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Taiwanese and Hongkong celebs are known to be paid extremely well on Chinese variety shows — think A-mei's S$10.5mil pay cheque for Sound Of My Dream — and it’s no wonder that appearing on such shows is regarded as one of the most well-paying gigs for these overseas artistes.

But one industry insider claims that this is not the case when it comes to popular programmes. The source has said that all artistes from Hongkong and Taiwan are automatically demoted on the pay scale whenever they’re approached to star on Chinese variety shows just because they're not from the mainland, and the pay cut becomes even more apparent when it comes to shows that are guaranteed to give them "good exposure".

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