Singers try out for China’s Amer­i­canIdol

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CINDY LIU in Los Angeles cindyliu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s big­gest talent show — Voice of China — is hunt­ing for con­tes­tants in Cal­i­for­nia for its third sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer EDI Inc, the Voice of China Sea­son 3 North Amer­ica Au­di­tion has al­ready re­ceived thou­sands of ap­pli­cants. Selected can­di­dates will at­tend a pre­lim­i­nary au­di­tion at Or­lando KTV in West Cov­ina on Satur­day. Can­di­dates mak­ing the cut there will go on to a fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion on June 3 at Bald­win Park Art Per­form­ing Cen­ter and win­ners there will be headed to China for the big com­pe­ti­tion later this year.

Last year, six con­tes­tants from the North Amer­i­can re­gion were selected by judges to sing at Voice of China at ZJTV in China, though none of them were able to win. “We hope our can­di­dates can win the com­pe­ti­tion in China this year,” James Su, CEO and chair­man of EDI, told China Daily.

Peter Rafel­son, for­mer pro­ducer of Lady Gaga, Bey­once, El­ton John, Madonna and Brit­ney Spears, sent his best wishes through a video that screened at the press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day. He said he hoped the Voice of China North Amer­ica Au­di­tion would find the best Chi­nese singer in the US and Canada.

Judges for the fi­nal au­di­tion on June 3 will in­clude Qing Dong, well known Chi­nese hosts of CCTV’s New Year’s Gala, which has the largest au­di­ence of any en­ter­tain­ment show in the world, Travis Payne, chore­og­ra­pher for Michael Jack­son’s This Is It, Nathan Wang, Chi­nese com­poser in Hol­ly­wood and two-time Emmy Award win­ner, Yingjiu Duan, pres­i­dent of JT Me­dia, whose com­pany has made sev­eral grass­roots singers like Wen­jie Shang and Jie He into in­ter­na­tional su­per stars, and Yi Huang and Da Shan, win­ners of Voice of China’s pre­vi­ous two sea­sons.

Con­sid­ered the Amer­i­can Idol of China, Voice of China was cre­ated by ZJTV, the TV sta­tion of Zhe­jiang prov­ince, and is now the big­gest Chi­nese singing talent show in the coun­try, reach­ing the largest au­di­ence in China’s con­tem­po­rary mu­sic in­dus­try.

CINDY LIU / CHINA DAILY

From left: Weixi Lu, GM of China South­ern Air­line in Los Angeles; Alex Yang, owner of Or­lando KTV in West Cov­ina; James Su, CEO of EDI Me­dia; So­nia Yang, vice-pres­i­dent of East West Bank; Slina Su, GM of EDI Me­dia; and Li­jing Xie, one of the best can­di­dates of Voice of China Sea­son 2 North Amer­ica Au­di­tion, at a press con­fer­ence in West Cov­ina on Wed­nes­day.

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