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Popstars is an international reality television franchise and a precursor to the Idol series. The series first began in New Zealand in 1999 when producer Jonathan Dowling formed the five member all-girl group TrueBliss. Popstars remains one of the most successful TV show formats of all time with the format being sold to more than 50 countries. The show was the inspiration for Simon Fuller's Pop Idol franchise.


The series first began in New Zealand in 1999 when producer Jonathan Dowling formed the five member all-girl group TrueBliss. Dowling then licensed the concept to Screentime in Australia, who then on sold it to TresorTV in Germany before taking it worldwide. Popstars remains one of the most successful TV show formats of all time with the format being sold to more than 50 countries.

The show was the inspiration for Simon Fuller's Pop Idol franchise which would dominate reality TV, (along with Big Brother) for the next few years.

Although Popstars had started successfully in most countries during early 2000s, the shows gradually began to fail and were dropped by many broadcasters due to poor ratings. The last country where Popstars was still popular and successful - beside other casting shows such as The X Factor and Got Talent, as well as Idol - was Germany. In Germany, ProSieben produced the ninth season in 2010 because of the show's massive success in the ratings, but in 2011, Popstars was finally cancelled because of the poor and short success of the bands. In 2007, the show returned to France on M6 for one season. Since August 2008, there has also been a new version of Popstars on TV in the Netherlands. It has now ended its third season.

The Popstars series

Region/country Local title Wikipedia page Television
Seasons/series and winners Other notable artists Reference
Argentina Popstars: Tu Show Está Por Empezar Azul TV (1)
Season 1, 2001: Bandana
Season 2, 2002: Mambrú
Australia Popstars Seven Network Season 1, 2000: Bardot
Season 2, 2001: Scandal'us
Season 3, 2002: Scott Cain
Season 3: Danielle Stearman
Popstars Live Popstars Live Seven Network Season 1, 2004: Kayne Taylor Season 1: Miranda Murphy
Austria Popstars: Mission -sterreich PULS4
Season 1, 2011: Kilmokit
Belgium Pop Stars VT4 Season 1, 2001: Vanda Vanda
Brazil Popstars Popstars (Brazil) SBT Season 1, 2002:Rouge
Season 2, 2003: Br'oZ
Season 1: Marjorie Estiano pt:Popstars
Canada Popstars CTV Season 1, 2001: Sugar Jones Julie Crochetière
Popstars: Boy Meets Girl Global TV Season 2, 2002: Velvet Empire
Popstars: The One Global TV (2) Season 3, 2003: Christa Borden
Colombia Popstars Canal Caracol Season 1, 2002: Escarcha es:Popstars
Denmark Popstars (1-3)
Popstars Showtime! (4)
TV 2 Season 1, 2001: EyeQ
Season 2, 2002: Jon Nørgaard
Season 3, 2003:
Season 2: Julie Berthelsen da:Popstars
Ecuador Popstars Teleamazonas Season 1, 2003: Kiruba
Season 2, 2004: La Coba
Finland Popstars (1)
Popstars (2)
MTV3 Season 1, 2002: Gimmel
Season 2, 2004: INDX
Season 1: Jenni Vartiainen
Season 2: Jane
France Popstars (1,2,4)
Popstars - le duel (3)
Popstars (France) M6 Season 1, 2001: L5
Season 2, 2002: Whatfor
Season 3, 2003: Linkup
Season 4, 2007: Sheryfa Luna
Season 1: Louisy Joseph
Season 2: Chimène Badi
Season 3: Diadems
Season 3: M. Pokora
fr:Popstars (France)
Germany Popstars (1, 2, 4-8 )
Popstars - Das Duell (3)
Popstars: Girls Forever (9)
Popstars (Germany) RTL II (1,2)
ProSieben (3- )
Season 1, 2000: No Angels
Season 2, 2001: Bro'Sis
Season 3, 2003: Overground
Season 4, 2004: Nu Pagadi
Season 5, 2006: Monrose
Season 6, 2007: Room 2012
Season 7, 2008: Queensberry
Season 8, 2009: Some & Any
Season 9, 2010: LaViVe
Season 10, 2012: Melouria
Season 3: Preluders
Season 5: Mandy Capristo
Popstars Mega TV Season 1, 2003: Hi-5
Hungary Popsztárok TV2 Hungary Season 1, 2002: Sugar & Spice
India Coke [V] Popstars Channel V Season 1, 2002: Viva
Season 2, 2003: Aasma
Indonesian Popstars Indonesia Trans TV Season 1, 2003: Sparx
Ireland Irish Popstars RT"? One Season 1, 2002: Six
Italy Popstars (1)
Superstar Tour (2)
Italia 1 Season 1, 2001: Lollipop
Season 2: 2003: Lucky Star
Kenya Coca-Cola Popstars Season 1, 2004: Sema
Malaysia Popstars Season 1, 2003: By'U
Mexico Popstars Popstars (Mexico) Televisa Season 1, 2002: T' de Tila es:Popstars
Netherlands Popstars: The Rivals RTL 4 Season 1, 2004: Men2B (boys) and Raffish (girls)
Popstars SBS 6 Season 1, 2008: RED!
Season 2, 2009-10: Wesley Klein
Season 3, 2010-11: Dean Saunders
nl:Popstars (Nederland)
New Zealand Popstars TV2 Season 1, 1999: TrueBliss
Norway Popstars TV3 Norway Season 1, 2001: Cape
Portugal Popstars Popstars (Portugal) SIC Season 1, 2001: Nonstop pt:Popstars
Romania Popstars Pro TV Season 1, 2003: Cocktail
Russia PopStars Rossiya 1 Season 1, 2002: Drugie Pravila
(in Russian: "?????? ???????)
Slovenia Popstars Kanal A Season 1, 2002: Bepop
Season 2, 2003: Unique
Spain Popstars: Todo por un sueño Telecinco Season 1, 2002: Bellepop Season 1: Roser es:Popstars
Sweden Popstars Kanal 5 Season 1, 2001: Excellence aka XLNS
Season 2, 2002: Supernatural
Season 3, 2003: Johannes Kotschy
South Africa Popstars e.tv
2002: 101
2004: Jamali
2010: Nne Vida
Tanzania Coca-Cola Popstars Season 1, 2004: Wakilisha
Turkey Popstars Show TV Season 1, 2003: Adibin
Season 2, 2004: Selçuk Demirelli
Uganda Coca-Cola Popstars Season 1, 2004: Blu3
United Kingdom Popstars Popstars (UK) ITV Series 1, 2001: Hear'Say Liberty X (finalists)
Darius Danesh
Warren Stacey
Popstars: The Rivals Popstars: The Rivals ITV Series 1, 2002: Girls Aloud One True Voice (finalists, men)
Javine Hylton
LoveShy (Aimee and Emma from Clea)
The Cheeky Girls
United States Popstars The WB Television Network Season 1, Spring 2001: Eden's Crush
Season 2, Winter 2001: Scene 23
Season 1: Nicole Scherzinger
Season 2: Josh Henderson

