Foreign contestants of the K-Pop World Festival 2011 got the chance to meet some of their singing stars on Tuesday as idols Sistar, Boy Friend and K.Will mentored them on the finer points of performing in this fast-spreading musical genre.
Some 20 contestants from around the world including the U.S., Japan, England, Indonesia, Poland, Peru and Argentina had a surprise meeting with the celebrities while practicing at an entertainment agency in Seoul, one day before the competition kicked off.
The K-Pop contest, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is taking place at the Changwon Velodrome in the southeastern city of Changwon in South Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday evening. It will see aspiring stars emulate their favorite songs and choreography.
"The foreigners were very pleased at getting the opportunity to meet the K-pop stars who they have long admired in the flesh," said a ministry official.
Sistar showed them how to sing the band’s hit songs, including "My Boy" and "So Cool," as well as guiding them through some of the trickier dance moves. K.Will talked about how Korean performers express their feelings on-stage when singing ballads.