The ever-growing K-pop group NCT is looking for new members, and the world will be watching.
MGM Television and its chairman Mark Burnett have officially signed a partnership with producer Soo-Man Lee and Korean powerhouse SM Entertainment to develop a K-pop reality competition series aimed at finding the newest members of supersized group NCT. The band currently comprises of 23 members, who make up the sub-groups NCT 127, NCT DREAM, and WayV.
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The new boy group NCT-Hollywood, which will be curated fresh off the upcoming K-Pop competition floors, will be the latest subunit of SM’s hit “concept” group NCT – who can be combined into various subunits: NCT 127 (Seoul-based), NCT Dream (originally a teen-only group) and WayV (China-based). The competition will be opened to all individuals, from ages 13 to 25, aspiring to be part of a K-pop group in America.
The contestants however will be brought over to South Korea and will be trained at a K-pop Bootcamp at the SM campus, which will feature heavily on the series wherein each episode, they will compete in dance, vocal, and style tests and will be judged and mentored by SM founder Lee Soo-man as well as various current NCT members.
Soo-Man Lee and SM Entertainment have developed numerous K-pop stars over the years and are known for creating the Korean wave, otherwise known as Hallyu, with artists such as H.O.T., BoA, Super Junior, Girls Generation and more.
*Cover image credits: Twitter @NCTsmtown_DREAM