2018 might not be the best year for a lot of things, but so far, it has been a blessing for one industry in China: Idol-making. It all started with two shows.
Fan Chengcheng is the younger brother of Fan Bingbing, one of the biggest stars in China today, and a celebrity in his own right with around 3 million followers on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. He recently participated in Idol Producer, an entertainment reality show popular among young girls.
iQIYI's online show “Idol Producer” takes 100 out of 1908 trainees from 87 entertainment agencies all over Asia, and picks 9 winners by public votes to form a new boy group.