The preliminary audition of 2018 K-POP WORLD FESTIVAL in Cebu was held last July 21, 2018, at ICON club, Mabolo, Cebu City.
The competition has two phases.
Initially, we had 140 applicants who participated this year's audition. The applicants submitted their video performances, and 80 applicants (75 groups and 5 solos) were chosen to perform for the preliminary audition on July 21. The teams, RABB7E and SOLSTICE, were proclaimed as the Champion and the first runner-up, respectively, and the Korean Consulate in Cebu will recommend them for the K-Pop World Festival final audition on October 5 in Changwon, Korea.
KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) will select 14 applicants from around the world and they will be invited for the said final audition.
For the second phase, 40 out of the 80 selected groups, chosen by the Cebu Korean Association, will compete during the second round of the K-Pop competition on August this year.
The selected 25 groups out of 40 will compete for the finals during the annual Cebu Korea Day on September.
The Korean Consulate in Cebu will host the competition annually.