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What You Need To Know About Popular South Korean Music Shows On Viu

They play a big part in the entertainment industry.
IMAGE SBS/Inkigayo, MBC/King Of Masked Singer

Music shows are a big part of the entertainment industry. In the West, singing competitions are a hit—shows like America’s The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent even spun various versions all across the globe. One of the biggest boy bands in this generation, One Direction, started out as mere contestants on The X Factor. In South Korea, particularly, Korean music shows play a special role in the booming K-pop industry.

Idol groups securing their first win and rookie idols getting to debut on music shows are special moments for both the artists and fans. Boy group BTS debuted in South Korea with their song “No More Dream” on MNET’s M! Countdown in 2013 and secured their first music show win on SBS MTV’s The Show in 2015 with the song “I NEED U,” both of which are considered special moments by the now-global artists.

Aside from music shows, competitions revolving around singing are gaining widespread popularity as well. In South Korea, music competitions have stepped up from the regular talent showcase style we often see. They have introduced newer and more creative formats that even other countries have started to secure franchises to these shows.


Below, we list down five of the most commonly known Korean music shows that are available for streaming on Viu.

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King Of Mask Singer

Network: MBC

The King of Mask Singer has an American spinoff called The Masked Singer, but it’s actually originally a South Korean program. It’s a singing competition where contestants go on stage to perform a song wearing masks in order to hide their identities. Each week, a new winner, or king, is declared. The king is determined through three different rounds, and whoever makes it to the last round gets to challenge last week’s king for the crown.

K-pop group members and solo artists have both participated in the singing competition, which is a refreshing way for fans to see their idols performing other artists’ songs. Here's one popular idol singing Bigbang's "If You." You'll have to watch the full episode if you want to know who he is!


Watch King of Mask Singer here.

I Can See Your Voice

Network: Mnet

I Can See Your Voice is another interesting concept for a music competition. Originally from South Korea, it also has spinoffs in different countries like Bulgaria, China, the Netherlands, and even the Philippines (hosted by Luis Manzano and aired on ABS-CBN).

The concept is basically to have selected performers lip sync a song on stage complete with a production number, and panelists will have to use their expertise and skills in observation to guess whether they’re actually ~good~ in singing or are just really good at faking it. After voicing out their opinions and deliberations, the participants will perform the same piece using their real voice to find out whether they're the real deal or not. If you were a fan of the local adaptation of this music game show, try watching the OG version, too!


Watch I Can See Your Voice here.

Music Bank

Network: KBS

Music programs in South Korea are aired once a week. K-pop idols can go on various music shows to perform and promote their new songs and a winner is determined every week. The system for choosing winners varies per music show, however, so the song that won in one music show may not necessarily get the same result in another music program.  

Music Bank is one such show where idols get to showcase their new tracks and concepts. It airs every Friday in South Korea and gets idols and actors alike for its changing set hosts. One fan-favorite set of hosts was K-drama actor Park Bo Gum and K-pop idol Irene from Red Velvet.

According to Soompi, winners on Music Bank are determined by combining 65 percent of digital, 5 percent physical album sales, 20 percent broadcast points, and 10 percent viewer panel survey.


Watch Music Bank here


Network: SBS 

Inkigayo is another music show where idols get to perform onstage, and it airs every Sunday. “Inkigayo” in Hangul literally translates to “popular music.” It is also hosted by two to three idols for a period of time. One set of hosts that grew really popular among fans was the trio of GOT7’s Park Jinyoung, Blackpink’s Jisoo, and NCT 127’s Doyoung, collectively called JinJiDo. The three ended up hosting the show for a full year before parting ways. 

Winning on Inkigayo entails a combination of 50 percent from digital, 4.5 percent from physical album sales, 31.8 percent from social networking sites, 4.5 percent from pre-votes, and 9 percent from on-air plays in SBS programs.

Watch Inkigayo here.


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Eren Rodriguez 21 hours ago

This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.

“God’s Gift”

On a platform we stand

Faces seen all in a blur

Relentless searching led by a spur

To find someone, to feel something

Aren’t we fools to waste away time?

To look for one man’s treasure

Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile

As a bond built in crime

But aren’t we just like every weary heart?

Hoping for an oasis

In the midst of the desert

Wanting to quench our thirst

Aren’t we all like frosted windows

Of old and battered houses on winter?

Wishing for the sun to give us warmth

To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made

Aren’t we maven pretenders?

A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?

A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?

Let down the walls, It’ll be okay

Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating

Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,

Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end

Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear

Realization dawning as loud as a thunder

As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber

Waking up from this reverie

Truth slapped me back to reality

Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see

Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free

From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,

What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April

We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked

Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey

What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower

Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss

Unbounded joy brought by your presence

Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven

Now the heart weeps for evanescence

A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain

But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .

Written by me, the one-shot story

Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________


It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked  the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.

"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.

"What size?" she asked.

"Small." I said.

Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.

Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad.  I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.

"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.

"Yes. Thank you." I said.

"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.

"Oh thanks." I said .

"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.

I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.

And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....

I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.

Belley Marie 21 hours ago


One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.

It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!

Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?

Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020

Gwyneth Bacani 22 hours ago
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