You may be wondering why I'm posting a cover song sung by a cherubic Taiwanese kid on a reality TV singing show halfway around the world, and since it's a slow-ish news day here's my rationale: 23-year-old Lin Yu Chun is singing a version of Whitney Houston's epic rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," as heard on the timeless soundtrack to the major motion picture The Bodyguard! Give a listen to this video (after the jump), which has already earned over a million hits on the Interwebs, and TELL ME Lin isn't the second aural coming of Whitney in her prime.
The clip comes from Taiwanese reality show Super Star Avenue, which is totally a street I want to live on. Lin Yu Chun is already being called Asia's answer to Susan Boyle of "Britain's Got Talent." I can't wait to see kids in bowl haircuts and bowties next Halloween.
Anyone who's attempted to sing "I Will Always Love You" (at karaoke, in the shower) knows that it's one of those songs you do not attempt unless you can really work it, like Stevie Wonder songs. While Dolly Parton's original version was first released in 1972 and then hit the top of the charts again as a soundtrack single from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Whitney Houston immortalized it for a new generation with her cover version in The Bodyguard, and it still gives me the shivers when the first verse comes in at the end of the film, brilliantly timed to hit the exact moment when Rachel (Houston) stops the plane to lay a big kiss on Frank (Kevin Costner). Sigh.