‘Weirdest variety show’: Chinese ‘virtual talent hunt’ show goes viral

Beijing: There are a lot of reality and talent hunt shows on television that garner worldwide interest for their uniqueness and versatility. Then there are shows that are just too bizarre for audiences to comprehend or react.

A show of the latter kind was launched on the iQiyi online video platform – China’s version of Netflix – in October. In just a few days, it became one of the most talked-about shows in the world.

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‘Dimension Nova’, a talent show for virtual contestants only, is looking for China’s next big digital idol.

The show has intrigued audiences all over the world because it is a music contest that sees virtual contestants performing for a panel of judges. The contestants are a group of 22 digital animated characters competing for a contract. This means when the show is on, you get to see the animated characters and not the real contestants. It’s only their voices that you will hear.

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As for the judges, they are all real human beings.

There are currently three Chinese celebrities in the show – Angelababy, an actress and well-known TV personality, Wang Linkai, a former member of the band Nine Per Cent, and Esther Yu, a member of the band THE9.

Another intriguing thing about the show is that the contestants perform before the judges in background and décor that looks almost like the corridors and halls of Hogwarts. It even has moving pictures on the walls.

But that’s not all.

The show even takes viewers behind the scenes to show the creators of the digital characters and the control room that runs the entire operation.

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However, the show had a few hiccups when a digital contestant called Meiyu fell victim to a bug during the first episode.

Despite the glitches and errors, the videos of the show uploaded on YouTube have now garnered millions of views.

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