• ‘KisPinoy’: TV’s latest talent search for next K-Pop star

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    Final leg of auditions begin today
    Auditions for the latest reality talent search program for Filipino K-Pop performers, KisPinoy on TV5, “will hold its final leg of auditions beginning today until May 23 SM Dasmarinas and SM City Bacolod.

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    K-Pop hopefuls, ages 13 and up, are advised to arrive bright and early, and to come on their best K-Pop look and style.

    “KisPinoy is the chance for K-Pop hopefuls, ages 13 and up, to showcase their best song and dance talents, and we expect a total performance,” says Yun-Sung “Matthew” Choi, the show’s founder and producer.

    “Filipinos are naturally gifted performers. That’s why we came all the way here to Manila,” Choi added. “We believe that a Filipino will be the next K-Pop idol.”

    According to managing director Marilou Cantancio, the show’s auditions have received an enthusiastic response from over 5,000 aspirants across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao so far. Its mechanics though are different as aspirants who try out will have to record their minute-long song and dance performances in booths set up at designated SM malls to be sent to Korea.

    “Only 100 acts will be chosen in the end,” informed Cantancio.

    The biggest turnout of talents so far was at the SM North Edsa from May 12 to 14 as almost 2,000 K-Pop aficionados braved the long queues until the mall’s closing hours.

    “For this last leg, we expect a deluge of aspirants if we were to base from the over 3,000 who have registered online for both audition venues.”

    KisPinoy is set to premiere on TV5 on June 27, and will be aired every Saturday night for 13 weeks. The show will be hosted by Richard Gutierrez and Korean model Jinri Park.

    “I’m very excited about the show. It is something so different from the other talent shows. The K-Pop crowd can turn into a very passionate and captive audience for KisPinoy,” says Park.

    Singer-songwriter Rico Blanco and musician-theater actress Nicole Asensio will serve as the resident Filipino judges, while some top Korean artists and star makers will also judge certain stages, or act as mentors to the shortlisted contestants.

    “I am looking for someone who will blow me away,” Blanco enthuses.

    KisPinoy is produced by YU&IQ International Inc., in partnership with NH Media and YU&IQ Entertainment (formerly RYU’s Entertainment) who were also behind the award-winning films and television shows of Seo Young Hee and Lee Mun Sik.

    The talent search is supported by the Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Korean Cultural Center.

    For more information, log on to www.kispinoy.com.

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