You may have read that the Chinese company BYD made big news today in unveiling the first plug-in electric car, ahead of Japanese and US competitors. More on the substance of that another day.

You may not have imagined how the presentation began, this morning in Shenzhen. Life is interesting. (Click for larger.)

The US lounge-singer industry may need to start looking over its shoulder at China, along with the automakers.

The performers in a pensive moment: