China's Global Popstars
From voice coaching to studying artists they would never have had access to growing up, meet Ruhan Jia one of the young hopefuls in the world of state-manufactured pop.
After decades of being closed off to western pop culture, the pressure is on for China to find a state-endorsed popstar, a fun and cool ambassador who can command the global stage.
Rebecca Kanthor heads inside China’s pop machine, the ‘Earth’s Music Project’, to meet Ruhan Jia - one of the first artists to be actively promoted by the government, and those tasked with transforming her into a global sensation.
In makeshift studios across China, she hears from Ruhan’s rock rivals, who are also hoping to get noticed - with or without support from the state.
Raising questions of identity, ambition and freedom, Rebecca investigates the dizzying world of state-sponsored pop, and the power of pop culture.
Presenter: Rebecca Kanthor
Producer: Georgia Catt
Picture: Ruhan Jia in rehearsal