Mnet’s “Kingdom: Legendary War” has wrapped up its first official round of competition!

On April 15, the new idol competition show—which is the male version of the hit 2019 program “Queendom”—aired the second half of its thrilling first round. As announced last week, the theme for the battle was “To The World,” and the competing groups were tasked with remixing one of their songs to put on a performance that they wanted to “show to the world.”

After THE BOYZ, iKON, and BTOB kicked off the competition in last week’s episode, Stray Kids, ATEEZ, and SF9 took the stage for their own electrifying performances this week.

Check out their performances below!

Stray Kids – “Side Effects” + “God’s Menu”

ATEEZ – “Wonderland”

SF9 – “Now or Never”

As previously announced, the “Kingdom” contestants will be awarded points over the course of the competition based on the following criteria: votes by the six competing groups (25 percent), evaluations by a panel of 30 experts (25 percent), domestic and global fan votes (40 percent), and video view count (10 percent).

Although the fan votes and video view counts for the round—which add up to a total of 50 percent of the contestants’ scores—have not yet been tallied, the six competing groups cast their votes immediately after the performances, while the panel of 30 expert judges made their evaluations at the same time.

As a result, with 50 percent of the groups’ scores still up in the air, “Kingdom” revealed the initial results based solely on the votes by the six competing groups and the evaluations by the panel of experts, which each account for 25 percent of their final scores (adding up a total of 50 percent).


ATEEZ came in first place in both categories, while Stray Kids claimed second place alone in the expert judges’ evaluations and tied for second place with BTOB in the contestants’ votes. Meanwhile, THE BOYZ took third place in the expert judges’ evaluations and fourth place in the contestants’ votes.

SF9 claimed fourth place in the expert judges’ evaluations, but placed sixth in the overall initial rankings after not receiving any votes from the other contestants. BTOB and iKON tied for fifth place in the expert judges’ evaluations, but BTOB came in fourth place overall due to their high ranking in the contestants’ votes, while iKON took fifth place in the contestants’ votes.

The overall initial rankings for Round 1 (subject to change after fan votes and video view counts have been tallied) are as follows:

  1. ATEEZ
  2. Stray Kids
  4. BTOB
  5. iKON
  6. SF9

Which of the performances from Round 1 was your favorite? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! (You can check out THE BOYZ, iKON, and BTOB’s performances from Round 1 here.)

Watch the full episode of “Kingdom” with English subtitles here:

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