Survival Audition K-pop Star 4 (서바이벌 오디션 K팝 스타 시즌4) is a South Korean reality television competition show, a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup, along with Running Man. The fourth season of K-pop Star premiered on November 23, 2014, airing Sunday evenings at 4:50 pm KST.
Yang Hyun-suk, Park Jin-young, and You Hee-yeol will return as judges. Applications began being received in June, with preliminary auditions taking place in Seoul and throughout South Korea, as well as the United States, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong until September 2014.
The first season of K-pop Star
debuted on December 4, 2011 in the Good Sunday
timeslot in an effort to boost ratings. As a first in Korean audition history, the "Big 3" companies coming together to find and create the next K-pop Star
became a hot topic. Thousands of applicants applied to have a shot at becoming the next big thing in K-Pop
. A collection of talented contestants with different skills and backgrounds, as well as the interesting comments and evaluations from the judges proved to catch viewers attention, becoming a ratings success.
The winner, Park Ji-min
, and runner-up Lee Ha-yi
, went on to become successful singers in the K-Pop industry, with other contestants debuting and in the process of debuting as well.
The success of season one sparked the renewal of the show for season two. The second season first aired on November 18, 2012 and featured a similar format with the same judges and hosts. The ratings for this season were not as high as the previous season, but still remaining on the top of its timeslot. Contestants this season were criticized for not being as talented or interesting as the previous season, as well as large disagreements between viewers and the judges opinions. A downtrend of audition programs in South Korea are also a cause for the decrease in popularity and ratings.
Despite a decline in popularity and ratings, the show was renewed for a third season, first aired on November 24, 2013. With the changes in judges for the third season, changes to the format occurred, including the choice of company for debut to be made immediately on the live finale.
Survival Audition K-pop Star 4
(서바이벌 오디션 K팝 스타 시즌4
) is a South Korean reality televisioncompetition show, a part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup, along with Running Man. The fourth season of K-pop Starpremiered on November 23, 2014, airing Sunday evenings at 4:50 pm KST. Yang Hyun-suk, Park Jin-young, andYou Hee-yeol will return as judges. Applications began being received in June, with preliminary auditions taking place inSeoul and throughout South Korea, as well as the United States, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong until September 2014.