“Popstars” is a music reality television show that takes ordinary young people with musical talent and transforms them into famous . pop stars With series spanning more than 30 countries around the world since 1999, “Popstars” has enjoyed worldwide success.
The idea for the television was born in 1999, when New Zealand producer Jonathan Dowling used the show as a platform to launch the all-girl group TrueBliss to stardom. The series was a hit within New Zealand, and as soon as 2000, the franchise expanded around the globe. ”Popstars” has particularly seen massive success in Germany, where it stayed on the air from 2000 to 2010.
The United States hosted its own version of “Popstars” for two seasons, starting in the spring of 2001 on AOL Time Warner’s WB television network. The first season attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers. The season documented the process of creating the all-girl group known as Eden’s Crush. The American version of “Popstars” went on to a second season in the winter of 2001, starring the band Scene 23.
Each version of “Popstars” follows the same basic format. The show watches the progress of creating a pop group. Hundreds of young hopefuls audition and compete, and only a few make the cut. Those that advance through auditions must strive to improve themselves and expand their talents to become professional pop music artists. Once the final members of the group are selected, the series continues to show the process of creating pop songs. These songs are professionally recorded and released for sale to the public, who can then purchase the same pop music that they watched being created on the television.
Although “Popstars” enjoyed enormous success in the early 2000s, most countries stopped airing the show after a few seasons, with Germany being the notable exception. The reasons for this were the poor ratings the television shows received and the short success that the pop music artists received once they stopped appearing on the show and fully entered the music industry. The show has recently reinvigorated itself in the Netherlands, however, where it has just ended its third season of its fresh run. Despite the fact that “Popstars” is, by and large, no longer on the air, the television show should be commended for creating a new format of music reality television. The show has inspired such shows as “The X-Factor,” “American Idol” and “Got Talent.”