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Superstar K (Korean: 슈퍼스타 K) is a South Korean television talent show series which is held yearly. First held in 2009, Superstar K has increasingly gained more attention, considered the biggest audition program in South Korea. Superstar K's concept involves that of finding the next "superstar," with the winner each week determined with a combination of the scores given by judges and votes from viewers.

Superstar K
Superstar K title card (2012–present)
Judges Lee Seung-chul (2009-2014)
Lee Hyori (2009)
Yang Hyun-seok (2009)
Yoon Jong-shin (2010-2011, 2013-2015)
Uhm Jung-hwa (2010)
Yoon Mi-rae (2011-2012)
Psy (2012)
Lee Ha-neul (2013)
Baek Ji-young (2014-2015)
Sung Si-kyung (2015)
Kim Bum-soo (2014-present)
Gummy (2016-present)
Gil Seong-joon (2016-present)
Kim Yeon Woo (2016-present)
Brave Brothers (2016-present)
Ailee (2016-present)
Han Sung Ho (2016-present)
Theme music composer Hajak
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 110
12 (Superstar K1)
14 (Superstar K2)
14 (Superstar K3)
15 (Superstar K4)
15 (Superstar K5)
14 (Superstar K6)
14 (Superstar K7)
12 (Superstar K 2016)
Location(s) Initial auditions: Various locations in Korea, China, USA, and later Australia
Running time 80 - 90 minutes (regular)
48 - 169 minutes
Production company(s) CJ E&M Music and Live
Signal Entertainment Group (since 2016)[1]
Distributor CJ E&M Music and Live
Original network Original
International syndications
Mnet Japan
Mnet American
tvN Asia (SE Asia; formerly Channel M)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 2009 – Present
External links
Korean name
Hangul 슈퍼스타 K
Revised Romanization Syupeoseuta K
McCune–Reischauer Syup‘ŏsŭt‘a K

The show received immense popularity for its first three seasons, discovering popular acts such as Seo In-guk, Huh Gak, John Park, Ulala Session and Busker Busker, and reached its peak in ratings in its fourth season with Roy Kim and Jung Joon-young as its forefront. The show saw a decline in popularity and ratings starting from its fifth season. The eighth season of Superstar K broke with tradition and abandoned the series number in its name, and was instead called Superstar K 2016.

Traditionally, the award winner of each season is given the chance to perform at the Mnet Asian Music Awards as well as receive other prizes.



Winning contestantsEdit

Year Season Winner Runner-up
2009 Superstar K1 Seo In-guk Joo Moon-geun
2010 Superstar K2 Huh Gak John Park
2011 Superstar K3 Ulala Session Busker Busker
2012 Superstar K4 Roy Kim DickPunks
2013 Superstar K5 Parc Jae-jung Park Si-hwan
2014 Superstar K6 Kwak Jin-eon Kim Feel
2015 Superstar K7 Kevin Oh Cheon Dan-bi
2016 Superstar K 2016 Kim Young Geun Lee Ji Eun


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