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Chinese American Idol-like shows need to keep it clean…

The Chinese government is bringing the smack down on raunchy television. Remember: content is heavily controlled in this communist country, and they are saying if Idol wannabe shows like this one want to continue, they have to follow rules:

NYT: Under rules that are to take effect next Monday, contestants in “Idol”-like shows should be healthy and mature and must align their “hairstyle, dress and remarks with the aesthetic values of the general public.” Hosts must refrain from “flirting with each other” and making “inflammatory or sensational remarks,” and voting will be confined to the studio audience. Full article

The shows also aren’t allowed during prime time.

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