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|Original release||1999 (New Zealand)|
Popstars was an international reality television franchise and a precursor to the Idol series. The series first began in New Zealand in 1999 when producer Jonathan Dowling formed the five member all-girl pop music group TrueBliss. Popstars remains one of the most successful TV show formats of all time with the format being sold to more than 50 countries. The show was the inspiration for Simon Fuller's Idols franchise.
Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents supposedly unscripted real-life situations, and often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors. Reality television exploded as a phenomenon in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the global success of the series Survivor, Idols, and Big Brother. These shows and a number of others became global franchises, spawning local versions in dozens of countries. The genre has various standard tropes, including "confessionals", or interview segments, used by cast members to express their thoughts, which often double as the shows' narration. In competition-based reality shows, there are other common elements, such as one participant being eliminated per episode, a panel of judges, and the concept of immunity from elimination.
Idols is a reality television singing competition format created by British television producer Simon Fuller and developed by Fremantle. The format began in 2001 with the British television series Pop Idol; its first adaptation was the Polish series Idol in 2002. It has since become the world's most widely watched television franchise, as well as one of the most successful entertainment formats, adapted in over 46 regions around the world, with its various versions broadcast to 150 countries. An estimated worldwide audience between 3.2 billion and 6.5 billion viewers have watched variants of the show, and the franchise has generated more than $2.5 billion in revenue.
New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
The series originated in New Zealand in 1999 when producer Jonathan Dowling formed the five member all-girl group TrueBliss. Dowling then licensed the concept to Screentime in Australia, who then on sold it to TresorTV in Germany before taking it worldwide. Popstars remains one of the most successful TV show formats of all time with the format being sold to more than 50 countries.
TrueBliss were a New Zealand pop girl group formed in April 1999. The band were formed on the popular television show Popstars, which aired on TV2 for nine weeks in the search for a new girl group. TrueBliss were the first ever group to be formed under the Popstars banner, before the concept was sold to Australia, continental Europe, the UK and the United States.
Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.
The show was the inspiration for Simon Fuller's Pop Idol franchise which would dominate reality TV, (along with Big Brother and Survivor ) for the next few years.
Simon Fuller is an English entrepreneur, artist manager, film and television producer. He is best known for being the creator of the Idol franchise, which was first seen in the UK under the name Pop Idol, and includes American Idol in the U.S. Fuller is also the executive producer of several shows and films including So You Think You Can Dance, Q'Viva, Spiceworld The Movie, My Generation starring Michael Caine and others.
Although Popstars had started successfully in most countries during the early 2000s, the shows gradually began to fail and were dropped by many broadcasters due to poor ratings. The last country where Popstars was still popular and successful – beside other casting shows such as The X Factor and Got Talent , as well as Idol – was Germany. In Germany, ProSieben produced the ninth season in 2010 because of the show's massive success in the ratings, but in 2012, Popstars was finally cancelled because of the poor and short success of the bands. In 2007, the show returned to France on M6 for one season. Since August 2008, there has also been a new version of Popstars on TV in the Netherlands. It has now ended its third season.
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Got Talent is a British talent show TV format conceived and owned by Simon Cowell's SYCOtv company. It has spawned spin-offs in over 58 countries, in what is now referred to as the 'Got Talent' format, similar to that described by FremantleMedia of the Idol and The X Factor formats. Unlike those shows, Got Talent showcases several artistic disciplines in addition to singing. In April 2014, the format was named the world's most successful reality TV format ever by the Guinness World Records.
ProSieben is a German free-to-air television network. It was launched on 1 January 1989. It is Germany's second-largest privately owned television company. Although ProSieben produces some of its programming itself, it also airs many American imports. On 3 May 2012, the network launched a pay-TV channel called ProSieben Fun. A third channel called ProSieben Maxx started broadcasting on 3 September 2013.
