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BoA Quits K-Pop Star Talent Show, New Lineup Revealed

October 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT

Yoo Hee Yeol, Yang Hyung Suk, Park Jin Young at the K-Pop Star 3 launch in Mokdong, Seoul, on October 8 Credit: Yi Seon Hwa/Dispatch Images

Yoo Hee Yeol, Yang Hyung Suk and Park Jin Young at the K-Pop Star 3 launch in Mokdong, Seoul, on October 8
Credit: Yi Seon Hwa/Dispatch Images

Yoo Hee Yeol in, BoA out. Accomplished musician Yoo will be replacing the songstress on the judging panel for the third season of SBS' survival audition program, K-Pop Star. A rep for BoA, 26, says she is stepping down to "focus on her music career".

Speaking at an October 8 press conference in Seoul, 42-year-old Yoo apologised for taking the idol's place on the panel. "When I appeared, all the reporters had this 'What the hell' expression on their faces,” he joked. "It should have been G-Dragon or Rain. I'm sorry."

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YG Entertainment boss and show judge Yang Hyun Suk added: "When I first met BoA through the program, I was excited. I feel the same excitement now. I'm personally a fan [of Yoo], and I think season three is going to be really interesting."

JYP Entertainment CEO Park Jin Young also remains on the panel for K-Pop Star 3. Park briefly spoke about his wedding later this month, admitting that he's hoping to keep it private.

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"There isn't much to prepare," he said, noting that there will be just 100 guests. "It's going to be a small wedding. I hope we can live a normal life afterwards.

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