Mnet’s ‘Kingdom’ Lineup: Stray Kids, Ateez, SF9, BTOB to iKon, here are all the stars and when the K-pop show begins
Mnet’s ‘Kingdom’ will follow the pattern of its previous show ‘Queendom’ where K-pop groups will compete with each other in various rounds, produce songs and release them together
Mnet’s Kingdom, the sequel after ‘Road to Kingdom’ (2020), is coming in 2021 and the exciting star-studded K-pop lineup has got fans hooked to witness some iconic collaborations of K-pop. According to multiple reports, the final lineup of Kingdom will have fourth-generation K-pop superstars Stray Kids, Ateez, The Boyz, SF9, and more. Here is the concept and complete lineup list.
For the unversed, Mnet’s ‘Kingdom’ will follow the pattern of its previous show ‘Queendom’ where K-pop groups will compete with each other in various rounds, produce songs and release them together to see which one does better in charts. Along with that, the group’s latest comeback will also reportedly play a crucial part in it. For the 2021 edition of Kingdom, SM Entertainment’s pop duo TVXQ Changmin and Yunho will be seen as the MCs of the event.
'Road To Kingdom’, the first edition as the counterpart to ‘Queendom’, aired on April 2020 and continued till June 2020 where seven boy groups participated including Too, The Boyz, Pentagon, ONF, Golden Child, Verivery, and Oneus. The Boyz emerged as winners and qualified for ‘Kingdom’. Next at MAMA 2020, it was announced that Stray Kids and Ateez will also be joining the show following The Boyz.
The final lineup of the Kingdom includes K-pop boy group BTOB, SF9, iKon, The Boyz, Stray Kids and Ateez.
BTOB debuted in 2012 with seven members but currently consists of six K-pop stars including Seo Eun-kwang, Lee Min-hyuk, Lee Chang-sub, Im Hyun-sik, Peniel Shin and Yook Sung-jae. The award-winning K-pop group with a vast discography is a strong contender for Kingdom.
SF9 debuted in 2016 with their first single album ‘Feeling Sensation’. The first dance boy-group of its kind, SF9 boasts chart breaking records with their first Korean studio album ‘First Collection’ with lead single ‘Good Guy’. The K-pop act consists of nine members — Youngbin, Inseong, Jaeyoon, Dawon, Rowoon, Zuho, Taeyang, Hwiyoung and Chani.
YG Entertainment’s iKon, the K-pop/Hip-hop group consists of Jinhwan, Yunhyeong, Bobby, Donghyuk, Ju-ne and Chanwoo. The group debuted in 2015 and made a legacy of their own with the unique discography including ‘Return’ with the hit single ‘Love Scenario’, which charted atop at the Gaon Digital Chart for a recoding number of six weeks.
Deemed as one of the fourth generation supergroups, Ateez formed in 2018 with Hongjoong, Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung and Jongho. The group was awarded "4th Generation Leaders" by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and are official global ambassadors for Korean culture and tourism song with snagging trophies from Mnet Asia Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards and more. MAMA announced Ateez’s participation in ‘Kingdom’ in 2020 with a collaboration stage including Stray Kids and The Boyz.
Winner of ‘Road to Kingdom’, The Boyz is surely a top contender for the reality show with ever-increasing popularity. The K-pop act comprising of Sangyeon, Jacob, Younghoon, Hyunjae, Juyeon, Kevin, New, Q, Ju Haknyeon, Sunwoo and Eric won multiple awards since their debut in 2017 along with their first studio album ‘Reveal’ topping the Gaon Music chart.
JYP Entertainment’s Stray Kids, known as the most formidable fourth-generation K-pop superstars were named as one of Time’s top songs of the 2020 group with their hit track ‘Back Door’. Stray Kids have seen their popularity skyrocketing within two years of debut. The K-pop act consisting of eight members including Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N. are a fan-favorite even before Kingdom started.
'Kingdom' is reportedly airing on April 1, 2021, on Mnet at 7.50 pm KST
SM Entertainment’s popular K-pop duo TVXQ’s Yunho and Changmin will be MC’s for the Mnet show.
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