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|Country||Local title||Network||Seasons, series and winners||Other notable artists|
|Popstars: Tu Show Está Por Empezar|| Azul TV (1) |
|Season 1, 2001: Bandana |
Season 2, 2002: Mambrú
|Popstars||Seven Network||Season 1, 2000: Bardot |
Season 2, 2001: Scandal'us
Season 3, 2002: Scott Cain
|Popstars Live||Season 1, 2004: Kayne Taylor||Miranda Murphy|
|Popstars: Mission Österreich|| Puls 4 |
|Season 1, 2011: Kilmokit|
|Pop Stars||VT4||Season 1, 2001: Vanda Vanda|
|Popstars||SBT|| Season 1, 2002: Rouge |
Season 2, 2003: Br'oZ
|Season 1: Kênia Boaventura |
Season 1: Janaína Lima
Season 1: Maíra Charken
Season 1: Marjorie Estiano
Season 1: Quelynah
Season 2: Vinícius "D'Black" Cardoso
|Popstars||CTV||Season 1, 2001: Sugar Jones|
|Popstars: Boy Meets Girl||Global TV||Season 2, 2002: Velvet Empire|
|Popstars: The One||Season 3, 2003: Christa Borden|
|Popstars||Canal Caracol||Season 1, 2002: Escarcha|
|Popstars (1–3, 5) |
Popstars Showtime! (4)
| TV 2 (1–4)|
Kanal 5 (5)
|Season 1, 2001: EyeQ |
Season 2, 2002: Jon Nørgaard
Season 3, 2003: Fu:el
Season 4, 2004: Maria Lucia
Season 5, 2014: Linnea
|Season 2: Julie Berthelsen |
Season 3: Emil Thorup
|Popstars||Teleamazonas||Season 1, 2003: Kiruba |
Season 2, 2004: La Coba
|Popstars||MTV3||Season 1, 2002: Gimmel |
Season 2, 2004: INDX
|Season 1: Jenni Vartiainen |
Season 2: Jane
| Popstars (1–2, 4–5) |
Popstars – le duel (3)
| M6 (1–4) |
|Season 1, 2001: L5 |
Season 2, 2002: Whatfor
Season 3, 2003: Linkup
Season 4, 2007: Sheryfa Luna
Season 5, 2013: The Mess
|Season 1: Louisy Joseph |
Season 2: Chimène Badi
Season 3: Diadems
Season 3: M. Pokora
Season 4: Léa Castel
|Popstars|| RTL II (1–2, 11) |
| Season 1, 2000: No Angels |
Season 2, 2001: Bro'Sis
Season 3, 2003: Overground
Season 4, 2004: Nu Pagadi
Season 5, 2006: Monrose
Season 6, 2007: Room 2012
Season 7, 2008: Queensberry
Season 8, 2009: Some & Any
Season 9, 2010: LaViVe
Season 10, 2012: Melouria
Season 11, 2015: Leandah
|Season 3: Preluders |
Season 5: Mandy Capristo
Season 5: Bisou
|Popstars||Mega TV||Season 1, 2003: Hi-5|
|Popsztárok||TV2||Season 1, 2002: Sugar & Spice|
|Coke [V] Popstars||Channel V||Season 1, 2002: Viva |
Season 2, 2003: Aasma
|Popstars Indonesia||Trans TV||Season 1, 2003: Sparx|
|Irish Popstars||RTÉ One||Season 1, 2002: Six||Nadine Coyle|
|Popstars (1) |
Superstar Tour (2)
|Italia 1||Season 1, 2001: Lollipop |
Season 2, 2003: Lucky Star
|Season 1: |
|Coca-Cola Popstars||Season 1, 2004: Sema|
|Popstars||ntv7||Season 1, 2003: By'U|
|Popstars||Televisa||Season 1, 2002: T' de Tila||Maria León (Playa Limbo) |
|Popstars: The Rivals||RTL 4||Season 1, 2004: Men2B (boys), Raffish (girls)|
|Popstars||SBS 6||Season 1, 2008: RED! |
Season 2, 2009–10: Wesley Klein
Season 3, 2010–11: Dean Saunders
|Popstars||TV2||Season 1, 1999: TrueBliss|
|Popstars||TV3||Season 1, 2001: Cape|
|Popstars||SIC||Season 1, 2001: Nonstop|
|Popstars||Pro TV||Season 1, 2003: Cocktail|
|Стань звездой (Stan zvezdoy)||Rossiya 1||Season 1, 2002: Другие правила|
|Coca-Cola Popstar||Markíza||Season 1, 2001: Seven Days to Winter |
Season 2, 2002: Misha
Season 3, 2003: Zuzana Smatanová
Season 4, 2004: Vetroplach
Season 5, 2005: Bystrík
Season 6, 2006: Ivo Bič
Season 7, 2007: Peoples
Season 8, 2008: Mária Čírová
|Popstars||Kanal A||Season 1, 2002: Bepop |
