks. Just needs more screentime on TV, more promotion and publicity.
Posted 23 June 2013 - 04:56 PM
He deserves this and he should win this probably
Anyway, the voice 4 contestants are all sucky, no offense to the artistes involved, it seems that many of them arent singer material
Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:24 PM
I would love to see Fred win this too, since it's long overdue....but it's hard to say because more contestants will be added later on, including Edwin Siu and Vincent Wong, who as we all know, were singers turned actors, so they definitely have an advantage.
Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:38 AM
Anyway it would be interesting to wait and see if there is some unexpected winners. Personally, I like the format of HK the voice than the other running the voice in the world. Waiting for it to be aired.
Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:13 AM
By the way....latest info is that this will start airing on July 7th.
Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:20 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:23 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:37 AM
I'm curious to see who the rest of the contestants are, someone earlier mentioned Edwin. He was once considered a huge pop idol ten years ago, he can sing. It would be interesting if Linda participates, I'm really curious to see what the judges have to say about her.
Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:31 AM
the voice 4 is open to every artiste in tvb to find new singing talent among tvb artistes not those who tvb already help release albums and already established! audition is by volunteer for those who think they can sing. will be very helpful for people like fred cheng and becky lee although not so for benjamin yuen and stanley cheung
sad that mandy didn't perform well enough and was eliminated early. she did ok last time during a duet with oscar and oscar also did well that time. maybe they pick wrong choice of songs for their voice range in this competition
so far mandy, carat, benjamin, stanley all got harsh criticism and eliminated. oscar also got bashed but fortunately not lowest and still survive. heard that becky lee is among the top too besides fred who has highest marks
curious to see if edwin and Vincent really will enter. honest remark although i like them i don't think they need this anymore since they were already singers with albums and are getting bigger roles in tvb series
wonder why nancy don't join. she can dance and sing well. maybe too busy filming
Edited by selliesellie, 24 June 2013 - 06:38 AM.
Posted 24 June 2013 - 06:55 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 07:06 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:29 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 08:40 AM
Am I the only one who noticed that Sally Yeh (the only one on that panel of judges that can truly sing) was the only one that didn't get quoted for being highly critical?
Posted 24 June 2013 - 10:02 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:35 PM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 02:59 PM
Actually, not necessarily....unlike the contestants of the previous 3 seasons of The Voice, most of those participating in this year's version were 'handpicked' by TVB execs and didn't have to go through auditions....so it's not entirely true that it's open to every artist to participate or that they participate if they're interested.
Given these circumstances, it's impossible that any of the currently 'popular' actors/actresses turned singers (i.e. Kate, Linda, Fala, etc.) are going to participate because TVB isn't going to let them make fools out of themselves (since the criticism will definitely be harsh, since majority of them can't sing) -- after all, those artists DO have an image to maintain....
Not surprised, since Sally has never been a harsh person when it comes to her speech -- she's known for being nice. And while she may be the only true 'singer' in the group (popularity-wise), the other 3 judges are well-known and respected behind-the-scenes music people (producers, writers, composers, music teachers, etc.) -- just like with previous years, I've always weighed the behind-the-scenes music people's comments more than the singers because to me, they are more qualified to speak on the subject (though of course, there are always exceptions....)
Don't get me wrong though -- I love Sally and she has always been one of my favorite singers from the 80s/90s...all I'm saying is that even though she's not as highly critical as the others (which again, I don't find surprising since it fits in with her personality), doesn't mean that she or the others will / won't be good judges.
Overall though, I will have to watch the show for myself before judging too much....but I will say that after following The Voice since the first season, the only season that I truly 'enjoyed' and felt the judging was truly 'fair' for the most part was season 3....curious to see how this 4th season 'celebrity edition' turns out....
Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:07 PM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 03:26 PM
No, I don't feel they handpicked 'all' the contestants (which is why I said "most" in my post) -- but the fact of the matter is that they DID handpick quite a few though (i.e. Edwin and Oscar for example) and unfortunately, that just doesn't sit will with me. By 'handpicking' contestants to participate -- doesn't matter if it's a few or most of them -- they're already giving me the feeling that this competition is 'rigged' to some extent....and it definitely takes away the credibility of the competition overall (makes it feel like TVB is putting on this 'show' just for ratings and this whole singing thing is actually acting).
TVB's defense is that certain artists couldn't find time in their schedule to audition, so that's why they were able to advance without going through that process....honestly though -- if that's the case, then those artists shouldn't even participate if they're so busy....why should they be given preferential treatment when it should be a fair playing field for everyone?
Posted 25 June 2013 - 01:04 AM
I dont recall of any winner with Neway. Cherry Ho dun sign with anything. Mag with EEG. Hurbert Hu still in Txb and so does Jay Fung and Sheldon Lo. Alfred Hui went away of Star or not, I dont rmb. Who signed with Neway?
However recently tabloids that EEG and Txb turn bad because EEG wanna grab Txb's ppl to be their managed artists, so maybe the winner wont sign with EEG.
I wonder if some released albums such as Cilla Kung or Loretta Chow or Jack Wu will take part in or not. Let them do so. Glad that this version doesnt let the "established" ppl join, it can hurt much to listen to some of them. Better never give them chance to sing themesongs, too.
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