|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|Original language(s)||Various (depending on country)|
|Original release||1999 (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 is a genre of television programming that documents purportedly unscripted real-life situations, often starring unknown individuals rather than professional actors. Reality television came to prominence in the late 1990s and the early 2000s with the global successes of the series Survivor, Idols, and Big Brother, all of which became global franchises. Reality television shows tend to be interspersed with "confessionals", short interview segments in which cast members reflect on or provide context for the events being depicted on-screen. Competition-based reality shows typically feature gradual elimination of participants, either by a panel of judges or by the viewership of the show.
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 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.
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, 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.
Big Brother is a Dutch reality competition television franchise created by John de Mol Jr., first broadcast in the Netherlands in 1999, and subsequently syndicated internationally. The show features contestants called "housemates" or "House Guests" who live together in a specially constructed house that is isolated from the outside world. The name is inspired by Big Brother from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, and the housemates are continuously monitored during their stay in the house by live television cameras as well as personal audio microphones. Throughout the course of the competition, they are voted out until only one remains and wins the cash prize.
Survivor is a reality competition television franchise produced in many countries throughout the world.
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.
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.
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.
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|Country||Local title||Network||Seasons, series, winners, and groups formed||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: 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
|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, 2000–01: |
Season 2, 2001:
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:
Season 9, 2010: LaViVe
Season 10, 2012:
Season 11, 2015: Leandah
|Season 3: Preluders |
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|
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||SBS6||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 Kids||GMA Network||Season 1, 2005: Rita Iringan|
Season 2, 2007: Kierulf Raboy
|Popstars||SIC||Season 1, 2001: Nonstop|
|Popstars||Pro TV||Season 1, 2003: Cocktail|
|Стань звездой (Stan zvezdoy)||Rossiya 1||Season 1, 2002: Другие правила (Drugie Pravila)|
|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:
|Season 1: Liberty X (finalists)|
Season 1: Warren Stacey
Season 2: One True Voice
Season 2: Javine Hylton
Season 2: Clea
Season 2: Phixx
|Popstars USA||The WB||Season 1, Spring 2001: Eden's Crush |
Season 2, Late 2001: Scene 23
|Season 1: |
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|
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.
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.
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.
American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle USA and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. Since March 11, 2018, a revival of the series has aired on ABC.
Simon Phillip Cowell is an English television music and talent show judge, businessman, A&R executive, talent manager, television producer, and entrepreneur. He has judged on the British TV talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, and the American TV talent competition shows American Idol, The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Cowell is the principal, founder and chief executive of the British entertainment company Syco.
Pop Idol was a British music competition television series created by Simon Fuller which ran on ITV from 2001 to 2003. The aim of the show was to decide the best new young pop singer in the UK based on viewer voting and participation. Two series were broadcast, one in 2001–2002 and a second in 2003. Pop Idol was subsequently put on an indefinite hiatus after series judge Simon Cowell announced the launch of The X Factor in the UK in April 2004.
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Peter Urlich is a New Zealand musician. He is one of the few New Zealand musicians who has performed both rock and dance music. He is the cousin of fellow New Zealand singer Margaret Urlich.
New Zealand Idol, also known as NZ Idol, was the New Zealand version of the Idol series originated as the hit British TV series Pop Idol. New Zealand first saw the Idol format when TV2 aired American Idol 2, which garnered impressive ratings. After Australian Idol also received good ratings in New Zealand, TVNZ decided to order the first season of NZ Idol, which was broadcast on TV2. After the third season in 2006, TVNZ made a decision not to fund or broadcast a fourth season, thus placing New Zealand Idol on indefinite hiatus, with no plans to run a fourth season.
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Nicki Chapman is an English television presenter who also works in the British pop music industry. She was also a judge on the ITV reality shows Popstars, with Nigel Lythgoe and Paul Adam, and Pop Idol, along with Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Neil Fox. Chapman currently hosts Wanted Down Under, Escape to the Country and its spin-offs I Escaped to the Country, and Escape to the Continent as well as The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. She also presents on BBC Radio 2 as a stand-in presenter.
Simon Lythgoe is a television producer. Shows he has produced include American Idol, Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings , and So You Think You Can Dance. He was born in Britain and educated at Felsted School, St. Alban's College and National Film School in Beaconsfield, England. He is the son of theatre director Bonnie Lythgoe and television executive Nigel Lythgoe.
Syco Entertainment, often known simply as Syco, is a British entertainment company established by British entertainment mogul Simon Cowell, and currently owned by Sony. The company operates a record label, talent agency, film, music, and television production company, as well as a music publishing house. It operates a global joint venture between Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment focused on the production and marketing of music, television, film and digital content. It employs a staff of more than 50 in offices in London and Los Angeles, and manages a string of high-profile television and music brands through partnerships with the label Sony Music and the television production company, Fremantle.
Popstars is an Irish reality television series, broadcast and produced by RTÉ One, which ran from 2001 to 2002. The programme is based on the original New Zealand series and is part of the international Popstars franchise. The series follows members of the public auditioning to be part of a new band, with the age limit being 18 years old.
Idol Puerto Rico is a reality television competition to find new solo singing talent. Part of the Idol franchise, it is based on the British show Pop Idol created by Simon Fuller. The first season of the show debut on August 7, 2011 on WAPA-TV.
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