China has a reputation as the global hub of counterfeiting. According to the World Customs Organisation, three-fourths of counterfeit goods seized between 2008 to 2010 came from China. But put Gucci, Armani and Burberry to the side for a second. As this video shows, Chinese creatives have also started borrowing from Eurovision — and, more specifically, Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2013 singer Farid Mammadov and his stage director Fokas Evangelinos.
A video has surfaced on YouTube showing a performance from the Hunan TV New Year Countdown Concert, which aired last December. It features a man singing on a glass box, another man mirroring him inside that glass box, and a lady in red with a super long train. Yes, it is Azerbaijan’s Eurovision 2013 performance of “Hold Me”.
Just in case you forgot the original…
Hunan TV — also known as Mango TV — is the network that is currently trying to convince the EBU to let it participate in Eurovision. You can watch our interview with China’s Head of Delegation for Eurovision below, and read more about their ambitions here.