Russian Vlad Ivanov from Vladivostok, who performed in the Chinese talent show Produce Camp 2021 under the name Lelush, freed himself without making it to the final. This is stated in the official Instagram account of the contest.
The organizers of the musical project congratulated 11 finalists, among whom there was no Russian. According to fan communities, Ivanov was in 17th place.
Earlier, the media wrote that Vlad Ivanov came to the show as an interpreter, but the organizers offered him to become a full-fledged participant, promising that he would participate in the competition for only two weeks. However, fans liked Ivanov, and the people of China voted for Lelush, so the participant went on to the following tours.
Ivanov later admitted that these “fan voices” keep him on the show, although he himself does not want to be a participant anymore. Twitter users launched the #FreeLelushu and #FreeLelush flash mob, urging fans not to vote for the member and letting them return to their homeland.