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Rules changed for next Young Singers Competition


09:22, March 25, 2013

Big names like Song Zuying and Cai Guoqing owe their fame to the Youth Singers Competition, China's earliest and longest-lasting televised singing contest. It will begin its 15th edition later this month, but things will be a little different this time around.

Originally launched in 1984, the Youth Singers Competition is coming back with an "upgraded Version" in 2013.

Previous installments had four major categories, bel canto, pop, folk and original singing. But this year, original singing is included in the folk category for the first time ever, reducing the categories to three.

Qin Xinmin, director of 15th Youth Singers Competition, said, "Actually, original singing is one of the different folk styles, so we have re-categorized it. The singers will also be graded according to the standard of the folk songs."

Apart from the conventional 31 provincial representative teams, singers from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will also be invited to join the line-up.

The Youth Singers Competition is China's first national vocal event. It has served as an important platform to discover young talent for China's music industry.

This year's competition opens on March 29th, and will be broadcast live on CCTV 3.

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