K-Pop Star Hunt

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K-pop Star Hunt
K-Pop Star Hunt Season 3 logo.
GenreAudition, Music, Competition
Narrated byHye-kyeong An (Season 1)
Tony An (Season 2)
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean (Seasons 1-2)
Mandarin (Season 3)
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes8 episodes (Season 1)
12 episodes (Season 2)
8 episodes (Season 3)
Running time40-50 minutes per episode
Original networkChannel M (Southeast Asia) (Previously known as tVN Asia), Mnet
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
External links

K-POP Star Hunt was a regional competition that captured the popularity of Korean popular music (K-Pop) in Asia, and gave the Asian viewers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a K-Pop star.

K-pop Star Hunt was organized by CJ E&M and Fox International. The show was broadcast in southeast Asia by the main channel, Channel M (previously known as tvN Asia) and also other channels such as Star World Asia, Channel [V] and Mnet in South Korea.

K-pop Star Hunt Seasons 1 and 2 has worked with Cube Entertainment in searching for the next K-pop star. FNC Entertainment took over as the star hunter in Season 3.

The eventual winner of Season 1 was Sorn (Thailand),[1] while Season 2's winner was Ling Ling, also from Thailand. Andy of Taiwan was crowned as the winner for Season 3.


Year Season Winner Runner-up(s)
Thailand Chonnasorn Sajakul (Sorn) Philippines Rince Erich Cajucom (Rince)
Thailand Kawintida Sujindaporn (Ling Ling) Malaysia Khairul Najmuddin Bin Abu Samah (Erul)
Taiwan Su I-chin (Andy) Malaysia Putri Norizah Ibnor Riza (Putri)
Singapore Stephanie Koh Yi Xin (Steph)
Thailand Chananan Siriburee (Pik)

Season 1 (2011–2012)[edit]

K-pop Star Hunt Season 1 Official Logo

CJ E&M Asia and Fox International have joined forces with Cube Entertainment to produce a new show called, “K-Pop Star Hunt”, a survival program that will be carrying out auditions in popular cities around Asia to find the next potential Cube artist. Known as tvN K-pop Star Hunt: Cube Audition, the online audition started at the end of August.

The overall winner of tvN K-Pop Star Hunt: Cube Audition, will get an exclusive contract and 3-year training with South Korea's top record label Cube Entertainment, home to A-list pop groups BEAST, 4Minute and female artiste G.NA.

Countries that Season Auditions were held at:

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Taiwan

Contestants: (ages are at time of competition)

Contestant Nickname Age Country Audition Rank
Andy Lui Andy 15  Hong Kong Top 11
Chan Wing Tung Nicola 18  Hong Kong Top 11
Yu-Jeng Kuan Chris 17  Taiwan Top 11
Thidarat Rommaneeyapet June 14  Thailand Top 11
Charmaine Cubos Albino Meng 17  Philippines Top 11
Maressa Zahirah Maressa 22  Singapore Top 11
Charlene Cubos Albino Leng 17  Philippines Top 5
Tan Li Jun Jasmine Jasmine 16  Singapore Top 5
Ying-yan Chen Lucica 15  Taiwan Top 3
Rince Cajucom Rince 19  Philippines Runner-up
Chonnasorn Sajakul Sorn 15  Thailand Won


First Season Missions:

1ST MISSION: Master A K-Pop Song (Vocal)

  • Charmaine picked 2NE1's "I Don't Care",
  • Charlene picked CNBLUE's "I'm A Loner",
  • Nicola picked Girls' Generation's "Gee",
  • Andy picked F.T. Island's "Love Love Love",
  • Jasmine picked A Pink's "I Don't Know",
  • Maressa picked Beast's "Fiction",
  • June picked After School's "Because of You",
  • Sorn picked Davichi's "8282",
  • Lucica picked f(x)'s "Pinocchio"
  • while both Rince and Chris picked Taeyang's "Only Look At Me."

