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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

As Korean pop wave sweeps music lovers across the world, in a good news for melody adorers in India, a girl from Odisha has begun her journey to become the first-ever Indian KPop artiste. 

The 18-year-old girl from Odisha's Jharsuguda, Sriya Lenka is chasing the KPop dream of millions as a trainee artiste at Korean Music label DR Music Entertainment along with a Brazilian apprentice Gabriela Dalcin.

The two teenagers will be competing to join Blackswan, which is a globally acclaimed K-Pop girl group from South Korea.

As per DR Music Entertainment’s official statement, the girls have been in South Korea since December 2021. Both are currently undergoing basic practice schedules along with learning Korean language which forms the final round of the audition process wherein they have to prove their eligibility to debut as a KPop artist.

The evaluations shall be based on their skills, personality, and qualities to become a KPop artiste. Moreover, the courses determined by the label for the trainees will be documented and shown on (music label) official YouTube channel, the DR Music Entertainment said in its statement.

The global audition process for selection of the KPop artiste into the KPop group, Blackswan began in June 2021, but it was put on hold due to the pandemic situation. Over 4000 aspirants had applied to fill the one vacant post in the 5-member pop music group, following the departure of Hyeme, a Korean idol after her contract expired.

Odia girl Sriya was the only Indian out of 23 girls from across the globe, who made it to the second round of the audition. She also qualified the second round to become the only Asian to reserve a spot as one of the top 4 aspirants, with the others being from Brazil, USA and Australia.

The third and final round, which was postponed due to Covid-19, is currently being held in South Korea. With the pandemic making it difficult for the other 2 finalists to come to Korea, Sriya and the Brazilian trainee are battling it out to bag the coveted post.

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