Armless musician won China Got Talent

Posted on 7:01 AM by Sameer Shah

An armless pianist who performs music using his toes has won the first series of China's Got Talent, the country's version of the hit Talent franchise.

Liu Wei, 23, who lost both his arms aged 10 when he was electrocuted during a game of hide-and-seek, defeated seven-year-old standup comedian Zhang Fengxi at the final on Sunday at the Shanghai Stadium, the Shanghai Daily reported.

The pianist, from Beijing, who taught himself to play the piano at age 18, impressed the audience with his performance of the James Blunt song You're Beautiful, singing and using his feet to play the piano.

He also won over the judges by commenting: 'At least I have a pair of perfect legs.'

Cai Xiuqing, 23, a student from Shantou in Guangdong province, won third place for singing Boundless Oceans Vast Skies, a hit for Hong Kong rock band Beyond.

At the awards ceremony, Liu was invited by Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai to be a guest performer on her world tour which gives him the chance to perform in Las Vegas for three months.

The awards ceremony also featured winners and finalists from the British and American versions of the show, including British singer Paul Potts - who won the first series of Britain's Got Talent - and dance group Diversity.

The British version of the show catapulted Scottish singer Susan Boyle to international stardom in 2009.

The Chinese version of the TV talent show made its debut in May and has steadily risen in popularity, with the semi-final on Sept 26 ranking as the most-watched programme nationally, according to ratings.

The show's director Jin Lei told the newspaper that its success ensured it would continue next year.

'China has so much untapped grassroots talent and we believe the show will maintain its nationwide vitality and popularity for three or five years,' said Jin.

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