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#1 bokachu

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:00 AM

SBS‘s “KPOP STAR“ has contacted allkpop about some new details regarding its judging process, as well as dates for its live auditions!

For those of you who’ve been out of the loop, “KPOP STAR” has been receiving applications from K-Pop fans all over the world, who hope to one day make it big in the industry. While there have been many star audition programs, SBS felt that a “real star, one who could be the new pioneer to K-Pop’s global expansion, has not yet been discovered“. Accepted applicants will get to showcase their talents in front of industry juggernauts Yang Hyun Suk, J.Y. Park, and BoA – representatives from three of Korea’s top agencies, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and SM Entertainment, respectively.

Unlike other talent search programs that pick a winner based on their singing abilities, “KPOP STAR” will have a survival competition between various groups. Not only will the contestants have to survive as a group, but they’ll also have to face off against one another within the group! It’s a format that aims to foster growth under pressure.

The judges are looking for star qualities, but more than that, they’re look for a diamond in the rough. “It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing or dance. If you have the potential that we could develop, anyone can become a K-Pop star!,” said YG’s Yang Hyun Suk

After undergoing numerous trials, the winner will receive a phenomenal top prize – the opportunity to debut within the shortest time through the most direct path. The winner will get the unprecedented privilege of deciding which company — SM, YG, JYP — they wish to debut under.

Those who want to give it a shot can audition live in front of judges. The schedule is as follows:

September 9th – 11th: Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 17th – 18th: New York City, New York
September 24th – 25th: Los Angeles, California
September 26th: China (More details to come)
September 28th – October 2nd: France (More details to come)
October 1st – 2nd: Seoul
October 7th – 8th: Seoul

(Contact info for additional details can be found through the SBS ‘K-POP STAR’ application site)



Meanwhile, a press conference for SBS’s ’KPOP STAR’ was held a few days ago at the Imperial Palace Hotel. Though allkpop covered some of the questions answered during the press conference, SBS has sent us the full Q&A.

Check it out below:



Q. What is the reason behind the companies (SM, YG, and JYP) joining forces to create an audition program?

Park Sung Hoon PD – “I think that ordinary audition programs have a limit. The main essence of an audition program is to produce a star. Many talented individuals have been discovered, but for some reason, their popularity doesn’t seem as strong after the program ends. The making of a real star is the reason why the three companies — SM, YG, and JYP — have joined hands.”

Yang Hyun Suk - “‘KPOP STAR’ is a program that Park Jin Young and I have wanted. Unlike other auditions, we will look at the dancing ability as well as looks, and most importantly, their talent. We will inspect their talents with an objective view as experts. I decided to join because I liked the purpose of making a star.”

J.Y. Park – “A few years ago, while I was having a drink with Yang Hyun Suk, we discussed what it would be like if we started an audition program together. It would be to find the second Big Bang or second Wonder Girls.”

Q. What kind of talent are you looking for?

J.Y. Park – “There will be no distortions for the sake of entertainment. I will pick a person who I would have picked even without this show. In other programs, you have to be able to sing well in order to be picked, however, ‘KPOP STAR’ will pick the person with the biggest potential for growth.”

Yang Hyun Suk – “I like watching ordinary audition programs, but when I talk to YG staff members or other people around me, it turns out that the talents produced from these shows do not sing well enough to beat out other singers in the market. In fact, I suspect that other singers out there sing just as well. As an expert, I will look at their potential rather than their current ability.”

Q. What criteria will you look for in the contestants?

J.Y. Park – “Personally, I like people who are good natured. Wonder Girls, g.o.d., and Rain are all very sincere and modest. They don’t need to make themselves up to try to look good, since they look good because of who they are as a person. Something that they must possess is talent. A talent unique to them, whether it’s their dancing or singing ability, or their expressions, or the feel that they give off. Another is self discipline. If they aren’t a sincere person, it will be hard for them to handle. Sincerity and self discipline are as important as talent.”

