When someone auditions for ‘KPOP STAR’, surviving until the TOP 10 seems to be a goal as important as winning the show. In these five seasons, many contestants mentioned in their interviews that their dream was to make it to TOP 10.
On the last episode (February 21st), the TOP 10 from season 5 have been chosen, and now it’s time that you get to know them. Here we go!
This group who consists of Joyce Lee, Kim Yerim, Denise Kim and Yuyu Liu (who was added later to the group, adding the “S” to their original name) was formed during the program, but already acts like a professional group.
Never once before in the history of ‘KPOP STAR’ we had seen such a perfect harmony and vocal power from such different girls. They soon conquered the judges’ hearts and were able to beat strong candidates and make it to the TOP 10.
Lee Soo Jung
Emotion is something that the judges from ‘KPOP STAR’ take a lot in consideration in the show, and this season’s emotion trophy surely goes to Lee Soo Jung. She first impressed everyone in the team mission with Jung Jin Woo, and later with Yoo Jay.
Soo Jung made her way into the TOP 10 with the “greatest stage of all time”, when she performed ‘Lies’ from g.o.d. Her performance was so touching that she ended up crying at the end.
Lee Si Eun
Li Si Eun was one of Yoo Hee Yeol’s bets and she surely made him proud by making it to TOP 10. Known by her strong vocals, Si Eun advanced through all the missions so far despite facing some difficulties.
Her weak point, according to the judges, is that she lacks emotion, and even though they don’t think she has overcome that yet, they gave her the first place in her group during the battle audition.
This outstanding and unique girl came from the same city of season 4’s winner Katie Kim and resembles Katie a lot. They both talk slowly, don’t get JYP’s jokes, and have incredible vocal skills. She’s one of the judges favorite choices for this seasons’s winner.
Yoo Jay started the show as a very shy girl with stage fright, but was able to overcome her weakness and conquer her place in the TOP 10.
Woo Ye Rin
Ye Rin was the first performer of the season and already left us all breathless by passing with Yoo Hee Yeol’s wildcard. With both singing and composing skills, she advanced through the next phases and was casted by Antenna Music with her partner Ahn Ye Eun, but as separated artists.
She surprised everyone with multiple skills in the battle audition and got first place in her group, making it to TOP 10. Will the first performer end up winning this season?
Joo Mi Yeon
Joo Mi Yeon found a place in the judges’ hearts since the beginning, and in the audience’s as well. She performed with Lee Si Eun in the team mission and soon became known by her voice that already sounds like a drama OST.
In the battle audition, she didn’t get first place in her group, but was able to make it to TOP 10 during the re-match, when she sang Lee Sora’s ‘I’m Happy’.
Jung Jin Woo
Another of the judges’ favorite contestants, Jung Jin Woo is on ‘KPOP STAR’ for the second time: he was on the show’s third season, but was eliminated before the TOP 10. His strongest point are his composition skills, but he came to light during his touching performance with Lee Soo Jung in the team mission.
This season, despite being one of the strongest contestants, he didn’t get first place in the battle audition, but was able to pass during the re-match and is now part of the TOP 10.
Park Min Ji
With a sweet voice made for ballads, Min Ji touched everyone’s hearts since the beginning of the season. She performed with Kim Sa Ra and Choi Ji Eun in one of the best performances of the show.
Through an outstanding performance, she was able to win the judges heart during the re-match and finally made it to TOP 10.
Papa YG was the first to notice Sophie Han’s talents, and she was the only one from her group who survived the team mission. She was then placed with Park Ka Kyung and casted by JYP Entertainment.
She made it to TOP 10 after the re-match on Episode 14, when she sang IU’s ‘Friday’ and impressed everyone in the audience.
Ahn Ye Eun
Ye Eun’s story in ‘KPOP STAR’ is very similar to Katie Kim’s. She didn’t stand out much in the beginning, and hadn’t even appeared in the cameras until the casting audition. But as like how Katie had Papa YG, Ye Eun had Yoo Hee Yeol, who believe in her from the beginning and kept betting on her.
She first appeared in the show in her performance of IU’s ‘Red Shoes’ with Woo Yerin, and then conquered the love of the audience. With her unique voice and extremely different way of singing, she was able to make Hee Yeol proud by making it to TOP 10.
All TOP 10 contestants are really strong this season, and there’s no way to know who will win, but what are your guesses? Vote below in your favorite artist from ‘KPOP STAR 5’ and let’s see if you got it right when the show ends!
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Edited by: Jae Alexander