6. Lao Meng – initiator of shanzhai Spring Festival Evening Gala
Lao Meng (chinanews.com)
In 2008, netizen Lao Meng organized an alternative Spring Festival Gala online to allow more grassroots people to participate in the annual event. But it turned out to be a disaster. In 2009, Lao Meng tried again, this time with more professional performers. Compared to the elite CCTV Spring Festival evening gala, the aborted shanzhai version could provide an amusing alternative.
This year, Beijing TV, partered with Sina, is producing a competing show, but it airs in different time slots.