Online contest for young singers kicks off in Beijing

By Li Huiru
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An online contest for young singers aiming to promote positive energy on the internet kicked off in Beijing on Dec. 7, 2017. [Photo by Li Huiru /]

On the same week as the fourth World Internet Conference was held in Wuzhen, an online contest for young singers aiming to promote positive energy on the internet kicked off in Beijing on Thursday.

The contest, jointly organized by and the live-streaming app Inke, is implementing the new ideas, new assertions, new formulations and the new measures of the report delivered to the 19th CPC National Congress, particularly those related to the arts and literature.

According to the organizers, the contest aims to provide Chinese youth with a platform to exchange and showcase their innovative ideas and talents.

"We are at a time when art and literature are thriving, and cultural programs and industries are going strong," said Jin Dong, chairman of China Youth New Media Association. "Such an amazing period will surely inspire and stimulate innovative ideas among young people. In taking the lead to organize such an online youth contest to promote positive energy, I'm sure the contest will further encourage more fine works that are thought provoking and of a high artistic standard."

Liang Shan, deputy president of Inke expressed his high hopes for the contest.

"Our cooperation with is the first time a state-run media has teamed up with a commercial live-streaming app," he said, adding that he believed such innovations will help generate more positive forces on the internet.

American singer Slater Rhea (whose Chinese name is 帅德) [Photo courtesy of Slater Rhea]

During the opening ceremony, American singer Slater Rhea (whose Chinese name is 帅德), sang a Chinese folk song and shared his success story of pursuing his musical dream in China.

"While I could have been a diplomat and that would also have been a great choice, I love to sing Chinese songs and I love Chinese people. For these reasons, I felt it would be a more direct and innovative kind of diplomacy to use my songs and talents to get Chinese and American people to understand each other better," he said.

The silver-haired young singer is now frequently seen on many national TV channels of China. He encourages young people to cherish the opportunity of the online contest to pursue their own dreams.

The audition will last from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15. Young people over 18-years-old are eligible for the contest. Ten winners will be chosen from the competitors and they will have the chance to perform during the Online Spring Festival Gala 2018 of Chinese Youth.

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