BTS's record label to launch talent show searching for the next K-pop superstars

'I-Land' will premiere in June

South Korean boy band BTS attends the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP
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BTS has rapidly become one of the biggest bands in the world, and now the seven-piece’s record label is on the hunt for the next K-pop superstars.

Big Hit Entertainment is launching its own talent show, I-Land, searching for male stars who could emulate BTS's success.

According to reports, the show has been in the works for years, and auditions have been held from South Korea and Japan to the United States.

I-Land is targeting those born between 1997 and 2008, and will be hosted by actor, director and screenwriter Min Nam-Goong, while K-pop star Rain and rapper Zico will be among the show's mentors.

The show’s successful contestants will be chosen to make up a K-pop boy band.

Made in collaboration with media company CJ E&M, the show is set to premiere on Korean television on June 26. I-Land is reported to have signed for three series, with a budget of 20 billion won (Dh59.5 million).

No details of the show's hopefuls have been released, but the auditions are said to cover skills from singing and dancing to rapping and modelling, so expect a diverse mix of talent.