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“快女”选秀等选秀节目不再火爆 - 'Happy Girl' and other reality shows are no longer flourishing print version
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The following article refers to latest criticism and drop of popularity of some of China's reality shows, and it also you introduces how this genre was adopted in China

选秀节目最早以湖南卫视(Hunan satellite)《超级女声》[5]、央视 (China Central TV)《梦想中国》[6]、东方卫视 (Dongfang satellite)《我型我秀》[7]三档节目为代表,2005年,选秀节目大火,而今日,包括"快女"在内,国内选秀节目无论在影响力、选手水平、可看性上,都无法复制当年的荣光。这几年的选手,唱功实力已大不如前辈。




中国的各类选秀大都是"山寨"[16]自《美国偶像》('American Idol')等国外的节目。选秀节目正在开始和新媒体紧密相连,运用了微博[17]让选手展开互动。

From 2004 until now, the reality programs are already airing for 8 years, and have encountered a lot of doubt. This year, the old reality show "happy girl" has met even more condemnation, as the show quality is declining, and rise of other show patterns, have lead reality-talent shows to face unprecedented accusations.

The earliest three representative reality shows were Hunan satellite's 'super female voice', CCTV's 'China's dream ', and Dongfang satellite's 'my type, my show'. In 2005, reality-talent shows were extremely 'hot', yet today, China's reality shows, with 'happy girl' among them, whether their influence is considered, the candidates' level, or whether they are worth watching, they cannot duplicate the glory of that year. The talent of competitors in recent years is far worse than the 'older generation'.

The evaluation committee of the reality shows is also not as good as before. In previous years, Gao Xiaosong, Bao Xiaobo were professional judges, and had a distinct standard when evaluating the competitors. Yet, nowadays the judges lack a distinct style, sharp language and evaluation standards. Providing the show with an evaluation requires possessing a genuine all-round quality, only then can the show have a lasting high degree of viewers' attention.

In talent shows, the accusations are most direct. Because real (normal) people are more or less similar to competitors, such shows have a greater sense of reality and conflict. For example, in 'China's all-round talent', not only singing is viewed, but also dancing and folk arts, and viewers can even enjoy skills that are about to become extinct. This type of show uses human interest to touch people, the old and the young can all enjoy, and hence the shows are highly popular.

Matchmaking reality shows are a swift and violent type of shows that are developing in recent years. Such shows have handsome men and beautiful women. The major point for ordinary people is that matchmaking shows demand universality.

'Job site' shows is also a new rising TV show style, adopting a job recruitment format. Competitors and job officials interact, developing the candidates until one can finally obtain a job offer. 'Job site' shows are similar to 'matchmaking shows' in the fact they have a practical function, and their sense of participation is very extensive.

China's various kinds of reality shows are all a small local scale of American Idol and other foreign shows. The reality shows are now beginning to be inseparable of new media, utilizing micro-blogs to allow competitors to spread out interactions.  

Original article published by 新京报 

[1] 选秀节目 xuǎn xiù jiémù - 'Choose talent shows'; a general name for reality shows, in which viewers participate by voting for their favorite candidates

[2] 老牌 lǎopái - Old, veteran

[3] "快女" kuài nǚ - Short for 快乐女生 'Happy girl'; a reality women-singing competition, aired since 2004.

[4] 前所未有 qiánsuǒwèiyǒu - Unprecedented

[5] 《超级女声》chāojí nǚ shēng - 'Super women's voice'; a women's singing reality competition, the 'ancestor' of‘快乐女生' (see 3).

[6] 《梦想中国》mèngxiǎng zhōngguó - 'China dream'; a talent reality show, broadcasted on national Chinese TV (CCTV), hosted by Li Yong 李咏.

[7] 《我型我秀》wǒ xíng wǒ xiù - 'My type, my show'; a singing reality show, produced by the eastern Dongfang satellite

[8] 评委 píngwěi - Evaluation committee; the board of judges which exists in talent reality shows

[9] 真人秀节目zhēn rén xiù jiémù - Reality talent shows

[10] 民间艺术 mínjiān yìshù - Folk arts

[11] 绝迹 jué jì - Vanish, extinct

[12] 相亲节目 xiāngqīn jiémù - Matchmaking shows; reality shows which involve matchmaking and promotion of new man-woman ties

[13] 迅猛 xùnměng - Swift and violent

[14] 职场节目 zhí chǎng jiémù - 'Job-site shows'; reality shows that allow candidates to apply for jobs

[15] 招聘官 zhāopìn guān - Job recruiting official

[16] "山寨" shān zhài - 'Small scale', non-original version

[17] 微博 wēi bó - Internet micro-blog

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