Vanness Wu close to tears after watching a dance performance

The Asia’s Got Talent 2015 judge was choked with emotions during a particular dance act at last night’s grand finals show

Photos: AXN and Marina Bay Sands
Photos: AXN and Marina Bay Sands
09 May 2015

Photos: AXN and Marina Bay Sands

It’s not every day that you see a grown man close to tears and admit it himself on live television, especially not F4 member Vanness Wu. The Taiwanese actor-singer who was so moved by an acrobatic dance act from China at the grand finals of Asia’s Got Talent even  said: “I can feel your love for each other. I’m close to tears.”

The pair of dancers whom he felt strong for are, in fact, lovers in real life, Gao Lin and Liu Xin, and they impressed with their routine and a series of amazing lifts and stunts accompanying ‘Unconditionally’ by Katy Perry. At the end of their performance, they received a standing ovation from all four judges (David Foster, Melanie C, Vanness  and Anggun Cipta Sasmi) too.

Things get competitive with a total of nine finalists vying for the ultimate winners’ crown of Asia’s Got Talent 2015.  Will this couple emerge champions and bring home the coveted winning title, plus the US$100,000 prize?

We look at the rest of the contestants’ final performances. Click on for more photos from the grand finals.

The hosts’ pre-show impressions
The hosts’ pre-show impressions
08 May 2015

The hosts’ pre-show impressions

Before the performances began, Melanie said that the contestants are “going to perform out of their skins to make everyone’s job easy to crown the winners” and Vanness added that he was “expecting perfection”. Anggun paid tribute to Nepal by urging viewers to send in donations and David described the show to be “like the Olympics”, “two minutes [they’ve] been training for [their] whole life”.

Young rockers Talento opened the show
Young rockers Talento opened the show
08 May 2015

Young rockers Talento opened the show

Talento, one of the two acts that was saved in the last round of the semi-finals, kick-started the show with ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe, a song choice favoured by all four judges. The aspiring young rock stars from Thailand aged 11 and 12 rocked the Marina Bay Sands stage with their synchronised head banging and the lead singer’s impressive high note towards the end. Vanness even admitted that he was jealous of the boys’ stage outfits and supported them by standing throughout their performance.

Gao Lin proposed to Liu Xin right after their performance
Gao Lin proposed to Liu Xin right after their performance
08 May 2015

Gao Lin proposed to Liu Xin right after their performance

Photo: ABS-CBN News

Gao Lin, who initially planned to propose to Liu Xin if they won the competition, suddenly stirred up excitement on the stage when he gave a touching speech about how they have “been through thick and thin together”, went down on one knee and proposed to her on the spot. The show captured the joyous moment when Liu Xin patted her eyes and immediately replied, “I will!” David even asked them for “a proper kiss” when the hosts prompted him to comment about the proposal.

Dance Thrilogy inspired Anggun’s daughter to tap dance
Dance Thrilogy inspired Anggun’s daughter to tap dance
08 May 2015

Dance Thrilogy inspired Anggun’s daughter to tap dance

Anggun shared that her 7-year-old daughter now wants to attend a tap dancing school from watching Dance Thrilogy, the Singaporean act saved by voters through semi-finals round three. They performed ‘The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)’ from their favourite musical 42nd Street with their adorable facial expressions and Wonder Woman-esque costumes, which was such a great show according to Vanness that he thanked them profusely and even mimicked their duck face at the end of it.

Melanie C made Spice Girls references
Melanie C made Spice Girls references
08 May 2015

Melanie C made Spice Girls references

Melanie referred to Spice Girls hit song ‘Wannabe’ twice during Triqstar’s segment, commenting “zig-ah-zig-ah” as well as the fact that they gave her what she wanted. In their pre-performance trailer, Triqstar explained, “I don’t think we will ever stop doing this… We want to show that the top talents in Asia are Japanese street dancers.” Their sharp, contorted dance moves clearly impressed the judges, as Anggun praised, “Your skill made it look easy and effortless, which of course, it’s the opposite.” David even labelled it a “perfect performance” and their best performance thus far, adding that “all of Japan should be thrilled”.

