Celine Dion sings in Mandarin for Chinese New Year

Celine Dion appeared on CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala last night, singing Jasmine Flower 茉莉花 in Chinese in a duet with Song Zuying 宋祖英. The two red and gold-clad divas opened with a traditional arrangement of the Chinese classic before breaking into an up-tempo pop version of the song.

Following the performance, Celine continued in Mandarin by wishing the audience a happy Spring Festival (“新春快乐”) and a prosperous new year (“恭喜发财”), before taking to the stage solo to belt out her signature song, My Heart Will Go On. Continue reading

Celine Dion to perform on CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala

Celine Dion

International superstar, Celine Dion, will help rein in the lunar new year with the largest television audience on Earth. The Canadian diva is scheduled to perform her signature hit “My Heart Will Go On” live on the CCTV stage, as well as duet with folk songstress Song Zuying 宋祖英 on the Chinese classic “Jasmine Flower 茉莉花.” Record producer and China’s Got Talent judge, Gao Xiaosong 高晓松, coached Dion in singing in Mandarin.

Other musical acts set to appear on the 9 February television event include Voice of China alumnus, Ping An 平安, and judges, Yang Kun 杨坤 and Na Ying 那英; Tan Jing 谭晶; Yoga Lin 林宥嘉 and Zhang Jie 张杰; Taiwanese girl band, S.H.E; classical pianist Li Yundi 李云迪; and Jane Zhang 张靓颖 and Wang Leehom 王力宏. The Spring Festival Gala will reach an estimated audience of one-billion Chinese viewers.

Other international guests have also been invited to perform in Chinese New Year Eve celebrations on regional Chinese television networks. Liaoning Television will play host to the Backstreet Boys. And Psy will give what may be his last “Gangnam Style” horse dance on Dragon TV after suggesting that he may retire the act following his Shanghai performance.