“Sing My Song” is a Chinese TV show equivalent of “American Idol” or “England got talent”, the only difference is that the candidates compete not by their singing skills, but the song they’ve wrote by themselves. And over the entire show, each selected candidates would sing one song only – the same song they sang when they first got selected.
This show instantly became popular after being aired in 2013, and the winner appeared in 2014 Chinese Central Television’s number 1 rating show “Spring Festival Gala Show”.
The show has been prised being surprisingly “original” as non of the candidates are famous, and they have distinctive different style compared to each other.
“霍尊” Huo Zun is the winner of the show, he is a traditional Chinese music college student and has mastered performance level piano skills. His song “卷珠帘” Rolling Curtains has traditional Chinese instruments such as flute and Chinese Pipa in his background music. He also used traditional Chinese poetry style lyrics for his song. It is indicated in the show that he even wrote the lyrics himself.
“王思远” Wang SiYuan is also a musical school student who wrote his songs in a dark room, and let the imagination play the creative part.He was nickname the “prince” after appearing in the show, as he frequently dress up in white suites, he also sing in “English rock” style. The following video is the song he wrote “她” Her.
Another song from professional film sound track writer “马上又” Ma ShangYou. The name of his song is also “her”, however, unlike Wang SiYuan, Ma ShangYou wrote this song for his wife. He was being called “高大上” tall big and high, a Chinese netizen language to make fun of someone who appear to be very nobel, classy and high grade.
“赵照” Zhao Zhao, Beijing Floater song writer wrote this song for his mother, by using Irish Poet William Butler Yeats’s work “When you are old”.
When You Are Old
When you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire,take down this book,
And slowly read,and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once,and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur,a little sadly,how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
This song did not make to the third round.
“杨众国” Yang ZhongGuo might not made it to the second round, his experimental music “Relax” has won some hearts during the competition.
“相亚蕻”Xiang YaHong’s rock n roll style song “Hurt”.
“刘相松” Liu XiangSong：a singer of a music band called “南无” -Nanmo that attempts to represents China’s 80s generation, also as a Beijing Floaters, Buddhism faith believers, Chinese traditional music and Western music mixer altogether. This is his song “The spring is here”.
“胡莎莎” Hu ShaSha is a Jazz music singer, also learned Beijing Opera when she was young. She surprised the judges by combining the two very different music style together.
“周三” Zhou San from Yunan, his song “my love song” sounds like he is murmuring, and he seems like he might start crying at moment when singing. He explains that he was sad because he feels as an individual it is find it hard to follow the speed of the developing society and he struggle to find true love in the big cities.
“谢帝” Xie Di is from Chen Du, Si Chuan province. His Chinese rap music “no work tomorrow” tells a story when he quit his office job to pursue a career in professional rapping. His Chen Du style rap music, might be hard for people from different part of China to follow, but this does not stop him to have so many fans all over China.His song has been name as the “God Song”, as it represents most of officer worker’s true feelings – don’t love what they do as a job but had no choice, so still have to go to work everyday for money.
Since then, he even had his own music video:
One of judge made a song for this show “tonight we are all 20 years old”, it is a typical singing show song:
This show is CCTV’s attempt to compete with other popular province level TV channels such as Hunan Television.