[Entertainment] YG Entertainment: WIN Who is The Next!

[Entertainment] YG Entertainment: WIN Who is The Next!

Trainees who dream of becoming a star spend day and night singing and dancing—their biggest goal is to make a ‘debut’. However, even after a successful debut, in the South Korean music market where tens of new groups are born every year, winning the hearts of the public as a true artist is practically impossible. No one can predict who will be successful, and there is no set formula for it either. Even YG Entertainment, the entertainment agency which produced BIGBANG and 2NE1, groups which each respectively brought about a paradigm shift in the music world in 2006 with its borderless popularity and changed the entire perception of girl groups, has not debuted a new group for the last 4 years. And the exact agency, YG, has returned finally in 2013 with the first boy group in 8 years since BIGBANG’s debut, named ‘WINNER’. But the members of the boy group has not been confirmed yet, as YG’s next boy group formation will be determined on a real survival battle program called WHO IS NEXT : WIN’ where only the real surviving team can seize the name ‘WINNER’ to make a debut. This is a real test to see who can remain alive in the dog-eat-dog pop music market. The most important aspect of this program is that the fait of ‘WINNER’ is dependent on the viewers. Even the founder of YG, YANG HYUN SUK, will only be giving brief advice to the contestants. He boldly chose to let the viewers decide completely to see who the true ‘WINNER’ is. ‘WIN’, which allows the public to participate even before a new group is formed properly, will create a battlefield for the 11 members who have been training at YG for a long time. The boys will be divided into Teams A and B for a fierce fight.

Team A, which consists of KANG SEUNG YOON, the recently debuted ex-contestant of Mnet’s Superstar K2 and LEE SEUNG HOON, the ex-contestant of K-Pop Star, have 5 members in total with the average age of 20. Team B has 6 members with the average age of 17, with the then boy rapper B.I. who featured in MC Mong’s ‘Indian Boy’ and Koo Jun Hoe, another ex-contestant of K-Pop Star.
The final winning team will seize the name ‘WINNER’ to make a debut immediately after the program finishes, while the losing team’s debut will be postponed indefinitely. ‘WIN’, a program that is to show the harsh and cold reality of the professional world, will depend completely on the viewers’ decision to choose the winning team. The battle program will keep everyone on their toes, as even YG will not find out the winner until the very end.

How the Program is Run
WIN’ is not an auditioning program with judges, but is a 100% real survival battle program where the viewers decide the final winner. From episodes 1 to 10, there will be 3 battles in total, and along with YG’s founder YANG HYUN SUK, other YG artists, producers and special guests will be participating in the process of the competition.

Online and mobile advance voting will be available from episodes that the battle begins, and the final battle, which is aired live, will allow viewers to use live text message voting system. The final winner is determined based on the tally from online/mobile advance voting and live text message voting combined. Further details on the voting method and dates will be announced later.

WIN Airing Information
In South Korea, the program will be aired every Friday on a relay on two different channels, at 10 p.m. on Mnet and 11:20 p.m. on tvN. The first episode will be aired at 10 p.m. on August 23 (Friday). The program consists of 10 episodes. The show will be broadcasted simultaneously on portal sites like Daum’s mobile webpage, also showing happenings of behind-the-scenes.  

The program will be aired overseas beginning from September 17, through channel V (part of the cable channels of START TV) and channel M (part of the cable channels of FOX) in 10 countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Maldives, and Macau. In China, the largest video-sharing website Youku will exclusively air the program.  

YG is negotiation with Arirang TV to air the show beyond Asia in 188 countries from mid September. Arirang TV will provide subtitle services including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Indonesian. The entertainment agency is also in the midst of negotiation with various national television in the Asian region and their cable channels. As seen from the effort, YG is preparing in earnest to show ‘WIN’ to a wider audience around the world.

Song Min Ho
TEAM A’s leader SONG MIN HO, experienced & talented rapper
March 30, 1993 “21 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Rooster, Aries, Blood Type A
Hobby: Writing & Composing songs, Drawing, Basketball
Specialty: Beat box, caricature

Kim Jin Woo
YG’s longest trainee, oldest of Team A, KIM JIN WOO the epitome of diligence
September 26, 1991, “23 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Sheep, Libra, Blood Type A
Hobby: Swimming
Specialty: Acting

Lee Seung Hoon
Team A’s mainstay for performance, artist LEE SEUNG HOON
January 11, 1992, “22 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Sheep, Blood Type A
Hobby: Writing songs
Specialty: Dancing

Nam Tae Hyun
Team A’s youngest NAM TAE HYUN, possessor of a mesmerizing voice
May 10, 1994 “20 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Dog, Taurus, Blood Type A
Hobby: Writing & Composing songs
Specialty: Martial Arts

Kang Seung Yoon
Team A’s all-rounder KANG SEUNG YOON, gone from an audition program star to YG’s trainee
January 21, 1994 “20 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Rooster, Aquarius, Blood Type B
Hobby: Writing & Composing songs, Drawing
Specialty: Billiard

Kim Jin Hwan
Team B’s oldest with powerful dancing skills & sentimental voice KIM JIN HWAN
February 07, 1994 “20 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Rooster, Aquarius, Blood Type A
Hobby: Looking at the night view, playing guitar
Specialty: Foreign language, swimming, playing trumpet

Team B’s clown KIM JI WON, the swagger guy who returned home to realize his dreams
December 21, 1995, “19 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Pig, Sagittarius, Blood Type O
Hobby: Basketball
Specialty: Swimming, Free-style Jamming

Indian Boy’s boy rapper B.I. now an adult! Team B’s charismatic leader, KIM HAN BIN
October 22, 1996 “18 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Rat, Libra, Blood Type O
Hobby: Taking a walk
Specialty: Writing & Composing songs, Beat Boxing

Song Yun Hyeong
The all-rounder with a sweet & charming voice, SONG YUN HYEONG
February 08, 1995 “19 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Pig, Aquarius, Blood Type A
Hobby: Cycling
Specialty: Exercising

Koo Jun Hoe
Persistence to realize his dreams! An individualistic & manly KOO JUN HOE
March 31, 1997 “17 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Ox, Aries, Blood Type A
Hobby: Collecting albums
Specialty: Nunchuks

Kim Dong Hyuk
Valedictorian & brainy KIM DONG HYUK! Team B’s zealous vocalist
January 03, 1997 “17 years old”, Chinese Zodiac Sign Rat, Capricorn, Blood Type O
Hobby: Playing piano, drum, guitar

Specialty: Basketball

WL Jack

Dr Jack Chan Wah Loong is the Head Of Medical Department and Internal Medicine Specialist in his current Hospital. Apart from medical related works, he is also a blogger, journalist and photographer since the year of 2008. He is also the chief editor for wljack.com, a website with a dedicated team of journalists that write coverage on Malaysia events and happenings since 2013.

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