Yang Hyun Suk – “I like people who look rough. Of course, they need to have the fundamental personality. Simply, they must look tougher on stage, I prefer people with charisma.”

Q. What will you show us as judges?

J.Y. Park – “I will forget that this is a show and act as I normally do when I judge auditions. I’ll try to show you what I’m really like as much as possible.”

Yang Hyun Suk – “If I act spiteful and bitter, the viewers these days will see through me right away and criticize me. Rather than harsh criticisms, I will give accurate and truthful comments. Rather than praise, I will point out things that need to be corrected and supplemented.”

Q. What do you think about the other judge, BoA?

Yang Hyun Suk - “Truthfully, she’s the one that I worry about the most as well, as look forward to the most. We both do not know BoA personally. To be honest, if Lee Soo Man were to come out on the show, it would make things a little more difficult for us. Even though she doesn’t have producing experience, she has an outstanding ability as a singer so we’ll give her a lot of advice as well as listening to her attentively, and figure out a way for the three of us to get along.”

J.Y. Park – “BoA is highly qualified to be a judge. It is not always the case that singers who are respected and recognized in Korea will have the same recognition overseas. Even though they possess a charm that receives love within Korea, that might not translate overseas. The person that knows the most about that is BoA. I asked for her contact information so that we can have a meal together before the program starts.”

Park Sung Hoon PD – “In my perspective as a director, having three people who have walked the same paths can be troublesome. As a sunbae who has walked the path before, I expect to see a BoA who sympathizes, advises, nods, and sheds tears for the contestants.”


Q. It is said that there could be a difference between the views of the judges and the viewers.

J.Y. Park – “There will probably be a lot of comments like ‘It doesn’t make any sense. This person did better, but why did that person get picked?’ after the program, but we won’t judge with any thought for those comments. I would explain to the viewers why I chose that person as the winner, but if I were scared of being critcized, I would have left before I even started. I will not throw away my opinion.”

Yang Hyun Suk – “I wonder if it’s really necessary to create some kind of story when this is a program to pick a singer. My hope is that there won’t be a movie-like story about a person who came from a less fortunate background making it big. The reason behind the judging is to look for real talent with the hopes of creating the second Big Bang and 2PM. It’s important not to make special allowances for things related to a contestant’s personal life. There will probably be a difference between the judges’ point of view and the viewers point of view on this kind of matter.”

Q. If the program is successful, would you participate in a season 2?

Yang Hyun Suk – “There are so many audition programs being produced, but I hope that this will be the last broadcasted audition program. If a season 2 does come out, I would definitely like to be a part of it with BoA or J.Y. Park again. Like I mentioned earlier, I think that in order for ‘KPOP STAR’ to be successful, a true star must be produced. If season 2 does happen, I would definitely love to be a part of it.”

J.Y. Park – “I also really want to be on the next season, but since I have just recently started as a new actor, I cannot be certain. I will try to be a part of it by controlling my schedule as an actor.”


credit: http://www.allkpop.c...-program-format

Edited by bokachu, 06 September 2011 - 08:02 AM.


#2 bluewish

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:23 AM

Just read this, thanks bokachu (: It's kind of exciting. Hwaiting to everyone participating! If I had any talents I'd probably join. Haha.

Ps. does this mean BoA's going to all those places to judge? Or do they mean those are preliminary screenings and then they will fly the people who passed to Korea to have secondary auditions in front of the three judges?

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:29 AM

Thanks for the info!!

I really want to see who'll win and maybe we'll have another artist in the SM Family^^

Oh, and what are all those countries? Are the judges gonna go there?

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 09:02 AM

Haha.Ps. does this mean BoA's going to all those places to judge? Or do they mean those are preliminary screenings and then they will fly the people who passed to Korea to have secondary auditions in front of the three judges?


I'm wondering the same too. Hope that she have enough rests to judge! XD
I'm looking forward for the "new star" and BoA judging advices.

