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Taiwan singer accepts Gao's role in talent show

FAMOUS Taiwanese 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," the producer of the hit TV show said today.

Gao was sentenced to six months in prison and fined 4,000 yuan (US$615) by a Beijing court on Tuesday for drunk driving.

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

"The 'Got Talent' franchise has an irresistible appeal to me," Huang added. "I will learn to make my words easy to understand when rating a contestant's musical performance. I am also ready to be moved to tears by the grassroots contestants."

Soon after Gao was detained by Beijing police, the show's producer has scrambled to find a suitable stand-in. But most of the high-profile artists the producer contacted are not available for the long-time recording at the Shanghai Concert Hall due to their tight schedules.

"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 sincere approach to the audience and contestants."

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


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