I have been watching the newer version of 花样姐姐 for the last three weeks and it has been quite the hot topic on weibo and other chinese social networks. A lot of comments (both negative and positive) have been said about kpop star Victoria (f(x)) and all the other casts, but I will get to it a little bit later…
Don’t they look adorable? This is the full cast: Song Qian (Victoria), Lin Chiling, Ma Tianyu (from Ancient Sword), Xu Fan (徐帆), Xi Meijuan (奚美娟), Wang Lin (王琳) and Aarif Rahman (from Empress of China). They will be touring Europe and have so far been to Italy and Turkey.
Let’s start by talking of Lin Chiling. She is so pretty! Pretty much everyone watching the show is complimenting how nice, elegant and youthful she seems even though she is almost forty. She is the only member of the cast (apart from the two boys), who seems to get along with everyone and her English is well articulated and really cute. I also have to admit I am in love with her wardrobe; so classy, comfy and feminine all at once.
Victoria, on the other hand, have been a little bit of a disappointment. As someone who started the show for her, I felt her appearance on the camera was not as comfortable as the others. This may be because she is not familiar with the Chinese entertainment, because of the age difference (been the youngest female member), or even her lack of international knowledge (she doesn’t speak English). A lot of people are bashing her continuous aegyo and nagging and I have to admit it is indeed super uncomfortable to watch ([edit: it is a lot better in episode 5 ^^]). She just seems to not respect the other members and only be there for fun! Am I wrong to think so? I don’t know, she can probably try a little harder. The good thing is no one among the cast really hate her actions except the viewers, which is probably because of how the TV show is edited.
Ma Tianyu is cute!! He is not even on my bias list but I still find him super adorable and fun to watch on TV. He always try to make everyone else comfortable before himself, look around to make sure no one get lost (even though he himself often get lost xD), and help out each time someone needs him. Even though he is a B-list celebrity, he just looks like the nice guy next door you can easily talk to. Also, great fashion sense for a guy ^^ which makes him the perfect eye candy. Aarif Rahman is the complete opposite, he speaks English and is the resourceful guy who serves both as a mediator and a tour guide. Each time there is a problem, he is the reliable person that the elders go for help. I love how hilarious and easy going he is.
I don’t really know the other cast members and don’t feel like I watched enough to judge them yet. Sometimes, you can really feel the moody woman coming out of the elder ones and it creates unnecessarily complicate situations in my opinion. For example, when 王琳 started nagging because she wanted to eat chinese food, the show seems to focus a lot more on her even though it wasn’t even such a huge deal. I was seriously like, god, just leave her alone .-. .
Overall, the cast is not particularly hilarious (except for Aarif, he is so awesome xD) but the flow is not bad and as I watch it, I slowly find myself attached to its characters and excited to watch the next episode. Definitely something fun and light if you are not too exigent about your reality shows.