Americans seeking fame to the height of China’s most beloved Spinning Queen now have the chance to take the stage at CCTV’s Chinese New Year Gala, a four-hour variety show that airs every Lunar New Year holiday across the country and is arguably the most-watched television event in the world.
A talent show that broadcasts on CCTV is now opening auditions to US applicants in major cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and Washington, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“I Want to Perform on the Chinese New Year Gala” (“Wo Yao Shang Chun Wan“) is seeking ‘fresh ideas’ and talent that might not surface on China’s mainland, according to Wei Dangsheng, long-time producer of the gala.
The development may have something to do with the rather lackluster reception of recent years’ shows that have literally been putting people across the country to sleep.
Either way, Wei says “it’s a huge market and a big opportunity” inviting potential winners to be seen by up to 800 million viewers tuning into the show.
Those in the US looking to show off their “stuff” and shoddy Mandarin skills could join the likes of previous foreign talents previously featured on the gala including Celine Dion and the Backstreet Boys.
The talent show, which launched in 2010 as a way to draw in lesser-known acts across China, hopes to expand overseas and is currently holding auditions in Canada. Biebers-in-the-making can apply any time before July 21.
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