2ND MISSION: Catch Up With Beast and 4Minute (Dance)

  • Jasmine & Rince : Beast - SHOCK
  • Charlene, Sorn & Lucica : 4Minute - MUZIK

3RD MISSION: Duet With Trainee (Collaboration)

  • Sorn is paired with Lee Changseob (BtoB) to do "Timeless" by Xiah Junsu (JYJ) and Jang Ri-In (Zhang Li Yin),
  • Rince is paired with Kim Seo-Ae to do "We fell In Love" by Jo Kwon(2AM) and Ga-In (Brown Eyed Girls) and
  • Lucica is paired with Yook Sungjae (BtoB) to do "Troublemaker" by Trouble Maker (EP).

FINAL MISSION: Final Showdown (Vocal + Dance)

  • Rince's mission song: "I'm Sorry I Can't Smile For You" by 2AM and dance song: "Closer" by Ne-Yo
  • Sorn's mission song: "Because you are Mine" by G.NA and dance song: "Not Myself Tonight" by Christina Aguilera.

Season 2 (2012-2013)[edit]

Kpop Star Hunt Season 2 Official Logo

Following the phenomenally successful talent show of Season 1, K-pop Star Hunt Season 2 proudly announces Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam as the sixth, seventh and eighth auditioning country along with Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines.

The ultimate winner of K-Pop Star Hunt Season 2 will receive an intensive professional training for K-POP singer by CJ E&M and CUBE Entertainment, along with an album release and even a chance to make a debut stage appearance on 2013 MAMA, the leading international music award show in Korea.

Countries that Season Auditions were held at:

  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam
  • Malaysia
  • Japan

Contestants: (ages are at time of competition):

Contestant Nickname Age Country Audition Rank
Ngô Đặng Thu Giang Jane 22  Vietnam Top 16
Leona Ho Leona 18  Hong Kong Top 16
Tsai Chih-Ang Chih-Ang 27  Taiwan Top 16
Saika Maeda Saika 20  Japan Top 16
Shimali De Silva Shimali 13  Hong Kong Top 12
Anthea Wang Yi Thong Tia 16  Singapore Top 12
Isarapa Thawatpakdee Tarwarn 15  Thailand Top 12
Nguyễn Diệu Hương Trang Sammie 22  Vietnam Top 12
Rendy Lauwandy Rendy 20  Singapore Top 8
Nur Shazreen Binti Sharupidin Eryn / Ereene 18  Malaysia Top 8
Miku Ishida Miku 22  Japan Top 8
Tanya Tai Tanya 21  Taiwan Top 5
Liahona Flores Lia 15  Philippines Top 5
Sheila Eunice Ona Sam 21  Philippines Top 3
Khairul Najmuddin Bin Abu Samah Erul 20  Malaysia Runner-up
Kawintida Sujindaporn Ling Ling 15  Thailand Won

Second Season Missions:

SPECIAL MISSION: Runners-up Special Challenge

  • Chih-Ang (Taiwan) sang 2AM's "I Can't Let You Go"
  • Liahona (Philippines) sang 2NE1's "Ugly"
  • Jane (Vietnam) sang Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful"
  • Saika (Japan) sang Alicia Keys's "If I Ain't Got You"
  • Leona (Hong Kong) sang Duffy's "Mercy"
  • Tarwarn (Thailand) sang Taeyeon's "If"
  • Rendy (Singapore) sang Yesung's "It Has To Be You"
  • Erul (Malaysia) sang Yesung's "It Has To Be You"

1ST MISSION: My Best Song

  • Rendy picked Ra.D's "Mom"
  • Louise picked Tamia's "Almost"
  • Sam picked 2NE1's "It Hurts"
  • Erul picked K.Will's "Please Don't"
  • Shimali picked Taylor Swift's "Sparks Fly"
  • Ereene picked Wonder Girl's "So Hot"
  • Tia picked Jessie J's "Who's Laughing Now"
  • Tarwarn picked IU's "Secret"
  • Miku picked Baek Ji Young's "P.S I Love You"
  • Lia picked G.Na's "Because You're Mine"
  • Tanya picked Baek Ji Young's "That Woman"
  • Ling Ling picked Baek Ji Young's "That Woman"

