Soompi K-Pop Idol Vocalist Challenge: Round 3

(Round 4 – the semifinals – has begun: Soompi K-Pop Idol Vocalist Challenge: Semifinal Round)

Welcome back to Round 3 of the K-Pop Idol Vocalist Challenge!

As expected, it was a tight race for Round 2, some match-ups even coming down to measly differences of less than two percent: INFINITE Sungkyu barely edged ahead of Super Junior Yesung, and FTISLAND Hongki and BIGBANG Taeyang went neck-and-neck right to the end as well, Taeyang taking the victory in the end. Still other matches ended in complete landslide victories. BIGBANG Daesung and JYJ Junsu advanced with margins of over 20 percent over the other singers in their respective groups.

Now that we’re halfway through the tournament, the casualties are getting heavier and heavier. We’ve lost some amazing talent along the way, including EXO‘s Baekhyun and SISTAR‘s Hyorin last round, among many others. But do not fear; we haven’t lost everyone! The Soompi staff voted and we’ve brought back four singers eliminated in Round 2 that we think deserve another chance, one from each quadrant of the bracket. Check out the full list of results from Round 2 below to see which eliminated contestants have returned to the game!

(The staff saves have been placed in a different quadrant than the one in which they started.)


1st place: INFINITE Sungkyu

2nd place: Super Junior Yesung

3rd place: SHINee Onew


1st place: BIGBANG Daesung

2nd place: Girls’ Generation Taeyeon (STAFF SAVE)

3rd place: f(x) Luna


1st place: BIGBANG Taeyang

2nd place: FTISLAND Hongki (STAFF SAVE)

3rd place: EXO Baekhyun


1st place: JYJ Junsu

2nd place: SISTAR Hyorin

3rd place: MBLAQ G.O


1st place: EXO Chen

2nd place: Ailee (STAFF SAVE)

3rd place: WINNER Seungyoon


1st place: A Pink Eunj

2nd place: B.A.P Daehyun 

3rd place: CNBLUE Yonghwa


1st place: IU 

2nd place: BEAST Yoseob

3rd place: INFINITE Woohyun


1st place: TVXQ Changmin

2nd place: Super Junior Kyuhyun (STAFF SAVE)

3rd place: 2AM Jokwon

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best k-pop idol vocalist

Are you ready for Round 3? Turn the page, watch the videos, and cast your votes for who you think is the best K-pop idol vocalist!

You have until Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m. KST to vote, and you can vote once every 12 hours! (Please don’t spam; we will be removing spam votes.)

Turn the page to start with the left side of the bracket!


Sungkyu (INFINITE)

Hongki (FTISLAND) (Staff save)

Daesung (BIGBANG)


Taeyang (BIGBANG)

Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation) (Staff save)

Junsu (JYJ)

Halfway there! Hope that wasn’t too painful~


Chen (EXO)

Kyuhyun (Super Junior) (Staff save)

Eunji (A Pink)

Turn the page for the last group!



Ailee (Staff save)

Changmin (TVXQ)

Thanks for voting! Remember, you have until February 13 at 5 p.m. KST to vote and you can vote once every 12 hours!