The next BigBang, chosen by fans
THE fans have spoken: The winner of YG Entertainment's reality-TV contest WIN: Who Is Next? is Team A.
The finale concluded on Friday night during the show's live final-battle performances, which aired on Mnet, with Team A (Kang Seung Yoon, Song Min Ho, Nam Tae Hyun, Lee Seung Hoon and Kim Ji Woo) receiving the majority of the fans' votes and taking the crown over the younger boy-band members of Team B (B.I., Bobby, Gu Jun Hoe, Kim Jin Hwan, Song Yoon Hyeong and Kim Dong Hyuk).
"The winner will make their official debut with a single and a music video and they will be the opening act of BigBang's upcoming dome tour in Japan," said YG chief executive Yang Hyun Suk at a press conference that was held before the live finale.
SK Handball Olympic Stadium was filled with eager fans that night as the teams took to the stage with three routines each that included performances of each group's self-composed songs.
The final act of the night was a dramatic and emotional original-track performance - with lyrics about having no regrets even if the day ends in a loss - by Team B, leaving bandmates, Mr Yang and the audience teary-eyed.
The members of Team A will soon be able to drop their title as trainees and will be referred to by the group's pre-determined band name, Winner.
And despite Team B's loss, YG on Monday released a four-track EP of the finale show which includes the original songs from both teams.
WIN: Who Is Next?, which premiered on Aug 23 with 10 weekly episodes featuring the two groups going head-to-head in a number of song battles and dance challenges, is the agency's latest pet project to determine which of its two boy-bands-in-training would make an official debut and which one would have to break up.
Mr Yang stated that the programme's intention was to see which boy band in the making had what it took to become the agency's next "BigBang".
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK