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SBS confirms a second season of ‘K-Pop Star’

Fans of SBS‘s popular audition program, ‘K-Pop Star‘, is in for a treat, as the show has just confirmed a second season!

On March 30th, producers of SBS officially confirmed that a second season will be going into production, stating, “Just like the first season, members from all three of SM, YG, and JYP Entertainment will be participating. We will be maintaining our panel of judges with BoA, Yang Hyun Suk, and J.Y. Park.”

The official continued, “The three judges are determined to ride on the success of season one and create an upgraded version of it next season. We will be keeping the positive points and just create a modern, upgraded version to become the best. As it is a system where the nation’s top three agencies handle the preparations up to the debut, a lot of potential stars will be swarming in for a second chance once again.”

Applications will open mid-May, and the second season will broadcast in November.

Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver

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SM, YG, & JYP Entertainments to closely mentor their ‘K-POP Star’ contestants

On the March 25th live broadcast of the show,’K-Pop Star‘, the finalists who made it to the Top 6 were cast between the 3 agencies (SM, YG, JYP), with 2 finalists being cast to each agency. This marked the official start of the ‘Winner Debut Project,’ and each of the finalists will receive special training at their respective agencies in order to survive to the TOP 5, which will be broadcasted live on April 1st.

J.Y. Park, in addition to judging on the show, will personally be the producer for his 2 finalists at JYP. His finalists not only received help from some of the best experts in the industry, but also from the Wonder Girls, who have been very active in the finalists’ trainings. The Wonder Girls were on set for the live broadcast on the 25th, and showed an unusual attachment to the finalists by passionately cheering them on.

Yenny and Yubin, in particular, surprised the staff for passionately giving the finalists endless ideas and advice, from song selection down to every little detail, almost as if they were preparing for their own stage. Yenny, as a senior in the industry, took care of the finalists and even paid attention to the finalists’ psychological well-being, while Yubin, who has had an interest in styling, actively helped the finalists out on that front.

The finalists at YG also have an impressive mentor in former 1TYM member Teddy, who will be producing for them. Teddy, who is responsible for composing, writing, arranging, and producing most of the songs sung by YG artists such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, and Gummy, is said to have worked his magic with YG’s finalists.

At SM, the fact that Kenzie, the hit-making producer who has worked with BoA, TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, Super Junior, and f(x) will be working with the finalists, is heightening viewers’ anticipation.

The staff for ‘K-Pop Star’ revealed, “SM, YG, and JYP are giving their all in preparing the finalists for the next performance, as if they are preparing their own rookie singers for debut. The finalists, who have been receiving the best training available from the 3 agencies, will put on a show that can rival professional singers. We ask for your anticipation and cheers.”

Source + Image: Sports Chosun via Naver

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‘K-Pop Star’ releases its 2nd digital single ‘K- Pop Star Special No.2′

SBS‘ ‘K-Pop Star‘ recently released the second part of its digital single, ‘K-Pop Star Special No.2‘. Lee Ha Yi, Park Ji Min, and the Superals were featured in the album, which hit music sites on March 28th KST.

Back on March 21st, ‘K-Pop Star’ released its first single, which included Lee Ha Yi’s cover of Im Jae Bum‘s “For You” and Yoon Hyun Sang‘s self-composed song, “Farewell“.

One of the songs on the newly released digital single is Lee Ha Yi’s rendition of “Mercy“. With over 3 million views on Daum Media Player, her cover of “Mercy” has drawn hot response from netizens and has also brought in new fans. Lee Ha Yi performed the song during the battle audition of ‘K-Pop Star’ and with this song, she surpassed her rival, Park Ji Min, and safely moved onto the live broadcast.

On the other hand, Park Ji Min has also received an explosive amount of interest after her audition cover of “Rolling in the Deep“. Her cover of the song will also be included on the 2nd single.

Lastly, ‘K-Pop Star’ included Superals’ powerful performance of “Fame” after netizens continually requested that the full song be released. The unofficial group, which formed during the casting audition segment, consisted of contestants Lee Michelle, Park Ji Min, Lee Seung Joo, and Lee Jung Mi. With their powerful and perfect harmonization, the four ladies received much praise from the three judges.

A representative of ‘K-Pop Star’ stated, “We appreciate the amount of love being shown to the released singles and will work harder to continue to offer and share the music. We hope viewers will continue to show their interest and support as we will be showing a more professional, high quality stage performances by the finalists.”

< Lee Ha Yi – Mercy >

< Park Ji Min – Rolling in the Deep >

< Superals – Fame >

Source & Image: Star News via Naver

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Big Bang Daesung Answers the Question: “Is YG a Real Angel As Seen on SBS K-Pop Star?”

Conversation: SOOMPI

On the “YG Family Special” of SBS “Strong Heart” broadcast on March 28, MC Lee Seung Gi talked about CEO YG’s current image on “SBS K-Pop Star.” YG is a judge that is always considerate and very careful with what he says.

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Lee Seung Gi asked the question “Is YG a Real Angel?”

Daesung began by saying, “Recently, as he now appears on ‘SBS K-Pop Star,’ I think he is infatuated.”

Lee Seung Gi added, “He seems very nice.”

Daesung replied, “I’ve never seen that side of him before. I’ve only seen him like that on TV.”

G-Dragon added by saying, “We’ve never heard compliments directly. We’ve only heard them indirectly.”

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Then G-Dragon did a funny impression of YG, when he gets into a song.

Lee Seung Gi asked if there was a time that gave the Big Bang members Goosebumps when YG commented as a judge on “SBS K-Pop Star.”

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Seungri answered, “There were a lot of times. You know when there are young contestants. He is worried that they might get hurt, so he is very nice. He makes a fatherly smile and says, ‘Do you think I will say something good or something bad? I’m basically saying that you improved a lot. YG will not cast you.’”

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