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2012 K-Pop Video Contest draws hundreds of entries from across the world

K-Pop lovers from across the globe vied for their chance at fame in the 2012 K-Pop Video Contest hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington DC, and the 15 winners have just been announced.

The winners—hailing from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, and Romania—were selected from among 270 submissions that included cover dances, singing, and instrumental performances, evaluated based on expression and content.

Social networking played a major role in the contest, which was conducted via the KCC Facebook page, whose ‘likes’ rose by more than 3,000 in just the last month, while the number of ‘friends of fans’ rose from one to three million.

The K-Pop Video Contest was sponsored by SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, Korean Air, and LG Electronics, who provided support and prizes. Famed K-Pop artists Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, Big Bang, and Wonder Girls participated by providing promotional video messages for the contest. It was also promoted through popular K-Pop website

In a survey of local Korea followers conducted last month by the KCC about interest in K-Pop, 80% of respondents were under age 30 and 70% regularly kept up with K-Pop news online or with friends. Many respondents also said they would like to see K-pop performances in the Washington, D.C. area.

The contest demonstrated the current excitement surrounding K-Pop, an interest that transcends nationality and personal background.

Rodgers sisters Janaye and Symone of Florida won first place. Janaye sang while Symone performed dances from “History” by EXO-K and “Lucifer” by SHINee. Both her voice work and Korean language skills were considered outstanding.

The two sisters said they dream of being on the stage in Korea someday thanks to K-Pop. Older sister Janaye even took on a Korean name, Song Jin-yeon, and runs a Youtube channel featuring K-Pop song and dance clips at JennaCLuv .

Symone came to learn about K-Pop after listening to “Sorry Sorry” by Super Junior. She runs a K-Pop dance club called HALLYU MOVE at West Florida University in order to introduce K-Pop dance and songs to fellow students.

Janaye and Symone will receive round-trip air tickets to Korea provided by Korean Air, and autographed K-Pop CDs. They will also have the opportunity to enter the qualifiers of the 2012 K-POP World Festival in October.

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