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  1. Crackdown on talent show won't deter rivals

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Several mainland television networks have confirmed they intend to go ahead with their talent shows despite a ban on the nation's most high-profile show, Hunan TV's Happy Girls. At the end of Friday's Happy Gi ...

  2. 'Vulgar' copycat western TV shows face tighter controls

    Posted Jan 13th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivian Wu The mainland's media watchdog will toughen its criteria for approving TV contest shows to combat the 'rising trend of vulgar content and bad taste' on the small screen, according to a mainland media report. Wang Taihua, head of th ...

  3. Brakes put on TV talent programmes

    Posted Mar 17th 2006, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Broadcasting officials have issued new rules governing television shows like the popular Super Girl singing competition to ensure talent programmes help 'build socialism'. 'All types of competitive activities shoul ...

  4. More to democracy than a reality show

    Posted Aug 28th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Proving that no matter what our race, religion or circumstances, deep down we all think alike, television reality shows have been as massive a hit in China as elsewhere in the world. The untold millions who tuned into the final of the American Idol spinof ...

  5. Student wins mainland version of American Idol singing contest

    Posted Aug 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivian Wu Li Yuchun, a 21-year-old student of Sichuan Music College, was last night voted by viewers as this year's 'Super Girl' in the mainland's most watched singing contest. Li beat fellow contestants Zhou Bichang and Zhang Liangyin ...

  6. Fans back favourite Super Girls to the end

    Posted Aug 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Three finalists in hit mainland TV contest go for the gold tonight On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Li stood for four hours in a crowded square in Beijing's popular Xidan shopping district holding up a placard of a cartoon character and yelling a ...

  7. Wannabe idols will find it's a long way to the top

    Posted Aug 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Any aspiring singer hoping to become next year's Super Girl champion will have to be prepared to face incredible competition judging by what contestants endured in this year's marathon contest. Thousands waited for hours in queues to t ...



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