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Chinese superstars steal new year show with first duet in 20 years

From Reuters - February 15, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two of Chinas most famous and well-loved pop stars stole the show at state televisions annual glitzy, often much mocked marathon show welcoming in the lunar new year on Thursday, singing their first public duet in two decades.

Traditionally, hundreds of millions gather around their televisions to watch the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, a more than four-hour showcase of skits, music and dance that has been a TV staple since the first edition was broadcast in 1983.

But it was superstars Faye Wong and Na Ying many people tuned in to see this holiday, singing an old school-style ballad called Years, with some online polls rating their appearance the most eagerly anticipated part of the show.

While neither spoke to the audience after their performance, fans quickly took to Chinese social media in an outpouring of praise, though some said their appearance was too fleeting.

Did you see? This is my mother. Isnt she awesome? Wongs singer daughter Leah Dou wrote on the Twitter-like Weibo site, attaching a picture of herself as a baby pointing at a photo of her mother, an image that soon attracted more than 500,000 likes.

Beijing-born Wongs icy demeanor and eclectic music tastes ranging from syrupy love songs to off-kilter trip-hop and Buddhist-infused folktronica have made her one of the biggest stars in the Chinese speaking world of the last three decades.

Na, who sung at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, shot to fame in the 1990s with her hit Conquering and has more recently become a staple of Chinese television singing talent shows.

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