Televised reality show break the mold
By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2020-06-24 09:37
Thirty female contestants, all older than 30, took part in a televised reality show this month, competing for five places in a performance group.
The program immediately became a hot topic nationwide, as the entertainment industry in China traditionally favors women in their early 20s or even younger.
Named Sisters Riding the Winds and Breaking the Waves, the show premiered on June 12 on Hunan Television and Mango TV, a live-streaming platform.
Actresses Ning Jing, 48, and Christy Chung, 50, along with singers Zhang Hanyun, 31, and Yu Kewei, 37, were among the contestants. A panel of coaches joined the show, including a well-known actor, the head of a music company, a celebrity manager, a music director and a stage director.
The first episode attracted more than 15 million viewers and sparked heated debate online. The contestants demonstrated their dancing and singing abilities with solo and group performances.