Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The mind-boggling scope of Korea's American Idol

A staggering 4 percent of the population of South Korea auditioned in 2012 for Superstar K, Korea's biggest televised singing competition. That's 2.08 million would-be K-pop stars competing in a single year in a country with a population of 50 million. By contrast, even the behemoth American Idol only has about 80,000 contestants in a given year, amounting to a minuscule 0.03 percent of the U.S. population.
--Euny Hong, The Birth of Korean Cool, on where people really want to be pop stars