The five most popular hosts on Chinese live-streaming site YY.com
Comedians, a talk show host, a ballad singer with bad-boy looks and, at number one, Xia Keke, who sings, belly dances, and dresses up as film and book characters on a Chinese answer to YouTube
Xia Keke, singer, dancer
Xia Keke, 22, rose to fame in 2014 for her range of acts – she sings, she belly dances, she even dresses up like Chinese princesses. To fans, Xia goes the extra mile. By appearing as film or storybook characters from time to time, she is winning the hearts of many lonely men who tune into her two daily shows.
Li Ge, stand-up comedian
Li Ge, or “Brother Li”, is the site’s most popular comedian. Li’s rapping style and slapstick humour have attracted a huge fan base over the years, making him one of the highest-paid celebrities on the social platform. Li, after becoming an internet celebrity, also started an agency that manages other popular internet comedians and often hosts collaborative shows online.
Wang Mian, singer
Wang Mian, also known as “brother Mian”, covers pop hits and ballads on his daily live-streaming show. Vocal talent aside, the 30-year-old’s bad-boy looks and playboy personality helped boost his popularity among the young, female demographic.
Picasso, current affairs commentator
Picasso started out as a voice actor, doing voice-overs for commercials and television shows. Through friends’ encouragement, he registered with YY, where he gained a following for his commentary about current affairs and book readings. Picasso was so popular, he won a vote to co-host the company’s awards ceremony with 10 million fans making him their choice.
Li Xianliang, talk show host, comedian
Like Li Ge, Li has built a career out of making fun of everything and anything on the internet. He responds to fans who leave comments in real time during his webcast by playing short, well-known one-liners from movies and lip-syncs to songs, with over-the-top expressions.