Exposing Chinese reality singing show Sing! China <中國好聲音> for its unfair rules and mistreatment, an audio clip by pop diva Coco Lee (李玟) surfaced, as netizens dig up further details on what transpired.
In the 9-minute viral clip, the late singer, who died of suicide on July 5, ranted emotionally about how despite having 28 years of entertainment experience, she was subjected to bullying and shaming on stage by production crew of the hit reality show, which she took part in as one of its coaches in 2022. She also mentioned that her body had “suffered irretrievably” as a result.
Targeted for Voicing Out On Unfair System
Following the audio recording, a netizen who claimed to have been involved in the recording of the show then came forward with more details, sharing “8 hours of continuous filming, (they) did not even have a drop of water nor a bit of food, Coco merely lowered her head and bit into a banana, and immediately director Liu Li (柳驪) lashed out at her, ‘What are you eating? Don’t you know we are adjusting the lights?’ Coco’s eyes turned red at that instant,”
Allegedly mistreated because she had voiced her unhappiness on the show’s unfair regulations, Coco shared that the crew threatened to have security guards remove her forcibly from stage. On the last episode of Sing! China, Coco and her mentee were scheduled to perform a duet of “Unbreakable Love” (永不失聯的愛). Due to her leg injury, the late singer had told her mentee Wang Ze Peng (泽鹏) that she was unable to stand for a long time on her own, and requested that he support her on stage as they sang, which they did during the rehearsal.
Production Crew Alleges Audio Clip Had Been Tampered
However, the crew cued for Ze Peng to walk away from Coco during the actual performance. With 7-inch heels on, and nothing for support, Coco stumbled and fell to her knees right on stage. Despite the pain, the ever-professional pop diva continued with her performance. The camera then zoomed to just her upper body so viewers would be ignorant that she had suffered a fall, although astute viewers spotted a lady in pink who came forward and attempted to help Coco to her feet.
The said netizen revealed that this was Malaysian singer Fish Leung (梁靜茹), another celebrity coach on the show, who quickly rushed onstage to Coco’s aid, but was instead chastised by the director. Crew members then went onstage to pull Fish away, leaving Coco by herself. Later footage of the show showed Fish looking teary-eyed, as netizens believed the singer felt sorry for Coco’s plight.
Responding to the uproar following the exposed voice recording, Sing! China swiftly alleged on their Weibo page that the audio recording had been maliciously tampered with, claimed that disagreements between Coco and the team had already been resolved, and added that it would no longer comment further, out of respect for the deceased.
However, this failed to appease the mounting fury of fans. Veteran HK singer Jenny Tseng (甄妮), an old friend of Coco who had delivered an eulogy at her wake, had harsh words for Sing! China, revealing she had previously advised Coco not to take on these kinds of “trashy shows” and to focus on resting well instead.