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Thoughts on popular Chinese television: “Super Boy” 2013 Singing Competition

With the summer in full blast, Super Boy, a Chinese idol/singing competition has also commenced this year. This is the first time I’m watching SuperBoy (or any Chinese singing show for that matter) so I’m going to take you along for the ride. If you have heard of Super Boy but don’t know what its all about and want to follow this year’s competition, then you’ll need to read on!


There’s five types of contestant winners, let me just break it down for ya: the Korean popstar, the unassuming pretty boy-next-door who CAN actually sing or is passable singer (always a crowd pleaser), the bulky guy that can belt 50 octaves high (I obviously know my music lingo), the arrogant type who eventually wins based on talent even though people are talking trash about his attitude, and finally the shilipai (实力派) a Chinese term for dedicated, hardworker who may not be gifted with appearance.

Quick Terminology {Geek Facts} to Know:

  • hosted every three years in Changsha of Hunan Province (started in 2007)
  • preliminary round of SuperBoys has begun regionally (this year’s locations are Changsha, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Guangzhou)
  • there are three celebrity judges who will either give a PASS or LEAVE which determine your fate
  • Auditions open to all men >> 300 successful contestants >> Regionals >> Top 20 Finalists go on to Nationals>> the final round
  • beginning in 2010, audience can now vote the disqualified boys back into a spot on the 20 finalists (reviving- FuHuo 复活)

If you haven’t seen this, the Hangzhou round is chock-full of pretty boys, but I’ll let you be the judge. Check it out below the cut. Read More…