Roy Kim Wins ‘Superstar K4’
The fourth winner of Mnet’s Superstar K has been crowned.
On November 23, at the Jamsil Indoors Stadiums in Seoul, the finals for Superstar K4 took place between Roy Kim and DickPunks where Roy Kim’s dream to ‘have his music touch listeners’, came true.
Roy Kim, with his smooth vocals and stage manners,rose in popularity with each episode.
From ballad, medium jazz, punk, to folk, the young singer showed his capabilities in a wide range of genres. In the finals, he even took on hip hop through a LeeSsang song and ultimately came in possession of the winner’s trophy.
Upon his winning, Roy Kim said, “I think Superstar K is a real thankful program. I want to thank all the fans, staff and my parents who were able to let me come all this way. I want to kill two birds with one stone as I continue doing music and studying. I want to become a great musician.”
With his win, Roy Kim won 500 million won (with 200 million won going towards his album production) and will hold a stage at the upcoming 2012 MAMA on November 30 in Hong Kong with the stars. Viewers are curious to see to what new heights the singer-songwriter will soar.
Roy Kim began the show with the nickname as an ‘umchinah’ who would go on to win such praises from the judges as, ‘Because of his amazing vocal abilities, his face shines even more.’
With each episode’s stage, Roy Kim shared, “I don’t choose a song and then the stage concept for each performance but rather I choose the concept first then the song.”
In the show’s Super Week, he and Jung Joon Young gave birth to the hit track After Turning Into Dust and later his Healing is Needed song in the sixth round also charted high.
He shined just as much in the finals as he took on LeeSsang’s Whose Life is This For in a charismatic performance and even arranged the song’s rap lyrics into a new melody while displaying his explosive vocals.”
Roy Kim earned high marks from the judges scoring a total of 284 for his performance (Lee Seung Chul gave a score of 93, Yoon Mirae 96 and Yoon Gun 95) to come out on top of DickPunks. Lee Seung Chul, after Roy Kim’s performance, said, “Roy Kim has an ability to absorb and do well in any genre like a sponge. I think due to this he will receive a lot of love in the future.”
Yoon Gun shared, “Though it was a hip hop song, you did well in changing the genre and the rap’s lyrics to a new melody. I think you will be a long run artist”, while Yoon Mirae added, “With so many colors, I look forward to seeing you in the future.”
In the self-composition mission, Roy Kim unveiled the ballad Passing By to show his abilities as a singer-songwriter. With Roy Kim’s smooth singing, the track was enhanced by a guitar for the performance.
Yoon Gun said after the performance, “Like the original audition program it is, Roy Kim has enhanced Superstar K4. I’m completely looking forward to Roy Kim. I was at ease watching the performance like it was your encore stage at your concert.”
Lee Seung Chul added, “In the solo vs. band battle, Roy Kim held his own. Roy Kim’s music skills are remarkable. I think his will fueled his success.”
DickPunks, who aspired to be the show series’ first winning band settled for second.
For the band’s performance, the judges shared, “I think through Superstar K4 a ‘DickPunks’ genre will be born.” And despite not winning the show overall, many viewers looked forward to their bright career much like past second place musicians in the show’s history such as John Park and Busker Busker.
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