CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala has become one of the symbols of the Lunar New Year in China and one of the most extravagant shows that CCTV puts on every year. Jay Chou’s performance was probably the most anticipated event of the night. It consisted of three generations of singers – folk singer Song Zuying, Jay and 9-year-old genius Hou Gaojunjie- singing a blend of Song Zuying’s “Spicy Girls” and Jay’s “Herbalist Manual.” Apparently, singing with Song Zuying has been a dream of Jay.
Update: Jay also said that he has already invited Song Zuying to sing in a duet with him. He says he wants to compose a duet just for her.
Herbalist Manual and Give you a Eastern jasmine
The one thing that struck me about cctv this year was its integration of the stage in the dance performances. This is the first time I feel like they actually incorporated the stage in the planning of the dances instead of using it as a simple backdrop, and the result was stunning. Though no performance stood out like the Thousand-Hand Bodhivista or the Flying Apparatus, both dances this year were visual feasts.
You might’ve also noticed the lack of pop singers in the Gala this year. This is the second year (the first being the disaster of 2003) that the Gala is all live. Unfortunately, cctv has a slight grudge against competition winners other than its own, and it so happens that an overwhelming majority of mainland pop stars who can sing live are competition winners. The result is the forced leaving of most pop stars invited after they failed the singing test during rehearsals. The only ones left were Jay Chou, Eva Huang Shengyi and Joey Yung, with both of the latter being off-key anyways.
And finally, there’s hottie Magician Liu Qian. His make-up is a bit weird today, but he’s still awesome as usual:
Hunan’s Little New Year Concert this year almost beats CCTV in variety with performances by the Russian national circus, idol singers Fahrenheit and Ah Sa of Twins, otherworldly Alan and Sa Dingding, actors Huang Xiaoming and Hu Ge, and a third of its own EE Media. And this time, the mics worked. The biggest surprise was probably the duet by Huang Xiaoming and Chris Lee, mainly Chris. Her voice was full of a sweet feminine clearness instead of the usual gender-neutral coolness.
The sun in my palm – Huang Xiaoming ft Chris Lee
new song Celebrate New Year together – Zhang Jie, Tan Weiwei, and a third of EE Media.
Dragon TV, Hunan TV’s biggest competitor (face it, Dragon, mangoes taste so much better than tomatoes), featured Anson Hu, Xue Zhiqian, Show Luo, SJ-M, Zhang Liyin, Eason Chan, BOBO and a multitude of stars that was basically everyone from Hunan’s New Year Concert, minus EE Media and plus Shanghai/Dragon-based artists . Dragon TV’s Gala also had two new songs, including a quirky Shanghainese rap:
Love Shanghai – Anson Hu, Xue Zhiqian, etc.
We are in Shanghai –Anson Hu, Xue Zhiqian,Show Luo, SJ-M, Zhang Liyin, Eason Chan, BOBO, etc.
And finally, Hubei TV’s Music Assembly featured an array of boybands, among other people, in its New Year Special. It’s a bit late, but CFensi and I were quite impressed by their level of singing(for boybands), so I’m going to put them up anyways.
If –BOBO Fu Xinbo
Butterfly Flies – Top Combine