RULES FOR ONLINE ROUND

ELIGIBILITY

  • Anyone interested in K-Pop.
  • No age restriction.
  • Korean Nationalities are not allowed to enter.
  • Indian Nationals currently living abroad can also participate, as long as they are able to attend the regional round in India.
  • Non-Indians (besides Koreans) can participate with the following conditions:
    Indians must comprise of 2/3rds of the Group. For example if there are 7 dancers in a group, 2 members can be Non-Indians and 5 must be Indian. Same goes for Vocal groups, in a group of 4 singers, 1 member can be Non-Indian and 3 must be Indian.
    However please note that solo vocal participants MUST be Indian.
  • Previous Grand Finale 1st prize winning teams are not allowed to enter and team members of those teams are not allowed to enter.
  • Participants can participate in both Vocal and Dance groups, but not more than one each.

GENERAL

  • Entries will be accepted from 16th April, 2018 11:00am (IST) till 14th May, 2018 11:59am (IST). No videos will be entertained after the deadline.
  • Multiple entries will not be entertained.
  • Any entry apart from K-POP will not be entertained (Music released after 2016 is recommended)
  • No English songs or English versions of Korean songs will be acceptable, even if performed by Korean artists.
  • One FULL song must be performed; there is no limitation on time.
  • K-Pop Contest 2018 India is a nationwide contest and participants can upload videos irrespective of whether their city is chosen as a regional round venue or not. Participants must apply to one region that they are currently based in/ nearest to.
  • Full names of all the members should be clearly mentioned in the registration form.
  • Direct point of contact provided in the registration form should be active with communication.
  • The number of members cannot be changed and members cannot be replaced under any circumstances, or else they will be disqualified.
  • In case of any invalid/misinformation or not fulfilling the criteria of the registration form will lead to disqualification.
  • The songs performed irrespective of the category must remain the same for all rounds and cannot be changed under any circumstances.

VOCAL

  • The number of vocalists in a group can vary within 1-4 only.
  • The K-pop Song should be covered 100% and freestyle is NOT allowed.
  • Rapping is allowed. Please note that in this case the selection criteria for vocalists will be utilized to mark your performance, and hence if you are confident in your rapping skills, and pronunciation, you may apply.
  • Studio recording is NOT allowed.
  • Merging of songs is NOT allowed.
  • Editing of videos in any form is NOT allowed.
  • Vocalists’ faces must be clearly visible in the video.
  • The number of back up dancers must not exceed 2.
  • The video's sound quality should be good.
  • Vocals should be audible.

DANCE

  • You MUST have the same number of group members as the idol group whose songs you will perform.
  • The K-pop Dance should be covered 100% and freestyle is NOT allowed.
  • Merging of songs is NOT allowed.
  • Editing of videos in any form is NOT allowed.
  • Dancers’ faces must be clearly visible in the video.
  • Video quality should be good.
  • Solo Dance is not allowed.

ONLINE SELECTION CRITERIA

VOCAL

  • Voice Ability - 60%
  • Expression and pronunciation - 20%
  • Stage Charisma - 20%

DANCE

  • Choreography (Composition, Uniformity) - 40%
  • Technique - 30%
  • Stage Charisma - 30%

RULES FOR REGIONAL ROUND

GENERAL

  • In case of exceptional talents in any region, the guest judge will have the authority to issue a wild card.
  • The number of members cannot be changed and members cannot be replaced under any circumstances, or else they will be disqualified.
  • Regional rounds will be held in 11 locations; with the condition that each region should have a minimum of 10 uploads to qualify for holding the regional round. If uploads in any region are below 10, the regional round will be shifted to the nearest region.   
    If your city is not one of the regional round venues, you must travel to the closest regional round venue to participate. 
    Locations chosen for Regional Rounds:
    • Delhi
    • Mumbai
    • Chennai
    • Kolkata
    • Patna
    • Bangalore
    • Odisha
    • Hyderabad
    • Mizoram
    • Manipur

VOCAL

  • Song(s) must remain the same as the uploaded video.
  • The performance should be the same as the uploaded video.
  • The number of vocalists must remain the same as uploaded video.
  • The number of back up dancers must not exceed 2.
  • No surprise element can be added in the regional round.

DANCE

  • Song(s) must remain the same as the uploaded video.
  • The performance should be the same as the uploaded video.
  • The number of dancers must remain the same as uploaded video.
  • No surprise element can be added in the regional round.

REGIONAL ROUND SELECTION CRITERIA

VOCAL

  • Voice Ability - 60%
  • Expression and pronunciation - 20%
  • Stage Charisma - 20%

DANCE

  • Choreography (Composition, Uniformity) - 40%
  • Technique - 30%
  • Stage Charisma - 30%

RULES FOR FINAL ROUND

GENERAL

  • In case of exceptional talents in any region, the guest judge will have the authority to issue a wild card.
  • The number of members cannot be changed and members cannot be replaced under any circumstances.

VOCAL

  • Song(s) must remain the same as the uploaded video.
  • A surprise element should last only 20 seconds and can only be done in the final round.
  • Special effects (Background video, lighting etc) will NOT be provided.
  • The number of vocalists must remain the same as uploaded video.
  • In case of unforeseen circumstances, replacing members will NOT be allowed. You may continue with fewer members. This is KCCI’s discretion, depending upon the severity of your circumstance.
  • The number of back up dancers must not exceed 2.

DANCE

  • Song(s) must remain the same as the uploaded video.
  • A surprise element should last only 20 seconds and can only be done in the final round.
  • The number of dancers must remain the same as uploaded video.

FINAL ROUND SELECTION CRITERIA

VOCAL

  • Voice Ability - 60%
  • Expression and pronunciation - 20%
  • Stage Charisma - 20%

DANCE

  • Choreography (Composition, Uniformity) - 40%
  • Technique - 30%
  • Stage Charisma - 30%

RULES FOR FINAL ROUND IN KOREA

  • Although it is not compulsory for dance teams to sing during the online round, Regional round or Grand Finale, it is a requirement for the ‘2018 K-Pop World Festival’ in Korea. 
    The winning team from the Grand Finale will be asked to perform once again after the event, this time while singing the lyrics to their selected song(s), and they will be recorded by the Korean Cultural Centre, which will determine their selection for ‘2018 K-Pop World Festival’. The Dancers must be able to sing the lyrics by heart while performing.
  • The nominated Vocalist(s) will be asked to perform a new song after the grand finale. 
    Their grand finale performance and the recording of the new song will determine their selection for ‘2018 K-Pop World Festival’.
  • In case of exceptional circumstances, it is KCCI’s discretion to nominate 2 dance groups from the ‘2018 World K-Pop Festival’ in Korea, instead of one vocal and one dance group. This is a rare exception where the vocal talent is deficient.