On July 15th, Mnet‘s ‘Superstar K4‘ held its preliminary round of auditions at the SMC Conference & Function Centre in Sydney, Australia. After the auditions concluded, it was found that among the thousand or so contestants, 2NE1‘s “Lonely” was the most popular song to perform.
A representative from the program commented, “During the preliminary rounds, since we give missions based on mostly Korean songs, there were a lot of contestants in Australia who chose K-pop for their auditions.” He added, ”Among these participants, the song that was [performed] the most was 2NE1′s ‘Lonely’.”
He also discussed his impression of overseas auditions: “Perhaps it’s because of K-pop fever spreading across the world, but there were many people from abroad auditioning with songs by idols. It was to the point where it was hard to tell whether this was Korea or Australia just by listening to the songs.”
‘Superstar K4′ producer Kim Tae Eun stated, “Whenever preliminary rounds are held abroad, it’s fun to see a great diversity of participants audition and to compare the different countries’ musical styles and techniques by watching the individual performances.”
Back in April, ‘Superstar K4′ launched their auditions in the Jeju area, before proceeding on to seven other cities in South Korea, and abroad in New York and Los Angeles. ‘Superstar K4′, which is continuing its hunt for more diverse contestants, will start airing on August 17th at 11 PM KST.