Self-taught popper tops China’s Got Talent 2011
A new pop star is born in China.
Popper Zhuo Jun (卓君) claimed first place in China’s Got Talent 2011 (CGT) last night with his razzle-dazzle of muscle jerks and some incredible robotic –- and sometimes even puppet-like -- moves.
Click here to see a video of Zhuo Jun’s performance on China’s Got Talent’s website.
Zhuo is the second performer to win CGT, one of China’s most popular reality TV shows, succeeding the armless pianist Liu Wei.
Growing up on the farm in Guangxi Province, Zhuo Jun only started popping two years ago. He learnt purely by imitating Michael Jackson and Korean star Poppin Hyun Joon on TV and through the Internet.
Zhuo is also the only university student in his village.
The 19-year-old was crowned champion after beating seven other contestants in a four-hour long final competition in Shanghai Stadium in the rain.
Zhuo Jun told a reporter from Tencent that he had decided to stick with his studies after winning the show.
“No matter which agency I end up signing with, [I] will not restrict my studies,” Zhuo said.
The second place went to songstress Cai Hongping, aka Auntie Sweetie, who is regarded as China’s Susan Boyle. The opera-singing vegetable seller sang "Nessun Dorma" in Italian yesterday.
The CGT final also featured a list of popular Chinese and international stars and acts as warm-up performances, including the “super girl” Li Yuchun (李宇春), Chinese actor Wu Xiubo (吴秀波) and Britain’s Got Talent’s Razy Gogonea.
The show hit a mini-climax when special guest Susan Boyle showed up singing “I Was Born to Be” and “I Dreamed a Dream” in her red lace-trimmed evening gown, which Boyle had tailor-made especially for her first China trip.
When asked about her impression of China, Boyle answered: "People are very friendly and China is beautiful."