The X-Factor – The Jury

The Jury
Ziyi the “spiritual” mentor

Even if Ziyi sang several times for films or TV shows, she’s not a singer, but the production of the show wanted Ziyi to be a spiritual mentor.

Once and again Ziyi is under fire of criticism. The famous singer Na Ying, juge of The Voice China did not hesistate to say “I can’t fathom why the station asked her,” “Perhaps they want her to comment on the contestants’ look.”.

But Ziyi ignored the criticism. “I had planned to learn from her on how to be a good music coach”, “I may not know music, but it’s been smooth-going,” she said, referring to the tapings so far of the show. “As a judge, I can say anything I like. It’s fun.”

Media reports have criticised her performance at the tapings, saying her comments to contestants had been mostly about their expression and look. But she said: “There can be no improvement without scepticism.”


The other members

Along with Zhang Ziyi the jury is composed of:

Luo Dayou

Taiwanese singer and songwriter who, during the 1980s, affected Chinese pop and rock music with his melodic lyrics, his love songs, and his witty social and political commentary that he infused in his more political songs, often to the point that some of his songs were suppressed in Taiwan and China during the 1980s. He is recognized as a major cultural icon in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.
His early music in particular shows strong folk roots, and many of his songs tap into native Taiwanese cultural influences. Some songs are reminiscent of 1950s American diner and soda shop rock, and others exhibit a 1970s lounge lizard growl. What captured the hearts of a generation, however, were his lyrics, touching on issues of life, attitudes, social responsibility, and the political problems of both Chinese Mainland and Taiwan with an underhandedly critical strain of dark humor. The lyrical style is not particularly artsy or complex, but rather conversational; the cleverness comes in the meaning, not how the words are put together.

Eason Chen

A prominent male singer in Hong Kong’s music industry. Eason Chan has been praised by Time magazine as a front runner in the next generation of Cantopop. He is considered by some to be Hong Kong’s third “god of song” after Samuel Hui and Jacky Cheung. In 2012, Time Out Hong Kong crowned Chan as the “King of Asian Pop“. Chan is ranked #6 in the 2013 Forbes China Celebrity Top 100 List.
His Cantonese album U87 was nominated by Time Magazine as “Five Asian Albums Worth Buying” in 2005. Eason Chan was the big winner at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards in 2003 and 2009. In 2003, he won “Best Male Singer” and “Album of the Year awards” for his work in Mandarin album “Special Thanks To…”. In 2009, Chan won “Album of the Year” again for his work in Mandarin album “Don’t Want to Let Go”.

Zheng Jun

Chinese rock singer-songwriter. His first album, Naked, was released by Red Star Productions in 1994, achieving immediate success.
Zheng Jun has achieved some fame within the US through his recorded Chinese language version of Coldplay’s song “Yellow”, which was included in the soundtrack of the 2001 Taiwanese television series Meteor Garden I. He has since released two albums entitled Our Life Is Full Of Sunshine and Chang An Chang An.
In 2007, Zheng joined the judges’ panel of Happy Boys Voice, a sequel to Hunan Satellite Television’s Super Girl; a controversy developed over his quarrel with fellow judge Yang Erche Namu over her ranking of a contestant from his hometown of Xi’an.