Nigerian K-POP team wins Grand Prize at K-Pop World Festival
Nigerian K-POP team ‘Pacific Starz’ who went to represent the country at the International K-Pop Festival in Korea after emerging winners at the Nigerian K-Pop Contest has won the grand prize and prize money of 12 Thousand US Dollars from ‘K-POP World Festival’ held on 30th Oct, Changwon, South Korea.
The group ‘Pacific Starz’ made up of five members performed the Korean POP song ‘Danger’ by K-POP star crew ‘BTS’ and prevailed over other participants.
Pacific Starz representing Nigeria won the second place of the K-POP Dance Competition Nigeria held in Abuja, on 1st August which was the preliminary stage towards the K-POP World Festival.
Organizers for the K-POP World Festival was surprised by high standard of Nigerian team who participated for the first time.
The 5th K-POP World Festival is organized by KBS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and Changwon City.
There were around 12,000 participants from 84 teams and 67 countries that participated for the global preliminary stage. Among them 14 teams (Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Finland, Morocco, Rumania, Ecuador, Japan, Philippine, United Kingdom, Mexico, Uruguay, Germany, Nigeria), 57 participants were selected for the final stage.
Audience judges comprising of Changwon citizens and expert judges comprising of producers, composer, choreographer scored participating teams based on singing, lyrics delivery, stage presence, choreography, and technique.
The contestants performed various K-POP songs from Shinee, 4minute, EXID, VIXX, BTS and AOA, Red Velvet, and the K-POP star crew representing K-wave, made special stage performance which did liven up the atmosphere of the festival.
According to the organizers, “KBS will broadcast live recordings of the K-POP World Festival to over 100 countries via KBS World in November. KBS also will be broadcasting the documentary ‘Behind story of K-POP World Festival’ this month which will feature participants stories from the global preliminary to the final stage in Korea.