12:45pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Amazon Sets K-Pop Competition Series (Exclusive)
Amazon is launching its first competition series.
The streamer is in negotiations to order K-POP: The Search for the Next K-POP Superstar, a global competition docuseries that looks for the next K-pop breakout. From A. Smith & Co. Productions and Cheyenne Enterprises, the series will follow aspiring K-pop performers from around the world as they compete for a recording contract with a major music label.
Contestants will work on their singing, dancing, acting and style on the show. They also will have the chance to travel to South Korea to participate in an immersive Korean language program so they can learn to sing in the language if they don't already know it. A panel of judges and mentors will preside over weekly training and performances and will send home anyone who’s not cutting it.
The series will be executive produced by Arthur Smith (Hell’s Kitchen, American Ninja Warrior) and Toby Gorman (American Idol) for A. Smith & Co. Productions, Arnold Rifkin (Live Free or Die Hard) for Cheyenne Enterprises, Mighty Loud Entertainment's Jesse James Dupree and CJ Entertainment's Justin Lee.
K-POP: The Search for the Next K-POP Superstar marks the streaming service's continued push into reality programming. It joins the recently renewed football docuseries All or Nothing and big-budget motoring show The Grand Tour, among others.