Bibi Zhou (Zhou Bichang), famous Chinese pop singer, was born in Hunan province, home town of Chairman Mao. She was raised in Shenzhen, which is selected by Deng Xiaoping as special economic zone of reform and opening up. The special life experience makes Bibi a different girl from norms. She rarely does things in conventional way and disregards for the rule book. She is obsessed with pop music culture and likes to dress up like a tomboy. What she pursuing is being herself.
In 2005, as a university student, Bibi won the second place of “Super Girls”, an American Idol-like singing contest show produced by Hunan satellite TV. And from then on, Bibi became a “Super Star”. The show drew the largest audiences in the history of Chinese television. By the time the finale aired, some 400 million people were tuning in. “Super Girls” is run democratically, eight million SMS votes flooded in on the night of the finale, after all, in China the opportunities to use votes to choose are relative few.
Ten years have passed. Bibi Zhou is still one of the most popular pop music idols in China. These years, Bibi took over almost all the Chinese music awards and won the Best Worldwide Act award at 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards. In 2015, Bibi Zhou held five concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. According to her official studio statistics, fifty thousand people came to the concerts and over 2.25 million people watch online.
There is no doubt that Bibi’s achievement is related to the democratically elected idol show, but she has been trying hard to change people’s stereotype of her, trying to show more of herself. However, the only thing that never change is her steady pursuit of music dream. (2015)