Focusing on the friendship of the six groups on the survival show “KINGDOM”…supporting each other’s future

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A total of six groups, from BTOB to Stray Kids, competed against each other in the best way possible and forged friendships. Although there were some difficulties, such as a dancer’s infection with the Coronavirus, the passion they showed for the stage was enough to win applause from K-pop fans.

Mnet’s “KINGDOM : LEGENDARY WAR” (hereinafter referred to as “KINGDOM”), which began broadcasting on April 1, ended with the final competition on June 3.

Stray Kids won the first place after six groups competed. Throughout the competition, Stray Kids had maintained a high ranking with their high quality performance, high number of video views, global fans’ appreciation, and thick fan base.

After winning the first place, Stray Kids said, “We came to the stage with the intention of showing our various appearances and our cool looks as much as possible, and we prepared the stage with the goal of winning the first place and we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many people who loved the stage and showed interest. The biggest glory was that we were able to perform on stage with wonderful seniors and juniors. The memories we made with all groups were very precious, and based on the good memories, we will continue to run hard as Stray Kids.

During the live broadcast, the six groups expressed their gratitude, saying that they had gained and learned a lot through “KINGDOM,” regardless of the rankings. All of the groups took on various challenges through “KINGDOM” and were able to show off their new charms that they had never shown before.

KINGDOM’s itinerary was not without its difficulties. At the site of the first competition, the issue of fairness for the stage arose. It was alleged that the production team had provided some teams with expensive stage sets and props, despite the fact that the production team had originally proposed a maximum of 5 million won (about 4,480.13 USD) for stage production.

In response, the production team said, “Since this is our first competition, we set the production cost limit in order to coordinate the stages of the six groups, but we apologize for not taking the details into consideration. But denied that there was any special treatment for any particular group.

KINGDOM once again caused confusion when a dancer who participated on stage tested positive for the Coronavirus. In response, the production team and performers voluntarily underwent PCR testing. In addition, iKON’s Donghyuk, SF9’s Taeyang, and THE BOYZ’s Juyeon, who were classified as close contacts after preparing for the stage with a dancer who tested positive, were placed in voluntary quarantine. At the time, many netizens voiced their concerns about the system where even the dancers all went on stage without masks in a situation where many people gathered and the risk of infection was high.

However, in spite of all the difficulties, the results left by KINGDOM are clear. ATEEZ, who is still inexperienced in their activities, and SF9, whose members’ individual activities stand out, made their group names clear to the public, while BTOB, who debuted 10 years ago and joined the group of their own volition despite the opposition of those around them, proved their various charms by presenting new concepts each time, even in the absence of Hyunsik and Sungjae, who are serving in the military. They proved their various charms.

What doubled the fun of “KINGDOM” was the friendship of the six groups that broke down the boundaries of the groups and harmonized. iKON, a self-proclaimed “outsider,” formed friendships with SF9 and THE BOYZ, who teamed up on the unit stage in the first round of the third competition, and BTOB’s Eunkwang separated from Stray Kids’ Seungmin and ATEEZ’s Jongho, who are years his junior. BTOB’s Eunkwang showed his brotherly chemistry with Stray Kids’ Seungmin and ATEEZ’s Jungho.

At the final stage, the six groups expressed their disappointments at the end of the show, but also cheered for each other’s future. iKON’s Jinhwan said, “I think it was hard work for all of us. I hope they all have a bright future and I’ll be cheering for them from afar,” while Eunkwang said, “I felt like the five groups were my brothers. Thank you all for your hard work. With “KINGDOM” as the foundation, I hope that the six groups will walk together as the leaders of K-POP.”

Felix from Stray Kids also said, “I was nervous, but I was able to gain confidence. Chani from SF9 also said, “I’m really grateful. I think “KINGDOM” was a new turning point for me. I was really happy,” he said, expressing his regret at the end of the show.

The finale of “KINGDOM” was a heartwarming one, thanks to the efforts of the six groups who competed with a serious attitude. Earlier, the performers of “Queendom” and “Road to the Kingdom” benefited from the show’s success in terms of soundtrack and album sales after the broadcast, so there are high hopes for the future of the six groups as they use “KINGDOM” as a springboard to leap forward.

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