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Evolution of Chinese Idol Survival Shows: Localization and Innovation in the Wake of South Korean Influence

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DOI: 10.23977/mediacr.2024.050201 | Downloads: 3 | Views: 116


Yuchenxi Gong 1


1 College of Traffic&Transportation, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing, China

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Yuchenxi Gong


In 2016, South Korea launched Produce 101, an idol competition reality show, gradually opening up the overseas market. Influenced by South Korea, idol survival shows in China have developed from localized introduction to successful export that breaks the traditional framework. This study selects three representative programs as research objects, including Produce 101 China, CHUANG 2021, and Sisters Who Make Waves, using literature research, case studies, and comparative analyses to study how to localize and innovate the idol survival shows in China. This study illustrates the localization and innovation of these programs from three perspectives, namely production, presentation, and communication, gives suggestions for future development of Chinese idol survival shows based on current insufficiencies, and provides a reference for constant innovation and relevant studies in the future.


Idol Survival Shows; Localization; Program Innovation; Program Communication


Yuchenxi Gong, Evolution of Chinese Idol Survival Shows: Localization and Innovation in the Wake of South Korean Influence. Media and Communication Research (2024) Vol. 5: 1-6. DOI:


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