The Search For The Next K-Pop Idol In London!

Yesterday at the Central Hall Westminster in London stood a long queue of nervous arrivals, with their family or friends who came to support them. These K-Pop music lovers and aspiring singers and rappers were all waiting patiently and eager to enter inside so that they could take part in the first European audition of the MBC Star Auditions.

MBC Star Auditions had a successful first season last year, with lots of participants from the USA, China, Japan and Thailand, all sending in their applications and posting their talents via YouTube. The new season was announced at the start of July this year, with videos featuring famous K-Pop bands such as 2PM and f(x) telling the potential auditionees details of the competition.

During the London auditions, which started at 11:30am, contestants had to prepare and sing one song in Korean but they could not audition if they were already working as a professional singer, or if they were already with an agency. MBC staff and camera crew were setting up to film footage of the auditions, as well as interviewing participants, asking them to sing and to tell them why they came to the auditions. Two of the contestants from the first season, Shayne Orok and Cho Hyung-woo, also attended and performed Maroon 5‘s Sunday Morning in front of the hopefuls, giving them some encouragement and support. This was definitely a fantastic opportunity to anyone who has a huge interest in South Korea’s music industry.

Currently, contestants are now waiting nervously by their phones to see if they will get that lucky call telling them that they’ve made it through to the next round, which will be held in Korea. There is a cash prize as well as a contract with a record label for the winner.

There is still a chance for people to enter online and submit their videos though MBC Star Audition’s YouTube page. But be quick, as you’ll have to upload your video by August 20th.

Good luck to everyone that takes part!

What do you think of MBC coming over to London? Have you auditioned? Add your thoughts and comments below!

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