[ 2007-01-30 13:38 ]
Zhu Jun, Zhou Tao, Li Yong, Liu Fangfei, Zhang Zequn, Dong Qing.
Jin Yue, helmsman
of CCTV Spring Festival Gala 2007, said a familiar string of popular CCTV
presenters will again preside over the new year gala, dismissing speculations
that young, fresh faces will replace old ones in this year's host lineup, Xinhua reported Monday.
According to Jin, Zhu Jun, Zhou Tao, Li Yong, Dong Qing, Zhang Zequn and
Liu Fangfei, who hosted last years' gala, will again appear on stage on the
Lunar New Year's eve on February 17.
Jin said the timetable for this year's ceremony has almost settled, with only
several programs still pending for final decision. The first rehearsal is scheduled on February 5.
Famous cross-talker Feng Gong has
confirmed he will perform at the gala, while Guo Degang, a favorite
Beijing-based standup comedian who
is known for promoting himself as an infamous crosstalker, may not show up. Pop
diva Faye Wong is also likely to absent since she did not submit any program,
Jin told Xinhua.
Different from previous years, unwarranted exposure of the scheduled programs
ahead of time will result in the media taking legal responsibility, Jin warned.
The annual CCTV Spring Festival celebration, the grandest of its kind,
featuring cross-talks, comic plays, singing and dancing performances, has draw
widespread media attention since its debut in 1983.
The pageant, boasting an estimated audience of one billion worldwide in
recent years, is viewed by many as a fast track to fame. Many celebrities and
would-be stars have scrambled to appear on the stage, occasionally through
under-the-table deals, making it somewhat difficult to determine the gala's cast
and program list.