China’s Got Talent ended its second season with a grand finale at the Shanghai Stadium yesterday night attended by a crowd of 80,000. Zhuo Jun, a 19-year-old self-taught dancer from a small village in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, pipped 55-year-old “Auntie Sweetie” Cai Hongping to become the champion. Zhuo wowed audiences with his self-choreographed robotic dance, while Cai, a vegetable seller who has been touted as China’s answer to Susan Boyle, sang “Nessun Dorma”, the popular aria from Puccini’s opera Turandot.
Meanwhile, the real SuBo also made a special guest appearance at the show, wearing a red dress. She performed two songs, “Who I Was Born To Be” as well as her claim to fame, “I Dreamed a Dream”. The Scottish singing sensation is reported to have declined all media requests and keeping a low profile during her three-day stay in Shanghai.
Shanghai Media Group said in a statement that over 50,000 performers auditioned for the second season, up from 20,000 in its first season in 2010. Gao Xiaosong, one of the three judges of the show, had to sit out most of the season because he was sentenced to six months jail for drunk driving.
Watch performances by Zhuo Jun, Cai Hongping and Susan Boyle after the jump…
Zhuo Jun’s winning dance performance
Cai Hongping: Nessun Dorma
Susan Boyle: Who I was Born to Be
Susan Boyle: I Dreamed a Dream