Everything About The K-Pop World Festival in Chang-won: A Worldwide Contest For K-Pop Idol Wannabes

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The K-Pop Festival You Should Know About!

This event is titled the K-Pop World Festival which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea. The festival is held every year in Changwon, South Korea. Have we managed to pique your interest in this annual event? If so, stay tuned and keep scrolling down this Channel-Korea article to find out more about it.

About K-Pop World Festival in Chang-won

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The annual event by the South Korea Ministry started by going through a few preliminary rounds. The purpose of this event is to gather Hallyu fans from all over the world to South Korea, but also to fuse various cultures. They also invite fans of K-Pop to take part in the final round of the competition in Changwon, South Korea.

This Festival is supported by various state agencies, for instance, The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), Overseas diplomatic missions and embassies of South Korea.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said, “In an effort to make the event one where Korean culture comes together with cultures of participants, those who reinterpret or rearrange K-Pop by fusing it with their traditional music or instrument sounds, will be given extra points.”

Competition Timeline

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In order to join the competition, they have to sign up and do the preliminary competition, then the finalists will go to Changwon, South Korea.

Scoring System Throughout The Years

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The scoring systems have been varying throughout the years, for instance, in 2016, the eliminatory process was carried out through this scheme:

70% Judges Choice (DJ Koo, Kim Jo Han, Seo In Young & Black-Eyed Pilesung)
20% Local Choice
10% Global Vote (By TvuT App)

 

On the other hand, during the 2019 K-Pop World Festival, a different type of scoring system was implemented, which you can check out in the table below:

Criteria Percentage
Training Score 30%
Judging Score 70%

K-Pop Artist Appearances and Performances Throughout The Years

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2011

In the year 2011, there were 16 countries during the preliminary competition with more than 30,000 applicants. The finals took place on December 7th with over 10,000 fans attending in Changwon. Guest performers included Tara, Secret, Sistar, K.Will, Boyfriend, MBLAQ, Infinite, and CNBLUE.

2012

The 2012 competition was hosted in 33 countries and the finals took place on October 28th. The guest performers included TVXQ, Secret, MBLAQ, FT ISLAND, B.A.P, and Apink.

2013

In 2013, the competition was hosted in 58 cities from 43 nations, with more than 60,000 applicants. The finals took place on October 20th with over 25,000 fans in Changwon. The guest performers were Miss A, EXO, Rainbow, Infinite, and B.A.P.

2014

In 2014, the preliminary competition was hosted in 70 countries and the finals took place on October 19th in Changwon. The guest performers included EXO-K, B.A.P, Block B, IU, Sistar, and Apink.

Other Contestants

These contestants didn’t win an award, but they did perform and represented their country:

Contestant Country Act Song Original Artist
Vi.RUS Russia Vocal Come Back Home 2NE1
Double The Fire USA Vocal Ice Akdong Musician
X-Junior Laos Performance Overdose EXO
Natalie Turjeman Israel Vocal It’s Alright, It’s Love Davichi
R2E Greece Vocal You Don’t Love Me SPICA
Helena Dimmel Austria Vocal Who You? G-Dragon
Prism UK Performance One Shot B.A.P
Filipa Cardoso Portugal Vocal Lonely 2NE1
Effe(x)tion Czech Republic Performance Red Light F(x)
Inseong Mexico Vocal Eyes, Nose, Lips Taeyang
Ochirbat.B Mongolia Vocal Moon of Seoul Roy Kim
Level Two Chile Performance Ringa Linga Taeyang

2015

Here are the contestants that competed in the 2015 competition:

Contestant Country
Pacific Starz Nigeria
Epsilon Kueen Malaysia
Ryan Mexico
Nonlas Vietnam
Rebecca Strachan UK
Cencored Finland
Crystal Uruguay

Other Contestants

These contestants didn’t win an award, but they did perform and represented their country:

