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‘Grade One – Graduation’: Major Success for Hunan TV’s Reality Show

Reality show Grade One – Graduation (一年级-毕业季) is the is the latest Hunan TV hit show.

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Reality show Grade One – Graduation (一年级-毕业季) is the is the latest Hunan TV hit show. The show’s latest airing became a trending topic on Chinese social media, atrracting over 15 million views within a night.

Hunan TV’s latest success show is Grade One – Graduation, a variety/reality show that follows Chinese young talents chasing their dreams through a talent show.

Grade One – Graduation (一年级-毕业季), airing since late October of 2016, is part of a larger Grade One series (also known as ‘Freshman’) that was first broadcasted by Hunan TV in 2014. The show is broadcasted every Saturday at 22.00 pm.

The show, a so-called ‘reality documentary’ produced in cooperation with Shanghai Theatre Academy (上海戏剧学院), divides a group of experienced performance students into two groups under different renowned teachers. One of these teachers is the famous Chinese actor Chen Jianbin (陈建斌).

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The two groups compete in performance, from acting to dancing. The show’s final winners will take part in a big media event – an opportunity to show off their skills to the big audience.

Although it is unclear to what extent this ‘reality show’ is scripted, the weekly program follows the tribes and tribulations of top students in the field of drama and dance during their strict training in a highly competitive environment. While the students have to work together for various assignments, they are also competitors, as they are tested and eliminated before their final performance at the end of the show.

But, as Chinese social media shows, taking part in the show itself already is a ticket to fame. On November 12, female participant Shuxin Yu (@虞书欣Esther) became one of the top trending topics on Sina Weibo for her dramatic personality, that has attracted both fans and haters.

Shuxin Yu, one of the show's most popular (and controversial) drama students.

Shuxin Yu, one of the show’s most popular (and controversial) drama students.

In one of the latest shows, Shuxin Yu threw a tantrum when another contestant was chosen first and she came in second, although she felt she was the best performer. With her mood swings, pouting lips, crocodile tears and ways of ‘acting cute’ (卖萌) like a spoilt child, Shuxin Yu was nicknamed ‘Miss Landslide’.

Show participant Shuxin Yu (left) and her main competitor Zhang Haoyue.

Show participant Shuxin Yu (left) and her main competitor Zhang Haoyue.

The ‘Miss Landslide’ hashtag (#泥石流小姐#) received over 10 million views directly after the show aired on November 22.

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The show also received media attention when the contestants were invited for the premiere of Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and met up with the famous director.

Hunan TV (湖南卫视) is one of China’s most popular TV stations that has broadcasted many TV hit drama and variety shows in the past, such as TV drama Good Wife or variety shows such as Happy Camp or Where Are We Going, Dad?

Besides broadcasting on Chinese video platforms, Hunan TV also has an official YouTube account where netizens can watch the show (no subtitles).

– By Manya Koetse
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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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China’s Latest Online Viral Game Makes You Clap for Xi Jinping

Smart propaganda – now clapping for Xi Jinping has become a competition.

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In a new online game that has come out during the 19th National Congress in Beijing, Chinese netizens can compete in applauding for Xi Jinping. The game has become an online hit.

The major 19th CPC National Congress started on Wednesday in Beijing with a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that took nearly 3,5 hours.

The speech, that focused on China’s future and its rise in the world today, was repeatedly paused for the appropriate applause from the party members in the audience.

With the introduction of a new game by Tencent, people can now also clap along to Xi Jinping’s speech from their own living room. The game became an online hit on October 18. It was already played over 400 million times by 9 pm Beijing time.

The mobile game can be opened through a link that takes you to a short segment of the lengthy speech by Xi Jinping. In the short segment, President Xi mentions that it is the mission of the Communist Party of China to strive for the happiness and the rise of the Chinese people.

The app then allows you “clap” for Xi by tapping the screen of your phone as many times as you can within a time frame of 18 seconds. After completing, you can invite your friends to play along and compete with them.

The game has become especially popular on WeChat, where some users boast that they have scored a ‘clap rate’ of 1695.

If you’re up to it, you can try to clap as much as you can for Xi Jinping here (mobile only).
(Update Friday, October 20: the game link now redirects to the Tencent News site themed around the 19th Party Congress through desktop. On mobile, the game still works, and has been played over 1,2 billion times.)

With a score of 1818 you’re better than 99% of all players.

By Manya Koetse and Diandian Guo

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Weibo Servers Down After Lu Han Announces New Relationship

A Chinese celebrity’s relationship announcement led to a rare breakdown of Weibo’s servers on Sunday.

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A Chinese celebrity’s relationship announcement led to a rare breakdown of Weibo’s servers on Sunday. So many fans commented on Lu Han’s new love affair that the social media platform was inaccessible for two hours.

“Hi everyone, I want to introduce my girlfriend @GuanXiaoTong to you.” It was this one-sentence message that set Weibo on fire on Sunday, October 8.

The message was posted by Chinese singer and actor Lu Han (鹿晗 1990), who is one of the most popular celebrities on Weibo. Lu currently has 41.2 million followers on his official Weibo account (@M鹿M).

The singer previously had 43 million fans on Weibo, but lost many followers after his relationship announcement. Many fans did not like the idea that their favorite star is no longer single. Lu was formerly a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and its sub-group EXO-M.

So many people responded to the news of Lu Han’s new girlfriend that some servers of Sina Weibo experienced a rare breakdown. Chinese media report that, according to a statement released by a Weibo Data Assistant, the two-hour network crash was the result of a data surge caused by fans commenting, sharing and liking Lu Han’s update.

By Monday, the public announcement had received 2,4 million comments and nearly 5 million likes.

Guan Xiaotong (关晓彤) is Lu Han’s new girlfriend – and everybody knows it.

Guan Xiaotong is a Chinese actress with more than 20 million fans on her Weibo page.

It is not the first time that a public announcement by a Chinese celebrity causes so much consternation on Weibo. In 2016, Chinese actor Wang Baoqiang announced that he would divorce his wife Ma Rong after she had a secret affair with his own agent. That post became one of the top-trending topics of the year.

A day after Lu Han’s revelation, searches for his name on the Weibo platform were limited and only showed a “we can not display any results for this search” announcement.

By Manya Koetse

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