A bit of information about me: In 2018, I was invested in Singer 2018, which is a singing competition for professional and well-established singers. It took place in China.
I’ve also watched a boys trainee survival show called Chuang 2019. The 11-member band, R1SE, was formed. I’m currently watching Super Vocal Season One, which is a singing competition for opera and musical singers.
Each episode is around two hours and the finales are around four hours. Two hours for one episode is not enough, by the way. There’s so much content that gets left out. You can probably tell that I like these types of shows.
Why, though? Note: A lot of these reasons are applicable to non-Chinese singing competitions.
1) TO WATCH THE CONTESTANTS WE LOVE
A lot of the contestants already have established fanbases. I watched Singer 2018 for Hua Chenyu and I watched Chuang 2020 for Chen Zhuoxuan, Nene, and Joyce Chu. I’m watching Super Vocal for Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga.
2) TO DISCOVER TALENTED ARTISTS
I became a fan of Zhao Lei, Zhou Zhennan, and Liu Ye after I watched Chuang 2019.
3) FOR THE FRIENDSHIPS
Although these are competitions, there are moments of beautiful friendship between the contestants. In Chuang 2020, Nene cried because she was afraid that Wu Yalu was going to be eliminated. Nene had a secure ranking but the one she was worried about was her best friend. Liu Xiening and Xu Yiyang’s friendship was touching, too.
In Super Vocal, Zheng Yunlong and Ayanga’s friendship started from when they were roommates during their university years.
4) TO FEEL INSPIRED
The contestants are hard-working and determined to achieve their goals. I know I felt inspired when I watched this scene in Super Vocal:
The contestants have to face a lot of challenges during the show, too. Although it’s challenging for them and entertaining for us, it pushes them to learn and grow as artists.
5) FOR THE MUSIC
All the contestants are talented! Since these are singing shows, there’s obviously beautiful singing involved! Sometimes there’s rap, dance, and musical instruments too, depending on the show. Not only do they sing, they sometimes rearrange the music (Singer 2018, Super Vocal), write the music, and create the choreography (Chuang 2019). The art of performing in front of an audience is important as well as selecting the right song.
6) TO APPRECIATE NEW MUSIC GENRES AND SONGS
Prior to watching Singer 2018, I didn’t really appreciate Chinese folk music. I changed my mind after I learned more about it and saw the hard work behind the scenes.
7) TO LEARN NEW THINGS
I’ve liked songs from musicals and opera for many years, but I didn’t know the meaning behind some of the songs. In Super Vocal, they explain the story behind the song.
8) YOU GET TO PARTICIPATE
This one is for survival competitions that involve voting. It’s exciting to support your favourites. There’s a reason to vote for them: So that they can debut (This depends on the show).
When Chuang 2020 aired, I had something to look forward every week.
Do you see why I like Chinese singing competitions now?