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Agencies Showing Interest in Eliminated ′K-Pop Star′ Contestants

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2012.02.22 17:18 Mwave Kim, JiYeon Translation Credit : Ju Ahn Lee

SBS′ widely popular talent show, K-Pop Star (produced by Park Sung Hoon), has been getting a lot of buzz lately, and not just from viewers. The contestants’ extraordinary musical talents have also caught the attention of music agencies. Due to their increasing interest in the show’s eliminated contestants, SBS had to remind music industry insiders that the contestants were all prohibited from singing an exclusive contract for up to four months after their elimination.

Agencies Showing Interest in Eliminated ′K-Pop Star′ Contestants

A rep from an agency met with our reporter and said, "K-Pop Star contestants are more talented than their counterparts in MBC′s The Great Birth. As such, the competition behind the scene (to sign the eliminated contestants) is intensifying between music agencies."

However, he added, "The process is challenging because all the K-Pop Star contestants signed a contract forbidding them from singing another exclusive contract with a music agency for four months after their elimination.”

PD Park Sung Hoon recently sat down with our reporter and said, "There is no doubt our contestants are attracting strong interest from the music agencies. However, as the show is still on the air, I must respectfully ask them (music agencies) to refrain from any contract-related dealings with our disqualified contestants.”

Another music official who requested to remain anonymous said, "There were many exceptionally talented contestants who were eliminated from K-Pop Star. The remarkable level of talent was likely due to the presence of SM, JYP, and YG; arguably the three biggest talent agencies in the music industry. While the interest in the eliminated contestants remains high, the (music agencies) are being asked to refrain from approaching contestants for the next four months.” Thus, any contract agreements would have to done in a veil of secrecy.

Furthermore, agencies would risk getting on the bad side of SBS if word got out that they approached a contestant. However, their interest is a welcome sign to all the eliminated contestants in K-Pop Star as it could lead to another opportunity for them to showcase their musical talents.

Photo credit: SBS

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