Popularity May Have Doomed China’s ‘Super Girl’ Show

Fans celebrated in Shanghai after Li Yuchun won in 2005 on “Super Girl,” a talent show like “American Idol.” The Chinese government has pulled the plug on the popluar show. (Reuters Photo)

In an online essay published Saturday, one of the show’s judges, Song Shinan, suggested that China’s cultural authorities were unhappy about being cut out of the selection process and threatened by the kind of women who rose to the top. “One thing that has progressed is that ‘idols’ are no longer the product of political needs but by commercial needs,” Song wrote. “The promotion of ‘role models’ from above is dying. These girls truly represent the voices of our times and are the idols of the people.”

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