<i>Super Girl</i> and the Performing of Quality

Michael Keane, Anthony Fung and Albert Moran

in New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098206
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207219 | DOI:
Super Girl and the Performing of Quality

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This chapter examines the fascination with Idol formats, including industrial formats as well as generic variants and clones. It examines the evolution of Idol shows in China and Hong Kong, focusing on the Super Girl phenomenon within China. While talent formats sound familiar in the light of the global Idol franchise, they were a new phenomenon in mainland China, attracting the attention of cultural and industry critics who proclaimed a new stage of development in TV culture. Super Girl took south China by storm, with huge numbers of registered applicants.

Keywords: Idol formats; China; Hong Kong; talent formats; idol franchise; Super Girl

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Subjects: Television

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