Uber popular reality TV show The Voice of China concluded this week with a finale concert including a performance by Adam Lambert. However, Want China Times reports that Zhejiang Satellite TV, which produced the show, forced contestants to sign onerous, one-sided contracts and kicked out two Taiwanese contestants who refused to do so.
The contestant revealed that “the winner seems to be hot in the industry, but in reality they were barely paid anything.” Before the contest, all the contestants had to sign up with Zhejiang Satellite TV for a term of eight years and have to hand over 80% of any winnings to the TV station. The contracts are described as “very unequal agreements” and the TV station would not let the contestants take a closer look at the contract.
Du Fang, president of Zhejiang STV, denied the allegations: “We certainly didn’t ask the contestants to sign a contract like that. Whether the contestants remain or not is for the judges to decide.”
On Sunday over 52 million messages about The Voice were posted on Weibo, and screen time during the final episode cost advertisers 500,000 RMB per second.