Thanks to Bluelily for making a new banner for January!
So this is a little late, but I tried to wait to see if I could find any videos of certain people I liked but that didn’t happen. Chinese people need to support Chinese artists and put up HQ videos. Seriously. I have little time on my hands so what I have here are mostly vids that others bothered to put up.
China is really way too big . There were too many choices this year. CCTV, the main national channel had its own New Years shindig targeted toward the elderly demographic. In addition to this Jiangsu, Hunan, Zhejiang, and Dragon TV were four of the bigger stations vying for the younger viewers. There were also lots of smaller stations. I feel sorry for Americans, who only have parades to watch for their big holidays.
For some reason they had not only an English speaking host this year, but also a French and Spanish one. They’re not hard to get…there’s a CCTV F and CCTV E (which is conducted in French and Spanish exclusively) but what’s the point? Most of the performances were of boring, non-pop stars, apart from Li Xiaolu. Usually they invite some people that would appeal to people under the age of oh…50 (and even the seniors looked bored), but this year, no. I think CCTV is tired of big fancy productions after the Olympics, since Moon Autumn Festival’s show was a lot more low-key than the previous year, but hopefully they step it up for the Chinese New Year on the 26th and stick all of the hot Olympians in it, like they promised.
Jiangsu TV – Theme: Music Lets Me Express Love
This was by all accounts the best of the bunch; they invested tens of millions into their program and the LED screen in the background alone cost 2 million. China sure likes those big LED screens.
Performers: Harlem Yu, Yu Quan, Jane Zhang, Laure Shang, Anson Hu, David Tao, JJ Lin, Joanna Wang, The Flowers, Wang Leehom, Stanley Huang, Xu Wei, Karen Mok, Yoga Lin, Tanya Chua and others
Jane Zhang – Painted Skin Theme Song
Laure Shang+ Yu Quan – If You Are The One Theme Song
It’s a nice contrast between Laure Shang, who just started her career this year with Hua Yi, and Yu Quan, a songwriting/singing duo in China who enjoyed their tenth anniversary as a group this year.
JJ Lin- medley of a whole bunch of his songs. He loves performing KO.
Performers: Most Supergirls/boys, the China-based SM people, Mayday, Leon Lai, Shin, Rene Liu, Jolin Tsai
Well, we now know who was the brains behind the Jiangsu-Hunan collabs in the past. They held it at Shenzhen Window to the World Amusement Park which was probably a better idea in theory than execution. Besides the faulty sound system, some of their main stars Li Yuchun and He Jie were both very sick. Li Yuchun, usually lively, looked like she was going to pass out when they interviewed her between her performances, but because she is that awesome and professional and sang her second song without any of that showing. He Jie ended her night singing her line in Beijing Welcomes You badly, giving a “wtf” face, and then going off stage looking like she was going to cry.
And no they did not announce any F4 cast, when even though Wei Chen thought they would. Nor did they announce the Le Huo Nan Hai theme song. All in all, a rather messy, and disappointing night for fans of Hunan TV. But this was their first year doing this so perhaps next year will be better, and not with as many, “wtf” moments.
Wei Chen + Su Xing + Zhang Jie – Descendant of the Dragon
Chris Lee (Li Yuchun)
– singing her cute new song “Why Me”, not showing her sickness. This girl needs more credit than the usual, “is that a girl or a guy?” she gets
Performers: Angela Zhang, BOBO, Eason Chan, Xue Zhiqian, Go Go Club…some other people?
This went on for almost 7 hours, from 7:30 until 2 am. Unfortunately, despite all that fun, the only video to be found showing the cute Shanghai stage step up was of Angela Zhang who was good at playing to the crowd , but unfortunately went off-key and it isn’t really worth my time to upload to youtube.
Performers: Danson Tang, Hey Girl, Rainie Yang, Show Luo, Y2J, Jam Hsiao…some others I don’t really know
This is Taiwan’s biggest channel I think, and it boasted some big stars. Unfortunately, I don’t know the full list of which ones, because my simplified reading abilities makes it harder to get news on Taiwan, but here are some performances from two of my favorite One Million Star contestants/pkers because in contrast to some of the otehr people I found vids for, they can actually sing.
Y2J – Wu Zhuan de Qiang Wei (Armor-Clad Rose)
Jam Hsiao – Prince’s New Clothes
I’m sorry for not covering anything from Hong Kong or elsewhere, but if traditional is enough to stop me from finding info, then Cantonese + Traditional certainly is.
Other things going on during New Years in China
Fahrenheit had a concert in Beijing, Peng Tan had his “concert”, Zhao Wei and Zhou Xun went together to A Yue Chang’s concert looking super cute together. Faye Wong and hubby Li Yapeng were spotted at Chaoyang Theater, which you can check out at Fayewong Today.
Expect more belated posts to come this week.