Ladies and Gentlemen, the time is finally ripe for us to announce the winners of the first annual Eat Your Kimchi Awards! We announced the nominees on December 4th, and let you vote until December 20th. We got nearly 1,000,000 votes altogether, and some really interesting results!

So, without further ado, here are our videos announcing the winners! We say video[s] because it’s just too long to be one video. Almost 20 minutes! So we broke it up into two parts. Part 1 was embedded above as a playlist, but playlists sometimes don’t work on mobile devices (I think?) so here’s part 2:


Ok, some side notes:

1) Yes, that is our new studio you saw us filming in! It’s still got a lot of stuff needed in it, but it’s otherwise all constructed! We still need some technical stuff, like lights and acoustic dampers, so the studio is still not very well lit and VERY VERY ECHO-EY! Also, we don’t have any furniture in it, so we can’t actually sit down anywhere. We just have our work desk, which is the most important thing. We want to do a live chat and show you the whole thing, but we want to show it to you when it’s ready, you know? There are also some small but very important design things that need to be done, and we don’t want to reveal the studio until it’s all ready. So hang tight! We’ll show you it all soon!

2) OHH WE TROLLED YOU SO HARD LIKE THE MAMAs! Congrats Busker Busker on winning Rookie of the Year! Ha! No, but seriously, the votes between EXO and B.A.P. were so close that it’s not really fair to say that one won over the other, though B.A.P. did get just a smidgen more. It was exceptionally even throughout, but I know you’d all kill us if we didn’t announce a winner. So, yay! Congrats to B.A.P.! And thanks to Brad for being such a good sport and agreeing to be a part of our skit. For those of you who still don’t know about Busker Busker, they were probably the biggest band of the year in Korea. Our studio is in Hongdae, right beside the university, and there’s a giant freaking building with Busker Busker’s pictures all over them. It’s, like, 5 stories tall. Haven’t seen that for any of the other rookie groups, FYI. DON’T GET MAD! We’re just telling you what it’s like in Korea. The internet world and the real world don’t always align.

3) Congrats to U-Kiss for winning the Male Band of the Year! We really wanted to do something with U-Kiss, and spoke with them, but we planned and filmed this all so extremely last minute and didn’t give them enough headway. We spoke with Kevin, though, and he was really surprised and happy that you all voted for U-Kiss. Great job, guise!

4) Yes, we made a Golden Spudgy Award for the ceremony. We only made one, though, and we’re not giving it away to any band. 17 won: how to we pick just one to give away? We have the form for it, at least, and we’ll be able to make a lot more for next year’s awards, and next year we’ll be more ready, so we’ll tell the companies well in advance of our shooting the video. Hopefully we’ll be able to get more people coming to the studio by then to pick up the awards! Also, we didn’t actually make the Golden Spudgy ourselves, mind you (that’s FARRR too beyond our abilities). We hired a university art student to make it. Yay for supporting local artists! We’re just going to keep that Golden Spudgy for ourselves in our studio so we can remember the first video we shot there :D

4) This video had so many freaking bloopers, probably because it was just such a long video with so many things happening in it. If you feel like seeing us mess up some more, here are the bloopers below.


Last side note: the voting page isn’t open any more, because we closed it to tally the votes, but we’re going to reopen it ASAP. Our developer’s away at the moment, but as soon as he’s back the results will go public again!

  1. Simon, your TOP impression had me in stitches! And…I’m totally learning the Sherlock dance right now…amazing choreography. SO MJ and with Tony, no wonder.

  2. I was able to take a class from the choreographer of Sherlock by SHINee. He’s incredible. and of course the SHINee dancers performed it beautifully.

  3. anyway 2ne1 is the best!!!

  4. I absolutely loved the Taeyang part. It makes me crack up every time. In all it was an awesome awards show. EYK fighting!

  5. I am like REALLY REALLY REALLY SUPER proud of U-Kiss, although they haven’t won any “legitimate” music awards yet, this just shows to say that we love you, U-Kiss so take a break and then give us your best comeback yet for this will be the year of Kissmees~~ <3

  6. I’m watching this again for Simon’s aegyo.

  7. I may be a bit BigBang biased… just a bit

  8. OMG U-KISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Skrillex im comming for your titel ! *innocent mustachio*
    i was just Brohohoed :DD

  10. Simon AEGYO WAS OMG
    Congratz B.A.P AND UKISS<3<3<3

  11. yes yes yes yes!!! UKISS ALL THE WAY!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  12. I am so happy and extremely proud of U-kiss!
    They deserve so much more recognition!

    Simon and Martina. Thank you for making me seem absolutely and completely crazy. I died from laughing so hard at my computer screen XD

  13. Are you guys taking suggestions to improve on “Eat Your Kimchi” awards? If so, I think you guys should send that Spudgy award with whatever title the winning group won and send it to them. I’m POSITIVE that they would greatly appreciate it and be so happy to have won. ^_^

  14. OH MY GOD YOU GUYS SCARED ME!!!! I got to the end of the video and I thought Busker Busker had actually won. I can’t believe you made us relive that, meanies

  15. ^^ Kevin apparently posted something on Twitter about the EYK’s.

