Everything about Mnet’s Survival Show ‘Kingdom: Legendary War’: Participants, Final Results, Controversy, and More

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The War between 6 Boy Groups – Kingdom: Legendary War!

Are you attracted to K-pop survival shows? There are a lot of them which are loved by K-pop fans such as SIXTEEN, Produce 101, Show Me the Money, MIXNINE, Queendom, and more! This time, we will talk about one of the most popular survival shows in 2021 named Kingdom: Legendary War. Are you excited? In this article, Channel Korea will explain to you everything about Kingdom: Legendary War, so keep on reading!

What Is Kingdom: Legendary War?

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Some of you might wonder, what is Kingdom: Legendary War? It is a survival show that aired from April 1, 2021, to June 3, 2021, on Mnet’s official network. The show is also a sequel of Road to Kingdom (2020), the male version of Queendom (2019). Just like the show’s name, Kingdom: Legendary War shows the battle between six different K-pop male groups who have raised their fame such as ATEEZ, SF9, Stray Kids, The Boyz, iKON, and BtoB.

The host for the show is TVXQ’s Changmin and Yunho. Luckily, fans all over the world can watch the show since Kingdom: Legendary War aired on Mnet Japan, AbemaTV in Japan, tvN Asia, and the final episode was aired through Mnet’s YouTube Channel as well! There are 4 rounds of performances throughout the show that are divided into Round 1 – To the World, Round 2 – RE-BORN, Round 3 – No Limit, and Final Round – Who Is the King.

Get to Know the Participants of Kingdom: Legendary War Here!

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Stray Kids

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This group is under JYP Entertainment, and the current members are Bang Chan, Hyunjin, Lee Know, Changbin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N. They debuted on March 25, 2018.



ATEEZ consists of 8 members named Jongho, Wooyoung, Mingi, Yeosang, Yunho, Seonghwa, Hongjoong, and San. They debuted on October 24, 2018, under KQ Entertainment.



The group consists of Chani, Hwiyoung, Taeyang, Rowoon, Zuho, Dawon, Jaeyoon, Inseong, and Youngbin. They debuted on October 5, 2016, and were scouted by FNC Entertainment.



iKON’s current lineup is Bobby, Jay (formerly Jinhwan), Ju-ne (formerly Junhoe), Song (formerly Yunhyeong), DK, and Chan. They were scouted under YG Entertainment and debuted on September 15, 2015.



BtoB is the boy group under Cube Entertainment that debuted on March 21, 2012. The current members are Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Sungjae, Changsub, Hyunsik, and Peniel.

The Boyz

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The group consists of Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Q, Kevin, New, Sunwoo, Juhaknyeon, and Eric. They debuted on December 6, 2017, under Cre.Ker Entertainment.

Best Performances of Kingdom: Legendary War

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Check out some of the contestants’ performances on Kingdom: Legendary War here:

In episode 2, BtoB performs “Missing You” in a theatre version! They mix the arrangements with Korean traditional music that made the other contestants gasp in astonishment!

The Boyz interpreted SF9’s song “The Red Wedding!” Since the beginning of the performance, The Boyz successfully showed off their attractiveness with luxury props as well!

SF9 drew attention during the performance of “Move!” With futuristic vibes, the members danced with a couple of back dancers that looked like mannequins!

In the final stage, ATEEZ got 3rd place in their performance with “The Real!” Each member appeared with various styles such as casual, preppy, hip-hop, and more!

iKON nailed the performance of “Classy Savage!” They turn the stage into a mesmerizing forest, and they brought BLACKPINK’s Lisa as the featured artist!

“Wolfgang”‘s performance from Stray Kids was beyond epic! Just like the song title, they appeared like a mixture of humans and wolves!

Who Won Kingdom: Legendary War?

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After months of anticipation, the winner of the survival show has been crowned. Each group performed their hit singles with different arrangements, performed in smaller sub-units, and most of them showed off unexpected performance! Those fans who lived in South Korea could vote through text. Meanwhile, the global fans could vote through the Whosfan app.

The overall final ranking is based on four criteria such as self-evaluation points (25%), experts’ voting (24%), global voting (40%), and performance video new count (10%). Finally, Stray Kids appeared as the winner of Kingdom: Legendary War! In second place was The Boyz followed by ATEEZ (3rd), BtoB (4th), Ikon (5th), and SF9 (6th).

Here are the final scores from the competition (the combined scores):

STRAY KIDS – 38,873.040 points

THE BOYZ – 23,963.497 points

ATEEZ – 21,298.106 points

BTOB – 20,277.121 points

iKON – 13,875.888 points

SF9 – 12,712.348 points

About the Controversy of Kingdom: Legendary War

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Despite the euphoria and intense atmosphere, there is some controversy surrounding Kingdom: Legendary War. Mnet allegedly mistreated the participants unfairly, and there was an unfair budget allocation among them. It was stated that the budget for each group’s stage performance and props would be 5 million won.

The agencies of the groups that didn’t have extravagant props appeared to be far from the budget and reportedly confronted the production team regarding the matter. They also asked the production crew to create a fair environment on good terms. Mnet released a statement regarding the issue:

“As it was the first contest, we set the production cost to coordinate the stage of the 6 groups, but we apologize for not taking into account the areas that could not be defined in detail, such as scope and availability. The production crew of Kingdom is working closely with the six teams and the six teams in advance so that the artists can focus on the stage and create the best stage.”

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That is everything about the Kingdom: Legendary War survival show! From the contestants, best performance choices, to the final winner, the show was such a great experience for the contestants. It entertained the fans even more! Who are your favorite contestants on the show? Leave your comment below, and don’t forget to share our article on your social media as well!