The Giang Brothers, a Vietnamese acrobatic duo where one balances on the head of the other, have had to postpone a special show meant to pay tribute to supporters due to injuries the younger incurred when participating in the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent.
Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep, along with their media people and family members, announced the show delay during a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
The event was scheduled for June 28, as a ‘thank-you show’ the brothers want to dedicate to home supporters, who rooted for them during the course of the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent.
The daredevil Vietnamese gymnast brothers were invited to participate in the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent, and won their way to be among the famed TV show’s 11 finalists.
The duo’s signature act involves the older Co, 34, performing stunts while balancing his younger brother head to head.
During their practice before the show’s semi-final, Nghiep unfortunately fell and his head hit a stair.
However, the daredevils held in the pain and continued to practice and perform, until the TV talent show ended on June 4.
But this has caused Nghiep’s neck, head and hand joints to be extremely swollen, and his right arm to almost become numb.
Upon returning to Ho Chi Minh City from the UK with his older brother on June 10, to the warm welcome of their families and fans, Nghiep went straight to the hospital for a check-up.
The 28-year-old’s MRI scans revealed that his right hand has fractured, with doctors advising that Nghiep take a break from performing for treatment.
The brothers therefore had to put off their free-admission show, titled “Dung so hai” (Don’t be scared), to an unknown date, they told reporters on Monday.
|The Giang Brothers and their wives are seen at the press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on June 11, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
No thoughts of retirement
Nghiep’s injuries have left fans concerned about a possible retirement of the Giang Brothers.
Nghiep directly addressed the question at Monday’s meeting, underlining that he and his brother have “never had the thought of retirement.”
“We will only stop performing when my brother and me are separated,” he said.
Nghiep’s wife, Ngoc Mai, who wept herself out when hearing about the fall of her husband in the UK, also said on Monday afternoon that she has never wanted her spouse to quit his career.
Mai admitted that it remains unknown when the Giang Brothers will be able to start to perform again.
“I just know that my husband is sitting here, talking and laughing with everybody at the moment,” she said.
“This is the most precious gift to me and my family.”
During Monday’s briefing, the two brothers also shared with reporters and audience about their future plans.
“We plan to be working with a Vietnamese-French director, who has expressed his interest in collaborating with us to produce a movie about our circus career in 2019,” the brothers revealed.
“In the future, we also want to open a class to teach and inspire the young generation about cirus,” Nghiep said.
Mai also said the brothers have been lucky to have enough glory in their career, and they believe they “should pass it to the next generation as the more one gives, the more they'll receive.”