My Country’s “Got Talent” until they Don’t

November 8, 2017

There’s America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, Africa’s Got Talent, Asia’s Got Talent, Belgium’s Got Talent, Bhutan’s Got Talent, Cambodia’s Got Talent, Croatia’s Got Talent, Czech Republic & Slovakia’s Got Talent, Ecuador’s Got Talent, France’s Got Talent, Georgia’s Got Talent (not the U.S. state), Germany’s Got Talent, Greece’s Got Talent, Iceland’s Got Talent, Got Talent Israel, Italia’s Got Talent, Mongolia’s Got Talent, Myanmar’s Got Talent, Nepal’s Got Talent, Holland’s Got Talent, Norway’s Got Talent, and …

Anyway, that incomplete list shows how many Got Talents there are or were. Here’s the Wiki post for all the former and current Got Talents.

The last year for China’s Got Talent was Season 5, 2013-14. The next video shows the five winners of China’s Got Talent from the man who had no arms and played the piano with his bare feet to the acrobat that won season 5.

I have two favorites: one from the United States and one from Norway.

Grace VanderWaal won America’s Got Talent in 2016, at age 12. She writes her own songs and performs them. She then signed a record contract with Columbia Records and put out her first short album that reached #9 in the United States. She went on to win a Teen Choice Award and an award from Disney. She is now 13, and started her first concert tour in early October 2017, at Austin’s City Limits Music Festival. Her first full-length album (she wrote all the songs) is scheduled for release on November 3. I already have my own copy and I listen to it every morning when I exercise. I like her work that much.

Angelina Jordan won Norway’s Got Talent when she was age 8, singing classic jazz. At age ten in 2016, she recorded “I Put a Spell on You.”  If you enjoyed that performance, there’s more. You will discover she performs barefoot. Jordan’s first album was scheduled for release this year.

Discover Anna May Wong, the American actress who died a thousand times.

Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine, Crazy is Normal, Running with the Enemy, and The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova.

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The Face of Compassion

October 19, 2010

In August, I wrote China’s Got Talent Too about Liu Wei, the armless pianist who plays the piano with his toes. 

This week, he won the contest and performed by singing, “You Are Beautiful” in English. 

Lui Wei’s motto is, “I have two options – I can die as fast as possible, or I can live a brilliant life, and I chose the latter.”

Another one of Liu Wei’s quotes is, “To me, there are three things that cannot be missed in life – air, water and music.”

If you watch his winning performance in the embedded video and don’t speak Chinese, be patient. Eventually you will get to hear Liu Wei perform.

Liu Wei was 10 years old when he lost his arms after touching a high-voltage wire during a game of hide-and seek. In America, the standard current is 110 V.  In China, the standard electric current is 220 V.

If you travel the globe, you may want to know about the World Electric Guide so I included this link and visit Electric Shock to discover a few tips to avoid that jolt.

I also read a piece in the People’s Daily Online asking, Do Chinese people lack compassion? After reading the piece, I’m sure most animal lovers in America would say that the Chinese lack compassion. 

However, I would disagree. Most Chinese have a lot of compassion but it isn’t the same as showing compassion in the West, which usually means donating money or time to an animal shelter.

In China, compassion helped Liu Wei win China’s Got Talent and he became a national celebrity and an example to every child in China showing what it means to never give up regardless of the odds.

Liu Wei earned that compassion by not allowing his handicap to get in his way – not because he lost his arms in an accident.


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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China’s Got Talent Too

August 28, 2010

There is America’s Got Talent and most of us know who Susan Boyle is from Britain’s Got Talent.

Now, from China comes an inspiration. Liu Wei lost both his arms when he was 10 after touching a high-voltage wire during a game of hide-and-seek.

At 23, on China’s Got Talent, he stunned people across China and brought tears to some when he played piano with his toes.

Many in the West may not be aware of how much China has changed.

China’s Got Talent is a British-owned Chinese reality show screened by Dragon TV in Shanghai.  It features performers of all types and ages competing for a performing contract with Fremantle Media and Sony Music Entertainment. Source: Cultural China

See Impressions of Liu Sanjie


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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