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Dancer pops his way to top prize

AN exhilarating performance gave Zhuo Jun, a self-taught body popping dancer, victory in the second season final of "China's Got Talent" at Shanghai Stadium last night.

Zhuo delighted the audience with his robotic dance of muscular jerks, or pops.

He learned how to do the style of dance by watching videos on the Internet.

Zhuo amazed tens of thousands of people at the stadium, the panel of judges and 101 media juries around the country with his performance.

Their votes gave him the title over Cai Hongping, or Auntie Sweetie, who delighted the audience by singing "Nessun Dorma" using special vegetable-themed lyrics.

Zhuo, in tears, said he was surprised at his victory but would still be focusing on his studies in the future and so far had no other plans.

The 19-year-old Zhuo is the only college student from his small village in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

He thanked his parents who had traveled from his hometown to cheer for him.

Zhuo now has the chance to perform at the Golden Hall in Vienna.

Scots sensation

Last night's show also featured Chinese "Super Girl" Li Yuchun, and winners and finalists from the "Got Talent" series in Britain.

They included Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle and the 28-year-old dancer Razy Gogonea who performed a "Matrix" dance on "Britain's Got Talent."

After performing last night, Razy told his Chinese peers that they should "believe in dreams as one day dreams will come true."

Boyle, in a costume specially made for the occasion with both Scottish and Chinese elements, sang two of her hit songs - "Who I Was Born To Be" and "I Dreamed a Dream" - at the final.

She told her Chinese counterparts to "do your best and enjoy it." When asked about her impressions of China, she said: "People are very friendly and China is beautiful."

The second season of "China'sGot Talent" attracted more than 50,000 applicants.

According to the show's producers from Dragon TV, there will be a third season starting later this year, probably in October or November.

"We're confident that the show's nationwide popularity will last for at least three years," said Jin Lei, director of the popular show.


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