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Chinese audition program 'Birth of a Star' blatantly plagiarizes 'Produce 101'

By yckim124   Friday, June 9, 2017   55,126   4,103   0



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Chinese audition program 'Birth of a Star' is under fire for blatantly plagiarizing South Korean competition series 'Produce 101'.

'Birth of a Star' was broadcasted on Chinese video site IQIYI from November of 2016 to January of 2017. A total of 65 contestants participated in the competition to become the final 8 of the debut group. The concept is greatly similar to 'Produce 101', where 101 trainees compete to become the final 11 debut members. In addition to the general concept, 'Birth of a Star' blatantly plagiarized the small segments within the show. 

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Some are the great similarities of the two programs are:


Picking the top visuals: 

Hidden camera prank:

Practice by levels

Ranking announcements

Theme songs - ''Push Me''/ ''Pick Me''

The only major difference between the two programs is that 'Birth of a Star' has both male and female contestants. 

iQiyi had previously purchased exclusive rights for some Korean dramas, however, in regards to 'Produce 101,' Mnet commented, "We have never sold the licensing rights to China. We're currently looking to find out which production company created the show."

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SugarSugarYH Friday, June 16, 2017

The utter bullshit that comes from this site is amazing. This site constantly pushes out racist articles bashing anything and anyone vaguely Chinese. Can't you people find something better to do than sit around and reiterate the words of these invisible "netizens" and talking shit about everybody? Really now.

Exo_Leia Saturday, June 10, 2017

lol did we not see this coming?

Kpop_Dealer Exo_Leia Saturday, June 10, 2017


chiyasuho Saturday, June 10, 2017

nothing new

chiyasuho Saturday, June 10, 2017

As always nothing different

yoonajjang21 Saturday, June 10, 2017

china - pathetic as usual. ban korean but copy korean.

crystalCassie91 Saturday, June 10, 2017

With all the scandals that came with this stupid show... China still thought that this was a good idea??!

melon Saturday, June 10, 2017

they are not afraid to copy things exactly xD. like totally not even trying to look diff

xxxibyesor Saturday, June 10, 2017

but didnt produce 101 "copied" it from a Japanese program?

blaX3 xxxibyesor Saturday, June 10, 2017

what program?

MuGirlGroupTrash blaX3 Saturday, June 10, 2017


crystalCassie91 MuGirlGroupTrash Saturday, June 10, 2017

It's that the name of a group??

MuGirlGroupTrash crystalCassie91 Saturday, June 10, 2017

That's the name of the group yes, but they do a bunch of shows and stuff. I think 'AKB48 Show!' is one of them. They also do a bunch of rankings and stuff

megamanx MuGirlGroupTrash Saturday, June 10, 2017

No, and there's also a difference between inspiration and blatant copying.

xxxibyesor megamanx Sunday, June 11, 2017

not hating but lets be honest over here: there are a lot of things that are the same between 101 and akb48 im all about give credits where credit iis due

blaX3 MuGirlGroupTrash Sunday, July 2, 2017

but then I did follow akb48 programs for few years. I dont find they too similar due to akb going for a long run, and produce 101 just a short run (compare to akb). The compete method is totally different, which akb senbatsu does not have any fierce competition at all. The only similar point is that they both use voting method to decide ranking. If this "voting" as a method to decide winner is a copy, then many programs are copying.

blaX3 xxxibyesor Sunday, July 2, 2017

they both actually has huge different. Lets be honest their similar point is only "voting for ranking" and "huge amount of participant". I was a huge fan of 48 group & 46 group (akb48, hkt48, nogi46 etc). Produce 101 is more to survival shows. Akb senbatsu just a program to decide yearly ranking within a group, which all of them are already debuted as a member of the group. To make it clear to anyone who dont know, take girl generation as example, it just like give everyone who bought the GG's album a chance to vote ranking within GG.

federick Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lol. They copied everything, but not the visuals of the trainees. Look at the face of that guy 😂

i_belong_to_yg Saturday, June 10, 2017

funny how Chinese companies are so bold about stealing every tinny detail.... smh.

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