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The Visit Korea Committee (Chairman: Dong-Bin Shin) has unveiled a star ranking chart by continent based on videos received from Apr 26 to Jul 10 through the homepage of "K-POP Cover Dance Festival in celebration of the Visit Korea Year." The videos were analyzed, and the ranking was done by how many participants from each continent covered a certain artist.
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*Ranking as of July 10
So far, 1,350 teams from 50 countries in 6 continents have sent applications for participation; at least 155 of these teams covered GIRL`S GENERATION, which ranked first, followed by SHINee with 98 covers, miss A with 79 covers, SISTAR with 75 covers, and 2NE1 with 70 covers.
If we look at the popularity ranking for each continent, we can see that GIRL`S GENERATION and SHINee are the most popular worldwide. Still, it also tells us that all K-POP groups in general are receiving love from Hallyu fans. SISTAR, who has not yet started official overseas activities, has been drawing attention for their steady rise in popularity after being appointed Publicity Ambassador for the "K-POP Cover Dance Festival."
This will be the 2nd "2012 K-POP Cover Dance Festival in celebration of the Visit Korea Year" following the first one held last year. Through the homepage (http://www.coverdance.org), the teams who get through the 1st round of the online preliminaries will go on to the second round where participants from each country will battle it out. The winning team in the second round will then be invited to Korea to compete in the "Cover Dance Final Stage" to be held in late September in Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju.
Starting with the overseas second round in Nigeria on June 23, there was another second round in Vladivostok, Russia. The following countries will also have their second round: Hungary, Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil, India, Thailand, Australia, Russia, and Japan. As judges for the second round, SISTAR will go to the country with the biggest participation of video clips.