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Global Beats: Introducing Shanghai Super Girl


VBS.tv is airing a fascinating new online documentary about Shanghai Super Girl, the Chinese equivalent of American Idol. The show's recent finale pulled a massive amount of viewers and became the most watched  program in the history of television with billions of people voting for their favorite performer. The show's voting success made it also the biggest exercise in democracy in China's history. Consequently, the Chinese government shut down the program after its fourth season.

Over the course of 7 days, former Super Girl contestant Yang Lei took a VBS reporter around Shanghai to talk about modern life in China. They discuss everything from shopping to music, and from politics to the upcoming Olympics while visiting parts of the city. It's an interesting look at part of a country and incredibly rich culture that a lot of people still don't know much about. With the country's economy booming and the world's eye on the upcoming Olympic games, I wonder if Chinese music will make its debut on the world stage as well.

The epicenter of the recent earthquake that rocked part of China was Yang Lei's home province of Sichuan. VSB writes that Lei and her family are safe. If you want to donate your support to the international relief efforts, click here.

Watch VBS.tv Shanghai Super Girl

May 30, 2008 in Global Beats | Permalink


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that's great, arjan.. thanks for posting this. i do know that the show has continued on in taiwan, where girls from china i believe are welcome to enter.

Posted by: will-w. at May 31, 2008 6:12:28 AM

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