Contestant Country Act Song Original Artist
Pepero Australia Performance Mamma Mia KARA
VxZ Philippines Performance Joah Jay Park
Xplicit Ecuador Performance Don’t Tease Me SPEED
Belleame Japan Vocal Who you? G-Dragon
Seoul Beat Romania Performance Crazy 4Minute
MAZE Morocco Performance Shake It Sistar

 

2016

Award Contestant Country Act Song Original Artist
Grand Prize Pacific Starz Nigeria Performance Danger BTS
Excellent Performance Epsilon Kueen Malaysia Performance Voodoo Doll VIXX
Excellent Performance Ryan Mexico Vocal Love Song Rain
Best Performance Nonlas Vietnam Performance Ah Yeah EXID
Best Performance Rebecca Strachan UK Vocal If Taeyeon
Audience Favorite Cencored Finland Performance Call Me Baby EXO
Audience Favorite Crystal Uruguay Vocal

Other Contestants

Contestant Country Act Song Original Artist
FUXION Malaysia Performance Fly Got7
LGND Mexico Performance This Love Shinhwa
ABsunit Israel Vocal Dumb Dumber iKON
KRYPTONITE Indonesia Performance Stuck Monsta X
Yumagichi Yada & Koroko Richama Japan Vocal Person Love Kim Bum Soo & Lena Park
Mongolian Namja Nepal Performance Monster EXO
WINK China Performance I Like That Sistar
Lotus Vietnam Performance Rough GFriend

2017

Guest performances were made by BTS, MONSTA X, TWICE, Ailee, NCT 127, J Black, ASTRO.

Other Contestants

Contestant Country Act Song Original Artist
Antsa  Madagascar Vocal Come Back Home 2NE1
PartyHard  Russia Performance Hobgoblin CLC (group)
I.V.  USA Performance Boombayah Black Pink
R3DSEVEN  Hungary Performance Catch Me If You Can Girls’ Generation
Oops Crew!  Vietnam Performance Don’t Wanna Cry Seventeen
Fragiles Dance Crew  Nigeria Performance Hard Carry GOT7

2018

Contestant Song & Original Artist
K-BOY Burn It Up By WANNA`ONE
LEVEL UP District 9 By Stray Kids
Shefa Tabassum Gashina By Sunmi
HARU Be Natural By Red Velvet ( Feat Taeyong Of NCT )
East2West Blood Sweat & Tears by BTS
Kevin Preisser Red Flavor By Red Velvet

2019

  • Host: Lee Hwi Jae, DinDin & Lia (ITZY)
  • Special Performances: Monsta X, TXT, ITZY, The Boyz, MOMOLAND, and Red Velvet
List Of Competitors
No Name (Individual/Group) Country Song Original Artist
1. The Bratz  Spain Kill This Love BLACKPINK
2. MDC  New Zealand Crown TXT
3. Limelight  Canada Butterfly LOONA
4. BtoK  Germany Egoistic MAMAMOO
5. MINT Crew  United States Shoot Out Monsta X
6. LTX  Cuba Hala Hala ATEEZ
7. Josephine Hung  Singapore Room Shaker AILEE
8. OMG  Cambodia Fancy + Love Shot + Fire TWICE + EXO + BTS
9. Alyona Tyo  Kazakhstan Gotta Go Kim ChungHa
10. Pulse  Australia Under Cover A.C.E
11. Sodem Solana  Ireland SOLO Jennie
12. Al-Shamri Ali Mhannaa  Kuwait Yanghwa Bridge Zion.T
13. Omega Evo  Madagascar IDOL BTS

Winners and Contestants Throughout The Years

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2011

Region Country Performer Award
Central Asia  Kazakhstan JAM Grand Prize – Performance
Southeast Asia  Philippines Karla Carreon Grand Prize – Vocals

 

2012

Region Country Performer Award
Eastern Europe  Czech Republic O.M.G. Grand Prize – Performance
Southeast Asia  Indonesia Nadya & Marwah Grand Prize – Vocals

 

2013

Region Country Performer Award
Central Asia  Uzbekistan Alladin Grand Prize – Performance
North America  United States Arnelle “Elly” Nonon Grand Prize – Vocals

