Show Lo

Show Lo
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Show Lo in 2013.
Born (1979-07-30) 30 July 1979 (age 39)
Occupation Singer, actor, television host
Years active 1994–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 羅志祥
Simplified Chinese 罗志祥
Musical career
Also known as Show Lo
Luo Zhixiang
Xiao Zhu (Little Pig)
Genres Mandopop
Dance
Labels Avex Taiwan (2003–2007)
Gold Typhoon (Taiwan) (2008–2013)
Sony Music Taiwan (2013–2014)
EMI Music Taiwan (2014–present)
Pony Canyon (2011–present)

Show Lo (simplified Chinese: 罗志祥; traditional Chinese: 羅志祥; pinyin: Luó Zhìxiáng; born July 30, 1979) is a Taiwanese singer, actor and host. He is commonly known by his nickname Xiao Zhu (Little Pig) (simplified Chinese: 小猪).[1] Lo is recognized for his trademark dance music and comedic talent. He has over 50 million followers on China's micro-blogging platform Weibo as of June 2018.[2]

Show Lo debuted as a member of Taiwanese boy group in 1996 after winning a singing and dancing competition, and began his solo music career in 2003 when he released his first studio album Show Time. His successive albums were commercially successful; he achieved best-selling album of the year in Taiwan for four consecutive years from 2010 to 2013.[3] He holds many records in the Taiwanese music industry, including being the first pop singer to hold a concert in Taipei Arena in 2005, and the first pop singer to hold three concerts within twenty-four hours in Taipei Arena in 2010.[4] As of May 2018, he has went on four world tours. His 2010 舞法舞天 (Dance without Limits) World Tour ran for two-and-a-half years, visiting forty-two cities and attracting 600,000 spectators.[5] Lo is fluent in Japanese and released his first Japanese single EP Dante in 2012. The song clinched 5th place in Japan's Oricon daily charts on its first day of release and remained at 10th place in the Oricon weekly charts, making him the first Taiwanese male singer to place on the chart.[6]

Besides his singing career, Show Lo is a successful television host and entertainer. He has been hosting 100% Entertainment since 2001.[7] In 2017, he won the Best Host for a Variety Show Award in the 52nd Golden Bell Awards for 100% Entertainment, with co-host Linda Chien.[8] He is also recognized as a member of the cast for the popular Chinese reality show, Go Fighting!, and as a judge on China's Produce 101 and Street Dance of China.[9]

Show Lo was nominated thrice for Best Male Actor in the Golden Bell Awards.[10] In 2013, Lo was handpicked by director Stephen Chow to play the guest role of Prince Important in the movie Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, which broke Chinese box office records.[11] Chow cast Lo again in a supporting role, Octopus, in his 2016 movie The Mermaid, likening his comedic talent onscreen to a formidable explosive.[12] The movie once again broke existing Chinese box office records.[13]

In 2006, Show Lo created fashion brand STAGE which currently has branches in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.[14] STAGE sponsors clothing for many Taiwanese entertainers, and the brand is often seen on Taiwanese variety shows.

Early life

Show Lo was born in Keelung City, Taiwan. His father is ethnically Han Chinese of Shandong descent and his mother is a Taiwanese Aborigine of the Amis people. He is an only child, and his parents held multiple odd jobs to support the family when he was growing up. They primarily put up entertainment shows for grassroots events such as weddings, in which his father hosted and his mother sang. Show participated in these entertainment shows as a child, playing the drums onstage when he was just three.

Show is nicknamed Xiao Zhu (Little Pig) because he was really chubby when he was young, weighing over 100 kilograms.[15] He was bullied by his classmates for his weight, which made him determined to slim down. During the summer break of his first year in middle school, Show swam and played basketball everyday, shedding weight and reaching 80 kilograms within two months.

Show picked up street dance when he was in middle school and was a member of a street dance group, participating in many dancing competitions in Taiwan. He auditioned successfully for Taipei Hwa Kang Arts School, but was only enrolled there for one school term as his family was unable to afford the school fees. He returned to Keelung and enrolled in Pei De high school's media production course.

Career

Debut (1996–2002)

In 1996, Show entered and won a singing and dancing competition, impersonating Aaron Kwok. He debuted as member of boy group Four Heavenly Kings with three other contestants who impersonated the other Hong Kong Four Heavenly Kings. The boy group disbanded in 1998 as two members left for compulsory military service, which Show was exempted from because he has Gluteal Fibrotic Contracture.[16] He also suffers from Mitral insufficiency and hence cannot consume food containing caffeine.[17] That same year, he formed a new boy group Romeo with Ou Di. They released two albums, but the group soon disbanded too.