Number one singles

The following is a list of singles that reached #1 in the respective nations of the Popstars artists

Artist Nation Song Title Date Album
Bandana ArgentinaGuapas December 2001 Bandana
Cómo Puede Ser February 2002
Maldita Noche May 2002
Llega la Noche August 2002 Noche
Sigo Dando Vueltas April 2003 Vivir Intentando
Mambrú A Veces November 2002 Mambrú
Scandal'us AustraliaMe, Myself & I April 2001 Startin' Somethin
Bardot Poison April 2000 Bardot
Scott Cain I'm Moving On May 2002 Controlled Folly
Rouge Brazil Não Dá Pra Resistir July 2002Rouge
Ragatanga (The Ketchup Song) October 2002
Brilha La Luna April 2003C'est La Vie
Um Anjo Veio Me Falar October 2003
Br'oZ Prometida August 2003Br'oZ
Sugar Jones Canada Days Like That June 2002 Sugar Jones
Kiruba EcuadorQuisiera April 2003 Kiruba
Camina June 2003
Como Extraño Tu Luz August 2003
Me Pierdo November 2003
Me Quedo Contigo May 2004 Baila La Luna
No Angels GermanyDaylight in Your Eyes February 2001 Elle'Ments
There Must Be an Angel August 2001
Something About Us May 2002 Now ... Us!
No Angel (It's All in Your Mind) April 2003 Pure
Bro'Sis I Believe December 2001 Never Forget (Where You Come From)
Overground Schick mir 'nen Engel November 2003 It's Done
Preluders Everyday Girl November 2003 Girls in the House
Nu Pagadi Sweetest Poison December 2004 Your Dark Side
Monrose Shame December 2006 Temptation
Hot Summer June 2007 Strictly Physical
Six Ireland There's a Whole Lot of Loving Going On February 2002 This Is It
Lollipop ItalyDown Down Down April 2001 Popstars
Nonstop PortugalAo Limite Eu Vou July 2001 Nonstop
Men2B NetherlandsBigger than that December 2004 A Different Way
Raffish Plaything December 2004 How Raffish are you?
TrueBliss New Zealand Tonight May 1999 Dream
Hear'Say United Kingdom Pure and Simple March 2001 Popstars
The Way to Your Love June 2001
Girls Aloud Sound of the Underground December 2002 Sound of the Underground
I'll Stand by You November 2004 What Will the Neighbours Say?
Walk This Way (with Sugababes) March 2007 Stand-alone single for Comic Relief
The Promise October 2008 Out Of Control

See also

  • Popstars Live
  • Popstars (UK)
    • Popstars (UK series 1)
    • Popstars: The Rivals (UK series 2)
  • Popstars (Germany)
  • Popstars (Netherlands)
    • So You Wanna Be a Popstar (Netherlands)
  • So You Wanna Be a Popstar? (New Zealand)
  • Popstars (UK) discography

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