Chinese New Year shows star Psy, Celine Dion

Agence France-Presse
Foreign stars headline Chinese New Year programs on February 9
GANGNAM NEW YEAR. Psy performs his viral hit to usher in Chinese New Year. Photo from the Psy Facebook page

BEIJING, China – China’s hugely popular Lunar New Year television galas aim to woo even more viewers this year with foreign megastars including Celine Dion and “Gangnam Style” pop sensation Psy, state media said Thursday.

Watching the China Central Television (CCTV) variety show has become a tradition for families gathering on New Year’s Eve and it is set to draw a billion viewers this year, according to the China Daily.

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The show, which will air on February 9 for more than 4 hours on multiple channels, typically features a range of performances ranging from comedy sketches to folk songs to ballet dances.

This year will see Dion performing her global hit “My Heart Will Go On” from the Hollywood blockbuster “Titanic” which became extremely popular in China. She will also sing a duet in Chinese, the China Daily reported.

Watch Celine Dion perform “My Heart Will Go On” in this video:

CCTV faces growing competition from local stations.

Psy, the South Korean performer who shot to global fame with his “Gangnam Style” music video last year, will do his dance on Shanghai-based Dragon TV, the Global Times said.

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The Global Times praised producers’ efforts to create the best shows possible but also questioned the reliance on international stars, especially if they required hefty fees.

“While some netizens are excited about such famous foreign figures coming to China, others wonder why the Spring Festival galas in China today have to depend on big-name foreign stars,” it said.

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The CCTV gala previously featured foreigners such as Mark “Da Shan” Roswell, a Canadian who became well known in China for his fluent Mandarin. –


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