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Stars shine at Gayo Daejun


The 2018 SBS Music Awards Festival, better known as the SBS Gayo Daejun, aired Tuesday evening to 5.1 percent viewership, signaling a successful start to the upcoming year-end award season.

This year’s music awards centered on the theme of “The Wave,” focusing on the Korean wave that K-pop singers have been spreading throughout the world.

The 210-minute long show started at 5:30 p.m. and was broadcast live on SBS from Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome in western Seoul. It was emceed by entertainer Jeon Hyun-moo and actor Cho Bo-ah.

A total of 18 K-pop acts filled the roster, including boy bands BTS, Exo, Wanna One, Winner, Monsta X, NCT, Seventeen, BtoB, iKON, GOT7 and girl groups Red Velvet, Blackpink, Apink, Sunmi, Twice, Mamamoo, Momoland and GFriend.

Rapper Mino from Winner revealed his new solo track “Trigger” for the first time on the show, and boy band Seventeen revealed their Japanese debut song “Call Call Call!” for the first time as well.

Global superstars BTS performed their six hottest songs, from their debut song “No More Dream” to their and latest song “IDOL.” The closing performance was given by Exo, who topped off the show with “Love Shot” and “Tempo.”

According to Nielson Korea, viewership soared to 9.4 percent when Mino revealed his never-before-heard track on the show.

SBS will top off the year with entertainment awards on Friday and drama awards on Monday.

By Yoon So-yeon
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