On a side note, It's quite interesting to see the 3 of them interacting with each other! XD All so successful~

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:08 PM

I can't wait to see the show :D BoA receives a lot of respect from the older generation rather than the youngsters nowadays.
I am looking forward to BoA and the other judges interaction although they are all much older than BoA (will it be very funny to see :D)

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:04 PM

I'm so happy that the others respect her and I'm looking forward to see her judging!


A bit of unrelated news to BoA, but my friend is auditioning for kpopstar! Apparently, there is a paper application first, to determine looks, attitude, and qalifications. Just wanted to let people know the details on how this worked! ^^

(Btw, my friend got through the paper process and her audition is next sunday :D:D)

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:08 PM

sorry it sounds like a rip off of the voice

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:41 PM

Park Sung Hoon PD – β€œIn my perspective as a director, having three people who have walked the same paths can be troublesome. As a sunbae who has walked the path before, I expect to see a BoA who sympathizes, advises, nods, and sheds tears for the contestants.”

I expect the same thing! This set of judges remind me of the judges of American Idol in the latest season with Steven Tyler & J.Lo.
Yang Hyun Suk will be the 'all talking technically, expertly', like Brandy
J.Y. Park will be the 'Weird & mean, yet funny' one, like Steven Tyler
and BoA will be the nice & easy, sensitive, professional one, like J.Lo :D

Oh, and what are all those countries? Are the judges gonna go there?

I don't think the judges will go to all of those places yet, people who attend will need to pass several of pre-audition round before they actually see the official judges.

I hope we have some BJJ-ers compete in that show :)

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 09:13 PM

Nope! My friend who's auditioning in NYC next next Sunday says that she will be auditioning in front of the judges! So the judges will be going to all those cities!

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 11:14 PM

I wonder what's the real motive of Lee SooMan not joining the show himself.
While the other big 2 sent their real bosses in, LSM sent BoA in instead.

While I'm happy that this is a chance to see BoA in a new perspective and on a regular basis (I wonder how many episodes there are though), I also wonder "Isn't it too fast for her to kinda get her taste on executive roles?". She's still young and have a lot to work on in her singing career (esp. if she's serious with the US market).

I just hope she doesn't become one of the executives like KangTa did and give up her US (or even JP) career and only release new songs sporadically.

I know I'm reading too much from this. hahhaha When I first heard the news of BoA becoming judge, I was excited but as time past, I became worried. (Effect of having too much time on your hands)

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:58 AM

^ I think she will not give up on her singing career. She says that she enjoys music and she does music because she loves it. She does not really care about fame that much anymore, especially when her juniors are doing better than her :D

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 10:21 PM

While I'm happy that this is a chance to see BoA in a new perspective and on a regular basis (I wonder how many episodes there are though), I also wonder "Isn't it too fast for her to kinda get her taste on executive roles?"

Um...it's a K-pop audition show, and she's a seasoned K-pop veteran with a decade of experience under her belt. She'll be great. :)

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 03:34 PM

This is like asking Madonna to judge on American Idol.

Heck yes, BoA has more than enough experience to judge. The girl just filmed a Hollywood movie, released 6 Korean albums, 8 Japanese albums (7 of which were #1 in Oricon Charts), released an American album and has like 30+ singles!

Received the Golden Disc Awards (which is like the Japanese Grammy) in Japan many times and has Daesung awards from Korea. Appeared in Kohaku many times, only foreigner to appear so many times consecutively, etc.

I can go on, another one, BoA and Ayumi Hamasaki are the only artists recognized by MTV as "Most Influential."

Can't think of any other Korean artist to be a judge, even Rain (Bi)'s resume is nothing compared to BoA.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 07:28 AM

its 9/10 here in CA but there's no update on this show, i am really curious as to whats happening with the auditions from auditioners....

Kwcty6888, i hope you can ask your friend for a fan account, it would be great to know some things.....thx

Edited by orchidjadedx, 10 September 2011 - 05:33 PM.


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Posted 10 September 2011 - 07:33 PM

My friend says that actually, only JYP will be at the audition lol... & i'll definitely ask her for the details after she auditions! ^^




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