Chengan Liu Walks Out To "You Raise Me Up" By Westlife At The World Darts Championship
Chinese qualifier Chengan Liu celebrated his second appearance at the World Darts Championship with a walk-out tune like no other; You Raise Me Up by Westlife.
Liu, who last competed at the Alexandra Palace in London in 2006, secured his place in the competition earlier this year with a 6-4 win over compatriot Zhan Qingyu at the Chinese PDC World Championship Qualifier event.
The 38-year-old suffered a 3-0 defeat to three-time world champion John Part all those years ago but he looked in good spirits before coming up against Lithuanian player Darius Labanauskas.
In fact, his walk to the famous stage went viral on Friday afternoon thanks to his incredible choice in music. WHAT A BANGER!
Chengan Liu with the greatest walk-out music choice in darts history. From the cheeky wave to the cheerleaders dancing awkwardly. Everything about this is glorious
- Jack Kenmare (@jackkenmare_) December 18, 2020
Unfortunately for Liu and his adoring fans, opponent Darius Labanauskas clearly wasn't fazed by Westlife's hit song and on this occasion, he secured a whitewash 3-0 victory at the Alexandra Palace.
Labanauskas will now face Australian Simon 'The Wizard' Whitlock in what should be a fascinating second round clash.
Liu's emotional entrance to the oche, meanwhile, will go down in darts history.
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Darius averaged 96, hit x3 180's and a high checkout of 122 in his victory! pic.twitter.com/NqCqhm8oW7
- Darts News (@DartsNewsInfo) December 18, 2020
London's Alexandra Palace has witnessed some questionable walk-ons in years gone by.
Back in December 2017, former PDC World Youth champion Dimitri Van Den Bergh secured the prize for the most 'interesting' entrance to a match ever.
Ahead of his 4-0 victory over world number five Mensur Suljovic to reach the quarter-finals, Van Den Bergh danced to the song 'Happy'' by Pharrell Williams.
The 23-year-old produced some rapid footwork around the oche, shuffling like he'd just heard his favourite song in the club.
FIRST SET DREAMMAKER: Dimitri van den Bergh takes the opener without being at his best - who's for a dance? #LoveTheDarts #WHDarts pic.twitter.com/DGEFbK6GSN
- Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) December 28, 2017
Walking up the stairs with a huge grin on his face, Van Den Bergh soon faced the crowd to complete a 15-second dance routine that was clearly pre-planned in his bedroom the night before.
Just look at that man go.
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