A dream-like stage will be put on for SBS‘ “K-Pop Star,” which is now at the top 3, Park Jimin, Baek Ahyeon, and Lee Hayi. Top Korean stars G-Dragon and TOP, Girl’s Generation, and Miss A will be collaborating with the three contestants.
On the 18th, a representative revealed to Star News that G-Dragon and TOP will be performing on the K-Pop Star episode to be aired on the 22nd for a collaborative stage.
Girl’s Generation, who is talked about every day even though they are not currently promoting, will also be collaborating with one contestant.
Miss A, who released title song “Touch” with their new mini album in February, is also planned to perform that day.
People are interested because GD&TOP, Girl’s Generation, and Miss A are not only featured on the show, but are actually performing on this audition program. This show is continuously pleasing k-pop fans, as the top 3, Park Jimin, Baek Ahyeon, and Lee Hayi are rising to fame.
“KPOP STAR” Taeyang + Gong Minji give one-day lessons… “I used to be bad at singing, too”
Big Bang’s Taeyang and 2NE1’s Gong Minji are coming out as vocal trainers for a one-day lesson.
On the episode airing this coming 11th on SBS ‘Survival Audition – KPOP Star’ (also known as “KPOP Star”), Taeyang and Gong Minji are expected to make an appearance for one day as vocal trainers for YG Entertainment training.
With the two of them suddenly coming into the picture, it it said that the mood of the filming site rose with heat. The two will be training each contestant with a ‘1-on-1 one-point lesson’ strategy, unlike the first round of training they had before.
YG Entertainment CEO and ‘K-Pop Star’ judge, Yang Hyun Suk, shed tears during the February 4th broadcast of the program. While he’s previously stated that “emotions should not interfere with the decisions made in the show,” Yang found that he couldn’t stop tears from brimming as he observed the passion of the contestants.
The emotional response stems from YG Entertainment’s early years. Yang founded the company in hopes of scouting talented star-hopefuls who would help the K-Pop industry to advance and prosper. This same motive allowed him to become one of three judges for SBS‘s audition program.
Yet Yang’s method of looking for “quality over quantity” has caused him much grief. Yang stated that he was at first skeptical about debuting Big Bang, as there were much talk on whether or not the group would survive in the idol industry. As he watched over the contestants on ‘K-Pop Star’, Yang said that he felt the same about SuPearls, a group assembled by several contestants on the show.
“At first, I was worried for the SuPearls members,” says Yang, “I thought their skills were not polished enough to guide them through the competition and that they would not be able to develop their skills in such a short time.”
Big Bang’s Taeyang displays his jealousy towards Lee Michelle, one of the contestants of K-POP Star, SBS’s weekend popular audition show.
Big Bang’s Daesung appears on ‘K-Pop Star’, pointed but thoughtful
Big Bang member Daesung appeared on a variety show after a long while away.
On the January 29th installment of SBS’s ‘K-Pop Star’, the YG training system was revealed with the casting audition finals coming up. The contestants attended the monthly evaluations.
Those who set out as the judges next to Yang Hyun Suk were 2NE1′s Park Bom & CL, and Big Bang’s Taeyang & Daesung. After the car accident last year, Daesung had been taking time for introspection. Recently Daesung has started working through MBN’s ‘What’s Up’ and Big Bang is about to make their comeback but it has been a long while since his appearance on a variety show.
On December 25th, SBS ‘K-pop Star‘ will feature a special panel of judges including HOT‘s Kangta, God‘s Kim Tae Woo, Se7en, Psy and Super Junior‘s Donghae.
Yang Hyun Suk spoke up recently to assure fans that although he and J.Y. Park may not see eye-to-eye all the time when judging contestants, they’re still as close as ever.
The two producers, along with singer BoA of SM Entertainment, became judges for SBS‘s new survival audition contest, ‘K-POP Star‘. The atmosphere was fairly comfortable until the most recent episode, when viewers saw Yang Hyun Suk and J.Y. Park butt heads over the star quality of some contestants.
It began with French contestant Julie, to whom J.Y. Park said, “I love singers who look comfortable on stage. However, I do not enjoy watching those who cannot sing be that comfortable.” Yang, however, disagreed. “I think differently. You have an amazing voice,” he said.
For contestant Kim Ha Eun, Yang stated, “I was more attracted to your pansori (Korean traditional music) act than your singing. You should stay on that road instead,” while J.Y. Park expressed, “You were so good. I feel like your pansori style is very similar to R&B/soul, and you nailed it.”
On December 18th, the third episode of SBS ‘K-POP Star‘ aired and viewers were able to watch French contestant, Julie Chabrol perform “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green.
After finishing her live performance, the three judges of the show gave varying opinions from praises to disapproval. For those who have seen the previous episodes, you should have noticed the striking difference between J. Y. Park and Yang Hyun Suk‘s criteria for qualifying contestants. This episode was another example of that dissimilarity between the two producers.
First, judge BoA commented, “You have f(x) Amber‘s vibe. You seem like a tomboy. You have a good voice as a foreigner, but skill wise..I don’t know. I’ll be honest, you would be good as a visual. I want to see you sing in Korean in the next round and I’ll make a final decision then. So for now, I’ll pass you to the next round.”
