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.
“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