Lin Yu Chun (林育群 – pronounced “lin2 yu4 qun2”) may not have any singles out yet, but I’m betting his performance on One Million Star (超級星光大道) singing I Will Always Love You in the style of Whitney Houston could do a lot for the Taiwanese music industry. If you haven’t seen his performance yet, take a look:
The internets are all aflutter with discussion of Lin’s performance (and, not surprisingly, arguments about his nationality), and people are calling him the next Susan Boyle. If that’s true, then Lin has a lot to look forward to. Of course, this is just a cover, and a kick-ass one at that. But think about it – this could have gone in a completely different direction. There are lots of international internet sensations out there who became famous for how terribly they sang an English song, and I’m sure the countries those singers came from (I’m looking at you, Korea) were cringing while waiting for the fame to wear off.
Lin Yu Chun, on the other hand, nailed it, giving Taiwan an overnight star. And when he starts putting out his own music, the world will hopefully still be paying attention. I, for one, can’t wait to see what else he has to offer.
Edit: Also check him out last year on Super Idol (超級偶像) singing A-mei’s 讓每個人都心碎 (see original KTV vid here)!