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By Wang Kaihao | China Daily | Updated: 2018-06-13 08:35
Kris Wu [Photo provided to China Daily]

In another development, Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor and singer, who was a judge in last year's show, has returned this year with an extra title: chief music supervisor. And he will be rejoined by three others who were judges last year - musicians Wilber Pan, Chang Chen-yue and MC Hotdog (the stage name of Yao Chung-jen) - all from Taiwan. Hong Kong singer Gloria Tang Tsz-kei is the new addition, based on big data analysis of iQiyi users' preferences, to give women a place on the panel.

As for the kind of musical fare the judges are expected to see, Heaven and Earth, Wu's single released online on June 6, is probably a good example of what Chinese-style rap is expected to be.

Wu's lyrics encourage young people to pursue for dreams and the song's video features traditional Chinese aesthetics.

The new show also aims for bigger global influence. And some of the finalists are from overseas Chinese communities in North America, Australia, and Malaysia.

Explaining the move, Wu, who is also in charge of finding talent from North America, says: "It (the move) is to discover fresh blood and provide an arena for Chinese living abroad. And such communication will also help our culture spread overseas and nurture a fan base for Chinese rap among foreigners."

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