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Popstars
Television show information

Genre

Reality television

Production
Broadcast
Chronology

Popstars is 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 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.

History

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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. 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 Pop Idol franchise which would dominate reality TV, (along with Big Brother and Survivor) for the next few years.

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.

The Popstars series

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Country Local title Network Seasons, series and winners Other notable artists
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Telefé (2)
Season 1, 2001: Bandana
Season 2, 2002: Mambrú
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Season 2, 2001: Scandal'us
Season 3, 2002: Scott Cain
Popstars Live Season 1, 2004: Kayne Taylor Miranda Murphy
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Website
Season 1, 2011: Kilmokit
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Template:Country data BrazilScript error: No such module "Check for unknown parameters". 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
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Popstars: Boy Meets Girl Global TV Season 2, 2002: Velvet Empire
Popstars: The One Season 3, 2003: Christa Borden
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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
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Season 2, 2004: La Coba
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Season 2, 2004: INDX
Season 1: Jenni Vartiainen
Season 2: Jane
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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
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ProSieben (3–10)
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
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Popstars Mega TV Season 1, 2003: Hi-5
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Season 2, 2003: Aasma
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Superstar Tour (2)
Italia 1 Season 1, 2001: Lollipop
Season 2, 2003: Lucky Star
Season 1: Valentina Monetta
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Ana Brenda Contreras
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Popstars SBS 6 Season 1, 2008: RED!
Season 2, 2009–10: Wesley Klein
Season 3, 2010–11: Dean Saunders
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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
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Season 2, 2003: Unique
Season 2: B.B.T.
Season 2: Hajdi Korošec
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e.tv (3)
Season 1, 2002: 101
Season 2, 2004: Jamali
Season 3, 2010: Nne Vida
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Season 2, 2002: Supernatural
Season 3, 2003: Johannes Kotschy
Season 2: Martin Rolinski
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Show TV (2)
Season 1, 2003: Adibin
Season 2, 2004: Selçuk Demirelli
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Popstars: The Rivals (2)
ITV Series 1, 2001: Hear'Say
Series 2, 2002: Girls Aloud
Liberty X (finalists)
Darius Danesh
Warren Stacey
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Season 2, Winter 2001: Scene 23
Season 2: Josh Henderson

Number one singles

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

Artist Nation Song title Date Album
Bandana Argentina "Guapas" December 2001 Bandana
"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'
Bardot "Poison" April 2000 Bardot
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
Br'oZ "Prometida" August 2003 Br'oZ
Sugar Jones Canada "Days Like That" June 2002 Sugar Jones
Fu:el Denmark "Please Please" May 2003 Next, Please
Kiruba Ecuador "Quisiera" April 2003 Kiruba
"Camina" June 2003
"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
Monrose "Shame" December 2006 Temptation
"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

See also

References

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External links

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