3-2-1 A-mei in Concert, Hong Kong Coliseum March 21 Sherry Cheng Huei-mei - or A-mei as she is professionally known - is a slip of a girl from a hill tribe in northern Taiwan. But, as she showed in her first solo concert in Hong Kong, packed into that petite frame is a dynamo of talent and energy. It has been a long time since I have seen crowds at the Hong Kong Coliseum so engrossed and enthralled with a performance; and even longer since any Chinese performer had the crowd on its feet and boogie-ing. All this, even though the Taiwanese superstar did not sing any Cantonese songs, sang quite a few English hits and had no expensive props or dance troupes to back her. A-mei has always had a reputation as a 'live' performer and she had the 10,000-strong crowd stamping their feet for 'more, more, more' as she turned the stadium into a huge Taiwanese 'live house' from where she started her career. From the first booming instrumental intro of Bad Boy, there was not a dull moment as A-mei belted - and 'belted' is the right word - out her hits such as When I Think of You, Bad Boy, Never Mind, Can't Cry, Dreamer on Air and Don't Want Anything. Between that, she also gave excellent renditions of Celine Dion's Power of Love; great rock numbers such as I Don't Want to Talk About It, Come Together and Addicted to Love; as well as Titanic's mega-selling love theme, My Heart Will Go On. All very impressive considering she speaks not a word of English. Credit should also go to the slick musical and vocal arrangements, with Relief being particularly noteworthy. The merging of English, Mandarin and background harmony was excellent. Another of the show's pluses was that the power-packed singer was often goofy and playful on stage, which made for a more relaxed and cosy atmosphere. It always makes me a little sad watching such great shows because, despite the millions spent on local productions, only Sandy Lam Yik-lin has ever come close to hitting a similar musical high. This is what entertainment is about.