Along with the famous Korean TV station KBS, many important Korean officials and businesses united to present the 5th Annual Kpop World Festival Contest in Mexico.
The purpose of the event is to allow both Koreans and Mexicans the opportunity to perform onstage in a competition presented by the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico City. Contestants can sing or dance to any K-pop songs and routines. After the contest, winners are announced and given prizes. However, the first place winner then proceeds to the next stage of the contest- going against 40 other winners from around the world. Out of this large group, only 13 are selected as the finalists and are given a trip to Korea in order to perform onstage in the large 2016 WORLD KPOP FESTIVAL in Seoul.
Due to the opportunity to perform onstage in the competition and for such an amazing grand prize as performing in the large, well-known World Kpop Festival in Seoul, many people applied as contestants and gave it their all on the stage.
In addition to the contest though, the event was a push to bridge the gap between the Mexican and Korean cultures. A huge number of Koreans have immigrated to Mexico, so the Korean embassy and other organizations are eager to share their own culture with Mexico and teach the locals about their music, food, society and culture.
What The Kpop was at the event to get the scoop on the competition and to see how the Korean officials are reaching out to the Mexican community. Check out the pictures below!
Metropolitan Theater: Venue of the Festival
These amazing friends were there to give us the welcome!
The event sponsors: Samsung and the Korean Cultural Center
Once inside the venue, everyone was ready to Kpop!
The stage was also ready for the participants!
His Excellency, South Korean Ambassador in Mexico, Chun Bae Ho opening the event !
Director of The Korean Cultural Center in Mexico, Seo Nam Gyo, giving the welcome to all !
It was finally time to start the competition!
The judges: Journalist Tábata Jalil from TV Azteca, Journalist Janet Mérida from El Universal Newspaper
and teachers from The K-Pop Academy of Mexco!
THE WINNERS – Song Category
The talented “Haru Haru” girls won First Place for the singing portion of the contest.
“Jess” won the Second place !
THE WINNERS – Dance Category
The boys from “Cronosis” won first place- they did an amazing cover of BTS’ hit song “Danger.”
Co-ed group “AF Team won second place!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER FOR THE ENTIRE CONTEST
The boys from the group “LGND” won The Grand Prize! They gave a truly amazing performance as they danced to Shinhwa’s song “This Love!” They guys will now advance to the next round , therefor getting one step closer to the main stage of the Kpop World Festival in Seoul. CONGRATULATIONS!! We hope LGND is able to advance through the next round and becomes a finalist. We at What The Kpop are cheering for their victory!
With a final farewell and goodbyes to the participants in the festival, it was officially
the end of another successful Kpop World Festival Contest in Mexico.
Congratulations to all the festival winners- your performances were amazing and the WTK team was happy to see you all onstage!
We will keep readers informed of the final competition results and wish the best of luck to all the finalists that will be participating in the Kpop World Festival in Seoul in October.
We would like to extend our thanks to the Korean Embassy in Mexico, as well as to the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico for kindly inviting What The Kpop to be part of the coverage for the event. To connect with the Korean Cultural Center in Mexico, click here to be redirected to their website.
MeiZu0606 is a writer for What The Kpop and lives in Mexico. As such, she covers many Kpop events in Mexico City and has been able to attend various press events for groups like U-Kiss, MBLAQ, EXO-K, Girl’s Day, B.A.P and more. She has been a fan of K-pop for a long time and her bias group is SS501. However, she also likes other groups like BTS and SEVENTEEN!
Picture Credits: Eundan for What The Kpop