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'China's Got Talent' and song fest to air

THE second season of "China's Got Talent" starts this Sunday with elimination rounds and producers say they are heeding criticism of the last season and going more for real talent than touching personal stories.

The show will air on Dragon TV at 9pm every Sunday from May 1.

More than 50,000 contestants, including expats, applied and the field has been narrowed to several hundreds, according to organizers. The show will run for around three months, leading up to finals.

Last season received some criticism from viewers for emphasizing quirky performances and heart-rending personal stories, at the expense of real talent. Organizers say there will still be human-interest and funny performances, but a lot more serious talent.

The Dragon TV season will also feature the Chinese version of a popular Dutch show, "Sing It," and a Chinese talk show about fashion, "I Style."

Rights to the format of the 60-minute Dutch program "Sing It" have been sold to more than 10 countries, says producer Chen Ye. It will air on Saturdays at 9pm, starting from May 7.

"Good touching stories and the natural flow of the protagonists' true emotions are the priority for the show," says Chen.

In each show, six touching stories will be told through original pop songs. Six ordinary people will sing their hearts out - about love, sadness, gratitude as well as serious topics like the high cost of housing and living.

The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan as well as the abduction of children in China are also among the topics, says Chen. There will be funny songs as well.

Famous song writers will help them.

The talk show "I Style" will begin airing every Thursday from May 5 at 10pm. In each show, 10 guests will share their views about fashion trends and discuss their own style. They include fashion lovers, critics, designers, fashion editors and others.

"Fashion is an attitude toward life," says Yin Zhengguo, a producer. "The light-hearted show will encourage young people to recommend stylish accessories."

? "China's Got Talent"

Dragon TV, 9pm Sundays starting May 1

? "Sing It"

Dragon TV, 9:10pm Sundays starting May 7

? "I Style"

Dragon TV, 10pm Thursdays starting May 5


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