• @chrysan oh man, that was a long comment i made.... :’)
  • @jessehsuan lol yeah, ning jing is a hard to please person. unsure if it’s just me, but from observation the contestants who made it to the group are all the popular celebs —pretty much trendy for at least the past 2-5 years in mainland china (maybe minus ning jing of course...because of her superstar status) and have made or earn big awards in their career that make them more outstanding than the eliminated contestants —for example, gina jin and zhang hanyu...(if you watch a lot of chinese dramas and tv shows, you might understand why theyre considered as “unpopular”). wan qian was part of the film the wild goose lake with hu ge and the film was pretty successful and popular. she has also received awards from major award shows such as golden horse and golden phoenix. this reputation easily earned her a spot in the group to boost its prestige and classiness. with meng jia, she has been popular since her miss a days and i would say more popular than fei (jia was probably the second most popular in miss a, first being suzy), so it makes sense how she can debut with the sisters’ group. dany lee...she raps. pretty much only her and meng jia can rap. and an idol group needs rappers because that’s the norm... and lmao, zhang yuqi, we all know how scandalous this woman is. while her reputation is not super clean or “good”, my guess is her being in the group will defs help with publicity because there will defs be people discussing “oh, how did she even make it into the group?”. and of course, even though she is not liked by many, we can’t deny that she has been part of quite a few critically acclaimed works and so her “popularity” is still strong (she really knows how to brand herself...or maybe its her pr, lol). yisa yu as a singer...almost everyone likes her...including myself. she is like the ost queen in china tbh (there has not been one ost song that i don’t like from her. she’s that good/vocally attractive). it was very obvious that she was going to debut with the group because vocally, not only is she good for an idol group standard, but she has an established fanbase where people could be like, “oh hey, my favourite singer just made it into the group. i will support them!” isabelle huang...another favourite singer of mine and probably to many chinese (if you listen to a lot of pop). her personal style of music is very interesting (like, she created a niche for herself balancing traditional chinese music with r&b and such). being an internet favourite, it makes sense that she won the producers’ favour and made it into the group. of course, what makes it better is that she can sing too...if we compare her to yuqi lmao.
  • @chrysan oh really? No wonder I kept questioning why all the contestants are butt kissing her. Her singing is alright, raspy voice to me. I liked Yumiko the best out of the contestants, but I felt that they kept her until the final round for hk audiences. Already knew the show was rigged when Zhang Yuqi never got eliminated, she lacks dancing and singing.
  • i’m not sure if jaynestars covered the news in the past, but apparently the group was already decided even before the show’s competition started. so basically the contestants knew when they would be eliminated and they would leave the show with their agreed $$$$$$. you might ask: what’s the purpose of appearing on the show then? publicity. screen time. and money of course. tbh, it was kind of obvious that ning jing would be placed in the group because she’s not the type of person to enter a show that would make her “lose face”. i’ve watched her on up idol and the attitude and personality that she presents herself says it all.
  • it seems like another version of ode to joy, except this focuses on women in their 30s. hopefully this might be better than ode to joy (though can’t bet on the acting because the four women in ode to joy played their parts well even though the storyline was bad). victoria still has a long way to be considered as a good actress imo...but she’s not the worse. have not seen any work from the other three actresses so can’t give my opinion about their acting.
  • i think it’s unfair to list exo lay in the article because while he is focusing on his career in china right now, he hasnt left exo AND IS STILL A MEMBER OF EXO so it doesn’t count under “...track record of leaving their group”. he has made it clear several times too that he is not leaving exo. i think it’s also worth mentioning —since you already listed his name —that he is not participating in the group activities in s.korea due to the political stuff happening between china and korea (not because he entirely want to just focus on his career in china like this article is implying). lay, in particular, was the most affected (until now) compared to other chinese kpop artists because prior to all the political tension, he was appointed as a publicity ambassador for the CYLC in changsha.
  • @chrysan Yes, you are correct. Linda was paired with Frankie Lam. Looking forward to see this new pairing!
  • @chrysan Actually both Linda and Kenneth were only in one drama Can’t Buy Me Love (those were the good old days) and they were paired with different people.
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  • @arc78 if i remember correctly, kevin and linda were both in forensic heroes 2, however linda’s character was killed off after 2-3 eps due to “scheduling conflict”. linda has also been in a few other dramas with kenneth, but they were not paired together.
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