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FAN Weichi (pictured far right), a famous Taiwanese pop music star who is regarded as the "Oxygen Singer Queen,?(meaning a star with a fresh and natural style) appeared last week in Shanghai's Super Brand Mall as a judge for the first round of a dancing competition.

Different from other traditional dancing contests, it did not limit the genre, so latin, hip-hop, folk, jazz, classical and belly dancing competed on the same stage.

Judges not only commented on dancers?body movements but sometimes also demonstrated steps of a dance on stage to show the contestants.

Fan grew up in America and went back to Taiwan to study at the age of six. After middle school education she returned to America to further her high school studies, majoring in tax law at Pomona College then studied economics at Harvard.

She loved music and after her second year at university decided to defer to return to Taiwan to start a singing career.

Fan is highly experienced in the music business, having sustained a singing career since her first album in 2000 and her latest album ?"Faces of Fan Fan??last year topped five music charts.

But despite her high profile as a performer who sings and dances on stage, Fan doesn't have great natural coordination as a dancer.

It doesn't, however, deter her and in this interview with "Sunday,?Fan encouraged performers to believe that nothing is impossible, and they should just get out there and do it.Q: You admit to lacking in physical coordination while dancing, which appears to be a problem in your concerts. Are you feeling a lot of pressure as a judge in this dancing competition?

A: My agency is always afraid of my dancing performances (laughing) which are mainly the result of a lack of physical coordination in my arms and legs. But that does not mean I am afraid of dancing, of showing myself. It does not mean either that I am not good at judging a good dancer because I am the anchorwoman of Taiwan's entertainment program "Lollipop?where I see a lot of professional dancers. As a judge here I just want my example to inspire competitors to be confident to perform despite their limitations.

Q: Are you going to launch a new album very soon?

A: Yes. The recording process of my new album has already finished and now we are working on the post-production. I think it will be launched in May or June this year.

Q: What will be different compared to your previous ones?

A: This time I want to bring something new to people which might be a little bit out of the mainstream. The style of the songs are more rock, fast and up-tempo, which is quite different from most of my other songs. I want to give people a totally fresh and new feel to show another aspect of my work.

Q: How does this link with the spirit of the dancing contest?

A: It taps into one of the grass-roots spirits to show your youth through dancing. I think young people need to dance, it's another exercise for a healthy lifestyle. This contest is a platform to let them do that. Also, I want to use the opportunity to find more talented young dancers and let them perform in my Taiwan show.

Q: Does that mean there will be a lot of MTV dance songs if there are many up-tempo songs involved?

A: Yes. They will give people like me who lack coordination the enthusiasm to dance, despite their limitations. Young people might get some encouragement to show off.

Q: You and your boyfriend (Charles Chen) have been in a relationship for many years, unlike others in the scene. Are you considering setting up a family?

A: We are in a very stable relationship, but we don't want to think about marriage yet, at least this year.


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