El Gamma Punumbra made Anggun teary-eyed
El Gamma Punumbra made Anggun teary-eyed
08 May 2015

El Gamma Punumbra made Anggun teary-eyed

El Gamma Punumbra, a team of shadow-play dancers from the Philippines performed a routine based on man’s destruction of the Earth’s resources, set to the tune of ‘Colors of the Wind’ by Vanessa L. Williams. They fell very quickly into interesting shapes and formations including squids and a woman driving a car, leaving the judges engaged by the storyline and the audience intrigued by how fast they moved into position. Anggun, obviously moved with tears welled in her eyes, showed her appreciation for their nobility in choosing to share the important message about ecological salvation in their performance.

Gerphil Flores gave a heavenly performance
Gerphil Flores gave a heavenly performance
08 May 2015

Gerphil Flores gave a heavenly performance

Classical singer from the Philippines, Gerphil Geraldine Flores, dreams to be a successful recording artiste. Her performance of ‘The Impossible Dream (The Quest)’ from the musical Man of La Mancha showcased Gerphil’s amazing high notes which, accompanied with the lighting design and the choir in the background, made it seem as if she had open up heaven’s gates with her performance. Melanie looked absolutely impressed when she remarked, “The last time I saw you, I said you belong up there (the stage), but I was wrong. You belong up there on the pedestal!” David promised Gerphil: “My golden girl, the song is called ‘The Impossible Dream’, and you just made the dream possible… I promise you, the world is going to know about you.” 

Gwyneth Dorado gave a near-perfect performance
Gwyneth Dorado gave a near-perfect performance
08 May 2015

Gwyneth Dorado gave a near-perfect performance

Taking the stage next with a stellar vocal performance of ‘Titanium’ by David Guetta featuring Sia was the big voiced Gwyneth Dorado from the Philippines who dreams to hold her own concert one day. The four judges were all on their feet and applauding Gwyneth’s act. Anggun said that it was “nearly perfect”. David complimented her, saying, “That’s the true you… right there, with the piano and that beautiful voice killed it!” The hosts also joked that she should take the piano home if David signs it for her, since he had previously signed her guitar at her audition.

Khusugtun performed an original composition by the fire
Khusugtun performed an original composition by the fire
08 May 2015

Khusugtun performed an original composition by the fire

Khusugtun, the Mongolian sextet who Anggun called the cultural ambassadors of their country, dedicated their performance to their close ones and promised to win for their country. Beside a real fire burning at centre stage, they performed an original composition live using traditional Mongolian instruments, accompanied with their voices and chants. Vanness said that he enjoyed it so much he wanted to get a hold of the CD of their performance, and David felt very inspired: “I live in a world of computers, auto-tune… [and] it’s so inspiring to hear music in its purest form in a culture that I now know something about.”

Junior New System impressed with their inhumane dance moves
Junior New System impressed with their inhumane dance moves
08 May 2015

Junior New System impressed with their inhumane dance moves

“Before, dancing to us was just for fun. But now that we are at the grand final, it’s like the answer to each of our lives,” explained one of the dancers from Junior New System. With a member injured in the arm, the hip-hop dancers from Manila still continued to push through their American football-themed Grand Final performance to a medley of songs such as ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls and ‘Who Let the Dogs Out?’ by Baha Men. Melanie complimented the act as well as herself when she said, “You have impeccable taste in music!” She added exasperatedly, “What you do is not right, humans shouldn’t be able to do those things!”

Catch the results next week
Catch the results next week
08 May 2015

Catch the results next week

The nine finalists were selected from 24 semi-finalists from the initial 240 acts from the first five episodes of the series. From now till 11.59 pm this coming Monday (May 11), it’s up to the fans from all across Asia to vote for their favourites via Facebook, SMS and the Asia’s Got Talent mobile app. Who will be the first ever winner of Asia’s Got Talent?

Catch the results of the Grand Finals first on AXN on Thursday, May 14 at 8.05 pm.

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