Forget dumplings and fireworks, the biggest Spring Festival tradition is watching CCTV’s four hour-long gala so you can complain about it the next day. If you tune in this year, you’ll see another star-studded lineup of performers.
Andy Lau tops a list of celebrities scheduled to appear, the first time in ten years that China’s most bankable star is showing up.
Teen pop idols will also be providing some flair to the night with a line-up that includes Luhan from Korea, KRIS from Canada, William Chan, Zheng Ziqi from Get Everybody Movin’ (G.E.M.), and Chris Lee.
But that’s not all. Celebrities that appear to an older generation like singer and actress Na Ying, most recently seen as a judge on popular singing competition The Voice of China, will appear alongside diehard red song balladeer Han Lei and Zhang Kaili, recently seen on popular TV show Let’s Get Married.
This year’s spring festival gala will also include the broadcast of special patriotic cartoons aimed at fostering social values in children.
The gala’s most familiar face, Zhao Benshan, will not be on the show. After becoming a mainstay on the program for several years, Zhao will not do the gala following corruption rumors. He denies them though.
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