Ha, finally some pleasant news about 56 from the Taiwan press: http://showbiz.chinatimes.com/Chinat...100299,00.html
The news report states that 56 has successfully moved into China market and is ranked within the top 25 male singers in a recent China poll. 56 has been invited to sing in and be part of the 30 April 2008 "100 days Olympics Countdown" celebrations. However, Sun Zhong was quite tight-lipped about this, he just said "We did receive the invitation for the sing-along and to attend the ceremony but no details yet. We had the invitation card but do not know who else are invited. We just know that the Olympics Committee will invite 100 celebrities from around the world to the event."
There was speculation that 56 is able to move into China because they fawn the blue (i.e. side Ma Yinjeou of KMT who is considered pro-China). Sun Zhong is not willing to talk about colours (politics) and explained that they happen to move into China at the right time and opportunity. Again he emphasized that the song "Bravo" is not to please China but just their contribution to the Olympics.
Athough 56 is advancing into China market, Xiezhi's roots will remain in Taiwan. Sanli (or settv) has yet to choose the male lead for the new 8pm Tai Yu show "真情滿天下" as Chen Zhao Rong is going into China. The producer is eyeing Xiezhi as the successor of the Tai Yu Yi Ge (male star). Sun Zhong is keeping an open mind about Xiezhi switching from idol to Tai Yu dramas.
Xiezhi started out as a Tai Yu singer so his Tai Yu is very good. Sun Zhong is confident that Xiezhi's performance will not be overshadowed by the experienced Tai Yu actors. The new show "真情滿天下" will have 3 male leads who are good friends and their characters are a reflection of historical figures. Just like the female lead, Zhang Feng Shu's character is similar to a female Zhu Ge (the very smart historical figure Zhu Ge Liang).
The producer felt that Xiezhi is a versatile artiste with potential. He can play a good loyal guy or a baddie. They will look at the script first before deciding which character will Xiezhi play.
You know, Tai Yu dramas are those very dramatic shows that can last hundreds of episodes and attract a different audience from the idol shows. These very long shows are very popular in Taiwan as the ratings are usually higher than the idol dramas.
Cross my fingers that these 2 pieces of good news are true. Liking 56 has taught me to be skeptical and not trust any news from Taiwan till announcements are made by the official source, Sun Zhong or Jstar.
Just an example, another pieces of news today is about Renfu. Without interviewing anyone, the reporter said that Renfu and Jiqin had already registered their marriage and they are trying for a son to carry on the family line because Renfu is an only son in his family! These Taiwanese reporters are hopeless! Everyone knows that Renfu has a younger brother ....