Super Girl

Crackdown on talent show won't deter rivals

Several mainland television networks have confirmed they intend to go ahead with their talent shows despite a ban on the nation's most high-profile show, Hunan TV's Happy Girls.

Monday, 19 September, 2011, 12:00am

'Vulgar' copycat western TV shows face tighter controls

The mainland's media watchdog will toughen its criteria for approving TV contest shows to combat the 'rising trend of vulgar content and bad taste' on the small screen, according to a mainland media report.

13 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


XU JING, CHEN DAN and Lisa Torres appear on giant banners, wearing nothing but pink ribbon. Standing 10-metres tall, they flank the entrance to the Shangmei Gynaecological Hospital in Changsha, Hunan province, like protective deities in a temple. Their message to women: Love yourselves, take care of your health.

11 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Super Girl status

The latest winner of the Super Girl contest, Li Yuchun, may be in the spotlight on the mainland, but former champion An Youqi (right) has caught the eye of a major Japanese record label.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Brakes put on TV talent programmes

Broadcasting officials have issued new rules governing television shows like the popular Super Girl singing competition to ensure talent programmes help 'build socialism'.

17 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Wannabe idols will find it's a long way to the top

Any aspiring singer hoping to become next year's Super Girl champion will have to be prepared to face incredible competition judging by what contestants endured in this year's marathon contest.

Thousands waited for hours in queues to try out for the contest when auditions opened in Hangzhou , Changsha , Zhengzhou , Chengdu and Guangzhou.

26 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Fans back favourite Super Girls to the end

Three finalists in hit mainland TV contest go for the gold tonight

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Li stood for four hours in a crowded square in Beijing's popular Xidan shopping district holding up a placard of a cartoon character and yelling at the top of his voice to garner support for his idol.

26 Aug 2005 - 12:00am