Congratulations to Liu Wei, an armless pianist who is now China’s Most Talented Person. Besides being able to play Mariage D’amour with his toes, we also learned that he could probably school us in swimming and Chinese calligraphy. That makes him almost TOO talented, if you ask me.
Just kidding. Shanghai Daily has the full story:
At the award ceremony, Liu was invited by Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai as a guest performer during her world tour. He has the chance to perform at Las Vegas for three months.
He is also likely to receive a performance contract with Fremantle Media and Sony Music Entertainment.
Liu didn’t put a foot, or a toe, wrong with an impeccable performance on the piano, and he was in fine voice, too, as he sang “You’re Beautiful” to conquer the live audience and those watching at home.
Winning over the judges with his remark “at least I have a pair of perfect legs,” Liu became the only finalist to move all three.
I recommend watching the whole video. You may not be a fan of James Blunt (I sure am not), but the producers pulled out all the stops to make sure his performance was as much of a spectacle as possible. There’s freakin’ violinists hanging in mid-air!