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Publication Date : 24-12-2012
For her first solo concert in Singapore, Chinese singer Della Ding Dang is promising an idol drama on stage.
In one segment of the gig at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Jan 5, she says, she will sing in what appears to be a giant television set.
"To create that idol drama atmosphere," she explains. "I've sung the theme songs for various idol dramas, so the theme for my concert will revolve around easy listening love songs," adds the Taiwan-based singer, 29, over the telephone from Shanghai where she was performing. One of those hits include "I Love Him" (2009), the theme song of popular Taiwanese idol drama, Autumn's Concerto (2009), starring actor Vanness Wu.
For her leading man, Ding Dang has roped in labelmate Yen-j to guest star. She is quick, however, to dismiss the singer-songwriter, 24, as a potential boyfriend. You can almost imagine her brushing the suggestion off with a wave of her hand as she bursts into laughter.
"He is my junior. The role I'd be playing onstage is the role of matchmaker so that he can be everyone's Temporary Boyfriend," she says, referring to Yen-j's hit song "Temporary Boyfriend", from his third and latest album this year.
While she concedes that the younger singer may be many young women's "dream lover", she is looking for someone tall and responsible. Anyone younger than her by a couple of years would not be suitable, she says, because there might be "a generation gap".
As a teenager, the singer left her home in Zhejiang, China, to pursue a music career in Taiwan. She joined Rock Records in 2003, and then B'in Music International in 2006, which is also home to Mayday, Taiwan's biggest rock band.
Since her debut in 2007, she has released six albums. She was in town six months ago to promote the latest, "One In A Thousand". She returned again in September, to perform at the Guinness Arthur's Day Concert at The Max Pavilion@Singapore Expo.
As a concertgoer, one of her favourite acts is Mayday. She is also a fan of R&B superstar Beyonce and has sung the American singer's hit "Crazy In Love" (2003) at various performances.
"She makes you want to get up and dance with her. Her music is amazing, and her voice, oh, she can really sing," gushes Ding Dang. Promising to bring that same level of energy to her concert, she says: "Come for my concert because that is a complete portrayal of my live performance. What you see on TV is not entirely me.