5 Facts About Feng E: The Viral Kid From Taiwan With KILLER Ukulele Skills On ‘America’s Got Talent’
Get ready to be wowed by another young musical prodigy on America’s Got Talent. Feng E is a 12-year-old ukulele player whose talent will blow you away. He’ll be appearing on this week’s show.
Feng E is from Taiwan and is known for playing covers of popular and classic songs on his ukulele. His name is written as 馮羿 in his native language. Read on to find out more about this impressive talent, and check out a few of his performances.
5 Facts About ‘AGT’ Ukulele Player Feng E
1. Feng E started playing the ukulele at age 5.
He’s said that his father told him to learn to play the ukulele to give him more flexible fingers and hopefully improve his handwriting. He turned out to have an amazing talent for the instrument, and has been playing ever since.
2. Video of him playing on the street went viral.
In 2018, Feng E took to the streets of London to perform “Beat It” by Michael Jackson on the ukulele. The video went viral, and currently has over 1.5 million views. As one commenter on the video pointed out, “He plays ukelele like it’s part of his body.”
3. Feng E on ‘The Ellen Show’ and his love affair with Legos
In 2018, after the video of him busking went viral, Feng E was invited to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He spoke to the host through a translator, and Ellen was later criticized for seeming to mock her guest for his lengthy answers. Feng E remained positive, however, and was invited back on the show the next year.
Feng initially started playing ukulele because his father thought Feng’s fingers weren’t flexible enough and his father threatened him that if Feng did not practice ukulele, his father will not play legos with him. On the Ellen Show, after his performance, Ellen gifted Feng with legos to surprise him.
4. He posts ukulele covers on YouTube.
He has over 500,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, where he frequently posts ukulele covers of well-known songs. Some of his most popular uploads include “Chandelier” by Sia, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, and “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish.
“The dislikes are envious adult ukelele musicians that can’t play like he does,” one commenter remarked on the cover. Another joked that it inspired them to sell their own ukulele, because they don’t think they’ll ever be as good.
5. He competed on ‘Asia’s Got Talent.’
This isn’t Feng E’s first time competing on a Got Talent show. In 2017, he appeared on Asia’s Got Talent. His audition earned the Golden Buzzer from judge David Foster. He made it all the way to the finals, although he didn’t end up winning. Maybe his luck will be better on America’s Got Talent. Could a second Golden Buzzer be in his future?