Thanks for your detailed explanation, I definitely feel like I understand Chinese tv channels better, very interesting!
Hope Wanghan can take care of Douzi well and help her get some entertaining screentime! Lol maybe she might do her Yibo impression again...although it's a tad dry haha.
Those shows you mentioned sound way more educational than they do entertaining hahahaha. But maybe if I'm bored enough for something to watch, I'll give it a go. I can improve my Chinese at the least.
Yeah, it's unfortunate for her the disadvantage of being dancing focused. But I mean, there are people like Show Luo and Yibo who do great-decent for themselves and they are heavily dance focused so it's possible. I think it's advantageous that there aren't many female celebrities who are most known for their dancing (at least that I know), so she would be able to stand out in this way. Was Street Dance of China not that popular? 这就是街舞 I believe is the Chinese name.
But of course, looking long term, Douzi can't rely on her dancing skill. She will need good songs to be able to promote, she'll need to be good at variety to keep getting asked to guest on shows and maybe hopefully land a permanent cast on a show one day. Seeing the lack of movement from OACA on girl group plans gets me stuck in a rut because it doesn't make much sense for OACA to not give Zixuan up to Tencent for 2 years given their lack of immediate girl group plans. I've been reading that OACA never had girl group plans to begin with, they signed on the 3 DS98 girls because of the P101 show.
And hahaha different versions of Douzi's signature
There's theme song Douzi on the left, kimchi Douzi in the middle, and Douzi without circle lenses on the right.
Yeah there are chances of Douzi making it big, but tad slim. From what I've known, the very few female artists who became famous out of dancing focused is Jolin Tsai (and Elva Hsiao maybe?), but that was back in 2000s, when mainland Chinese audience were surprised by how powerful Hong Kong and Taiwan artists could be (yes their HK and Taiwan identity mattered at that time), and people hadn't seen people dance lively whlle singsing. But nowadays as people see more and more this type of artists it doesn't become surprising any longer.
As to Yibo, previously the general public only know him as a host of Day Day Up and able to dance and until PD101 people start to know he's amazing. That is to say, Yibo was still known to public via the identity of a host and then an boy group member who can dance. As to Show Luo, back in 2000s, he was only less famous than Jay Chou in Taiwan, but then he tended to flop for a time. It was some years ago when he joined a variaty / reality show Go Fighting! (极限挑战) that he became popular again. Currently, to most people, the first impression of Show Luo is "he's funny", and then comes "he can dance".
Off topic: currently in China's showbiz, it seems more important to be fun and relatable than anything else to gain fame. This partly explains why lots of young singers/actors go to variety shows more often, and can also partly explain Chaoyue's success and why Xuanyi was more popular than Meiqi in 1st ep.
As to Street Dance of China, I haven't watched yet. But according to forums that I usually go to, it has a good reputation for high quality (especially when compared to the same type of show Iqiyi made, Hot Blood Dance Crew). People love it for being professional and less drama stuffs, more focused on street dance itself. And I also heard Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore bought its copyright, which is also an indication of it being a high quality show. However, that doesn't mean it's the show that everybody watches. In terms of public awareness, I don't think it is comparable to TV variety shows like Super Girl (ten years ago), the Voice (five years ago) or Singer, or network variety show wise Rap of China and PD101. This can be somewhat attributed to the fact that Chinese audience are more into singing than dancing. After all, even though you can't sing, you can at least jam some lyrics, but if you can't dance, it's very unlikely that you do some locking or popping moves from nowhere
In terms of OACA, I don't think it even has any plans for boy groups. I don't know much about it so I'll just stop here
I love her signature of without circle lenses Douzi It's very creative of her to sign like that