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Popular (but apparently lacklustre) Chinese TV talent shows, including Hunan Television’s inventively-named ‘I Am A Singer’, have been accused of paying audience members as much as 700 yuan each to cry and clap on cue.
The Guangzhou-based Yancheng Evening News found numerous job adverts for part-time work as an audience member. Most of the opportunities were based in Beijing and Shanghai, those hired can make 100-300 yuan per day to watch the shows and applaud.
The newspaper’s investigation found that audience members are paid more or less according to how exaggerated their performance is. The more over top the laugh or sob, the higher the pay cheque.
It’s not clear why Chinese TV shows don’t just copy their western counterparts and put up a big sign telling the audience what to do.
[Via: Want China Times]