Their parents have been in the limelight for decades - now it’s their turn
Not a Star Yet is a talent show which sees the children of the nation’s best-known stars take center stage. Having been shielded from the spotlight all their lives, now they’re under it by choice and must win over the voting crowd on their own merits.
In each episode four celebrity offspring go head to head, going it alone for the first time – with all the expectations of their prominent parents resting on their young shoulders. Supported by their chosen special star guest, the contestants must perform an act which they have had limited time to prepare for, while their rivals backstage silently assess their “star power” and talent from their own private green room. If the viewers rank them in the top three acts they advance to the next round; if ranked fourth they will leave the competition and make way for a new contestant in the following episode.
Not a Star Yet is an original take on the talent show genre. Alongside the stunning studio performances, there is a significant docu-reality element which gives viewers an insight into what it’s like to grow up in the shadow of a household name, and how family relationships can play out. It also explores the change in dynamic as the performers’ star parents take a backseat in support of their previously unexposed children.
Produced by Wu Tong for ZJTV, Not a Star Yet was named one of China’s Top 10 Most Innovative and Influential Programs in 2013 by China’s leading radio, film and TV magazine SAPPRFT.
From the first season, the show ranked number one in its primetime slot, attracting a staggering 200 million viewers throughout each of its five series thus far. Not a Star Yet beat the competition from 32 other channels and its nearest competitor’s rating by 40%, almost doubling the channel’s average figures.