I recently attended a press conference for a new Korean backed talent competition to be aired on PTV4 around September – K-Pop Idol Search Pinoy Edition. At first impression, I thought it was something like K-Pop Star Hunt from TVN, which is now Channel M. This kind of talent contest usually tours various Asian cities to hold auditions, particularly Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. However, with KIS (K-POP Idol Search) Pinoy Edition, it’s going to hold auditions in various cities and provinces in the Philippines alone. It’s actually a pretty new idea to me. And it’s also going to be telecast on a local channel and not on a Korean channel.
Idol groups in Korea as they are fondly called like Super Junior, Girls Generation, TVXQ, Beast, 2PM, Teen Top, and Sistar are among the big ones in the K-Pop world. All of the members are Korean though, except for 2PM’s Nickhun who is actually Thai, but there aren’t many foreign performers who are part of a group as of the moment. K-Pop Star Hunt’s previous winners and runner-up’s of Season 1 from Thailand and Philippines, Season 2 the following year again with a Thai winner and Malaysian runner-up and Season 3’s winner from Taiwan are probably still in training.