On September 10th, the top eleven contestants were selected for Mnet’s reality show, Super Star K Season 2. In last year’s season one, ten contestants were chosen for the competition. This year, however, only seven contestants moved past the rival mission. In the end, four more contestants were chosen to move on through a series of in-depth interviews and revival rounds, for a final count of eleven contestants. The average viewership for this episode was a record 12.756% (AGB Nelson Media), showing that all eleven finalists are already gaining celebrity-level popularity.
This year’s Top 11 finalists are John Park, Huh Gak, Kim So Jung, Lee Bo Ram, Park Bo Ram, Andrew Nelson, Kim Eun Bi, Kim Ji Soo, Jang Jae In, Kang Seung Yoon, and Kim Geu Rim. These eleven contestants will face their first competition on their way toward the top through a live stage on the 17th. The first three episodes of the show will be taped at the CJ E&M Center in Sang Am-dong. The final three episodes will take place at Kyung Hee University’s Peace Hall, a venue that seats around 4,000 people.
The judging standards of Super Star K2 are much harsher than last year’s season, but the prizes have become that much bigger. Last year, the winner was chosen based on a score broken down as follows: 10% judges’ scores, 20% prior online votes, and 70% viewer votes. This year, however, the weight of the judges’ scores is higher: 40% judges’ scores, 10% prior online votes, and 50% viewer votes.
Regarding this change, Kim Yong Bum (CP) said, “Last year, we gave viewer voting the most weight because we wanted the auditions to be as fair as possible. However, some people felt that the winner was chosen basically through a popularity contest because of this. So, we increased the weight of the judges’ to counteract this.” In addition, last year, the Top 10 finalists were competing for a prize of one hundred million won. This year, the finalists are competing for a bigger prize of two hundred million won along with a brand new car, a QM5.
Viewers also have a new service at their fingertips. Starting this year, viewers can watch Super Star K live or re-watch the show on their smart phones. Smart phone users can visit http://m.mnet.com to easily access this new service from Super Star K.
Who do you think will take it all in Super Star K Season 2?
Source: Munhwa News // http://www.munhwa.com/news/view.html?no=20100914MW081622360634
Meet the Finalists!
(In no particular order)
Jang Jae In
From Seoul, 20, college student
Favorite music genre: folk music, old jazz, alternative, modern rock, old pop, etc.
Hobbies outside of singing: writing lyrics and songs, playing instruments
Favorite artists: San Ul Lim
A celebrity I think I look like: Not sure. I’ve heard that I look like Bjork.
Kim Ji Soo
From Jeju Island, 21, college student
Favorite music genre: pop, acoustic, country
Hobbies outside of singing: guitar, beatboxing, making instrument sounds
Favorite artists: Kim Kun Mo
From In Cheon, 26, singer-in-training
Favorite music genre: R&B, soul, ballads
Favorite artists: Kim Bum Soo, Big Mama, Naul
A celebrity I think I look like: Kim Shin Young
From LA, 23, college student
Favorite music genre: soul, R&B, world
Favorite artists: Lee Seung Chul, In Soon Yi
A celebrity I think I look like: John Cho from Harold and Kumar
Lee Bo Ram
From Seoul, 19, singer-in-training
Favorite music genre: dance
Hobbies outside of singing: dancing, Chinese
Favorite artists: Lee Hyo Ri, Gummy
Kim Geu Rim
From Dae Jeon, 24, college student
Favorite music genre: I like listening to and singing folk, pop rock, and jazz
Favorite artists: In Soon Yi senior – I don’t even have to say anything about her amazing singing skills, but I was very moved when I saw her on TV, crying tears of joy for her past backup dancers who came out with their own albums.
A celebrity I think I look like: I’ve been hearing recently that I look like Shin Se Kyung
Kim Eun Bi
From Gwang Ju, 18, high school student
Favorite music genre: ballads, R&B
Hobbies outside of singing: piano
Favorite artists: Lee Yong Hyun
A celebrity I think I look like: My eyebrows are like Nick Khun’s and my eyes are like Thunder’s
Kim So Jung
From Dae Jeon, 22, college student
Favorite music genre: pop, dance
Hobbies outside of singing: dance
Favorite artists: BoA
A celebrity I think I look like: Kang Hye Jung
Kang Seung Yoon
From Busan, 17, high school student
Favorite music genre: rock, R&B, soul, classic
Hobbies outside of singing: guitar, imitating Shin Seung Hoon, wave, pool
A celebrity I think I look like: Lee Jun Ki, So Ji Sub
Park Bo Ram
From Choon Chun, 17, high school student
Favorite music genre: R&B
Favorite artists: Park Jung Hyun, Lee Yong Hyun, In Soon Yi
From Seoul, 15, middle school student
Favorite music genre: R&B
Hobbies outside of singing: fluent in Korean and English
Favorite artists: Lee Seung Chul
Source: Naver blog // http://marketing-story.net/113083907