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'Talent' touches hearts of millions

CHINESE viewers are hoping a "Chinese Susan Boyle" will emerge from a popular TV reality show. But even if one doesn't, many will still have received something invaluable from the show.

A Chinese version of "Got Talent," produced by Dragon TV, first aired on July 25. Last night judges named the 24 contestants to advance to the second round. It is now the highest rated show in China.

Apart from some brilliant singing and dancing, other acts - including belly dancing and the cutting of cucumbers with poker cards - dazzled viewers.

Viewers have also been moved by some truly unique performances - and some touching life stories.

A 45-year-old bicycle repairman, Jiang Renrui, carried a self-made contraption on his back to present a clumsy imitation of a peacock displaying its plumage.

All three judges hit the reject buzzer and Jiang had to stop and leave the stage.

But Jiang said he didn't regret being eliminated, because he never wanted to win. He said all he wanted was to get his paralyzed wife to smile.

Even though Jiang didn't become "China's Susan Boyle," his efforts to lift his wife's spirits and his humility touched the hearts of many viewers. He shot to fame and viewers and netizens now call him "Brother Peacock," a term of endearment.

While some were moved by his expression of love for his wife, others were just as curious about his bizarre gadget.

Other contestants included hip hop dancers and a car washer who mimicked Michael Jackson.

Viewers were also stunned by 35-year-old street vendor Zhou Yanfeng and his wife Xu Na.

Their vivid imitation of the act of a pig being slaughtered amazed all who were lucky enough to see it.

"My dream is to have a karaoke parlor of my own so I can sing to my heart's content," Xu said.

But the show's most popular contestant has been 23-year-old Zhu Jie, a 1.23-meter-tall woman who has the appearance and voice of a little girl due to a disease that has stopped her from growing.

After her inspiring song, her boyfriend, who also suffers from the same disease, went on stage and told her, "I love everything about you."


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