ABS-CBN has partnered with South Korean companies MLD Entertainment and KAMP Global to search for the next male pop group who will make their debut in the international arena.
On Monday, September 5, ABS-CBN TV production head and Star Magic head Laurenti Dyogi, ABS-CBN business unit heads Reily Santiago and Marcus Vinuya, MLD Entertainment CEO Lee Hyung-jin, and KAMP Global CEO Tim Kim inked a contract to produce the reality talent search show Dream Maker.
"We’re cooking something big. It’s a reality competition that will be searching for a new male pop group that will be launched internationally, specifically to debut in Korea," direk Lauren shared according to a report by ABS-CBN News.
The ABS-CBN executive stated that their partnership with the Korean companies is a one step forward towards fulfilling their goal of bringing Filipino talents to the international arena.
"We’re really serious about getting into the international arena. We’re looking at all ways and means to get the Filipino artist, the Filipino talent to be recognized globally. We’re very happy to have partners who recognize that Filipinos are very talented and that we can compete globally. This is one step. With our two new partners, it will be easier, faster, better for us to get to the global arena in the shortest possible time," he remarked.
Hyung-jin believes that P-Pop will be on the rise after K-Pop. His company MLD Entertainment is the one who launched K-Pop girl groups MOMOLAND and Lapillus.
"[I’ve] seen so much talent on the P-pop side, girls and boys who love to sing and dance. As K-pop has become a global phenomenon, I believe that P-pop is the next," the executive said in Korean.
He highlighted that while they are looking for a P-Pop group, they are looking for a global group at the same time.
"We’re looking to combine the K-pop training system with P-pop. As most people know, in K-pop, we spend a lot of time training on top of pure talent. Diligence is probably the first thing we’re looking for. Second is pure talent and X-factor. We’re looking for the biggest stars, so the X-factor and talent in both vocal and performance like choreography [are] definitely something we’re looking for," he explained.
He continued, "We are looking for a P-pop group, but we’re looking for a global group. A global mindset and being a global citizen is another factor that we’re looking for,” Kim said.
Dream Maker's search for aspiring idols will commence on September 10 via the Star Hunt audition caravan. It is open to males with ages 13 to 22. People abroad can also audition via online.
According to Marcus, an international panel of Korean mentors and trainers alongside Filipino mentors will be guiding the aspiring idols.
Here are the announced audition dates as of this writing:
September 10: Market Market, Taguig City
September 11: Fairview Terraces, Quezon City
September 18: Ayala Center Cebu / The District, Imus, Cavite
September 24: Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro / Ayala Malls South Park, Muntinlupa City
September 25: Abreeza Mall, Davao City / Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Quezon City
September 30: Ayala Malls Feliz, Pasig City