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Genre Reality television
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)Various (depending on country)
Original release1999 (New Zealand)

Popstars was an international reality television franchise aimed to find new singing talent. Serving as a precursor to the Idol franchise, Popstars first began in New Zealand in 1999 when producer Jonathan Dowling formed the girl group TrueBliss. Despite all shows in the Popstars franchise having been cancelled, it 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 genre of television programming that documents unscripted situations and actual occurrences

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<i>Idols</i> (franchise) reality television-music competition format

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 the franchise has generated more than $2.5 billion in revenue.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

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. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). 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.



Countries which had a version of Popstars Popstars world locations.svg
Countries which had a version of Popstars

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. Despite having been cancelled, Popstars remains very successful, with the format having been sold to over 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 Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

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, Lake Constance and the High Rhine 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 a British 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 including So You Think You Can Dance and Q'Viva.

<i>Big Brother</i> (franchise) Dutch reality game show franchise

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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. This is where ProSieben produced the ninth season in 2010 because of the show's massive success in the ratings, but in 2012, Popstars was finally cancelled due to the short success of the groups formed throughout the episodes. In 2007, the show returned to France on M6 for one season. A new version of Popstars started in 2008 in the Netherlands and ran for three seasons. Germany's version returned for an eleventh season in 2015, but would later get cancelled following poor ratings. [1]

<i>The X Factor</i> International television franchise

The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by British producer Simon Cowell and his company SYCOtv. It originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol (2001–2003), and has been adapted in various countries. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes for star quality. The prize is usually a recording contract, in addition to the publicity that appearance in the later stages of the show itself generates, not only for the winner but also for other highly ranked contestants.

<i>Got Talent</i> British television series

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 70 countries, in what is now referred to as the 'Got Talent' format, similar to that described by Fremantle 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.

Popstars around the world

Legend:     Franchise has ceased production  

CountryLocal titleNetworkSeasons, series, winners, and groups formedOther notable artists
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Popstars: Tu Show Está Por Empezar Azul TV (1)
Telefé (2)
Season 1, 2001: Bandana
Season 2, 2002: Mambrú
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia 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
Flag of Austria.svg Austria Popstars: Mission Österreich Puls 4
Season 1, 2011: Kilmokit
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Pop Stars VT4 Season 1, 2001: Vanda Vanda
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 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
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Popstars (1)
Popstars: Boy Meets Girl (2)
Popstars: The One (3)
CTV (1)
Global TV (2–3)
Season 1, 2001: Sugar Jones
Season 2, 2002: Velvet Empire
Season 3, 2003: Christa Borden
Flag of Quebec.svg Julie Crochetière
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Popstars Canal Caracol Season 1, 2002: Escarcha
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 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
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador Popstars Teleamazonas Season 1, 2003: Kiruba
Season 2, 2004: La Coba
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Popstars MTV3 Season 1, 2002: Gimmel
Season 2, 2004: INDX
Season 1: Jenni Vartiainen
Season 2: Jane
Flag of France.svg France Popstars (1–2, 4–5)
Popstars – le duel (3)
M6 (1–4)
D8 (5)
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
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Popstars RTL II (1–2, 11)
ProSieben (3–10)
Season 1, 2000–01: Flag of Germany.svg / Flag of Bulgaria.svg No Angels
Season 2, 2001: Flag of Germany.svg / Flag of Israel.svg / Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 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: Flag of Germany.svg / Flag of Brazil.svg / Flag of Switzerland.svg Some & Any
Season 9, 2010: LaViVe
Season 10, 2012: Flag of Germany.svg / Flag of Turkey.svg Melouria
Season 11, 2015: Leandah
Season 3: Preluders
Season 5: Bisou
Flag of Greece.svg Greece
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus
Popstars Mega TV Season 1, 2003: Hi-5
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Popsztárok TV2 Season 1, 2002: Sugar & Spice
Flag of India.svg India Coke [V] Popstars Channel V Season 1, 2002: Viva
Season 2, 2003: Aasma
Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia Popstars Indonesia Trans TV Season 1, 2003: Sparx
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Irish Popstars RTÉ One Season 1, 2002: Six Ulster Banner.svg Nadine Coyle
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Popstars (1)
Superstar Tour (2)
Italia 1 Season 1, 2001: Lollipop
Season 2, 2003: Lucky Star
Season 1: Flag of San Marino.svg Valentina Monetta
Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Coca-Cola PopstarsSeason 1, 2004: Sema
Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia Popstars ntv7 Season 1, 2003: By'U
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Popstars Televisa Season 1, 2002: T' de TilaMaria León (Playa Limbo)
Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Texas.svg Ana Brenda Contreras
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands Popstars: The Rivals RTL 4 Season 1, 2004: Men2B (boys), Raffish (girls)
Popstars SBS6 Season 1, 2008: RED!
Season 2, 2009–10: Wesley Klein
Season 3, 2010–11: Dean Saunders
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Popstars TV2 Season 1, 1999: TrueBliss
Flag of Norway.svg Norway Popstars TV3 Season 1, 2001: Cape
Flag of the Philippines.svg Philippines Popstars Kids GMA Network Season 1, 2005: Rita Iringan
Season 2, 2007: Kierulf Raboy
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Popstars SIC Season 1, 2001: Nonstop
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Popstars Pro TV Season 1, 2003: Cocktail
Flag of Russia.svg Russia Стань звездой (Stan zvezdoy) Rossiya 1 Season 1, 2002: Другие правила (Drugie Pravila)
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 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
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia Popstars Kanal A Season 1, 2002: Bepop
Season 2, 2003: Unique
Season 2: B.B.T.
Season 2: Hajdi Korošec
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Popstars SABC 1 (1–2)
e.tv (3)
Season 1, 2002: 101
Season 2, 2004: Jamali
Season 3, 2010: Nne Vida
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Popstars: Todo por un sueño Telecinco Season 1, 2002: Bellepop Jesús Vázquez
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Popstars Kanal 5 Season 1, 2001: Excellence
Season 2, 2002: Supernatural
Season 3, 2003: Johannes Kotschy
Season 2: Martin Rolinski
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Popstars TV3 Season 1, 2001: Tears
Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania Coca-Cola PopstarsSeason 1, 2004: Wakilisha
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey Popstars Kanal D (1)
Show TV (2)
Season 1, 2003: Adibin
Season 2, 2004: Selçuk Demirelli
Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda Coca-Cola PopstarsSeason 1, 2004: Blu3
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Суперзірка (Superstar) 1+1 Season 1, 2010: Viktoriya Korzheniuk
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom Popstars (1)
Popstars: The Rivals (2)
ITV Series 1, 2001: Hear'Say
Series 2, 2002: Flag of the United Kingdom.svg / Flag of Ireland.svg Girls Aloud
Season 1: Liberty X (finalists)
Season 1: Flag of Scotland.svg Darius Danesh
Season 1: Warren Stacey
Season 2: One True Voice
Season 2: Javine Hylton
Season 2: Clea
Season 2: Phixx
Season 2: Flag of Romania.svg The Cheeky Girls
Flag of the United States.svg United States Popstars USA The WB Season 1, Spring 2001: Eden's Crush
Season 2, Late 2001: Scene 23
Season 1: Flag of Hawaii.svg Nicole Scherzinger
Season 2: Flag of Texas.svg Josh Henderson

