The Sacred Riana might be silent, freaky and scary, but she still stole the hearts (and maybe souls) of people all over Asia, walking away with US$100,000 as the winner of the second season of Asia’s Got Talent.
The Indonesian illusionist beat the 10-member dance crew DM-X Comvalenoz from the Philippines, based on audience votes announced on Thursday (14 December). Both The Sacred Riana and DMX Comvalenoz also performed during the results show at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Riana’s magic act involved one of the judges, Korean-American artist Jay Park, who said, “I think I peed in my pants a little (a line he has also said about her acts in the past).” During her previous performances, the 25-year-old Riana had been known to deliberately scare another judge, Indonesian singer Anggun.
When Riana instead picked Jay Park to join her in her performance, Anggun was clearly relieved and cheered, and telling her later, “You’re my girl. Thanks for not targeting me this time.”
“Hope we don’t disappear,” Park half-jokingly told the other five audience members who were also selected for the act.
Check out her performance from the semi-finals here:
During a very strange interview with the media after the show, Riana answered most questions through her manager, except for one when she was asked how she felt about winning.
“We are happy,” she replied.
Her manager of five years, Bow Vernon, clarified that she was probably referring to her and Riani (who is part of Riana’s act, her doll that came to life during one of her performances).
When asked about what she would do with the prize money, Riana kept quiet, and her manager joked that maybe Riani would make the decision for her instead. Vernon also explained that unlike other performers, Riana doesn’t break character even when she was off stage, and that was one of the challenges for her.
There was also a lot of love for the runner-ups, with many audience members also cheering for runner-ups DMX Comvalenoz, chanting “DMX”. All three judges of Asia’s Got Talent, Park, Anggun and American music producer David Foster, praised the Filipino dance group’s performance at the results show.
“I never thought a bunch of guys in glitter dressed would be so cool… Personally, I hope you guys win,” Park told the group before the results were announced. Park, who was recently signed to Roc Nation, also premiered his first single under the Jay Z-founded record label, “Forget About Tomorrow”.
Foster said, “You’re my guys and you’re my dolls. All three of us are fans of you guys and we are so proud of what you’ve accomplished on this show.”
Anggun also performed a song from her latest album, which was released on 8 December, titled “What We Remember”.
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