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Magician Eric Chien first Taiwanese to win ‘AGT’ grand prize

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After an intensive 10-week search in Asia which saw hundreds of hopeful acts from across 17 countries auditioning for that one big break, viewers have crowned nimble-fingered magician from Taiwan, Eric Chien, as the winner of “Asia’s Got Talent” Season 3.

Magician Eric Chien (third from left) with 'Asia’s Got Talent' judges David Foster, Anggun, and Jay Park (Photo courtesy of AXN Asia)

Magician Eric Chien (third from left) with ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ judges David Foster, Anggun, and Jay Park (Photo courtesy of AXN Asia)

His poetic slight-of-hand tricks has set him apart from other “Asia’s Got Talent” performers, dazzling millions across Asia, and eventually clinching him the win. It is the first time a Taiwanese has landed the accolade since “Asia’s Got Talent” started its Season 1 in 2015.

It was a tough competition in last week’s Grand Final show with eight other talented Grand Finalists – hip hop and street dance 16-member crew Junior Good Vibes from the Philippines, Taiwanese dance crew Maniac Family, the feminine yet strong hijab-clad girl group NAMA from Malaysia, contemporary acrobatic dance duo Power Duo from the Philippines, nimble-fingered shadow play master Shadow Ace from the Philippines, powerful and groovy singer Siti Saniyah from Indonesia, human calculator Yaashwin Sarawanan from Malaysia and gravity-defying Cyr Wheel performer Yang Shih Hao from Taiwan.

“Asia’s Got Talent” Season 3 culminated at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, with a star-studded performance by powerhouse judges David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park. The thunderous applause from the floor when David opened the judges’ performance proved the legendary status of the 16-times Grammy Award winner. He elevated the show with the addition of “American Idol” sensation Pia Toscano and classical crossover vocalist Fernando Varela who stunned the audiences with their powerful vocal prowess singing “You Raise Me Up” and “All By Myself”; Anggun breathed new life into Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla’s famous classic “Caruso”, delivering an impossible operatic duet with the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Finally, Jay Park brought the house down with the premiere performance of his long-awaited new single “K-Town”, which was produced in collaboration with famed American Record Producer Hit Boy, first on “Asia’s Got Talent.”

“’Asia’s Got Talent’ has really been an important platform that allowed me to showcase my magic to the world. Given the stiff competition, I didn’t see this win coming. It’s a humbling experience. I would like to thank all acts of Season 3 that have come together to show the world the talents we have in Asia,” said Eric Chien, winner of “Asia’s Got Talent” Season 3. “As the first Taiwanese act to come out top, I really hope I’ve made everyone back at home proud and inspired more magicians to come forward.”

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