Lavish performances. Perfect synchronization. And outstanding choreography.
This is what K-pop idols show on stage, attracting fans from around the world.
But what put them there is years of vigorous training.
"Two Vietnamese pop groups came to South Korea for a 12-week intensive training program to see what K-pop idols go through before their long awaited debut."
The two groups selected to benchmark successful K-pop artists were Super V, a three member boy group that debuted in 2018
And O2O, a three member unit produced from a nationally televised audition program in 2019.
"Vietnam has one of the most established music industries and markets in all of Southeast Asia. And because it is culturally close with South Korea, we??ve decided to invite artists from Vietnam."
In Korea they took a variety of classesranging from body fitness, dancing and vocal lessons.
They also learned Korean and visited traditional sites to get a taste of the culture.
By the end of their 12 week program they were able to cover popular K-pop songs and produce their own music videos to perform at the Asia Song Festival.
"In Vietnam we've only received training related to music. But here, we've learned a variety of things including body designing, model walking. I think that was the biggest difference."
"I was able to learn so much from this project. I would like to use the knowledge I have learned and become a multi-talented artist in Vietnam."
Behind their success were trainers, who had years of experiencing developing trainees into renowned K-pop idols.
"I??ve heard K-pop has become much more popular across the world. But to see these Vietnamese artists come to South Korea to learn from the best made me really realize the power of K-pop."
And cultural experts hope more artists from different countries can receive such intensive K-pop training.
"We should always consider that K-pop and other cultural products can be used as a cultural bridge to different countries which will contribute to a better relationship between countries."
Under the title "The Hallyu Project: Grow Together" hosted by the Culture Ministy and KOFICE, the Vietnamese artists learned what it takes for K-pop idols to successfully debut, and will apply what they learned back home.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.