Singing competition contestant under fire for 'poor performance'

Yang Chaoyue Photo: Produce 101

Chinese netizens have strongly criticized Yang Chaoyue, 20, a contestant in the singing competition, Produce 101, a new Chinese remake of a South Korean show of the same name, on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo, after she constantly irritated the audiences by presenting poor performances and crying in public for no reason at all.

The latest barrage of criticism erupted after Yang appeared to be out of tune in her performance on Sunday night.

She has always been accused of having no talent and being a trouble-maker.

"At the first sight, I think she's a beautiful and cute girl," one netizen commented on a post about her on Weibo. "But her recent performances on the show really disappointed me."

"It seems that Yang can do nothing but cry. I even doubt the purpose of her being on Produce 101," another netizen commented.

Wang Ju Photo: Produce 101

By contrast, Wang Ju, 25, another contestant, has become a hit on the Chinese social media despite the fact that she is not beautiful by Chinese pop's exacting standards and is often taunted by some people for being "too short and too heavy" - just under 5'5 tall and weighing 60kg.

"Wang Ju is chunky and dark. I'll never vote for her," said one audience, adding that she looks like a dama, or "old auntie".

However, through her unremitting perseverance, Wang has developed over 400,000 followers on her Weibo account. Among the fans, people who aren't familiar with Wang are called Juwairen, or "Ju outsiders".

Chinese media have also constantly covered her rise, including China's state-run Global Times, which described her as "a cultural phenomenon worthy of attention." "Many viewers have found themselves, or the power they wish to have, in Wang Ju," it said in an editorial on June 8.

Wang's so-called "queen style" has drawn more comparisons to Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, or Cardi B than China's more demure stars, earning her nicknames like "Juyonce," "Nicki Minaju," "Juhanna" or "Cardi Ju."

In a recent interview, Wang wondered why it was easier for people with pretty faces to win over audiences than those with actual talent.

Speaking after a performance in May, she also said, "Some people say girls like me cannot be idols. But what exactly are the standards for being a girl idol? I've eaten up all the standards."

In the past week, her rank on the show shot up to second place from 94th out of 101 contestants.

Obviously, it is Wang's independent spirit and courage to go against convention that attract the Chinese public.

"I think we've always lacked a female role model who is confident and dares to challenge conventional standards," said Echo Wu, an interior designer based in Beijing.

"I wouldn't say she is a rebel. I'd say she is real. She faces things and speaks about what she wants honestly," she added.

Therefore, it's not surprising that Yang is under fire and Wang is on rise.

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