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Huang replaces Gao at 'Talent'

FAMOUS Taiwan singer-producer Jerry Huang will replace Gao Xiaosong as a judge for the remaining 10 or so episodes of the second season of "China's Got Talent," officials of the televised talent show said yesterday.

Gao, a former judge of the show, was jailed for six months and fined 4,000 yuan (US$615) by a Beijing court on Tuesday after he admitted to dangerous driving.

A friend of Gao, Huang, also well-known for his original campus ballads, said he felt honored to be invited as a judge of the show and will adjust his work schedule to accommodate the program's recording schedule.

"The 'Got Talent' franchise has an irresistible appeal for me," Huang added.

"I will learn to make my words easy to understand for the audience when judging the musical performances. I am also ready for the emotional performances by the grass-roots contestants, which may well move me to tears."

Since last Tuesday, producers of the TV show contacted many veterans and celebrities to fill in Gao's slot on the three-person judging panel that also includes local stand-up comedian Zhou Libo and Taiwanese singer-actor Annie Yi. But most were not available for the long-term recording at Shanghai Concert Hall due to prior commitments and tight work schedule.

"Fortunately Huang can make some adjustments to his schedule," said Lu Wei, a spokesman for the show. "We believe that he can do a good job in terms of his widely acclaimed talent in music and sincerity when facing both the audiences and contestants."

Lu added that they haven't decided on the judges panel for the show's third season, which is due to be launched in late October.

However, they are not ruling out the possibility of Gao returning as a judge.

The final episode of the series competition is slated for broadcast on July 10.


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