It’s never too late to try and achieve your dreams (or in this case, be part of a boy band). The participants of Chinese variety show “Call Me By Fire (披荆斩棘的哥哥)” have certainly made it!
The final rankings of the show were recently released on Weibo, as the recording for the last episode was reportedly finished on 25th October. Of the 33 participants, 17 of them have been chosen to perform together as a group.
Jordan Chan (陳小春) notably ranked first among the group with other participants like MC Hotdog (姚中仁), Julian Cheung (张智霖), and GAI making it into the top seventeen. As there are seventeen members in total, netizens have been joking about them being the new “SEVENTEEN”. Several have also been referring to them as the “middle-aged NCT” which is another K-pop group with a large number of members.
Although they’ve been receiving mostly positive feedback, there are (and will always be) dissatisfied netizens. Several comments asked after their favourite participants, which were mainly Jerry Lamb (林晓峰), Li Xiang (李响), and James Lee. Others took to flaming the remaining participants and the show itself. “I still think Liu Jia (刘迦) has no (presence),” one said. “I still can’t remember his face.” Another stated: “The competition between the brothers is (very little), 17 out of 33 can form a group.”
The final episode will be aired on 29th October, however, it isn’t the end just yet. The group will supposedly be performing a concert in Suzhou on 4th December. There is also talk that they will be filming a follow up series to the show.
It has certainly been a journey, both for them and for the viewers. Although not everyone made it to the final stage, none of them are denying the memories they made during the show. We look forward to their concert and follow up series!