Number one singles

The following is a list of singles that reached #1 in the respective nations of the Popstars artists

ArtistNationSong titleDateAlbum
Bandana Argentina "Guapas"December 2001Bandana
"Cómo Puede Ser"February 2002
"Maldita Noche"May 2002
"Llega la Noche"August 2002Noche
"Sigo Dando Vueltas"April 2003Vivir Intentando
Mambrú "A Veces"November 2002Mambrú
Scandal'us Australia "Me, Myself & I"April 2001 Startin' Somethin'
Bardot "Poison"April 2000 Bardot
Scott Cain "I'm Moving On"May 2002 Controlled Folly
Rouge Brazil "Não Dá Pra Resistir"July 2002Rouge
"Ragatanga (The Ketchup Song)"October 2002
"Brilha La Luna"April 2003C'est La Vie
"Um Anjo Veio Me Falar"October 2003
Br'oZ "Prometida"August 2003Br'oZ
Sugar Jones Canada "Days Like That"June 2001 Sugar Jones
Fu:el Denmark "Please Please"May 2003Next, Please
Kiruba Ecuador "Quisiera"April 2003 Kiruba
"Camina"June 2003
"Como Extraño Tu Luz"August 2003
"Me Pierdo"November 2003
"Me Quedo Contigo"May 2004Baila 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 2003It's Done
Preluders "Everyday Girl"November 2003 Girls in the House
Nu Pagadi "Sweetest Poison"December 2004Your Dark Side
Monrose "Shame"December 2006 Temptation
"Hot Summer"June 2007 Strictly Physical
Six Ireland "There's a Whole Lot of Loving Going On"February 2002This Is It
Lollipop Italy "Down Down Down"April 2001 Popstars
Nonstop Portugal "Ao Limite Eu Vou"July 2001Nonstop
Men2B Netherlands "Bigger than that"December 2004A Different Way
Raffish"Plaything"December 2004How 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 2007Stand-alone single for Comic Relief
"The Promise"October 2008 Out Of Control

See also

Popstars Live was an Australian music talent show television program similar to Australian Idol that aired on the Seven Network in early 2004. It was an evolution of the original Popstars TV show which aired between 2000 and 2002 on Seven. The show spawned a single and album that made the ARIA charts in April that year.

<i>Popstars</i> (British TV series)

Popstars was a short-lived reality music talent show that was broadcast on ITV in early 2001. It was the first UK series of the international Popstars franchise, and was billed as a documentary on the formation of a modern pop group. The programme began with audition rounds of aspiring singers performing covers of classic songs before a panel of judges. The best performers were selected to come to London for further rounds of auditions. Over the weeks, the judges eliminated various singers from the auditions until just a few singers were left in contention. In the final weeks, five contestants were chosen by the judges to form the new pop group Hear'Say. The programme then showed the group recording and promoting their first single, documenting their first ventures into the music industry.

<i>Popstars: The Rivals</i> British television talent show

Popstars The Rivals is a British television talent show series that was broadcast on ITV in late 2002. It was the second UK series of the international Popstars franchise. Unlike Popstars, which resulted in the formation of one winning group, Hear'Say, Popstars: The Rivals created two rival groups, Girls Aloud and One True Voice, who competed against each other for the Christmas Number One spot on the UK Singles Chart. Girls Aloud won and would go on to achieve twenty consecutive top ten hits, four number ones and six top ten albums, two of which reached number one and from that, former member Cheryl Cole would achieve five number-ones and two number one albums.

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