China's got talent (but no arms)


11th October 2010

Not the whole of China, obviously, just Lui Wei – the 23 year old armless pianist and winner of China’s Got Talent. You have to watch this.

Reality TV gets a well deserved bashing for highlighting the performers’ sob-stories in order to manufacture an emotional response from the audience. In this case, it’s fair to say it didn’t take much probing to get to the root of Lui Wei’s disadvantage, and to his immense credit, he doesn’t really want to talk about it that much. Unlike UK contestants who would have you believing they were inspired to perform because their dog is looking down from heaven and would just be so (*hiccup*) proud (*weep*).

Having been an amputee since he was 10, Lui taught himself to play the piano with his feet when he was 19, stating "Nobody says [playing the] piano has to be with hands". Well they do, but that didn’t stop him.

skip to about 2 minutes in to get to the actual performance

Apparently in another round, he sang James Blunt’s "You're Beautiful". I don’t care how good your footwork is, mate, I’m not watching that.

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