[ 2007-03-23 09:55 ]
|Producers of the televised competition Thursday announced the
launch of the upcoming season, and it will be an all-male affair with
contestants vying for the title "Happy Boy."|
The wildly popular Chinese version of the "American Idol" song contest has
secured approval for a 2007 season, state media reported Wednesday.
Producers of the televised competition Thursday announced the launch of the
upcoming season, and it will be an all-male affair with contestants vying for
the title "Happy Boy," the Beijing Times newspaper reported.
Last year's contest was an all-female version under the title "Super Girl,"
but state regulators only granted approval for this year after insisting that
producers avoid the name "Super Boy," the paper added, citing show officials.
The show was hatched in 2004 by Hunan Satellite Television in central China
and has proved an absolute phenomenon.
While China has several pop idol-style shows, "Super Girls" is the leader,
with the 2006 final attracting an extraordinary audience figure of 400 million
viewers, just under a third of China's population.
Producers this year plan to whittle
down the number of contestants -- more than 100,000 entered last
year -- with an Internet audition
system aimed also at preventing a crush of applicants from
besieging production sites.
Internet applicants must have online access and will be required to send in a
60-second video clip in which they sing unaccompanied.
whittle down: 削减
Internet audition system: