10 K-pop groups that won their first TV music programme trophy on “The Show”

18 February 2019

By Jonah Hicap

For K-pop stars, winning a trophy on a Korean TV music show is pivotal for their career.

A win gives a big push for their popularity and a sign that people are buying their albums, listening to their music and watching their videos.

"The Show", which airs on MTV Asia live from South Korea every Tuesday, has given K-pop stars like BTS, GOT7 and MONSTA X their first-ever TV music show award.

A unique part of "The Show" is the Choice, which allows international fans to vote before and during the programme using the Starpass app.

Here are 10 K-pop groups which won their first-ever Korean TV music show trophy on "The Show":


BTS - "I Need U" (May 5, 2015)

Before they became K-pop superstars, BTS' dream was simple.

"Our purpose is to get the first place in Korean TV music program, do more concerts and show more our music on stages," said RM (formerly Rap Monster) in December 2014 about BTS' goal for 2015.

Six months later, that dream came true. On the May 5, 2015 episode of "The Show," BTS performed "I Need U." For "The Show" Choice, the nominees were BTS, UNIQ, EXID, Bastarz and Dalshabet.

With 8,078 points, BTS won their first-ever Korean TV music show award on "The Show" since debuting in June 2013.

With their hard work and support from ARMYs, BTS became global superstars. They recently attended and presented the Best R&B Album at the 61st Grammy Awards where their album "Love Yourself: Tear" got nominated for Best Recording Package.



CLC - "No" (Feb. 12, 2019)

K-pop girl group CLC debuted in March 2015 and nearly four years later, they achieved their first TV music show award.

The seven-member group released their eighth mini-album "No. 1" last January 30 and have been promoting the lead single "No" on TV.

They performed "No" on the February 12 episode of "The Show" and for the Choice, they competed with Roh Tae Hyun and Woody. CLC won with 5,470 points and members were in tears.



MONSTA X - "Dramarama" (November 14, 2017)

Boy band MONSTA X debuted in March 2015 and won their first ever music trophy on "The Show" in 2017.

They performed "Dramarama," the lead single from their album "The Code," on "The Show" on November 14, 2017.

For the Choice, MONSTA X grabbed first place with a score of 7,400 over EXID and Block B. Members were crying as they finally won their first ever TV music show trophy.



GOT7 - "If You Do" (October 6, 2015)

Boy band GOT7 got their first taste of music show win on October 6, 2015 on "The Show." GOT7 debuted in January 2014 and in September 2015, they released the album "MAD," containing the title track "If You Do."

The song, with a score of 8,981, won them their first-ever TV music program trophy on "The Show" as they competed for the Choice with CNBLUE, Seventeen, Lovelyz and DIA.



ASTRO - "All Night" (January 29, 2019)

Boy band ASTRO made their comeback last January with the album "All Night" after 14 months' break. The group released "Rise Up" in July 2018 but did not promote the album on TV.

On the January 29, 2019 episode of "The Show," ASTRO finally bagged their first TV music show award through the song "All Night," which received a total score of 8,170. The episode saw ASTRO vying for the top spot with WJSN and ATEEZ. ASTRO made their debut in February 2016.



NCT Dream - "My First and Last" (February 14, 2017)

NCT Dream, a unit of NCT, made their debut in August 2016 with the single "Chewing Gum." In nearly six months, they won their first-ever TV music show trophy.

The idol group achieved this on February 14, 2017 on "The Show." They were promoting "My First and Last," the song from their single album "The First."

NCT Dream racked up 8,291 points to win first place against NCT 127, another NCT unit, and APRIL. (Check out our Asia Spotlight coverage of NCT!)



U-KISS - "Playground" (February 17, 2015)

One of the most memorable wins on "The Show" was by boy band U-KISS. They debuted in 2008 but had never won a TV music show trophy until 2015.

On "The Show" episode on February 17, 2015, U-KISS won the China Choice against Infinite H and 4Minute.



GFRIEND - "Rough" (February 2, 2016)

GFRIEND debuted in January 2015 and a little over a year later, they got their first TV music show trophy courtesy of "The Show."

They were promoting the song "Rough," the carrier track of their album "Snowflake" released in January 2016, when they got their first trophy on February 2, 2016 on "The Show." The track garnered a score of 8,044 to win first place over Super Junior's Ryeowook and Teen Top.



WJSN (a.k.a. Cosmic Girls) - "Save Me, Save You" (October 2, 2018)

Girl group WJSN (a.k.a. Cosmic Girls) took home their first music show win on October 2, 2018 on "The Show" since their debut in February 2016.

They released the album "WJ Please?" in September 2018 that contained the lead track "Save Me, Save You." The song won the Choice with 8,790 points against GWSN and DreamCatcher.



Lovelyz - "Now, We" (May 16, 2017)

Through "The Show," Lovelyz won their first ever TV music show trophy.

On the May 16, 2017 episode of "The Show," Lovelyz competed with Han Dong Geun and DIA for first place. In the end, Lovelyz won the Choice through the song "Now, We" with a score of 8,547. They debuted in November 2014.



ICYMI: Since January this year, MTV Asia airs "The Show" in 18 countries, live from South Korea. Tune in Tuesdays at 5pm (SG/PH/MY TMNet) on MTV Asia. More details and a full list of showtimes at mtvasia.com/theshow!

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