“Queendom” Responds To Report About Not Providing Monetary Support For Stages

Mnet’s “Queendom” has spoken up in response to a report stating that the the show did not provide monetary support for the starring artists’ performance preparations.

On September 25, Ilgan Sports reported that the artists competing on “Queendom” and their agencies were suffering due to the increasing amount of costs incurred while preparing for each competition round. The report quoted an industry source who said, “Each time we prepare for a competition, there are more expenses incurred. All of these production costs need to be taken care of by the artists and their agencies, and the show’s producers don’t provide funds. ‘Queendom’ is not only a competition show, but also a music variety show, but they don’t have any music directors who can help with song arrangement. It’s nice to show a high quality performance, but each time the performance costs accumulate, it becomes a burden.”

In response, a source from “Queendom” stated to Newsen, “It is not true. We paid them the appearance fees as well as a separate sum for the performance costs. Before the program began, we signed a contract stating that [we] would provide [monetary] support, and we paid them as per the current contract. In the first round of competitions, we provided money for song arrangement, and in the second round, we gave them production support funds.”

A source from the agency of a “Queendom” cast member also relayed to Newsen, “We received funds from the [show’s] producers for all of the choreography and arrangement costs incurred while preparing for the competitions.”

However, another industry source in Ilgan Sports’s report shared, “It takes at least 5 million won (approximately $4,200) to create a draft of the choreography. Making new outfits or finding nice outfits to fit the performance concept costs millions of won (thousands of dollars). We can’t make performances of the quality they’re currently at with the production support funds they’re giving us. There’s a substantial amount of additional costs that the artists and agencies have to take care of.”

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