g like this,” Rong Yuheng said.
“Can we try a different song?”
As soon as the words left his mouth, the other three also stopped and turned to look at him.
Pu Zaixi said, “It’s not about the song or the dance.
It’s about the audience.
Changing the song won’t make a difference, Yuheng.”
Rong Yuheng lowered his gaze and pondered for a few seconds.
When he looked up again, his eyes were bright, as if they held a rising sun within.
Zou Yi’s eyelids twitched, and he suddenly had a foreboding feeling…
Sure enough, the next moment, he heard Rong Yuheng speak up,
“How about a square dance? You all know how to do it, right?”
The four of them, “…”
How could they know how to do it?!
Three minutes later.
At the empty street corner, the four boys stood still, their worries echoing each other.
But what awaited them next was inevitable.
In front of them stood a spirited Rong Yuheng.
He pulled up the oversized hem of his T-shirt and tied it around his waist, accentuating his slender waist, perky buttocks, and long legs.
He looked fresh and energetic.
As the music started playing again, a familiar melody resounded through the empty street corner:
“The vast horizon is my love!
At the foot of the rolling green hills, flowers are blooming!
What kind of rhythm is the most swinging and swaying~
What kind of singing voice is the most joyful and carefree!”
As the music played, Rong Yuheng seemed to be switched on.
With powerful and vigorous movements, his open hands sliced through the air like scythes.
His high-kicking legs exuded a strong sense of rhythm as he danced to the lively and playful music on the flat ground!
Rong Yuheng maintained his excellent habit of singing and dancing simultaneously.
While dancing, he sang loudly,
“The winding river descends from the sky~
Flowing into the sea of myriad colors!
The clattering folk songs are our expectations~
Singing and walking along the way is the most free and easy!”
After singing this line, he turned to his stunned four companions and said, “Hey, join me!”
Zou Yi felt a mix of embarrassment and amusement, but when he turned his head, he saw several aunties who had just left come back excitedly, surrounding them with interest.
Zou Yi immediately overcame his embarrassment and passionately waved along with Rong Yuheng.
Zou Yi had a more muscular physique and a background in street dancing, so his movements were more solid and powerful.
His square dance looked like an aerobics routine.
The two of them, with contrasting styles yet overflowing with enthusiasm, infected several aunties who were watching.
They exchanged glances and then joined in the dance.
The remaining three, Pu Zaixi and the others, saw that their performance was finally yielding results.
They closed their eyes fiercely and threw themselves into it—
Once they immersed themselves in the performance, they immediately entered a state of flow.
Even though it was just a square dance, they used all their skills and danced in a splendid and diverse manner, displaying a multitude of blossoming flowers!
As the familiar music echoed throughout the street corner, more and more elderly men and women were drawn to the unique aura of this particular group.
They didn’t care who the leader was; as long as they could joyfully dance along, that was all that mattered.
For a moment, the entire street corner felt like a community organizing a cultural performance!
Under the enthusiastic support of the elderly men and women, the performance ended perfectly, with an inexplicable sense of grandeur.
Rong Yuheng and Zou Yi even received two steamed buns from kind-hearted aunties, who said they must be hungry after dancing.
Shi Lu, the most shy among them, had a special affinity with the aunties and was even pulled into a group photo.
As the five of them sat in the returning vehicle, they were already exhausted and unable to speak.
The photographer chuckled, causing the camera to shake.
“You guys were definitely the liveliest group today.”
The five of them weakly replied, “Thank you, thank you…”
Assistant Xiao Wang was amazed.
“You guys are too dedicated.
You even let go of your idol baggage!”
Pu Zaixi replied, “We don’t even consider ourselves idols, so what image do we have to let go?”
The photographer smiled and said, “Not now, but it will happen in the future.”
He continued, “People who understand their target audience, know what the audience wants, and are willing to break their established image to perform to the best of their ability are the ones our program wants to select.”
As expected, Rong Yuheng’s group had the most surreal style, but they were also the most popular among the public.
