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MGM Television Teams With Korea’s SM Entertainment for U.S. K-Pop Competition Show

In the latest business deal to underscore the globalization of K-pop, MGM Worldwide Television Group is partnering with Korea’s SM Entertainment to develop a competition series to scout young American men to form a U.S.-based K-pop group.

To be more precise, the new boy group, NCT-Hollywood, will be the latest subunit of SM’s hit “concept” group NCT, a growing collective of members (currently numbering 23) who can be combined into various subunits: NCT 127 (Seoul-based), NCT Dream (originally a teen-only group) and WayV (China-based).

The talent search will be open to “America’s most talented emerging artists” who are males aged 13 to 25. Contestants will be flown to Seoul for K-pop bootcamp training at the SM campus, where each episode they will compete in dance, vocal and style tests and will be judged and mentored by SM founder Soo-Man Lee as well as various current NCT members.

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“I look forward to making an unconventional audition show that all music fans around the world can enjoy,” Lee said in a statement. “I hope the audience enjoys watching the journey of new stars being born in Hollywood, that will be promoted as NCT-Hollywood in the global market in the future.”

Plenty of K-pop artists have hailed from different nationalities and Asian ethnicities (NCT includes members who are Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean American and Korean Canadian), and competition shows to form new groups are a fixture of Korean television. However, a

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