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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
SuperstarK4.jpg
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)
Production
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
CJ E&M
Signal Entertainment Group (since 2016)[1]
Distributor CJ E&M Music and Live
Release
Original network Original
Mnet
Simulcast
tvN
International syndications
Mnet Japan
Mnet American
Previous
KM
tvN Asia (SE Asia; formerly Channel M)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 2009 – Present
External links
Website superstark.mnet.com
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.

Contents

SeasonsEdit

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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