xi's moments

Youngsters chase their dreams of stardom

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2018-11-27 11:30

Jia Hanyu (airborne) is one of the six members of the Chinese group Boy Story. They have ambitions to make it big in the pop industry. [Photo by ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY]

Potential pop idols eyed by entertainment companies

Swinging her arms and dropping to the floor, 17-year-old Yu Yangzi turns around, looks into a mirror, and smiles.

For five hours a day, Yu repeats dance moves in a classroom near Beijing's East Fifth Ring Road. She also receives at least an hour of vocal training, exercises to strengthen her body and jogs to help stay trim.

"I have to lose 5 more kilograms in two weeks," said Yu, who is 1.68 meters tall and weighs 53 kg. "Dilraba is about my height and she only weighs about 46 kg." Yu is referring to Dilraba Dilmurat, a 26-year-old actress from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, who is one of China's biggest stars.

Yu, who was born in Changchun, Jilin province, arrived in Beijing about three weeks ago to train with two other young women, 21-year-old Meng Huan and 20-year-old Yu Ziyu, both students at Zhengzhou University in Henan province who are majoring in Chinese folk dance.

Unlike Meng and Yu Ziyu, Yu Yangzi does not have a professional dance training background, and has started to learn from scratch.

"The most challenging and painful class involves stretching my arms and legs. I cried several times because the pain is really hard to bear," she said.

The three women are trainees with I.E.One Entertainment, an agency that trains young Chinese dreaming of entering the country's highly competitive pop industry.

Yu Yangzi applied for an audition with the company because she is a big fan of the six-member boy group TimeZ, who were signed by Si Jie, the company's founder and owner.

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