Survival Audition K-pop Star (Korean: 서바이벌 오디션 K팝 스타) is a South Korean reality TV competition series where three entertainment/talent agencies in South Korea hold worldwide auditions to find the next potential K-Pop stars. Preliminary auditions are held around the world in Asia, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. The final winner debuts with the company of his or her choice, along with a cash prize of three hundred million won (approx. 300,000 U.S. dollars), two brand new vehicles, opportunities to become commercial models and casting in dramas, and many more benefits
The show has three judges. Originally, each one representing each of the “Big 3” companies (SM, YG, JYP). Yang Hyun-suk represents YG, who is the founder and chief executive officer of YG Entertainment, as well as producer and former member of Seo Taiji and Boys. Park Jin-young represents JYP, who is the founder and Executive producer of JYP Entertainment, as well as songwriter and a singer himself. BoA represents SM, who is a singer, songwriter, and record producer at SM Entertainment. Founder and CEO of SM Entertainment, Lee Soo-man, was originally planned to have represented SM but was replaced by BoA, in which PD Park Sung-hoon explains having a female singer would fit in with the other two CEOs and producers for a different synergy effect than three CEOs and producers.