Among the other groups, some were selected for locations in the city center with large crowds but noisy environments and limited space, while others were chosen near amusement parks with a younger audience but constant disruptions from children.
Every location given by the production team had its pros and cons, testing the contestants’ abilities to overcome disadvantages and seize opportunities.
After this episode aired, the ratings of “Ace Rising Star” broke historical records and reached a new high.
The new recording format and challenging performance requirements created fresh topics and heated discussions for the show.
On the night of the show’s broadcast, the hashtag #AceRisingStarSquareDance trended on social media.
Under the hashtag, there were various edited short videos.
Rong Yuheng’s soaring momentum, Zou Yi’s aerobics-like dance moves, and the expressions of Pu Zaixi, Zhou Shubai, and Shi Lu, who went from despair to obsession… all of them were edited and accompanied by subtitles—
Like when Rong Yuheng lifted his leg passionately, there were a few big characters next to it: “I’m taking off!”
Apart from a few videos used for memes, some people also noticed Rong Yuheng’s action of tying up his T-shirt.
Netizens went crazy:
“Oh my god, that waist! Damn, it’s so slim! I feel like I could wrap my arm around it!”
“Rong-er’s legs are really long and straight! We can’t tell when they’re covered by clothes, but now that they’re exposed, I can really see it!”
“Ah, I’m dead! As long as Rong-ge stays quiet and doesn’t make any movements, he’s exactly what I imagine my first love to be like!”
Rong Yuheng didn’t know of the evaluations and expectations of netizens.
He never indulged in online discussions about himself.
At this stage, most of the opinions expressed by netizens were one-sided and subjective, and whether they praised or criticized him, it was not enough to guide his actions.
As an emerging star, Rong Yuheng believed that he should not be swayed by public opinion but should strive to shine in the right direction.
However, the trending topic that Rong Yuheng missed happened to be displayed on Wen Zhongyun’s computer screen at this moment.
Since being driven by curiosity to watch an episode of “Ace Rising Star,” Wen Zhongyun had not missed a single episode.
After all, he was already retired and spends his days at home singing and listening to music.
Occasionally, he had time to catch a variety show.
At this moment, Wen Zhongyun was standing in front of the computer, browsing the hilarious videos under the hashtag #AceRisingStarSquareDance, while emitting an earth-shattering swan scream.
“Honk honk honk honk…!”
Wen Zhecheng, who just entered the house and was about to close the door, froze in his tracks as his temples started to throb.
He felt that he had given Wen Zhongyun too much freedom.
Wen Zhecheng closed the door, his expression serious as he walked step by step towards the source of the sound.
Wen Zhongyun was completely unaware of his son’s approach.
He was facing the computer screen, hands raised high in passionate movements—
No elderly person could resist the charm of square dancing!
Wen Zhongyun twisted along with Rong Yuheng in the hilarious video, loudly singing, “The vast horizon is my love~”
In the middle, there was a humorous subtitle that appeared,
“At the foot of the gentle green hills, I soar!”
Wen Zhecheng, who was already standing behind him, “…”
Wen Zhongyun happily danced through the video, and as the screen turned black, he raised his head and met the cold face reflected in the pitch-black screen, “…”
Wen Zhecheng’s chilly voice slipped from his attractive thin lips, “Dad, it seems like you’re being too lively.”
Wen Zhongyun retracted his restless hands, turned around guiltily, and tried to justify himself, “The charm of square dancing is just too great…”
Wen Zhecheng looked at him skeptically, and sternly admonished him, “You’re getting older, you can’t make such vigorous movements anymore.”
Wen Zhongyun said, “Not vigorous, not vigorous, let me show you an even more vigorous original version!” He said as he dragged the video back to the beginning, offering it as evidence of his innocence.
Wen Zhecheng sighed, “Dad, I don’t want…”
Suddenly, his voice faltered, and his gaze fixed on the familiar figure on the screen, energetically waving as if a supreme king was conquering new territory.
A moment passed.
Wen Zhecheng, “Fu.” A sound of astonishment
Author’s note: Wen Zhongyun: You “fu”ed! “Fu” means you’ve lost!
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