It’s lastly time to look at six well-liked boy teams battle it out for the crown on Mnet‘s Kingdom: Legendary War. Ahead of the show’s premiere, chief producer Park Chan Wook revealed why every group was chosen for the lineup.
Before Kingdom, there was Road to Kingdom—a contest which pit seven underrated boy teams in opposition to one another to win a spot on the primary present. Pentagon, ONF, Golden Child, Verivery, Oneus, and TO1 (then generally known as TOO) all competed valiantly, however The Boyz finally got here out on prime with 35,000 dwell votes and over 95,000 factors complete.
That’s how they received their spot in Kingdom‘s lineup, however what concerning the different teams? Chief producer Park Chan Wook revealed all on the press convention.
First, he defined that ATEEZ was chosen as a result of its “a group with many global fans.” After promoting out their first US tour in simply half-hour, ATEEZ has change into identified amongst followers as one of many Okay-Pop teams that’s extra well-liked internationally than they’re in South Korea.
Next up, Stray Kids. Despite debuting in 2018, Park Chan Wook famous that Stray Kids have already got a number of movies with different 100 million views every. “God’s Menu” has reached over 200 million views to this point simply 9 months after release, whereas “Back Door” gathered 150 million views in six months. On prime of that, the Kingdom chief producer says Stray Kids was chosen as a result of you possibly can at all times “anticipate a mala taste [spicy] performance” from them.
Another well-liked group within the lineup is SF9. According to Park Chan Wook, SF9 was additionally chosen for efficiency expertise—specifically, their means to ship a “cool efficiency“. They’re identified for superior choreography and dancing skills, and even their cowl levels have reached as much as 2.5 million views on YouTube.
As for iKON, the chief producer referenced the group’s spectacular discography when explaining why they had been scouted for Kingdom. He described them as “an amazing team with many hit songs“, and he’s definitely not wrong. Who could forget chart-toppers like “Love Scenario”, “Apology”, and “Goodbye Road”?
Last however actually not least, there’s BTOB. Debuting in March 2012, BTOB is essentially the most senior group within the lineup with nearly a decade of expertise underneath their belt. But regardless of that, Park Chan Wook says “they [still] have tons they will present by way of their music“, which is why they had been chosen for the present.