‘Tall white foreigner from Wales singing songs about communism’ is hit in China

‘Tall white foreigner from Wales singing songs about communism’ is hit in China

A British singer has become an overnight celebrity in China after entering the TV talent show China’s Got Talent.


Iain Inglis sings communist revolutionary songs while dressed in a Red Army uniform Photo: WALES NEWS

Wales News Service

9:14PM GMT 25 Mar 2013

Iain Inglis, 30, shot to fame after singing traditional communist revolutionary songs while dressed in a Red Army uniform.

The university lecturer made it to the semi-finals of the show and now performs for up to £5,000 a night.

“I’m a tall, white foreigner from Wales singing songs about communism in Chinese,” Mr Inglis, from Cardiff, said. “It was a bit of fun to start off with but the more performances I did, the more I was hooked. For some reason the Chinese people seem to find it quite hilarious.”

Mr Inglis received a rapturous response when he donned a Red Army uniform and sang ‘I Love Reading Chairman Mao’s Books Most’ in the first round of China’s Got Talent.

However he said he was stopped from going further than the final 16 by communist authorities in the country.

“As far as I knew I was through to the final round,” he said, “But the day before I was due to perform I got a phonecall saying the Bureau of Broadcasting said I wasn’t able to go on.

“There was no real reason given – perhaps they weren’t very keen on having a foreigner singing songs about communism. I was very disappointed, but that’s just how it is.”

Iain – who is fluent in Mandarin, Russian and German – taught himself to sing his first red song “Socialism is Great” from a CD.

He has lived in China for eight years, after meeting his wife Yu Yanling on a plane. The couple live in the city of Sanya, on Hainan Island, in the South China Sea.

China’s Got Talent is part of media mogul Simon Cowell’s Got Talent franchise.

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