The curtain drew on the second season of China`s Got Talent at the Shanghai Stadium late Sunday night, putting an end to the nearly half-year-long competition – but not before Zhuo Jun`s dreams came true as he was titled "China`s 2011 Talent."
With the support of fans from a pool of 30,000 audience members, three judges and 101 members of the media, "robotic dancer" Zhuo has won the chance to compete with fellow talents from the hit show`s series, including ones from Britain`s Got Talent and America`s Got Talent.
"I don`t chase others, but rather try and compete against myself," said Zhuo, before he was announced the winner last Sunday night.
A native of southern China`s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the 19-year-old self-taught break dancer was among the some 50,000 hopefuls vying for the chance at fame in the most populous country in the world, almost quintuple that of contestants who applied for the show`s China debut last year – a reality series that has become as popularized on the Chinese mainland as its stars from the first season, which saw armless piano extraordinaire Liu Wei win the hearts of the nation with his toe-playing abilities.
That night`s winner, Zhuo accepted the honor after beating out seven other finalists, the most worthy of whom were: Wu Damu, a 12-year-old singer whose lyrics remembering his late mother touched judges and audiences alike; 31-year-old Isaac Hou, a Chinese-American, who impressed the masses by jumping through hoops, literally, and dancing with his "crystal ball"; and Cai Hongping, better known as the "Chinese Susan Boyle," named after the Scottish singer who has reached international success since her appearance on Britain`s 2009 version of the show.
Boyle`s performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" at the stadium that night was GREeted warmly by fans. Donning an electric pink dress, the 49-year-old was charmed to be part of this year`s China`s Got Talent season finale on her first visit to China.
Shanghai native stand-up comedian Zhou Libo, best known for his stinging jokes about other people and their cultures, was among the panel of judges, which also included Taiwan singer and actress Annie Yi as well as Taiwan musician Jerry Huang.
Other notable performances last Sunday night included Razy Gogonea`s signature Matrix-stimulated body-popping act – moves that helped the Romanian garner attention earlier this year on the fifth season of Britain`s Got Talent.
Forty-year-old An Dong perhaps equally impressed audiences by "floating in the air," using uncanny acrobatic-like gymnastic techniques. Kungfu Pop, a group of four young male martial arts masters from across the country, combined the ancient art with modern hip-hop music, for a number that also wowed fans at the stadium.