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TV goes all out for Spring Festival

FOR the coming Chinese Lunar New Year, TV channels are doing their best to plan big shows to attract viewers.

International Channel Shanghai (ICS) will present its charity Spring Festival Gala at 8pm on January 23, Chinese New Year's Day. All proceeds will go to a fund to help poor students and disabled teens and children in remote areas of China.

The gala show has a strong East-meets-West theme with a bunch of performances from foreign celebrities, TV anchors and local artists.

Esther Ku, a female South Korean-American talk show star, will present her latest act about how she feels about the city of Shanghai and its people.

Kong Lingqi, a 76th-generation descendant of Confucius, will perform hip-hop and R&B songs while noted jazz musician Carlton Smith will present his new song "Everybody Feels Good."

There will also be crosstalk shows and mini stage plays during the gala. A choir of both foreign and local artists will sing the pop song "Dragon Descendants" to conclude the 90-minute show.

Meanwhile, Dragon TV will air a star-studded Spring Festival gala at 7:30pm on January 23, including top Japanese pop band SMAP, Taiwanese magician Lu Chen and Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lam.

It will be the first time SMAP performs in Shanghai. They will sing three hit songs including "The Only Flower In The World," "The Other Side of the Night Sky" and "Shake."

The cast of the new film "The Great Magician," including Tony Leung, Zhou Xun and Lau Ching-wan, will also be on hand to share some behind-the-scenes stories about making the movie.

Retired basketball legend Yao Ming and the popular transsexual dancer Jin Xing will co-present their first-ever New Year-themed short film during the gala. The film is a heartwarming work about dreams and home.

The Spring Festival Gala presented by the Chinese Business Network (CBN) combines business and economic news with entertainment. The gala to be aired on January 26 at 9:15pm will feature a competition between two star teams from Taiwan and Chinese mainland.

They will showcase their talent in acting, singing and games as they compete to win a 2-million-yuan (US$316,831) "Dream Fund," which will be used to build 20 multimedia classrooms in poverty-stricken areas of China.

CBN's show will also feature Sie Yi-lin, a 21-year-old theater major from Taiwan who has been dubbed "Sister Hold It" by the online community after she gave a hilarious performance on a TV variety show. During the show, Sie claimed that no matter what situation she's in, she can quickly deal with the unexpected and control it so as to stay fashionable.

Sie will teach viewers about fashion on the CBN gala. With exaggerated makeup, she will instruct the audience how to dress like a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) princess with a mask and other accessories.

"Most of my new comedic performances are inspired by life," Sie says. "I will stick to this style of performing. I am different in front of the camera when I usually appear to be picky, neurotic and demanding."

Additionally, a panel of nine famous economists and entrepreneurs will analyze economic trends and offer forecasts for the Year of the Dragon. They will also offer tips on finance, stocks and property. A lucky draw will also be held, giving viewers a chance to win a gift from the God of Fortune.

International Channel Shanghai

Charity Spring Festival Gala, 8pm, January 23

Dragon TV

Spring Festival Gala, 7:30pm, January 23


Spring Festival Gala, 9:15pm, January 26


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