The original talent reality show is back - bigger, better and re-imagined for 2021!  Gifted hopefuls perform for a panel led by international superstar, Kimbra, for a shot at $100,000.

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    Season 2021, Episode 1
    • Monday 12 Apr

    G Popstars kicks off with auditions at the Civic Theatre in Auckland. With a big cash prize on the line, hundreds turn up to perform for the Popstars panel - Kimbra, Nathan King and Vince Harder.

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      • Wednesday 5 May

      PG Six more of the Popstars cast perform in public at the famous Galatos music venue with guest artist and rapper JessB. With only two spots remaining in the final six, who will command attention?

      • Tuesday 4 May

      G Six more artists are tested with an open mic night at a local brew bar, where the pressure proves too much for one. Later, an unexpected performance sees one artist safe from elimination this week.

      • Monday 3 May

      G The top 9 move to the stunning Popstars villa, William Waiirua drops by for a TikTok challenge, and guest artist Laughton Kora tests the Popstars cast on their stagecraft.

      • Wednesday 28 Apr

      PG Six of the top 12 perform in public at the famous Galatos music venue with guest artist Louis Baker. Three will go home tonight. Who will struggle with performance anxiety and who will shine?

      • Tuesday 27 Apr

      G Six of the top 12 fight to keep their place by street busking. Meanwhile, 'Queen of K-Pop' Rina Chae puts the other six through a tough dance challenge, and not everyone copes with the time pressure.

      • Monday 26 Apr

      G Original Popstars band TrueBliss make a surprise appearance, chart topping singer-songwriter Louis Baker drops by to talk song-writing, and some home truths lead to tears for the top 12.

      • Wednesday 21 Apr

      PG It's day two of call backs. The remaining artists are put through their songwriting paces by the panel who will then confirm who has made it through to the workshop phase of the competition.

      • Tuesday 20 Apr

      G It's day one of the Popstars call backs. Kimbra, Vince and Nathan are at Parachute Music Studios in Auckland as 14 artists are tested - three will be safe and three will go home today.

      • Monday 19 Apr

      G It's the final day of open auditions and Kimbra, Vince Harder and Nathan King are in Wellington. Who will win the remaining call back passes at The Opera House?

      • Wednesday 14 Apr

      G It's the third day of auditions and the Popstars panel have set up at The Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch to see what musical talent the South Island has to offer.

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