7 Tips to Being the Ultimate K-pop Star

What do Akdong Musician, Lee Hi and Baek Ah Yeon have in common? They were all discovered in the Kpop Star series! If you plan on trying out for the reality singing competition one day, here are 7 tips to help you pave your way to K-Pop superstardom!

  1. Hit all the right notes

    Actress Jo Yeo Jeong lets her hair down in 'Divorce Lawyers in Love'

    First things first, you have to hit the right notes. With head honchos like Papa YG, Yang Hyun Suk, and JYP CEO Park Jin Young, on the panel, a sub-par rendition of a K-Pop classic will not make the cut. More than just technical ability, the judges often look for a 'special quality' in the voices of the contestants. If you can draw a tear or two from the audience, you are one step closer to realising your K-Pop dreams!

  2. Flaunt your dance moves

    Rocking the stage in 'Modern Farmer'

    As K-Pop girl group SISTAR says, you have to "Shake it. Oh, shake it"! Don't be shy about flaunting your dance moves, or lack thereof. Confidence and passion can go a long way and often, the judges are looking for potential rather than a smooth act.

  3. Show off that star quality

    Fictional band, Infinite Power, from 'My Lovely Girl'

    Star quality is more than just a matter of fashion sense. Charisma, coolness or just general quirkiness can make you stand out from a sea of other hopefuls.

  4. Think variety

    'The Girl Who Sees Smells' stars rehearse for a comedic act

    It's a competitive world out there and many idols are taking on additional roles as actors, brand ambassadors and radio deejays. If you're going to take the K-Pop world by storm, keep a few other talents handy and surprise the judges! It could be your mad guitar skills, your poetic lyrics or your jaw-dropping wit – think far, think variety!

  5. Be yourself

    'The Birth of a Beauty' stars lurking in the shadow

    As clichéd as it may sound, the judges often stress on sincerity in every performance and ask for contestants to discover their inner voice. It is thus important to be yourself on stage and find your own originality, instead of hiding your true self behind a polished façade!

  6. Don't give up

    Actor Lee Jin Wook has his game face on in 'The Time We Were Not in Love'

    The road to success is rarely a smooth one. If you were rejected or eliminated in one audition, try and try again! The judges love it when contestants show how much they have grown through their K-Pop Star experience!

  7. Watch K-Pop Star

    What better way to learn than to watch K-Pop Star 5 and hear from the judges, Yoo Hee Yeol, Park Jin Young and Yang Hyun Suk, themselves?