 

2014

Award Contestant Country Song Original Artist
Grand Prize – Overall GGC Crew  Ireland I Got A Boy Girls’ Generation
Grand Prize – Performance High Definition  Finland Boy In Luv BTS
Grand Prize – Vocals Flashy  Japan I Will Show You Ailee

 

2015

Award Contestant Country Act Song Original Artist
Grand Prize Pacific Starz Nigeria Performance Danger BTS
Excellent Performance Epsilon Kueen Malaysia Performance Voodoo Doll VIXX
Excellent Performance Ryan Mexico Vocal Love Song Rain
Best Performance Nonlas Vietnam Performance Ah Yeah EXID
Best Performance Rebecca Strachan UK Vocal If Taeyeon
Audience Favorite Cencored Finland Performance Call Me Baby EXO
Audience Favorite Crystal Uruguay Vocal Lonely 2NE1

 

2016

Award Contestant Country Song Original Artist
1st Place Grand Award ( Daesang ) Britaney Chanel United States U&I AILEE
2nd Place Performance Supreme Task Nigeria Fire BTS
2nd Place Vocal KARMA Italy Mr. Ambitious MAMAMOO
3rd Place Performance TOXIC$ Sweden Cheer Up Twice
3rd Place Vocal Priyanka Mazumdar India You & I Park Bom
Popularity Award I M2D Russia Ringa Linga Taeyang
Popularity Award II 4Divas Hungary 4walls F(x)

 

2017

Award Contestant Country Act Song Original Artist
Grand Prize TiffaniAfifa & Alphiandi  Indonesia Vocal Inferiority Complex Park Kyung & Eunha
Best Performance Immortals Army  India Performance Blood, Sweat & Tears BTS
Best Vocal Akif  Singapore Vocal Eyes, Nose & Lips Taeyang
Excellent Performance One Piece  Canada Performance Not Today BTS
Excellent Vocal Sinem Kadioğlu  Turkey Vocal I Will Go To You Like The First Snow Ailee
Audience Favourite Award KINGSMAN  Malaysia Performance White Night UP10TION
Audience Favourite Award Ana Lucia  Peru Vocal I Will Show You Ailee
Twitter Popular Choice Award Sinem Kadioğlu  Turkey Vocal I Will Go To You Like The First Snow Ailee

 

2018

Award Winner Country
Grand Prize ( 대상 ) K-BOY  Thailand
People’s Choice Award ( 인기상 ) Lindsay Ketlego Setkena  South Africa

 

Category Result Country Contestant Song & Original Artist
Best Boy Group Performance WIN  Thailand K-BOY Burn It Up By WANNA`ONE
Best Girl Crush Performance WIN  Ukraine LEVEL UP District 9 By Stray Kids
Best Solo Performance WIN  Bangladesh Shefa Tabassum Gashina By Sunmi
Best Composition Performance WIN  United States HARU Be Natural By Red Velvet ( Feat Taeyong Of NCT )
Best BTS Performance WIN  Canada East2West Blood Sweat & Tears
Best Vocal Performance WIN  France Kevin Preisser Red Flavor By Red Velvet

 

2019

Award Winner Country
Grand Prize ( 대상 ) Sodem Solana  Ireland
Top Achievement Award Limelight  Canada
Top Achievement Award Mint Crew  United States
Excellence Award Josephine Hung  Singapore
Excellence Award Omega Evo  Madagascar
Friendship Award Omega Evo  Madagascar

Latest News

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Just in October 2019, the K-Pop World Festival was held in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province with 60 finalists from 13 countries in the main round. This was the ninth edition of the festival.

There were 64 teams that came from 84 nations, also, during the competition they took part in inter-cultural activities besides their rehearsals. The winner of this year’s festival was from the Irish team that performed the song “Solo” originally sung by Jennie.

That’s all about the K-Pop World Festival in Changwon. Don’t forget to kindly leave a comment and share your thoughts in the section below!