Popstars was a key part of the late 1990s reality television explosion. The series followed the birth of all-female pop band TrueBliss (Carly Binding, Keri Harper, Joe Cotton, Megan Alatini and Erika Takacs). The five singers would record chart-topping singles and a platinum-selling album. Also a hit was the series format, which sold globally and helped inspire Pop Idol/American Idol, the franchise that dominated reality TV for years to come. Popstars was named Best Entertainment Programme at the 1999 NZ TV Awards. The show was reborn in 2021.