While all the previous episodes of this season’s Ace vs Ace have largely stuck to the formula of inviting beloved actors and actresses from popular vintage TV shows to play games and hoping that the nostalgia will take care of the rest (such as ratings and critical reviews), this week’s episode (Season 4 Episode 10) took a slight detour with an all-musician guest-star cast including veteran vocalist Na Ying, popular music duo Phoenix Legend, singer and vaudevillian Xiaoshenyang, and Hong Kong-based singer and actor William Chan.
Hua Chenyu was visibly in high spirits as he enjoyed some friendly competition against fellow musicians and a rare chance to flex his vocal chops on the show. Hua dominated most of the games in this episode, and did so in style.
Friday night’s episode also saw Hua performing a heart-wrenching rendition of guest star Na Ying’s “The Day Doesn’t Know the Darkness of the Night”. Na returned the gesture with a nifty re-arrangement of Hua’s “I Don’t Care”.
Staying true to its ‘Member Berry nature, the show invited Hua’s fellow Superboy 2013 contestants for a teary-eyed reunion and a reprise of that season’s theme song “Dream Chasers”. Parrying the show’s attempt to fish for gossip, Hua revealed that he’d sometimes play Xiangqi (Chinese chess), Go, and ping pong with his Superboy friends, and that Rao Wei once helped him through a rough patch when he was struggling mentally. Zuo Li and Zhang Yangyang also thanked Hua for helping them with their careers, giving them gigs and the courage to carry on.
You can watch the entire episode here (English subtitles by Hua Chenyu English Subs).
All photos courtesy of Zhejiang TV.