Sophie Wilkinson | Contributing Editor | Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Here’s The Chinese App Turning Us All Into Poledancers

MyIdol Is The Chinese Dancing App You'll All Be Using Very Soon

The Debrief: MyIdol might all be in Chinese, so here’s how to muddle through...

Ever wanted to try an app where you can get a mini version of yourself to dance everywhere? Well, here’s your chance.

Miley Cyrus has uploaded to Instagram a video of herself pole-dancing to Nicki Minaj’s Truffle Butter. But it’s not actual Miley. It’s a cartoon Miley. Ever-loyal to using apps to edit what she uploads, she’s gone to MyIdol to make the little version herself. The only problem? The app is fully Chinese.

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While we might know that char sui is perhaps the tastiest form of pork in the world, we can’t actually read Chinese characters. But thanks to the easy-ish-to-use structure of the app, and the ways in which app language transcends actual language (green means yes, red means no) it’s actually easy to use. Look what we managed to do with it!


#myidol hi

A video posted by Sophie Wilkinson (@swilkogram) on Apr 22, 2015 at 5:34am PDT

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Here’s how to use MyIdol:

1. Download ‘MyIdol’ – it’s free!

2. Tap around the screen during the video intro and you can skip it

3. Remember that green = yes and red = no and that when given the options to tap left or right, the left is most likely to mean ‘proceed’

4. Take your picture [or upload it] and then you can adjust how the app’s read your facial pictures. But if your photo is head on it should work so well you won’t need to adjust anything.

5. Click around on the clothes/hair/glasses/facepaint tabs and your avatar should begin to look like you.

6. Change the gender of your avatar by going to the clothes section and tapping the top grey tab. Left is male, right is female.

7. Tap the video logo to find a video for you. On the bottom right hand side you can save the image to your camera roll.

FYI it really is all in Chinese, so maybe you can get some language skills while you’re having fun turning yourself into an all-dancing pop star… and no, we still don't know how to change the music on it :(

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Tags: APProval, Tech, China