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Superstar K3 Fans: Beware of Netizen Spoilers

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2011.09.15 14:48 Mwave Choe, MinJi

Two weeks before the big reveal of the finalists on Mnet’s Superstar K3, the show’s producers are at war with netizens over spoiler rumors spreading online.


Netizens have taken the definition of six degrees of separation to new heights. Citing their “friend’s friend’s father’s acquaintance” and the “nephew of a friend of a friend” as sources, netizens have been busily posting speculative reports regarding the show’s finalists on several online community message boards.

Superstar K3 Fans: Beware of Netizen Spoilers

Superstar K3 Fans: Beware of Netizen Spoilers

Superstar K3 Fans: Beware of Netizen Spoilers

The netizens have even taken to the contestants’ mini-homepages as well as their Twitter and Facebook pages to dig up clues on who made the cut. Knowing the finalists are prohibited from using their cell phones and the Internet during the competition, netizens have been checking the dates and the content of the contestants’ posts on these various platforms to predict who was eliminated.


As a result, the producers of Superstar K3 are devoting more attention to managing these speculative reports than they did in previous seasons.


One producer revealed, “The way in which the producers deal with such issues has evolved since the show began two years ago. For one, the producers have begun monitoring related message boards and the mini-homepages of contestants who have grabbed the attention of the netizens. However, in order to prevent information from being leaked out from the inside, not just the judges who participated in Super Week, but the entire staff are being very careful.”


The producer continued, “To be honest, when I see the posts, I often think that the netizens’ reasoning is incredible. However, it’s important to note that nothing is 100 percent true.” He added, “The producers are dealing with the issue happily, recognizing that it is an expression of the netizens’ affection for, and interest in, the show.”


Meanwhile, the Super Week episodes of Superstar K3 will air on September 16 and 23, while the live broadcasts will begin on September 30 and run for seven weeks till November 11.


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