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You're watching Culture Express on CCTV News After three months of intense competition, the 14th China Central Television Young Singers Contest finally ended on Thursday with an award ceremony.
Wang Lida, Chen Suwei, Aluazhuo and "Sa Yer He" Group from Central China's Hubei Province clinched the gold prized of four major categories, which are folk, bel canto, pop, and original singing. The Airforce Art Troupe, Yunnan TV and PLA Art Academy claimed the top three group awards.
It is the fourth time that Wang Lida has stood on the stage at the end of the competition. With her vibrant rendition of "Fisherwoman on the Yellow River" she won the highest score and finally made her dream come true. She has been striving for this day for ten years. In 2000, 2002, and 2004, she participated the contest and went home empty-handed. Now, already a renowned singer, Wang is finally rewarded for her persistence.
Wang Lida, Singer, said, "I love this stage because it is so much anticipated and it contains so many people's dreams. I cherish the four times polishing in my career and I'm so honored to win the title."
"Sa Yer He" is composed of seven Tujia ethnic farmers and boat trackers. The lead vocal Tan Xuecong was a natural born singer, and his intelligence and diligence made him the youngest master of the ethnicity's traditional singing. He participated in the 13th contest two years ago and won seventh in the original singing category. People's acclaim encouraged him to collect and rearrange the Tujia folk songs and come back again.
Tan Xuecong, "Sa Yer He" Group, said, "I was born and nurtured by the Tujia ethnicity culture and art. The art was born in that soil, which is our stage. It is our duty to keep discovering and promoting the Tujia culture."
The champions' stories and concerns and accolades from around the country inspired the crew to make the biennial event more popular. In its fourteenth year, the CCTV Young Singers Television Contest has become a prime platform for the country's promising singers to embark on a professional career.
Qin Xinming, Creative Designer, 14th CCTV Young Singers Contest, said, "By taking some reforms of the competition, we have successfully improved the game to a more fair, authoritative, and professional level. Also we have switched the rules and broadcasting to fit the audience's taste."
The award ceremony, titled "In the Brilliant Sunshine," airs on Friday on CCTV Channel 3.