TVB’s reality singing competition The Voice 4 <超級巨聲4>, alternatively titled Star’s Legend <星夢傳奇>, is currently undergoing studio recording at TVB City. Unlike previous series of The Voice, the fourth installment will feature established TVB artists instead of newcomers as singing contestants, competing for the goal to win a music contract with a record company.
Judges include TVB music producer Tang Chi Wai (鄧智偉), singer-songwriter Eric Kwok (郭偉亮), Cantopop diva Sally Yeh (葉蒨文), and Malaysian musician Eric Moo (巫啟賢). Hosting the show were Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲) and Amigo Chui (崔建邦).
Contestant Fred Cheng (鄭俊弘), best known for his performances as Yoyo Mung’s (蒙嘉慧) younger brother in the Forensic Heroes <法證先鋒> series, had the judges speechless after performing Eason Chan’s (陳奕迅) “Tune of the Era <時代曲> in the first episode. Fred finished the race in first place that night, with a high score of 174.9 points.
Judge Eric Kwok commented, “I don’t think you should be an actor anymore. Be a singer.” Fred admitted that he had waited for the chance to sing on stage for the past ten years; the looming opportunity was so nerve-wracking that he had stomachaches. Fred hopes that he would be able to maintain both an acting and a singing career in the future.
The first episode featured seven contestants. Mandy Wong (黃智雯) and 2012 Miss Hong Kong winner Carat Cheung (張名雅) were disqualified. Fred, along with Oscar Leung (梁烈唯), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Stanley Cheung (張景淳), and Ronald Law (羅鈞滿), were advanced to the next episode.
Fred Cheng Dominates Second Episode
Jaws dropped once more for Fred on the show’s second episode, which was filmed earlier this week. After performing the song “Angels,” the judges gave Fred a standing ovation and awarded him an even higher 179.5 points, the highest of the night.
On his decision in choosing the heart-wrenching song, Fred cried and said, “This song is a gift for my grandfather, who is now living in a faraway place. He had raised me to adulthood. He was my guardian. I was not there with him when he left me. I feel very remorseful.”
The judges unanimously agreed that Fred had outperformed many professional Hong Kong singers of today, and urged TVB to immediately sign Fred as a singer. Judge Eric Moo, known for his harsh criticism on rookie singers, praised Fred, saying, “The stars of today are not good. Your boss (TVB) should sign him as a singer right now. Your singing has touched me. I will be holding a concert in Hong Kong this August. Might as well invite you as my guest performer.”
Lives of Omission <潛行狙擊> star Becky Lee (李璧琦), a new contestant for the second episode, surprised the judges with her operatic rendition of “Think of Me,” a number from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera. Judge Sally Yeh expressed that Becky performed so well that she had “no right” to rate Becky’s performance.
Becky, who worked as a vocal coach for ten years, came in second in the race with 174.9 points, five points below Fred.
Although Oscar Leung passed the second round, he was heavily criticized by Eric Moo for having “messy” vocals. Benjamin Yuen and Stanley Cheung were disqualified.
Source: Apple Daily via ihktv.com
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