Season 2, 2003: Unique
|Season 2: B.B.T. |
Season 2: Hajdi Korošec
|Popstars|| SABC 1 (1–2)|
|Season 1, 2002: 101 |
Season 2, 2004: Jamali
Season 3, 2010: Nne Vida
|Popstars: Todo por un sueño||Telecinco||Season 1, 2002: Bellepop||Jesús Vázquez|
|Popstars||Kanal 5||Season 1, 2001: Excellence |
Season 2, 2002: Supernatural
Season 3, 2003: Johannes Kotschy
|Season 2: Martin Rolinski|
|Popstars||TV3||Season 1, 2001: Tears|
|Coca-Cola Popstars||Season 1, 2004: Wakilisha|
|Popstars|| Kanal D (1)|
Show TV (2)
|Season 1, 2003: Adibin |
Season 2, 2004: Selçuk Demirelli
|Coca-Cola Popstars||Season 1, 2004: Blu3|
|Суперзірка (Superstar)||1+1||Season 1, 2010: Viktoriya Korzheniuk|
| Popstars (1)|
Popstars: The Rivals (2)
|ITV||Series 1, 2001: Hear'Say |
Series 2, 2002: Girls Aloud, One True Voice
|Season 1: Liberty X (finalists)|
Season 1: Darius Danesh
Season 1: Warren Stacey
Season 2: Javine Hylton
Season 2: Clea
Season 2: Phixx
Season 2: The Cheeky Girls
|Popstars USA||The WB||Season 1, Spring 2001: Eden's Crush |
Season 2, Winter 2001: Scene 23
|Season 1: Nicole Scherzinger |
Season 2: Josh Henderson
The following is a list of singles that reached #1 in the respective nations of the Popstars artists
|"Cómo Puede Ser"||February 2002|
|"Maldita Noche"||May 2002|
|"Llega la Noche"||August 2002||Noche|
|"Sigo Dando Vueltas"||April 2003||Vivir Intentando|
|Mambrú||"A Veces"||November 2002||Mambrú|
|Scandal'us||Australia||"Me, Myself & I"||April 2001||Startin' Somethin'|
|Scott Cain||"I'm Moving On"||May 2002||Controlled Folly|
|Rouge||Brazil||"Não Dá Pra Resistir"||July 2002||Rouge|
|"Ragatanga (The Ketchup Song)"||October 2002|
|"Brilha La Luna"||April 2003||C'est La Vie|
|"Um Anjo Veio Me Falar"||October 2003|
|Sugar Jones||Canada||"Days Like That"||June 2001||Sugar Jones|
|Fu:el||Denmark||"Please Please"||May 2003||Next, Please|
|"Como Extraño Tu Luz"||August 2003|
|"Me Pierdo"||November 2003|
|"Me Quedo Contigo"||May 2004||Baila La Luna|
|No Angels||Germany||"Daylight in Your Eyes"||February 2001||Elle'Ments|
|"There Must Be an Angel"||August 2001|
|"Something About Us"||May 2002||Now ... Us!|
|"No Angel (It's All in Your Mind)"||April 2003||Pure|
|Bro'Sis||"I Believe"||December 2001||Never Forget (Where You Come From)|
|Overground||"Schick mir 'nen Engel"||November 2003||It's Done|
|Preluders||"Everyday Girl"||November 2003||Girls in the House|
|Nu Pagadi||"Sweetest Poison"||December 2004||Your Dark Side|
|"Hot Summer"||June 2007||Strictly Physical|
|Six||Ireland||"There's a Whole Lot of Loving Going On"||February 2002||This Is It|
|Lollipop||Italy||"Down Down Down"||April 2001||Popstars|
|Nonstop||Portugal||"Ao Limite Eu Vou"||July 2001||Nonstop|
|Men2B||Netherlands||"Bigger than that"||December 2004||A Different Way|
|Raffish||"Plaything"||December 2004||How Raffish are you?|
|TrueBliss||New Zealand||"Tonight"||May 1999||Dream|
|Hear'Say||United Kingdom||"Pure and Simple"||March 2001||Popstars|
|"The Way to Your Love"||June 2001|
|Girls Aloud||"Sound of the Underground"||December 2002||Sound of the Underground|
|"I'll Stand by You"||November 2004||What Will the Neighbours Say?|
|"Walk This Way" (with Sugababes)||March 2007||Stand-alone single for Comic Relief|
|"The Promise"||October 2008||Out Of Control|
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