However, producer J.Y. Park disqualified the foreign contestant revealing, “I like it when an artist is comfortable on stage, but I don’t like it when they are comfortable without any skills. You have the attitude of a star, but don’t have the skills like one. That is very frustrating to me.” Regarding this statement, the contestant showed her determination as she stated, “I want to go further in the contest. I haven’t shown my fullest potential yet.”
With the first episode of SBS‘s ‘K-Pop Star‘ drawing near, anticipation has been rising for the new survival audition show, which holds the grand opportunity for a contestant to become an idol.
As one of the judges for the program, YG Entertainment‘s Yang Hyun Suk was pleasantly surprised by the new experience. “Seeing the singer-hopefuls onstage, I was reminded of my juniors and praised and nurtured them,” he said. Chuckling, Yang continued, “I’ve heard from those around me that I would definitely curse at the entrants if I were ever to become a judge. In reality, I do go tough on my trainees but I never curse at them.”
When asked why he took up the role of a judge, the CEO replied that it was originally his idea to start an audition program. “I had this idea from a long time ago, about starting up a singer audition program. Coincidentally, SBS was producing a program that closely matched the format that I was thinking of, so I accepted their offer,” he said.
‘K-Pop Star’ has also influenced his schedule, Yang Hyun Suk said. “Although I usually don’t have any meetings or outside appointments, I’ve spent the last few days shuttling between the studio, YG headquarters, and my house,” he laughed. “Since it’s my first broadcast appearance in a while, I’m both nervous and anxious.”
The Big 3 judges – BoA, Yang Hyun Seok, and Park Jin Young of SBS TV’s Survival Audition K-pop Star, clarified their screening criteria that are clearly distinguished from other audition programs.
The three judges of K-pop Star, which will start airing from December 4, drew attention by clarifying their screening criteria that reflect their strong individuality. The interview with them will be shown in the first episode of K-pop Star.
Yang Hyun Seok, as the oldest out of the Big 3, said he would screen applicants based on their talent. He said, “I feel sorry to say this but I think over 50% of the talent most stars have is something innate. People can achieve some from their efforts but cannot expect more than that. Making effort is also important but over 50% (of the conditions to become a star) is gifted talent.”
Park Jin Young said he would pay close attention to the participant’s originality and self-confidence when screening. He said, “Participants who have their own merit, who well express themselves, who have their own things either voice or dance, and who present their originality will be able to go towards becoming the K-pop star at the end. The most important virtue to become a star is self-confidence. He or she really has to love his or her own look and voice.”
On the afternoon of November 24th, SM’s BoA, YG’s Yang Hyun Suk and JYP‘s J.Y. Park attended the official press conference for SBS‘s“Survival Audition K-Pop Star”, which took place at the SBS headquarters in Seoul.
When asked if there were any contestants that stood out in her memory, BoA answered, “To be honest, there were a lot. There were two contestants that I can recall clearly. One of them was physically disabled and it would’ve been difficult for him to dance, but his efforts moved me to tears.”
“When we mentored the contestants, I gave one contestant some advice and the next day, his singing improved to an extent that was impossible to put in words. Seeing things like that gave great joy to the producers, as it was these moments that gave them hope of digging up truly hidden talents. Although I’m a singer, for a moment I was able to feel the bliss that the show’s producer felt,” she added.
With regards to being part of the judging panel of the contest, CEO Yang Hyun Suk revealed, “Contestants who could’ve gotten first place in other singing programs were cut. Also, contestants who we weren’t fully convinced with proceeded to the top rounds. I think our vision is a lot different to that of the mass public. (The final contestants) aren’t like former ‘Superstar K’ contestants Kang Seung Yoon and Kim Eun Bi, who we signed into our agency last year.”
Entertainer Boom will be joining SBS‘s audition program, ‘K-POP STAR‘, as an MC alongside the already appointed, Yoon Do Hyun.
After making a strong comeback after the end of his military service, Boom has been bringing much laughter on many variety programs. However, this will be his first time emceeing for an audition program.
Boom revealed his personal affection for audition programs, stating, “Wanting to become a singer at the age of 17, I participated in 12 auditions. So, I know, more than anyone, the passion and desire of the people who participate in auditions. I want to support and protect the ambitious minds of those who wish to become stars… I will help the contestants to compete in the best conditions.”
With Yoon Do Hyun bringing some gravity to the show, Boom will provide the laughs and liven up the atmosphere.
Producer J.Y. Park was in the Big Apple from September 17th to the 18th to discover the next big K-Pop star for his new show, SBS‘s “Survival Audition K-POP Star“!
He was recently in Argentina for the first round of auditions, and New York City was his second destination. J.Y. Park was the first of the “Big 3″ judges from JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, and YG Entertainment to personally oversee the auditions.
2,000 hopefuls tried out at the New York auditions, and all were from various cultures and backgrounds. Talented people from all walks of life joined the auditions, including a Harvard alumnus, an MIT researcher, models, child actors, and even some ‘American Idol’ tryouts! They came with the sole ambition of becoming the next big K-Pop star, and everyone brought their ‘A-game’ knowing that they’d be standing before one of the biggest names in the Korean music industry.