In China, it’s Mongolian Cow Yogurt Super Girl – Robert Marquand
For nearly three hours Chinese society stopped – and voted. No, it wasn’t a political revolution, but a mass thumbs up to a 21-year-old from Sichuan who belts out the song “Zombie” from the rock band “Cranberries” as part of her act.
China’s “Super Girl” is an American Idol-style TV show whose grand finale of dancing and singing drew 400 million viewers here last Friday night, roughly equivalent to every person in the US and Britain.
In China, Super Girl created a stir from bamboo forest villages to the crab shacks of Shanghai, and is seen as a new phenomenon. Nothing this large and spontaneous has ever pushed its way unapproved into China’s mainstream media before.