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Top talent show to return for 2nd season

TOP-RATING reality TV competition series "China's Got Talent" is returning for a second season, officials announced yesterday.

This time, the number of nationwide registration centers will be increased from 8 to 20.

The show's weekly elimination rounds, totaling around 11 programs, will be aired between April and June on Dragon TV.

"In the coming weeks, we will travel around China to uncover talent from every corner of the country," said director Jin Lei.

The show will continue to be strictly based on the TV format of "Britain's Got Talent," with its doors open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Local stand-up comedian Zhou Libo will again be a judge for the final rounds of the show. Producers have yet to decide the other two panel members.

With viewer ratings of more than 20 percent, the final rounds of the first season replaced China Central Television's annual Lunar New Year's Eve Gala as the most watched program in Shanghai.

But there was also criticism that the show focused too much on the personal stories of contestants, rather than their talent.

"This time, the contestants can only advance to the next rounds after displaying their real, unique and creative talent on the stage," director Jin insisted.

A third season of the show is scheduled for October.

The show's winner is awarded a contract with prestigious entertainment companies.

People who think they have got talent can call 400-881-2311 to sign up.


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