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Millions of Chinese families tuned in to watch the Spring Festival Gala on the eve of Chinese New Year. The five-hour-long variety show features music, dance and skits produced by state broadcaster CCTV. It’s been ranked the most viewed entertainment show in the world, garnering more than one billion viewers in 2018. Watching the gala has been a new year ritual since the 1980s for many Chinese, including those overseas. But this year, many complained that the performances were outdated and too political.
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