by Bill Forman
Airing last Wednesday on Lopez Tonight, this historic super-schmaltz summit features William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun doing grave justice to — you prayed for it — Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
Not surprisingly, the former Captain Kirk does his spaced-out post-beatnik best, although it’s not nearly as hilariously inspired as Shatner’s split-screen rendition of Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” which follows in the second clip. (If you watch just one William Shatner performance this year … )
Meanwhile, “Taiwan’s answer to Susan Boyle” is relatively low-key compared to the over-the-top melismatics of the Whitney Houston cover that made him a viral pop sensation.
Still, with material like this, can you really go wrong?