Lin on me

Tai­wanese singer Terry Lin prom­ises loads of sur­prises dur­ing his up­com­ing con­cert in Gent­ing.

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IT has been too long since Tai­wanese singer Terry Lin Chih Hsuan last per­formed in Malaysia. Known for hav­ing one of the most beau­ti­ful voices in Tai­wan, the 49- year- old from Keelung was last here to pro

mote his al­bum in 2002.

How­ever, his Malaysia an fans have been keep­ing up by watch­ing his out­stand­ing per­for­mances on Wo Shii Ge Shou, the very pop­u­lar Chi­nese ver­sionn of a Korean re­al­ity show ti­tled I Am A Singe er. Lin emerged as the first run­ner- up in the e first sea­son of the Chi­nese re­al­ity show in 2 2013. This was also the show that gave Malaysian singer Shila Amzah her b big break when she be­came se­cond run­ner up in the se­cond sea­son of the show.

In a re­cent phone in­ter­view fro om Taipei, Lin hoped to spring a few sur­prises dur­ing his up­com­ing Terry Lin One Take World Tour Live In Gent­ing. “Apart from songs from my One Take al­bum ( 2010), I wi ill be singing in one take, within the spa ace of two hours, all the songs that I sang dur­ing the nine weeks of the I Am Singer com­pe­ti­tion. That is one of the rea­sons why we call it the One Take show,” he said, while hint­ing at sur­prises in term ms of mu­si­cal ar­range­ments.

This means that Man­dopop lovers can ex­pect fan favou urites like the Man­darin ver rsion of Ea­son Chan’s Ex­ag­ger­ated, Jay Chou’s Fad de Away, Chyi Chin’s Night Af­ter Night Af­ter Night Af­ter Night, Air Sup­ply’s Mak­ing Love Out Of Noth­ing At All, Tsai Chin’s The Spirit Of Your Eyes, and Never Left ( the Chi­nese ver rsion of Ce­line Dion’s I Sur­ren­der).

Al­though he en­joyed his stint on the re­al­ity show, Lin says he is not likely to take part in other long- run­ning se­ries any time soon as he prefers to fo­cus on prepa­ra­tions for his con­cert tour, which has al­ready played in Shang­hai and Bei­jing. “I may con­sider com­mer­cial shows that are in­ter­est­ing, but I hope to com­mit my full ef­fort to the con­cert tour,” saidd the singer, who was also part of pop­u­lar Man­dopop duo Ukelele in the 90s.

Un­like other artistes who have to slim down for their shows, Lin has to em­bark on a weight gain pro­gramme.

“This time, I’m workin ng out and specif­i­cally tar­get­ting my weight prob­lem. My ex­er­cise plan in­cludes jog­ging and spend­ing lots of time on the tread­mill to boost my stamina so I can per­form at my best through­out the show.

“The re­sult has been ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing. I have ac­tu­ally put on 1kg al­ready. I still need to work on it though. I’ve been told to put on more weight so I’ll look bet­ter in cos­tumes.”

On the sub­ject of guest per­form­ers, Lin says he prefers to lend is sup­port to new­com­ers with po­ten­tial to shine, so he has in­vited Malaysian singer Jess Lee ( win­ner of the sev­enth sea­son of Tai­wan’s One Mil­lion Star re­al­ity show) for the con­cert in Gent­ing. “I will be singing a duet with her. She will also have a solo seg­ment,” he said, adding that since Malays sia is a mul­tira­cial coun­try, he is also con­sid de­r­ing invit­ing artistes who sing in othe- r lan­guages.

Or­gan­ised by Re­sort Wo orld Gent­ing, The Terry Lin One Take Worl ld Tour Live In Gent­ing will be held at th he Arena Of Stars, Re­sorts World Gent­ing ono May 14 at 8.30pm. Tick­ets are price ed at RM168, Rm298, RM468, RM688, RM948.R For reser­va­tions, con­tact Re­sorts W World Gent­ing ( rw­gent­ 03- 2718 8 1118).

— Photo: Re­sorts World Gent­ing

Tai­wanese singer Terry Lin was last in Malaysia in 2002.

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