30 Apr '18, 10pm

In Chile, teens are in love with South Korea's K-Pop

SANTIAGO: Across Chile, parks and cultural centres have come alive with the catchy melodies of K-pop as teens embrace this wildly popular South Korean mix of upbeat electronic music and high-voltage choreography. As embassies around the world stage early competition rounds ahead of the 2018 K-Pop World Festival, thousands of teenagers have been out practicing their moves, with the local winners invited to join the final in South Korea. "We get together to rehearse several days a week," says Alicia, 17. "All we want to do is dance." A MASSIVE TEEN FOLLOWING When Kim Hyun-joong, former lead singer of K-pop boy band SS510, announced a February concert in Santiago, the tickets were quickly snapped up by some 3,000 delirious young fans. "I have waited six years for Kim Hyun-joong to come to Chile," 16-year-old Cristal Escobar told AFP, who travelled 550 kilometres to get to the...

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