Mnet’s “Kingdom: Legendary War” is gearing up for its final battle!

On May 27, “Kingdom” wrapped up its third round of competition ahead of its upcoming live finale.

For the second half of Round 3, each of the six competing groups staged a performance with the theme “No Limit,” meaning that the groups were free to perform any song of their choosing and to bring in whatever featuring artists they liked.

After iKON and Stray Kids kicked off the battle in last week’s episode, BTOB, ATEEZ, SF9, and THE BOYZ took the stage for their own thrilling performances this week. BTOB put a cinematic spin on their B-side “Blue Moon” with a special appearance by (G)I-DLE’s Miyeon, while ATEEZ performed a remix of their hit song “Answer” that featured classically-trained vocal group LA POEM.

SF9 performed a sultry cover of SHINee’s Taemin’s “Move,” and THE BOYZ wrapped up the round with a powerful rendition of EXO’s “Monster.”

Check out their performances below!

BTOB – “Blue Moon”

ATEEZ – “Answer”

SF9 – Taemin’s “Move”

THE BOYZ – EXO’s “Monster”

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 second part of Round 3—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).


The overall initial rankings for the second part of Round 3 (subject to change after fan votes and video view counts have been tallied) are as follows:

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

“Kingdom” also released sneak peeks of each group’s new song for the upcoming final battle, which you can check out here.

Which of the performances from Round 3 was your favorite? Let us know in the comments! (You can watch last week’s performances from Round 3 here.)

The full episode of “Kingdom” will soon be available with English subtitles below:

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