Attention Londoners, Mancunians, Liverpudlians, Oxonians and Cambridgians: The chance to chase your dreams is here! Auditions for China’s Got Talent are taking place in the UK, with regional winners getting to compete in a grand final in London. Five lucky acts will then fly to Shanghai to participate in the next China’s Got Talent competition beginning in November.
According to the show’s producers, contestants must ‘have a connection to China, either through language, family, or simply an appreciation of Chinese art forms.’ Which sounds to us like the floodgates are open for hordes of random non-Chinese people trying to get famous by singing Chinese songs.
There’ll be some strange brain-melt that’ll go on if a frumpy English lady with a humble background wows the judges and goes viral with a powerful rendition of a Chinese song. Will she then be the ‘White Chinese Susan Boyle’, since there’s already a woman who laid claim to being China’s SuBo?
We’re guessing that auditions are being held in the UK due to its being the original ‘Got Talent’ market, and also because the show’s producers had quite some success with overseas Chinese performers last season. Chinese-American Issac Hu, the weirdly-enchanting bald-street performer, managed to bewitch Chinese audiences with his hoop and crystal ball ballet last season, and even got us a little verklempt when he spoke on stage of his parents’ disapproval of his career.
If the China-related UK talent manages to bring the goods, then like with most China things these days, there’ll be no limit to the possibilities for expansion: auditions in the US, Canada, Australia, and all the other emigration hotspots.
Information on how to sign up after the jump…