With antics such as a stage wedding and even hair-shaving, popular Chinese talent show Call Me By Fire 2 <披荊斬棘2> saw high viewer interest, with 42 seasoned male celebrities from the region pushing their limits in challenges and facing off over a period of four months. Culminating in the finale episode on November 4, seventeen out of 22 remaining contestants emerged as members of the season’s boyband, while the champion title eventually went to singer Alec Su (蘇有朋)!
Ron Ng Failed to Place
Besides Alec, members of the 17-member boyband include. 1. Vanness Wu (吳建豪) 2. Chilam Cheung (張智霖) 3. Jordan Chan (陳小春) 4. Lee Seung Hyun (李承鉉) 5. Leon Zhang (張雲龍) 6. Wilber Pan (潘瑋柏) 7. Ritchie Ren (任賢齊) 8. Alex To (杜德偉) 9. Chang Chen-yue (張震岳) 10. Shin (蘇見信) 11. Zhen Jun (鄭鈞) 12. Raymond Lam (林峯) 13. Kenji Wu (吳克群) 14. Pakho Chau (周柏豪) 15. Shiqi Fan (范世錡) 16. ICE (楊長青), with Jordan Chan as team leader.
However, Ron Ng (吳卓羲) whose popularity spiked after the program was aired, surprisingly failed to make the list, leaving fans and viewers disappointed.
To participate in the talent show, Alec deliberately lost weight and expressed his emotions mid-way through the show that he “hadn’t thought that I (he) would still have the chance to sing and dance on stage”. Grateful for the precious experience he gained from the contest, Alec expressed in his heartfelt thank you speech, “Thanks to everyone who allowed me to enjoy getting back on stage, for affirming me, thanks all,” he said emotionally. Delivering Little Tigers-era numbers such as Red Dragonfly <红蜻蜓> and Love <愛>, viewers even nicknamed him the “male version of Cyndi Wang (王心凌)”, referring to the wave of nostalgic memories the two stars ignited with their delivery of classic hits onscreen.
Making his debut as part of now-disbanded Taiwanese boy group Little Tigers (小虎隊), Alec later made the switch later to acting, launching his career after soaring to fame with the phenomenal hit My Fair Princess <還珠格格>. He also tried his hand at directing, helming 2015 film The Left Ear <左耳>.
Netizens: A Well-deserved Win
Winning over the approval of viewers, viewers felt that Alec proved himself able to grasp the rules of the competition quickly since the first episode, and was impressed by his leadership of how the team should progress throughout the show, seeking out many “brother” participants with quality traits to join in. His team’s performance was also consistently amongst the top three performing teams.
Receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback, netizens affirmed his victory and said he delivered a noteworthy performances befitting of his origins as a member of a pioneer idol group.
Source: Yahoo News