2ND MISSION: Team Mission With BTOB

  • Sungjae Team: Miku, Tanya & Rendy performed 8Eight's "I Don't Have A Heart"
  • Eunkwang Team: Erul, Sam & Lia performed Jung Eun-ji & Seo In Guk's "All For You"
  • Chang-sub Team: Ling Ling & Ereene performed MC Mong & Lyn's "Letter To You"

3RD MISSION: Master A Song Chosen By Shinsadong Tiger"

  • Ling Ling mission song Shin Seung-hun's "I Believe"
  • Tanya mission song Davichi's "Don't Say Goodbye"
  • Lia mission song Davichi's "8282"
  • Erul mission song BEAST's "On Rainy Days"
  • Sam mission song Ailee's "I Will Show You"

FINAL MISSION: Song Of Your Choice & Favourite Performance

  • Erul song choice Kim Bum-Soo's "I Miss You" and favourite performance 2PM's "I'll Be Back"
  • Ling Ling song choice Sung Si-Kyung's "Hee Jae" and favourite performance Lee Hi's "1,2,3,4"
  • Sam song choice In Soon-Yi's "Goose's Dream" and favourite performance Dream High 2 OST's "Superstar"

Season 3 (2013-2014)[edit]

Kpop Star Hunt Season 3 Official Logo

The third season is organized by Channel M, a regional Asian Kpop channel jointly owned by CJ E&M and Fox International Channel, with fully training support from FNC Entertainment, one of the top music labels in Korea, which houses idol band groups, such as CNBLUE and FT ISLAND including Ace Of Angels (AOA) and soloist, Juniel, and produced by Singapore-based, award-winning television production company, The Moving Visuals Co. Singaporean airline Scoot has come on board as the title sponsor for this season.

The audition for Season 3 starts on August 1, 2013 for the first phase of online video submission.

The overall winner for the 3rd season will get an amazing benefits including a contract with CJ E&M and FNC Entertainment, intensive 6–12 months K-pop training in Korea, one collaboration song with one FNC artiste, solo debut in Korea and/or their native country, and participation in the 2014 Global M Countdown.

Countries that Season Auditions were held at:

  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Hong Kong
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia

Contestants: (ages are at time of competition)

Contestant Nickname Age Country Audition Rank
Elma Nathania Christy Elma 18  Indonesia Top 12
Chester Briones Chester 19  Philippines Top 12
Lau Chun Yu Water 25  Hong Kong Top 10
Nopphan Chantarasorn Mickey 15  Thailand Top 10
Chua Jia Hang Yvonne 24  Singapore Top 10
Li Ka Yan Aileen 23  Hong Kong Top 7
Thoo Foo Joe Ryan 24  Malaysia Top 7
Ardina Glenda Chrysilla Glenda 18  Indonesia Top 5
Chananan Siriburee Pik 18  Thailand Top 4
Putri Norizah Ibnor Riza Putri 22  Malaysia Top 4
Stephanie Koh Yi Xin Steph Micayle 21  Singapore Top 4
Su I Chin Andy 15  Taiwan Won

Third Season Missions:

1ST MISSION: Unleash Your Kpop Star Potential

  • Putri sang Ailee's "Heaven"
  • Chester sang Usher's "Oh My God"
  • Aileen sang Ailee's "I Will Show You"
  • Mickey sang Tiger Huang's
  • Ryan sang TVXQ's "Hug"
  • Andy sang Taeyang's "I Need A Girl"
  • Glenda sang Davichi's "Don't Say Goodbye"
  • Water sang Eason Chan's
  • Pik sang A Pink's "No No No"
  • Steph sang Cher Llyod's "Want Your Back"
  • Elma sang Taeyeon's "Missing You Like Crazy"
  • Yvonne's performance was not shown.

