Vietnamese finish second in Korean pop contest

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Vietnamese band Tuxedo and Ao Dai won the second prize at the World K-Pop Singing Contest held in Korea last week, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The band was formed by putting together four members from the two bands that won the northern and southern rounds of the K-Pop Singing Contest earlier this year. Tran Thi Quynh Mai, Le Hue Thuong, Bui Huong Linh, and Tran Hieu Trung are all university students from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, according to the agency.

Vietnam News Agency quoted Linh, a student at the HCMC University of Stage and Cinema, as saying that the band only had two weeks to learn the Korean language and practice the song "Love Oh Love" by Korean band Davichi.

Since the ao dai, the traditional tunic, was part of the band's name, the four members wore it at the contest, she said.

Bands from Kazakhstan and the Philippines shared the first prize.

This year's contest, held by the Korean Broadcasting System, attracted 21 bands from 16 countries and territories.

K-Pop or Korean pop, which has become phenomenally popular around East Asia, is an eclectic mix of musical genres.

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