Tuesday February 5th was lunar new year for 2019, ushering in the year of the pig and of course CCTV put on the Spring Gala performance that is the biggest stage of the year for C-stars. Performances are recorded beforehand though some appear to be live but the exquisite “Blossoming” titled performance with Taiwanese model Lin Chi Ling could only be filmed beforehand. The title Blossoming refers to flowers in bloom or the idea that spring blossoms from the cold winter freeze, and the thematic elements of the show were all about flowers blooming done via the performers or floral elements.
It was a ballet and synchronized swimming dance that was very skillfully choreographed and everyone was impressed at how Lin Chi Ling pulled it off. Of course the next day came word that she used a body double, and then everyone was mad at her. The third day her agency clarified that 90% of the performance was done by her personally and the rest was due to the request of the director to use a body double. I’m lulzing at the speed of praise-criticism-understanding that happens so often, I’m just park myself at enjoying this very pretty air/land/water show.