2ND MISSION: The Next Vocal Of K-pop

  • Water picked Bobby Kim's "Falling In Love Again"
  • Pik picked AOA Black's "MOYA"
  • Steph picked Lee Hi's "Rose"
  • Ryan picked 2PM's "Again and Again"
  • Glenda picked Zia's "Have A Drink"
  • Aileen picked Younha's "Password 486"
  • Yvonne picked BoA's "Only One"
  • Andy picked CNBLUE's "Love Light"
  • Mickey picked Henry's "Trap"
  • Putri picked Gummy's "There Is No Love"

3RD MISSION: You'll Never Walk Alone

  • Putri, Aileen, Glenda (Senoritas) - I Ain't Go Home Tonight (Navi)
  • Pik, Andy, Ryan, Steph (Ras-pect) - Better Together (Se7en)

4TH MISSION: The Total Package

  • Putri's music video Yoo Sung Eun's "Be Ok"
  • Andy's music video PRIMARY's "See Through"
  • Glenda's music video Baek Ji Young's "I Won't Love"
  • Pik's music video G.NA's "I Will Back Off So You Can Live"
  • Stephanie's music video Brown Eyed Girl's "Abracadabra"

5TH MISSION: The Grand Finale

  • Putri sang Gummy's "There Is No Love" and Leona Lewis' "Homeless"
  • Pik sang G.Na's "I Will Back Off So You Can Live" and TTS' "Twinkle"
  • Andy sang Taeyang's "I Need A Girl" and G-Dragon's "Crayon" and "Michigo"
  • Stephanie sang Lee Hi's "Rose" and Avril Lavigne's "Rock & Roll"

After the show[edit]


  • Sorn is with girl group CLC. She debuted in March 2015 under Cube Entertainment after 3 years of training.
  • Lucica is now a member of girl group A'N'D and also an actress in Taiwan.
  • Rince is a member of BASSIX in the Philippines.
  • Charlene and Charmaine are in a performance group called MILES in the Philippines.
  • Chris is a VJ with Channel V Taiwan and a TV host. He participated in Taiwan's Next Generations Season 2 with Jolin Tsai as his mentor.
  • Maressa does freelance acting on Singapore's MediaCorp Suria channel, and has appeared on MediaCorp Channel 5's On The Red Dot. She is currently an Editor.
  • Jasmine and Maressa with Tia (Season 2) and Yvonne (Season 3) formed a performance group called BLANCHE in Singapore.
  • June is a professional dancer in Thailand.
  • Nicola is now in London pursuing a degree in Fashion at School of Fashion & Design London.
  • Andy is now studying in a university in Canada. He is pursuing music now.


  • Ling Ling did her stage debut at 18th Asian Television Awards in Singapore on December 5, 2013. She is no longer undergoing the training by CJE&M. She is now back to her studies.
  • Erul gonna debut as "Next Pop star" with UNIVERSAL MUSIC MALAYSIA by 2015 & still work as TV Personality .
  • Sam is a trainee under Korean entertainment company Philippines branch, JU Entertainment.
  • Liahona is a model in Philippines and a trainee under Korean entertainment company Philippines branch, JU Entertainment.
  • Tanya participated in Super Idol Season 8 in Taiwan.
  • Rendy is a recording artiste in Indonesia.
  • Miku is in Japan and now married.
  • Ereene is studying at university in music course and also a dancer.
  • Tia with Maressa and Jasmine (Season 1) and Yvonne (Season 3) formed a performance group called BLANCHE in Singapore.
  • Tarwarn join a dance team in Thailand called L.A.M (Look At Me). And in 2017 she made a debut as BNK48 under Ignite Records in Thailand.
  • Sammie is now in Singapore pursuing a degree in Events Management and sometime joins performance group BLANCHE along Maressa, Jasmine, Tia and Yvonne.
  • Shimali is a student in high school.
  • Jane is a dancer in Vietnam. After joining a Vietnam - Korea co-operated survival show she has just made her debut as a solo singer.
  • Leona currently studying in university.
  • Saika currently studying in University of Pennsylvania.
  • Chih Ang sometimes performs on stage with a band.


  • Andy is a trainee under FNC Entertainment. He has solo debut in China with first single, "Puppy Love" under CJ E&M.
  • Putri is back in Malaysia and continue as independent artiste/singer. She gave birth to a baby girl in 2015.
  • Stephanie has moved to Sydney, Australia to pursue her English Music career.
  • Yvonne with Maressa and Jasmine (Season 1) and Tia (Season 2) formed a performance group called BLANCHE in Singapore.
  • Chester now performs as a member of a cover group called "SE7ENSINS" in the Philippines.


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