From 2000 to 2002, Show's singing career was stalled by a lawsuit with his former management company. He was forced to transit from a teen idol to a variety show entertainer, performing gags on variety shows. His transition into hosting comedy game shows was successful, and he earned the "Triple Crown" title for hosting the three most popular variety shows at one point in time. The sudden cancellation of these variety shows left him jobless for three months, which he refers to as the bleakest moment in his career. During this time period, he also played the male leading role in the idol drama Hi Working Girl, co-starring with Jolin Tsai. The two formed a lasting friendship from this collaboration.

Avex Taiwan (2003–2007)

In 2003, Show signed with Avex Taiwan and launched his solo career with the release of his first album Show Time, selling over 80,000 copies.

His second album, Expert Show, was released in 2004. The leading dance track "機器娃娃" (Robot Doll), is a hip hop number about the prevalence of electronic pets and on-line relationships. He collaborated with his co-host Xiao S on the duet "Love Expert" (恋爱达人).

Show released his third album Hypnosis Show in 2005. He collaborated with Jolin Tsai for the first lead dance track "Destined Guy" (真命天子).

The year after, he released his fourth album SPESHOW on November 17, 2006. The lead track, "Dance Gate" (精舞门) is a cover of "James Dean (I Wanna Know)" by Daniel Bedingfield. The Music Video features Show Lo's iconic 椅子舞 (chair dance) and him showing off his versatility, performing various dance styles. For the album, he sang a full length English song for the first time, "Twinkle", with Japanese singer Koda Kumi.

Show released his fifth album Show Your Dance on November 16, 2007; he sang the duet "Defeat in Love" (败给你) with Elva Hsiao.

Pony Canyon (2011–present)

In 2011, Show signed with Pony Canyon Japan. His first Japanese single "Dante" was released on February 15, 2012. This song made it to the 5th place in Japan's Oricon daily chart during its first day of release, and hit 10th place in the Oricon weekly chart.[18] This record made Show the first Taiwanese male singer to be on the Oricon chart after Teresa Teng.

On June 20, 2012, his second Japanese single "Magic" was released.

His Japanese studio album "THE SHOW" was released on September 19, 2012. However, the planned trip to Japan to promote his album was not eventuated due to political uproar over the Senkaku Islands between Japan, Taiwan and China.

Gold Typhoon (2008–2013)

In 2008 Show joined forces with Gold Typhoon (Taiwan) and released his sixth album Trendy Man.

On September 19, 2009, Show represented Taiwan and performed at the 6th Asia Song Festival, held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in South Korea.

The seventh album, Rashomon, was released in 2010, which held the number one spot on G-music, and the album sold 150,000 copies.

Show released his eighth studio album, Only for You, on February 18, 2011, which the album sold more than 150,000 copies.

Show's ninth album, 9ood Show was released on April 6, 2012. For this album, Show and his partner Rainie Yang teamed up with Tourism Australia to film a short romance film featuring tourist attractions in Melbourne, Tasmania, and Sydney.

In November 2012, Show announced his new world tour "Over The Limit", starting from January 2013 at Taipei Arena.

Sony Music (2013–2014)

In August 2013 Show had joined Sony Music along with Elva Hsiao. He went on a Japanese Tour with partner Rainie Yang to make up for the cancelled tour in 2011. He also released the tenth album Lion Roar, which became the fourth consecutive album to reach over 150,000 copies. In the album, he wrote Taiwanese lyrics for the love song "You Are Mine", which is his first Taiwanese hip-hop song. In his words, the song is about the kind of love that never ends and continues beyond this life, written based on his own experience of a love as deep as that of his parents.

In December 2013, Show announced his new encore world tour of "Over The Limit — Dance Soul Returns", starting from January 2014 in Kaohsiung Arena.

EMI Music Taiwan (2014–present)

In 2014, Show joined EMI Music Taiwan along with Rainie Yang and A-mei.

In 2015, he joined the famous Chinese variety show Go Fighting! with Zhang Yi Xing, Sun Honglei, Huang Lei, Huang Bo and Wang Xun.

