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DJ series Drop the Beat debuts as an all-female competition

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The web series attempts to add female empowerment into the mix.

Three weeks ago, the leading DJ artiste academy in Singapore, The Big House introduced a new web series, Drop the Beat. Taking a form similar to reality TV competitions, this contest is in search of the next local DJ talent from a pool of female contestants.

What's going on?

Produced by May Hsu, who was Miss Singapore 2011, Drop the Beat set out to "refute the stereotypes of females in this profession".

The first episode premiered last Sunday and has since garnered mixed reactions.

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THE SIX CONTESTANTS ON THE SHOW.
PHOTO CREDIT: DROP THE BEAT'S FACEBOOK PAGE.

Some were excited about the show and found the concept interesting and out of the ordinary. 

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Others like undergraduate, Justin Chan, 24, thought that it gave much needed attention to women in the industry. He said: "I think, as with many other industries, [DJing is] still a male-dominated one. So in a way, the show acts as a platform for them to show off their chops for an opportunity to compete in the real world."

Freelance DJ, Celia Iero, 24, also praised the series. She said: "I think this reality competition is good and healthy because it can showcase the competitors' true talent and help to break through stereotypes against female DJs."

In fact, some saw the show as beneficial not only to female DJs, but supportive of the entire music industry in Singapore.

On the other hand, some have pointed out how the show, which prides itself in breaking gender stereotypes and empowering women, is problematic because all the judges are men. 

Undergraduate Jaslyn Teo, 21, mentioned, "For a show trying to celebrate female empowerment, I would think they would include at least one female judge as part of the entire show, and not just to make a special appearance in an upcoming episode."

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The show responded to such doubts, but remained cryptic as to what lies ahead in upcoming episodes.

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Beyond the panel of judges, the competition has also sparked some strong opinions on the presence of the word 'female' attached as a qualifier to the occupation, implying that DJs are assumed to be male. 

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A NETIZEN ELABORATES ON HOW THE SHOW HAS STRONG SEXIST UNDERTONES.

What's your take?

1. Do you think this show is successful in refuting the stereotypes of females in this profession? In what ways?
2. Do you think it is necessary to have a female-only DJ competition to raise the awareness of female DJs? Why?
3. What else can local reality competitions do to be more inclusive?

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BANNER AND TEASER PHOTO CREDITS: DROP THE BEAT'S INSTAGRAM.