New Year TV gala shows off elderly people's talents

The 90-minute gala "Old Friends" invited Peking Opera artist Shang Changrong, dancer Huang Doudou, and tenor Wei Song to perform. 
Ti Gong

"Old Friends," the country's first variety show about elderly people's lives, recorded a special gala last night in Shanghai to celebrate the coming New Year.

The 90-minute gala featured Peking Opera singer Shang Changrong, famous dancer Huang Doudou, tenor Wei Song and actress Zhang Kaili performing and interacting with the local audience. The gala also held a heartwarming wedding ceremony for four elderly couples.

The show's veteran host Ye Huixian, 71, is also the chief planner. Ye, who recently received a Special Contribution Award from the Shanghai Media Group, shared with audiences his affinity with the program as well as many behind-the-scenes stories.

Launched in 2005, the show has offered elderly people a platform to display their talents and make new friends. 

This special New Year episode starts on Dragon TV at 5pm on December 30.

Ti Gong

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