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TV wannabes ... and a mahjong playing poodle

TOP-RATING reality TV show "China's Got Talent" was in town yesterday, attracting more than 1,000 showbiz wannabes at auditions for its second series.

Hopefuls from around the city gathered at Joy City in Zhabei District to show off their star quality. Numbers far exceeded the previous season, following the huge success of that first season.

Nationally, 20 registration centers had been set up, compared to 8 last year, said Connie Zheng from the marketing department of Dragon TV, which makes the show.

Holly Rose, a 16-year-old Australian girl, was the 10th candidate who sang Chinese song "Fairy Tale" for the audition, but failed to reach next round. "I love music, and that's why I came here," said Holly who has lived in Shanghai six years and speaks Chinese.

As well as new faces, veterans from last year also showed up. "This is my second time at the auditions as I was eliminated last year," said Mei Zhong, hoping to impress by singing upside-down.

Talented pets were also in the spotlight when a local resident, surnamed Wei, 61, registered her 11-year-old pet poodle Jack. "He can spot fake banknotes, count, recognize Chinese characters and play mahjong," said the proud poodle owner.

However, not everything went according to plan at yesterday's audition, the first of this season. Microphones cut out mid-performance and recordings were interrupted by noise from outside and an over-enthusiastic audience.

The show's weekly elimination rounds will be aired between April and June on Dragon TV.

With ratings of more than 20 percent, the final rounds of the first season - won by Liu Wei, a piano player who has no arms - replaced China Central Television's annual Lunar New Year's Eve Gala as the most watched program in Shanghai last year.


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