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Park Ji Min Wins ‘K-Pop Star,’ First Female and Youngest Winner of an Audition Program

By Staff Reporter | April 29, 2012 12:55 PM EDT

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Park Ji Min won SBS ‘K-Pop Star.’

The final round of SBS ‘K-Pop Star’ was live broadcasted on April 29 which challenges the contestant to select the opponents hit songs from the show. Park Ji Min beats Lee Ha Yi by singing Duffy’s ‘Mercy’ who performed Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep.’

‘Mercy’ and ‘Rolling in the Deep’ are songs that made Lee Ha Yi and Park Ji Min famous in ‘K-Pop Star.’

‘Mercy’ was performed by Lee Ha Yi during battle audition as she made a complete victory from Park Ji Min who was in the same group.

Park Ji Min performed ‘Rolling in the Deep’ during the ranking audition which was highly praised by celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Eric Benet and was covered on CNN.

Lee Ha Yi and Park Ji Min are to select one of the songs by their opponent received the highest praise and battle it out.

Both finalists each received a total score of 295 by the three judges YG Entertainment’s Yang Hyun Suk, JYP Entertainment’s Park Jin Young, and SM Entertainment’s BoA.

The internet voting that took place in advance until midnight of April 28 revealed Lee Ha Yi to be ahead of Park Ji Min with an additional 8,455 votes. However the result was split based on viewer’s text message votes. Park Ji Min performed a bright stage gaining a positive response and captivating the viewers to come from behind and win.

Park Ji Min who became the first female winner of an audition program in Korea as well as the youngest shared in tears, “I am happy that I feel like I am receiving the reward of all the hard work till now. I’m so thankful to my parents as well as the 3 judges.”

Lee Ha Yi who unfortunately narrowly missed the winning spot shared with tears, “I can finally let go of all the pressure now. I wanted to cry many times during this period but I refrained myself. I’m happy it’s over and a bit disappointed but I’m happy.”

Park Ji Min was awarded a cash prize of about $285,000 USD and an international album release deal with one of the three labels. She was also awarded a Hyundai Moro i40 as additional prize. Lee Ha Yi received i30 from Hyundai Motor.

‘K-Pop Star’ embarked on their journey to find a winner last December have set themselves apart from other audition program with talented contestants and stable progress of the show.

Below are several past performance of Park Ji Min

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