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Jolin Tsai nervous about debut at Hong Kong Coliseum
2006-07-17 01:18:39 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai promotes her upcoming concerts in Hong Kong Monday, July 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Lo Sai-hung)

HONG KONG, July 17 (AP) -- Taiwanese pop star Jolin Tsai said Monday she's nervous about her debut in September at Hong Kong Coliseum, one of the most prestigious venues in the Chinese-language entertainment industry.

"I'm quite nervous. I know the Hong Kong Coliseum has hosted many very professional concerts," Tsai said at a news conference to promote her Sept. 15-16 concerts at the venue.

She said the fact that the Hong Kong concerts kick off her world tour added to her nerves.

"I'm usually nervous on the first stop of a tour. I'm more relaxed on the later stops," Tsai said.

Tsai, 25, who was discovered after winning an MTV-organized singing contest in 1998, said she has meticulously planned her concerts in Hong Kong so as not to repeat the stage designs or special effects that other performers have used.

Staging a concert at the 12,500-seat Hong Kong Coliseum is considered a major milestone in a Chinese-language entertainer's career.

Asked how she managed to dance on high heels, Tsai, who is known for her dance-driven numbers, said even when she rehearses in flat sports shoes she tiptoes to simulate the feeling of dancing in heels.

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