Some photos of the highlights and first impressions from today's CCTV Spring Gala Festival. I missed the opening few hours, it started at 7 a.m. here, but I have it on DVR for later viewing. Watching it from the CCTV News channel this year, it was a nice surprise to find the show had an English voice overdub, especially for the comic skits. This time around, the skits were appreciably more funny and poignant, as they're intended to be. In previous years, I watched from a live satellite feed without the benefit of live translation so the skits were mostly nebulous to me. The song lyrics were subtitled, too, though they sped by at practically unreadable speeds (like the opera segment, whoosh!). Singer, song, composer info was also shown karaoke-style. A brief one sentence summary of each skit was provided, too, to explain the premise. Overall, well done.
I think I read that this 30th anniversary program was broadcast in 3D this year. It certainly seemed possible as the production design was more spectacular than ever. The performance of James Wong's "Chinese Heart" on the steps of the Great Wall seemed especially so, as did the Eason/Faye duet. (Also commercials and product plugs were eliminated. One year, magician Liu Qian's helper was a prominent juice exec.) Not shown below, but also noteworthy, were the funked up Swan Lake, the Peacock Dance and the Robot Dance.
Program cover (Sina-slideshow)
Wang Luodan, Cao Guoqing
Wang Luodan sounded a bit off-key, sad to report (,Dave)
Charlene Choi, Feng Shaofeng bookended by two hosts
The duo did not count down at show's end as speculated earlier.
A few other acts were cut, too, it seems. The originally cited source upon recheck has been updated and modified so it's hard to compare. Zhao Benshan, for instance, dropped out due to fatigue during rehearsals. The post-midnight acts were mostly eliminated from what I recall.
Pop idol Han Geng shadow fighting in front of a screen projection
Liu Qian did a series of magic tricks with a mirror theme
Li Yundi and Wang Lee-Hom
(Sina-Eason Chan, Faye Wong), 2
(Sina-Tan Jing) (Sina-Wang Luodan, Cai Guoqing)
(Sina-Han Geng), (Sina-Charlene Choi, Feng Shaofeng)
(Sina-Liu Qian), (Sina-Chen Kun) (Sina-Song Zuying)