IDOL POWER

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Xin­long, 13, is chas­ing a fly­ing golden scrap of pa­per on stage dur­ing a re­hearsal break. The boy is a mem­ber of Boy Story, a newly de­buted Chi­nese boy group with six tal­ented young dancers aged 11 to 14.

They are pre­par­ing for an on­line en­ter­tain­ment show, which is be­ing filmed in Starpark stu­dio in Dax­ing district, a Bei­jing sub­urb.

It is 11 am, and the re­hearsal has lasted for one hour. Be­fore that, the boys got up at 6 am to pre­pare their make-up for the show.

The day be­fore, they did not fin­ish their ac­tiv­ity on a ra­dio show un­til 10:30 pm.

Boy Story is one of the many young idol groups that have emerged in the past two years in China.

The trend came af­ter the TFBoys’ mir­a­cle. Each of the three teenage mem­bers of TFBoys, has grown into a na­tional su­per­star with tens of mil­lions of fans, rang­ing from school chil­dren to mid­dle-aged par­ents.

Real story

“Hanyu! Zi­hao! Xin­long! Zeyu! Min­grui! Shuyang! Boy Story!”

This is the chant com­ing from about 150 fans shout­ing loudly to­gether when the six boys dance on stage, ac­com­pa­ny­ing their funky song “Enough.”

“No need to copy! We are born dif­fer­ent. I’m telling you our real story,” they rap. They sing in a mix of English and Chi­nese.

Py­rotech­nic ef­fects shoot in front of the young boys, mak­ing the stu­dio room hot and smoky.

Af­ter the three-and-half-minute song, they are all sweaty and out of breath.

The whole video shoot takes about 15 min­utes. They record the song twice.

It fin­ishes at noon, but the young stars have no ap­petite be­cause of the in­tense dance on stage.

The staff of their com­pany de­cide to go back to the of­fice di­rectly, so that the boys could rest a lit­tle bit dur­ing

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