After another intense battle?between some of the most talented undiscovered singers in the country -- and then some, Superstar K Season 2 has finally come to an end. Congratulations to the new winner, Heo-gak!
Mnet aired the last episode for the competition on?October 22nd where the performances were held live at Seoul's Kyung-hee University's Peace Auditorium. Heo-gak has earned the opportunity to release a self-titled debut album, proving he has that something extra that other contestants such as John Park, Jang Jae-in, Kang Seung-yoon, etc. didn't have. However, Superstar K is only one of many hurdles awaiting the singer. Now that the contest is over, he will?enter the bigger pond where the competition is even more fierce.
The plan is that Heo will start prepping for his debut album around early November. The agency heading all of this will of course be Mnet. Employing some of the top producers and agents, songs that fit the singer will be chosen to be featured on the album. However, regarding which agency will be chosen to personally represent Heo That has yet to be decided upon.
But what about the other contestants that are arguably, just as talented John Park is slowly but surely narrowing down his agency options. He's being described as a talent that has the potential for?a more glitzy, image-strong?star status. Out of his options, one agency in particular is eyeing out John's potential for doing double-duty : singing and acting. The other agency is a bigger fish in the k-pop scene and thus is pushing for stronger singing promotion.
As for Jang Jae-in, she's being more noted for her vocal skills. Many musicians have been reportedly contacting her for future collaborations.
One of the contestants garnering the most interest is Kang Seung-yoon. He's considered to have the total package : looks, unique vocal style, and mass-appeal. He's already seen notable success after releasing a remake of Yoon Jong-shin's "Through Instincts". The song has climbed into the top tier of music charts.
As stage-saavy and talented these contestants may all have appeared through the series, experts are worried that their lack of intense "star training" will be obvious when lined up side-by-side with other "professional" stars. To compare a few months of training through the Superstar K contest to the seven years of intense training that most idol group stars are required to undergo would be unfair. The kpop fans are eager to see if the talents that won these contestants a spot on the popular show will be enough to get them through the "real world" of the kpop industry.