  16. I’m just waiting to see if for Infinite – The Chaser ‘s KMM, S&M will roll around. I am so waiting for a car rolling imitation.

  17. Amazing work on the Awards Show, you guise!! You and U-Kiss both definitely deserve a break after all of your hard work this past year! Wishing you all the best in 2013!!

  18. My interpretation of MAMA Engrish: Carolless, carolless, anonymous, anonymous, motherless motherless- no one will care about me. So the EXO members are tired of guarding Tree of Life and want a mama to take care of them… Obvious.

  19. Lol overload!! So great. I loved Brohoho’s cameo. Next year, I hope Dr. Whatthehecksherfrickenname can attend. :> Congrats to the winners and all EYK’s success. <3

  20. great job guys!!! it was brilliant! you guys outdid yourselves :D

  21. UKISS won!! Woohoo~! They actually released 8 (?) MVs this year, including their Japanese singles. :) And oh wow! Meemer’s really big now~! Anyways, the video is lovely!! I LoLzed so much!! Thanks for giving me a big laugh!!

  22. This was so much fun to watch!! Can’t wait for another awesome year with your videos~~

  23. Wait… who won the Nasty Dance award?! I must knowwww!!!

  24. thank you guys so so soooo much for this and for all the videos in 2012!!!! you really are amazing and I have brought me a lot of happiness and laughter haha :P – that sounds a bit weird but it’s true :D These awards were fantastic – I thoroughly enjoyed all the skits, especially the bigbang winning everything awards and the surprise that busker busker won the rookie award hehehe that was hilarious!!! It was really cool that Brad could come too!!!!!
    oh and your studio looks awesome!!!! It gives a much different, more professional, feel than infront of the washing machine (although I really liked having kmm’s infront of the washing machine it was nice :) hehe) I guess from now on you guys are probably just going to get more and more awesome from now on :D
    and UKISS WON!!!! yay <3 __<

    congrats to all the other winners too :D
    I already can't wait for next years awards lol – I just enjoyed the whole process of being involved with the voting and everything; you could only vote once a day so it wasn't completely frustrating like other awards and I learnt about so many new cool songs and artists!!!!
    I wish you guys a very successful 2013 for EYK!!!!!

  25. For anyone that is asking for my icon yes its t-ara sexy love with hwayoung and also I voted for t-ara nonstop and I forced my friend to and yet the didn’t win “Cries”

  26. Not a huge fan of the music of U-KISS, but I’m happy for them all the same (especially after seeing their interview with you guys – I fangirled so much, though I wasn’t really a fan :P)

  27. Brad is such a good spor-JUDO CHOP! You guise never said anything about how his wedding went way back when. You mentioned that ya’ll were going and would share in a later post, but I don’t know that it ever happened! Of course, maybe that was during a mental blackout time for me. . . . .

  28. AWESOME! I loved watching this. Thank you so much for your hard work, it was a great way to relieve my stress today. Thank you again for these awesome videos! Can’t wait for 2013 EYKA’s!

  29. Just the fact that U-Kiss won one award makes 2012 complete ^^ I’m so glad Kevin and U-Kiss know about it!

  30. oh my god the part where Simon dresses as Taeyang i was laughing for like 5 minutes because Taeyang is my ultimate bias and stuff

  31. Lol, the impending doom moment at the end when the Exotics were apparently coming for blood and aegyo Simon ( I mean, the Seungri fangirl, cough) grumbling about all the dirty work.

  32. Wait no one steps up their choreo game in Kpop except for Shinee?? I can hear Infinite crying in the corner right now. Lol, I felt like I’m the only one who completely forgot Big Bang this year xD

  33. “So hang tight! We’ll show you it all soon!” (..)

    “so we’ll tell the companies well in advance of our shooting the video. Hopefully we’ll be able to get more people coming to the studio by then to pick up the awards!” so awesome!! o(> . . . < (too many favorite parts…can't pick!!)

    I'm happy that U-KISS won the award for best kpop male group of the year :D (maybe they'll listen to your advice Simon and take a break now and then …= . = ) it would've been nice to see U-KISS come and get their award :D (maybe next year :) )


  34. hahaha and the highlight for me was U-kiss winning and kevin being happy about it >_<

  35. Awesome job you two! Was so happy to see that Brad made an appearance! He did such a good job! Also loved the MBLAQ butt slap and the golden Spudgy. AWESOME on everything!

  36. I’m pretty sure there’s no girl on this planet who can be more aegyo than Simon.

  37. Yeah, OMG, so many voters choose the same artists/videos I did! Yeah! :)

    It was interesting but somehow, I liked the old “How to Dance K-Pop” videos funnier… Maybe I just need to get used to the new format… But I still think you did a great job considering all the other stuff you guys had going on simultaneously!

    Have a great 2013!

  38. So Funny!!! Great Job!! I loved the awards show. I look forward to next year :D

  39. I had a lot of fun watching the EYK Awards. Nice to see that about half of what I voted for actually won. I also liked how you went to the streets to talk to other english speakers to get their take on the MAMA song. I do have to say that since Junsu is one of my bias that he got Nastiest Kpop Dance Video. I think it is still one of my top favorite videos from all of 2012. Oh, and lastly the Spudgy trophy was adorable!!

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