Show Luo's eleventh album "Reality Show?" was released on November 20, 2015. The title is derived from Show's personal reflection on his persona, commenting that what he presents has elements of both 'Reality' and of putting on a 'Show'. He co-wrote the music and lyrics for the leading track, "Let Go", which discusses the issue of cyber-bullying.[19] The music video depicts three subjects representing the demographics most vulnerable to cyber-bullying.

Show also created his Artist Management Company, Creation, signing on Linda Chien, his co-host on 100% Entertainment, re-branding her from a children's television presenter to a singer.

Discography

World tours

Filmography

Television series

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1998 When We Nest Together 當我們窩在一起 Lin Ming Zong
2000 Butterfly Lovers 少年梁祝 Liang Shanbo
Girls Walk Forward 女生向前走 Luo Jia Xi Cameo
2001 Spicy Teacher 麻辣鮮師 Yu Zhi Xiang Cameo
2003 Hi Working Girl Hi 上班女郎 Cheng Ta-lun
2004 The Outsiders II 鬥魚II Yuan Cheng Lie / Xu Ling Gang
2007 Corner with Love 轉角*遇到愛 Qin Lang
2008 Hot Shot 籃球火 Yuan Da Ying
2009 Hi My Sweetheart 海派甜心 Xue Hai / Lin Da Lang
2014 Shenzhen 深圳合租記 Song Xiao Lei

Feature film

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2001 Expect a Miracle 蘋果咬一口 Chou Jia Xiang
2005 Chicken Little N/A Chicken Little Mandarin voice-over
2007 Bee Movie N/A Barry B. Benson Mandarin voice-over
2013 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西遊·降魔篇 Prince Important
2016 Go Fighting! 極限挑戰之皇家寶藏 Himself
The Mermaid 美人魚 Octopus
2017 Bleeding Steel 機器之血 Li Sen

Short film

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2012 Bringing Joy Home 2012 把樂帶回家 Second child Pepsi (China) New Year's Special 2012
Heartbeat Love 再一次心跳 Lee Da Cheng [25]
2013 Bringing Joy Home 2013 把樂帶回家2013 Doctor Pepsi (China) New Year's Special 2013
Who Is Your Dish 誰是你的菜 Prince Lo Lay's (China) short film 2013
2014 Bringing Joy Home 2014 (Family) 把樂帶回家2014 親情篇 Shop owner Pepsi (China) short film 2014
Bringing Joy Home 2014 (Etiquette) 把樂帶回家2014 人情篇 Little Lo Pepsi (China) short film 2014
2015 Bringing Joy Home 2015 把樂帶回家2015 Pepsi (China) New Year's Special 2015
Who Is Your Dish 2015 誰是你的菜2015 A Zhai Lay's (China) short film 2015

Host

Year English title Original title Notes Description
2003–present 100% Entertainment 娛樂百分百 Host Entertainment News Show
2015–present Go Fighting! 極限挑戰 Host

4th Season airing as of 29/5/2018

Reality Game Show
2017 Born To Be A Star 天生是優我 Mentor, Dance instructor Girl Group Competition
2017 Puppies' Little Helpers 小手牵小狗 House Master Reality Show about little children training puppies
2018 Street Dance of China 这!就是街舞 Judge Street Dance Competition
2018 Produce 101 創造101 Dance instructor Girl Group Competition

Books

  • September 30, 2002 – Zhu Shi Hui She (autobiography)
  • October 9, 2007 – Show on Stage (残酷舞台) (concert)
  • December 24, 2010 – Logic (罗辑课) (co-written with his mother)[26]
  • August 7, 2014 – Dream Puzzle (极限拼图)

Awards and nominations

References

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  20. ^ (in Chinese) "罗志祥2011舞法舞天广州演唱会" March 5, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-12
  21. ^ (in Chinese) "舞法舞天 罗志祥世界巡回演唱会 墨尔本站" Retrieved 2011-03-04
  22. ^ "Show Luo (Dance Without Limits 3D) Concert 16 April 2011" Retrieved 2011-02-28
  23. ^ "羅志祥舞法舞天之一萬零一夜演唱會 澳門站" Retrieved 2011-03-30
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  25. ^ Channel Manager. "Once More Heartbeat". VIkI. VIKi. Retrieved Dec 8, 2015.
  26. ^ Show Luo becomes an author and gets some motherly advice November 30, 2010. Retrieved 05-03-2013.