The U.S. Southeastern Regional Preliminary of the 2017 K-Pop World Festival was held in Norcross, attracting 31 talented teams.
By Anna Kim
The 2017 K-Pop World Festival will be held on September 29th in Changwon, South Korea. The Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta heated up over the 2017 K-Pop World Festival Southeastern Regional Preliminary in Atlanta on June 17th.
Hosted by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, this annual celebration of Korean heritage drew in 31 teams. Moreover, this festival was not only for Atlantans. Amongst the contestants, there was even a young man from Haiti. His enthusiasm for K-Pop went beyond the national border. Chicago, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey were among other long-distant states where participants came from.
The competition was divided into two sections; stage performance and vocal performance. All the contestants worked upon the jury panel’s exquisite judgment. After strict consideration, the jury panel gave credit where it was due: Bryant Charity, solo, and I.V., a group of four, took first place in vocal and dance, respectively.
The contestants were so musically talented that the competition was neck and neck. The jury panel asked Bryant Charity and KSL, a mixed group of three, to perform on stage again for the vocal championship. Those two teams were compelling and the audience enjoyed their splendid performance. Regretfully, KSL came a close second and Bryant, who sang Ailee’s “I’ll show you,” was crowned the winner.
All the contestants received a big applause from the audience and were encouraged to continue to tune in to the K-Pop world.
“This year’s audition scale was incredibly expanded and the participants also have stepped up their game over the past year,” said Seong-jin Kim, a Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta. “All of you did a good job and showed your ability well, even stringing up your nerves. I hope we could meet again next year.”
The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta handed out portable water bottles to the participants along with crunchy Korean snacks. Relishing the snacks in curiosity, the contestants filled out the survey questionnaire that the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta set on the table. They were asked all K-Pop related questions, including how to enhance the festival.
Meanwhile, the finalists from different countries will vie for the championship in Korea this fall. The global K-Pop event will be a live-broadcast in some 100 countries via television broadcaster KBS and its broadcasting app “KBS myK,” as well as through online stream platforms Naver Cast and YouTube. The South Korean jury panel will be composed of K-Pop composers, producers, choreographers, and famous singers. They will give feedbacks to the contestants on their vocal skills, choreography, and stage presence.
We cannot say no about the fact that the global K-Pop World Festival fever demonstrates reach and popularity of the Korean Wave. 'Brand Korea' is on track for the huge arena of the festival this fall.
Seong-jin Kim, a Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, encouraged the participants to continue to tune in to the K-Pop world.
Bryant Charity, solo, was crowned the winner in vocal.
Regretfully, KSL came a close second.