BEIJING, April 26 – The reality show of a Russian who joined a Chinese boy band show by accident – and made it to the final despite urging fans to reject him – s ‘is finally over after almost three months.
Vladislav Ivanov, 27, from Vladivostok, was expelled from the 2021 production camp Saturday, after viewers ignored his calls to leave and backed him up to the final.
Ivanov, who is fluent in Mandarin, first joined the show as a Chinese teacher.
But he said he was invited to register as a nominee after the directors noticed her beauty.
“They asked me if I would like to try a new life,” Ivanov said on the show.
He seemed to regret his decision almost immediately, but couldn’t leave without breaking his contract.
His lack of enthusiasm played out in half-hearted song, rap and dance alongside other more enthusiastic contestants.
Performing under the stage name Lelush, he urged audiences to vote against him, saying he did not want to be among the show’s 11 winners, who are contractually obligated to form a boy group.
“Don’t like me you won’t get any results,” he said in one episode.
But viewers embraced his austere persona and kept him in the running for almost three months.
Idol training shows, a television genre originating in Korea that subjects hundreds of young aspiring performers to rigorous training camps and public votes, have become extremely popular in China.
In it, contestants were herded into dormitories on a tropical island in China’s Hainan province, and their phones confiscated for most of the season.
Anyone who wanted to break their contract and leave mid-season, which started in mid-February, had to pay a hefty fine.
While critics have questioned the transparency of voting on idol shows, Ivanov seems to have struck a real chord as an anti-hero for Chinese audiences.
Fans, some serious and some ironic, have dubbed him “the most miserable salaried slave” and celebrated him as an icon of “Blood culture”, a concept popular among Chinese millennials referring to a defeatist attitude. towards everyday life.
“Don’t let him give up,” one viewer commented on a video of a dejected-looking Ivanov performing a Russian rap.
“My sisters, vote for him! Leave it 996! Another fan commented, using Chinese slang for the grueling work schedule that plagues many young employees, especially in digital startups.
The unlikely star reached the show’s final episode on Saturday where he failed to gain enough votes to join the boy group.
“I’m finally out of work,” said a relieved Ivanov today on his Weibo account. – AFP