I suppose most of you who watch Chinese TV are familiar with these singing shows broadcast regularly, especially on CCTV4*. They seem like a blend of American Idol and "Die Frühlingsfest der Volkmusik" (one of the most horrifying memories of my trips to Germany, this show is dedicated entirely to German "folk music", featuring every stereotype foreigners associate with Germany, or more specifically, Bavaria - dirndl, trumpets, even pink poodles)
Could anyone tell me more about these shows? So far, I've only been able to watch snippets of them.
(Are they karaoke? Is it a competition? Do Chinese people actually like the high-pitched wailing of some of the performers? The majority of the artists is in fact really good, which makes me doubt they're amateurs...)
*Always reminds my of the infamous "Smile! You're on CCTV."
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