International fans of Kingdom: Legendary War, Mnet‘s newest K-Pop competition show, are voicing their frustration, following an announcement about the evaluation criteria.
At a press conference held ahead of the premiere, Production Director Lee Young Joo revealed that the six competing groups will not be eliminated until the final stage. Instead, the winner will be determined after the groups’ rankings are determined at the end of the show. The criteria is as follows: global and domestic fan voting (40% of the points), peer evaluation (25%), expert voting (25%), and video score (10%).
At first, many international fans were thrilled to hear the news, but their joy quickly turned to disappointment. Many have pointed out that global viewers may be at a disadvantage for two reasons. One is a lack of subtitles.
Mnet: 40% Global Voting
Also Mnet: Subtitles? What's that?
— 안니•𐂂 (@exoatzz) April 1, 2021
In addition to this, some international fans are claiming that the global vote is “unfair” because they do not have access to the show in their countries.
you don't understand how MAD i still am at mnet for not broadcasting the show on youtube. WHY THE HELL IS THERE GLOBAL VOTING WHEN WE CAN'T EVEN WATCH THE SHOW
— mica (@haktastic) April 1, 2021
should we mass mail mnet? we deserve eng subs and proper lives , they are using us for vies and global votings, this is just unfair
— kaash is looking for cute stays (@DI0RHYUN) April 1, 2021
mnet calling this a global competition.. but not having subs or streaming on youtube is so weird
— 🎱 (@yunhospov) April 1, 2021
FCK MNET.. WHY WOULD YOU INCLUDE GLOBAL VOTES IF YOU CAN'T STREAM KINGDOM GLOBALLY.
— S U N U 🌱 (@sunwooqt000) April 1, 2021
At this time, it is unknown if these issues will be addressed and resolved.