The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational is deeply honored when each season guests & performers from all realms within Asian culture fandom request to appear & interact with "the world's most extreme fusion festival". With "Returning Legends", TAKII fans are given more of a reason to rejoice when some of their favorite musicians, industry professionals, & celebs from past seasons of TAKII come back for yet another round of celebratory excellence! It's no secret that "star power" seems to be a heavily-respected component to many other like-minded events & conventions, compelling con-goers to attend just because their favorite personality will be "there". When it comes to TAKII, however, that energy works in reverse & reciprocal order, with guests & performers desiring to attend additional seasons of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational just as much as our frenzied fans want to see them there once more! Thanks to the following "Returning Legends" for TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~, we'll be able to celebrate this iconic season in true "extreme" style unlike any other festival/con around:
D-chan is a Japanese-mixed male & professional Japanese/Korean vocal musician born on the 1st day of spring, March 20th, 1985. He has been singing since he was a lil boy, with his 1st recording being when he was in kindergarten at Manoa Elementary School in Havertown, PA, singing "10 Little Indians" ^_^. Since then, D-chan has moved on to become a major member of all the top vocal groups his academic career had to offer, which he has also been successful in as an adult. Among other milestones in his young vocal career, D-chan sang on the opening day of The Kimmel Center Of The Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA, won various district & region-wide vocal festivals, & aided his vocal groups to gain top honors in vocal adjudications up & down the East Coast. He is also the 1 of the youngest-entering members ever of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus & their auditioned group, Brotherly Love, of which he has been a member since 2003. D-chan also has various singles & 2 demo albums ("Watashi Wa...." & "Ai no Chikara") to his credit, all of which are available for purchase at PDNMZ Shoppe X-Perience. As of 2013, D-chan will have performed multiple times on NBC's "10 Show @ 11am" (as a part of Brotherly Love) in Philadelphia, PA, at T-Mode 2008 in Arlington, VA, the GALA 2008 Festival in Miami, FL, & many other venues & events in multiple capacities, including the innovatively-extreme TAKII World Tour. Further underscoring his commitment to causes greater than his own self interest, D-chan announced at the conclusion of TAKII 14 ~New Year's Evolution~ on December 29th, 2012 that he would be running for Upper Darby School Board to the cheers & adoration of TAKII fans in attendance & worldwide (in a bid to become Upper Darby, PA's youngest & 1st openly gay School Board member on a platform that includes LGBT youth tolerance & anti-bullying). Making a lasting influential impression on people around the world, D-chan's emotive 17th season guest performance at TAKII is sure to touch you: mind, body, & soul.
In the Battle Of Gettysburg, military scientists smuggled a previously deceased Burlesque dancer into a lab & worked on her for 150 years. The goal: to create a being who would be too hot to handle. The result: [Ai] (really known as Carmen Lugo, currently residing in New Jersey)! There are also rumors circulating that she's a 24-year old Hispanic born in New York City, but that's only what the man wants you to believe (LOL). Presently, [Ai] works as a performer, singer, & dance instructor who has experience in multiple interpretations. She is also a former "TAKII Show" Champion (from TAKII 2 ~Rebirth~) & cosplay masquerade winner. [Ai] is also known for her comedic & artful portrayl of Mie as 1/2 of the J-Pop Retro group, Pink Lady (in both TAKII 4 ~Rhythm D-Generation X-Treme~ & TAKII 5 ~Shin Seiki (Neon Genesis)~). At recent TAKII appearances (TAKII 9 ~Yume Ga Kanau~ & TAKII 10 ~Family Reunion~), she took TAKII fanatics through a candid exploration of what it really means to love & earned everyone's continued adoration & respect as a result. Returning for TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~, she will be 1 of our featured performers for the "Makenai Benefit Concert", promising an exhibition of vocal excellence that is sure to be 1 that no one will forget!
Prior to her involvement with TAKII, Dokudel (known as Alicia Lugo & sister of the infamous [Ai]) started on her path to cosplay greatness by making her 1st cosplay outfit in 1998 & subsequently attending her 1st convention in 2001. Over 80 costumes & countless hours later, Dokudel has realized just how much of a passion cosplaying is in her life & how it can spread so much joy in the lives of others. As a result of her adoration for this artform, she has opened up her own cosplay commission business (Cosplay Forever), volunteered for countless other organizations in a cosplay-related capacity (including Shikkaricon, among others), & hosted cosplay panels at some of the 20+ conventions she has attended over the past 10+ years. A young cosplay aficionado in her own right, Dokudel made her 1st waves with The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational at TAKII 2 ~Rebirth~'s "Asian Karaoke Idol" show, where she took 2nd place. Since then, she has been a dedicated TAKII dealer & has become the fusion festival's official cosplay coordinator & "Cosplay Battle Royale" hostess with the mostest ^_^. While she is always in transit between her residence in New Jersey & other appearances she makes for some of the biggest names in anime & manga around, rest assured that she will be at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA in time for TAKII 17 ~Densetsu~!