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Chinese Show 'Birth of A Star' Criticized For Copying Produce 101's Concept & More

By Chaeil Lee | June 09, 2017 02:27 PM EDT

Yet again, China is involved in another act of plagiarism when it comes to Korean media. The Chinese audition program 'Birth of a Star' is under fire for blatantly plagiarizing the popular competition series 'Produce 101.'

Chinese video site IQIYI first broadcasted the show in November of 2016 up until January of 2017. The show description was about, "65 contestants participating in a competition to become the final 8 of a group set to debut afterwards."

To netizens, it is obvious that the concept is greatly similar to 'Produce 101', where 101 trainees compete to become the final 11 and debut as members of said team. The only original concept to the shows plot is the fact that it is a co-ed group with both male and female participants. 

According to other sites, in addition to the general concept, 'Birth of a Star' blatantly plagiarized the small segments within the show as well. View the photos below and tell us what you think - original or copycats?

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