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‘Superstar K’ to be halted for now

By Korea Herald

Published : March 8, 2017 - 18:33

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Following an eight-year run, the popular singing audition program “Superstar K” will be taking a break.

“There is no ‘Superstar K’ in this year’s program lineup,” cable music channel Mnet said. 

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However, the company denied the rumor that it will not be continuing with the show. It is re-examining the show, leaving open the possibility of a title and format change, Mnet explained.

The show, which began in 2009, achieved record-breaking success for a cable program, drawing a viewership rating of 18.1 percent at its peak.

Its success led to a boom in audition programs among Korean broadcasters, who followed suit with “Star Audition: The Great Birth” (MBC), “K-pop Star” (SBS) and “TOP Band” (KBS).

“Superstar K” has produced many Hallyu stars, including Seo In-guk, Huh Gak, Busker Busker and Roy Kim. The rumor that the show might be cancelled came after a decline in viewership ratings, dipping below 2 percent for its latest season in 2016.

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