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Internet propels the likes of Xu Weizhou to instant stardom

By Xu Fan | China Daily | Updated: 2017-03-23 07:36

Internet propels the likes of Xu Weizhou to instant stardom

Xu Weizhou performs in Thailand as part of his First Light Asia Tour 2016 in July last year.[Photo provided to China Daily]

His portrayal of protagonists in a couple of online productions, such as the coming-of-age web movie Gaming Madness in 2015, earned him a huge fan base-not only domestically but also in some Southeast Asian countries.

Meanwhile, the fast growth of the online-series trend in China, which saw a total output of 120,000 minutes, or an increase of 196 percent year-on-year in2016, is creating a shortcut for aspirants like Xu to become overnight sensations.

With more Chinese movies and TV series showing overseas, Chinese idols-especially pretty young faces-are gaining recognition in neighboring countries and probably farther afield.

In March, Xu was appointed as a cultural communication ambassador by the Canadian embassy in Beijing after he sang the theme song The Heroes in the Canadian animated movie Snowtime!.

Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform in China, shows that Xu now has nearly 4.5 million followers.

The documentary, which aims to commemorate his Asian tour, has been watched more than 2.5 million times on the video-streaming site

Many posts on Zhihu, China's equivalent of Quora, discuss the popularity of Xu and predict the possibility of the young star becoming a successor to Lu Han or Kris Wu, two of the most bankable young stars in China.

But Xu, who is now writing his undergraduate thesis at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, may not be ready for that.

"I've never thought too much about the future. I try to do my best in my current job," he says.

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