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Jolin still wants to jive

Publication Date : 21-01-2013


A bad fall during a recent pole-dance act has not deterred Taiwanese Dancing Diva Jolin Tsai


One month after falling 1m while dancing on a pole, Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai looks none the worse as she flies here to judge a dance contest last Friday and to perform in it as well.

In fact, she looks as hot as ever - you would not be able to tell she is still recovering from the accident.

Tsai, 32, stretches her fingers on her left hand to demonstrate how she is still affected and says in Mandarin: "I twisted my middle finger and haven't fully recovered so my left hand, which I was using to hold the pole, still hurts if I exert pressure on it. It's a slow recovery."

She has been on a whirlwind schedule, performing full-length concerts in Taiwan, China and Australia in the past month. The singer was in the midst of rehearsing a pole-dance act for the concert in Taiwan last month when she fell headfirst from 1m.

"When you're so caught up in your performance, you don't think about the degree of danger. After this lesson, I've learnt to be more careful, right down to the specifics of my performance," she says.

She was speaking to reporters in a five-minute interview at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, ahead of her judging duties at the Remy Martin Centaur Dance Showdown 2012 last Friday night.

Tsai, who released her 12th Mandarin album Muse last September, is also the cognac's spokesman.

Dance teams from six countries - Singapore, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam - competed for the grand title of Asia's Best Dance Crew and a cash prize of US$10,000. The S.I.N.E Crew from Vietnam were crowned champions.

Tsai, known as the Dancing Diva after her hit 2006 song of the same name, says she will still continue to pursue pole-dancing despite the accident because "it marries art, exercise and dance".

Ask if her boyfriend, New Zealand model Vivian Dawson, 28, was the first person she rang after her fall from the pole, she looks embarrassed before laughing. She simply says she was really busy and startled when it happened.

Every time a reporter asks a question about her beau, Tsai, named Best Mandarin Female Singer at the 18th Golden Melody Awards in 2007, is surprisingly shy and never directly refers to him.

She is equally evasive on her plans for Valentine's Day this year, which falls on the fifth day of Chinese New Year.

All Tsai would say is: "I should be staying in Taipei to be with my family for the festive period. As for Valentine's Day, I have no plans at the moment."

According to past reports, her relationship with Dawson has been going strong for two years. Does she not feel the urge to settle down, especially since her good friend, Singapore singer Stefanie Sun, became a mother last October?

With a serene smile, Tsai says: "I've bought her son baby clothes. I've seen so many babies recently, not just Stefanie's. I don't particularly feel pressured, I'll let fate decide."


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