Alien Huang transforms into Prince of Darkness for S'pore concert?

13 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: AsiaOne/The New PaperSINGAPORE - Pale face. Black eyeliner. Long, sweeping cloak. Broody sullen glare.Alien Huang's latest promotional pictures must have made his fans' jaws drop.After all, the lanky, tanned Taiwanese singer-actor-host is better known for his bubbly nature and wacky, irreverent ways on variety talkshow 100% Entertainment, which he co-helms with singer Show Luo and Butterfly Sister Jian Zhu Ling.In an interview with LOUD last week, while in town to promote his upcoming solo concert at the Hard Rock Hotel Coliseum, the 29-year-old explained the rationale behind his drastic image overhaul."The inspiration came from my nickname, Xiao Gui (Little Ghost in Chinese). It led me to think about spirits and vampires," he said, adding that he is an ardent follower of the US zombie-themed TV series The Walking Dead."I've always loved donning black outfits and this time round, I wanted a more mysterious, glamorous appearance."The idea was to have me presented as the Prince of Darkness."The affable star grinned when quizzed if he was concerned that fans would be able to separate his latest blood-sucking persona from his real-life self."I'm not too worried, as most of my fans are fully aware of my different sides; they wouldn't be confused," said Huang."They know I'm always serious at work - that doesn't change. Even when I'm doing comedy and goofing around, I'm extremely serious about it."So serious is he about his impending concert in Singapore that he has specially prepared an instrumental segment."I'm playing the guitar," he said. "I learnt it just for my live performances."Picking up the guitar was really tough, especially with my hectic filming schedule... Most of the time, I can only practise in the wee hours of the morning, when everyone else is asleep."Huang wants his Singapore concert to succeed for another reason - he feels like one of the Republic's adopted sons."To me, coming to Singapore is like coming home," he said."There is a sense of familiarity whenever I'm in town, I've forged close bonds with many people here."Singapore gave me several 'firsts' - I snagged my first singing accolade here (Best Newcomer at the Singapore Entertainment Awards 2010); it's where I shot my first overseas movie, and it's where I played the lead in my first long-running drama series."Huang had made a splash last November as Michelle Chong's love interest in the latter's directorial film debut Already Famous.In June, he was also the leading man in Channel 8's 30th-anniversary period drama Joys Of Life. As 2012 draws to a close, the entertainer also took stock of his showbiz career."My aim is to start putting more emphasis on singing, at least in the first half of 2013... It's definitely something I have to discuss with my bosses," he said."I want to start working harder when it comes to music."In the past, I've done mostly pop-rock songs, but I'd like to venture into other genres, like dance and electronica."On the personal front, the bachelor is not in a hurry to leave his singlehood behind him.Huang famously dated fellow singer Rainie Yang during high school. The two have since broken up and are now great friends."Of course I'd love to have some romance in my life, I just don't think such things can be rushed," he said with a chuckle."There's no point carving out time to date or socialise, it wouldn't necessarily guarantee me a partner."I believe in letting nature take its course. When Cupid strikes, you can't fight it!"FYIWHAT: Alien Huang Ghost Singapore Concert 2012WHERE: The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel SingaporeWHEN: Saturday, 8pmTICKETS: $108, $88, $28 from Sistic ( or call 6348-5555)

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