Move over “American Idol” and NBC’s “The Voice” cuz there is a new music competition show with a K-pop twist in the works. Chart-topping K-Pop group, NCT, has new members on the horizon thanks to “Survivor” and “Celebrity Apprentice” producer, Mark Burnett. Burnett along with MGM television are teaming up with mega K-pop producer and founder of SM Entertainment Soo-Man Lee. NCT is looking to America via an all-new K-Pop music competition series to embark on a nationwide hunt to find its newest members.
The competition show is opened to young men between the ages of 13-25. It will showcase America’s most talented emerging artists compete against each other to win a coveted spot in the NCT Universe. Those lucky and chosen few will be sent to Seoul, South Korea to attend K-Pop bootcamp at the SM Campus. Once in Seoul, contestants will compete in challenges designed to test their dance skills, vocals, and style. They will also be judged and mentored by legendary K-Pop producer Soo-Man Lee as well as a variety of current NCT superstars.
“K-Pop is more than a genre of music; it’s a cultural phenomenon and we’re so excited to partner with the incredible Soo-Man Lee and the team at SM to bring K-Pop to the US!,” Burnett said. Producer Soo-Man Lee added, “I look forward to making an unconventional audition show that all music fans around the world can enjoy.” Soo-Man Lee also added that there could be a new NCT sub-group, saying, “I hope the audience enjoys watching the journey of new stars being born in Hollywood, that will be promoted as NCT-Hollywood in the global market in the future.”
NCT is currently comprised of 23 members from across the globe, who also make up the sub-groups NCT 127, NCT DREAM, and WayV. They have performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the Macy’s “Thanksgiving Day Parade.”