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So, imagine you and your brother are hiking through the mountains. It's a beautiful day, and you're laughing at some dumb inside joke.
Then, all of a sudden, you nearly walk right into a random roller coaster track set up right there in the middle of the trees, with a bunch Chinese people enthusiastically telling your brother to get on. It looks short and entertaining enough, so he hops in a seat, fastens the safety restraints, and gets ready for a short random adventure, while you stand aside laughing and taking pictures.
Only, as the roller coaster starts moving, it soon becomes apparent that the track is a lot longer than it first looked. A lot longer, and it's filled with twists and loops that none of us saw coming. And if my brother stays on until then end, he could win 10,000 dollars.
I repeat -- 10,000 friggin' dollars!!
This hilarity has become serious real quick!
Welcome to the Chinese ETTV "Top Idol" Competition -- like American Idol, but for those who speak Chinese.
|They let him sing an English song this round! (And a Taiwanese song... so he had to learn Taiwanese. I could not do this.)|
Somehow, after my Mandarin-fluent brother James (Jimmy to the public) randomly stumbled upon the first audition when we were walking through a mall a couple months ago, he now finds himself flying back to Los Angeles for the fifth weekend in a row to compete in the final round. (You can read the story of how it started, here.)
VOTING accounts for 50% of his score! You can vote all four ways, if feel so inclined. So, friends and neighbors, ladies and gentlemen, random people of the blog-o-sphere -- let's help the super-kind-hearted-random-white-guy show these judges that he deserves to win!
I recommend voting via the app because it allows for unlimited voting, and it's FUN! Walk around shaking your phone everywhere!