Lelush is the stage name of a Russian man who became the unlikely star of Chuang 2021, a Chinese boyband talent reality show. Via SCMP:
A 27-year-old Russian has become an accidental pop sensation in China for his reluctant performances on a boy- band selection show.
Vladislav Ivanov from Vladivostok, Russia, is one of 25 finalists on Chinese tech giant Tencent’s Produce Camp 2021, and was selected from 90 local and overseas contestants. The 11 eventual winners will go on to become part of an international boy band.
Calling himself Lelush – after Lelouch Lamperouge, a character from his favourite Japanese anime series, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion – Ivanov’s nonchalance about his potential stardom has won him legions of fans since the Chinese show
began broadcasting in February.
He has repeatedly said that he doesn’t want to be on the contest and has implored the audience to stop voting for him so that he can go home.
As of the time of this post, Lelush’s fanclub has agreed to his wishes and has stopped voting, allowing him to head home during the finals. Wishing him the best in his future fashion/modelling career! Thanks for the laughs.