Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2012 Spring Festival Gala Preview - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

Faye Wang, Eason Chan to sing at CCTV Spring Gala
The show will have four sections, focusing respectively on "the year of dragon", "home", "the show's 30th anniversary", and "one world, one family".

Elsewhere, Hunan Satellite TV's Spring Festival boasts Yang Mi AND ex-NBA Shaquille O'Neal! Shaq is reportedly going to perform kungfu, tell jokes and learn how to make dumplings from Yao Ming.
Yang Mi and Liu Kaiwei will perform for Hunan Satellite TV (Sina)

5 year-old Ding Minghe will perform the opening song for CCTV

Selected CCTV Spring Gala Festival lineup - broadcast begins at 8 p.m., Jan. 22
From a tentatively planned schedule: Expected to appear in the evening's big opening song and dance number (#2 on the schedule to follow the opening): Charlene Choi, Wang Luodan, Feng Shaofeng, Deng Chao, Bai Baihe, Sun Li, Hu Jun, Dicky Cheung and others. 

#3 on the schedule has Wang Lee Hom performing (a piano duet?).

Also on the program, Chen Kun (#14) and songstress Song Zuying (#15) will sing. Magician Liu Qian will perform once again (#18). 

Chen Kun in dress rehearsal (Sina)

Faye Wong and Eason Chan's duet is listed as #21 on the schedule.

#30 on the schedule, "Heroes Song" will be performed by a group including: Raymond Lam, Myolie Wu, William Chan Wei-ting, Angelababy, Michael Tse, Kate Tsui, Ron Ng, Yao Di, Hins Cheung, and other HK/TW stars. 

At #40, the countdown will be led by Charlene Choi, Feng Shaofeng and child performer Ding Minghe.

Actor Ni Dahong performs in a comic skit at #43.

Besides the usual acrobatics, dancing, etc., Zhao Benshan will be back to perform his popular crosstalk skit.

Deng Minghe


Anonymous said...

Is this going to be on cable anywhere in the States? Or streamed outside of China? I've never seen it before and am curious to check it out (although I don't think I could sit through the whole thing).

dleedlee said...

I usually watch it on MHz Network's Chinese channel. (I think MHz is in your city.) It's also on my dad's premium Chinese channel on Comcast cable. I'm sure most Chinese cable/satellite channels will carry it. But check MHz's Worldview Network first. (link below)

Normally, I DVR it and skip through it. But really, if you like spectacle (and I do), it's impressive. Actually, from what I've read CCTV's is the more staid of the Galas. The average age of the studio audience seems to be about 65. Politburo members and their ilk, no doubt.

The other provincial galas, I've read, cater to the youth and try to be more hep. (Sort of like how our Rockin' New Year's Eve with Dave Clark has devolved!)

Liu Qian shot to fame and movies from his appearance a few years back. And of-the-moment sensations like 'subway girl' have performed (I think it was her). Jay Chou sang with Song Zuying and did magic one year (with Lin Chi-ling as an assistant). But a little kid performing kungfu stole his limelight as I recall. :D

MHz will rebroadcast it in the evening for days if you happen to miss it. Later, the skits will get subbed and shown again but it's pretty random to catch.

MHz Network - also linked on my Favorites. I guess I should add this to the post, too.

Later the Chinese press will review and scrutinize the acts. They ponder details like, did Faye Wong lip sync, was Liu Qian's magic pre-tapped and edited, etc. Great fun.