Digital idol: China’s virtual talent show gets mixed reception online

China is looking for its new idol, and a digital idol at that. At the end of October, the iQiyi online video platform — China’s answer to Netflix — launched a new show at the cutting edge of technology.

“Dimension Nova” is a next-generation TV talent show for virtual contestants only. It’s a completely original contest that’s gained much — ahem — attention on the internet.

After debuting in October 2020 on the Chinese online video platform iQiyi, “Dimension Nova” went relatively unnoticed by the rest of the world. And yet, the show’s premise is intriguing, to say the least. This new-gen TV talent show is a music contest that sees virtual contestants perform to a panel o…

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