WATCH: Jon Bon Jovi sings in Mandarin for Chinese Valentine’s Day

By Ella Wong, August 20, 2015

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It’s not just fancy restaurants and flower shops that are helping you celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day; Jon Bon Jovi is getting in on the Qixi action with a soft rock version of the classic ballad, “The Moon Represents My Heart” (月亮代表我的心,Yuèliàng Dàibiǎo Wǒ de Xīn).

It’s far from perfect, but as his first foray into Mandarin-language singing, we think JBJ did a surprisingly respectable job of not completely mangling the Putonghua. (This Fox news anchor could do with taking notes.)

Best of all, the video shot in the recording studio appears to show the rock legend going through the classic stages of laowai trying to speak Chinese: shrugging in a manner that says, that’s how you pronounce it, right? Right?! (00:39), putting head in hands and admitting defeat (1:06), and finally when it’s all over, giving a very relieved smile. 

Watch below:

We hope he tries out a live version when he plays Beijing and Shanghai next month. 


SEE ALSO: Explainer: The story behind Qixi, aka Chinese Valentine’s Day

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