Source: Sports Chosun
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.”
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.