Taiwan’s young ukulele prodigy returns to ‘The Ellen Show’

TAIPEI (CNA) – Twelve-year-old Taiwanese ukulele prodigy Feng E (馮羿) returned to perform on “The Ellen Show” this week, his second appearance on the popular American television show after debuting last September.

The young musician came into the spotlight in 2017 at the age of 10, when he was featured on the television show Asia’s Got Talent, thrilling the audience with his dazzling ukulele performance.

His skills prompted renowned Canadian musician, record producer and composer David Walter Foster to pass him straight into the semifinals of the acclaimed regional show.

On Monday, Feng again showed off his talent by playing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” on his ukulele during the show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Speaking about his second appearance, Feng said he was happy to be back.

“Playing this song on a ukulele is kind of cool, and everyone liked it,” he said.

During the show, DeGeneres presented her Taiwanese guest with an electric guitar having learned that Feng wants to be a rock guitarist.

According to Feng, the guitar is the same brand used by world renowned musician Eric Clapton.

Thrilled at the gift, Feng said the best part about the show is getting gifts from the host, recalling that on his first appearance he received a ukulele made from Lego that can actually be played.

The ukulele prodigy is expected to release his first album in the first half of this year, according to Feng’s agent Wild Fire Music.

By Chen Cheng-wei and Ko Lin