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The 2012 Eat Your Kimchi Awards Winners

January 2, 2013

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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!

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  1. wow i pretty much lost all composure as soon as brad appeared. also real talk: i love both groups a lot, but i’m glad b.a.p won out over exo. even though they may not have had a lot of oversea schedules (mainly because they don’t have the major connections that come with being part of a big 3 company *cough*sm town parisnewyorknorthpole*cough*), but b.a.p released five songs in one year and had like 3 different reality shows. not saying they both didn’t work hard, but with b.a.p being just as successful as exo even though they’re from a smaller company, i think b.a.p deserves their win.

    in other news: apart from being mad yg biased, we so u-kiss biased too.

    4 years ago
  2. Yey! This was so awesome. I love that Brad was able to come and accept Busker Busker’s completely surprise rookie award. :-p. hahaha. Oh B.A.P and EXO.

    Nasties are so YG biased, except when it comes to UKiss. Anything on this site UKiss related is automatically a shoo in. I hope Kevin and the others are going to get some rest this year. But it seems that they are just as busy in Japan as they are in Korea. And aren’t they supposed to have a concert in the UK too? Too bad about not being able to get them to come accept their award. They were so busy in Japan that they did not attend any of the Gayos either. It would be hilarious if they completely skipped all the big Korean award shows, but showed up for the Golden Spudgy.

    It was a great EYKA ceremony. Well worth the wait. I loved the Golden Spudgy. See, Brad really wanted it too. Hopefully you will be able to make more for next year.

    4 years ago
    • Now Now. I am sure us lazy ass vips would have been closer if we weren’t split between a dozen categories, LMAO. jk. I was actually voting for Epik High in best outfits because Baby GD and Little Joker beat Mickey Mouse and Mushroom Hair always. Love Monster, but it was an outfit competition, lol. But Kissmes are way tough. That we vips still managed to get Crayon reviewed after they held us out the first week is impressive enough. We bow to the obvious voting superiority of Kissmes.

      4 years ago
    • @concert in the UK

      I never heard about this and all info seems to be from November time. Do you have anything on it more recent?

      4 years ago
      • No clue. It was a rumour a while back. I can’t even remember exactly when. I think I heard about it on omonatheydidn’t.

        4 years ago
        • yeah same here… guess I’ll just have to wait and hope….

          4 years ago
  3. Someone seriously has to tweet this to one of the bigbang members!!! it’s hilarious. Simon as taeyang was pure awesomeness

    4 years ago
  4. YAY U-Kiss!!! It is wonderful that the EYK fans voted them to number one and they really do deserve it. I’m in total agreement that they seriously need to take a break though. Go spend time with family, friend, vacationing and relaxing. They are thee hardest working bang out there in my opinion. Really wish you could have done a skit with them like you wanted to. Hopefully for next years EYKA’s!

    4 years ago
  5. So great! YAY! ^_^ Waited all day for this!

    4 years ago
  6. I loved the Taeyang and TOP impressions. Congrats U-KISS!

    4 years ago
  7. BEST AWARD SHOW EVER!!!!!! i really did love it, i giggled all the way through. i envy the awesome that is Simon and Martina, how did you guys get to be so awesome-tastic?

    4 years ago
  8. YAAAAAY! So excited for this, I hope for the day these artists perform on your awards and I wish I’d be able to get Spudgy and Meemers’ autographs ^_^

    4 years ago
  9. Absolutely loved this!!!!!!!! It was so funny. :) lol

    4 years ago
  10. This was very entertaining. Thank you! I laughed a lot with Busker Busker.

    But let me say something: this is why I hate polls in the Internet. The only female artist that actually won something was 2NE1. Oh, right, that was the Best Female Group, nevermind.
    I voted so hard for artists like Sunny Hill (c’mon, those outfits were and that MV were perfect), Secret (nastiest dance ever, “look at out vaginas, look!”) and Hello Venus (true aeygo IMO). I also voted for male artists (like SHINee, K. Will or MBLAQ) and I’m glad tha they won. I didn’t even vote my favorite group (SNSD, in this case, I didn’t vote for TaeTiSeo) because I knew they didn’t deserved the “Best Aeygo”. And I know it’s just an internet poll but I can’t fight this feeling that fangirls of boygroups ruin everything. At least for me, they ruin the fun. It’s like “Oh, another male artist, and another, and another…”.

    I know that this is not YOUR fault, you just own the site and made the poll. I’m just saying my opinion. I’m just a frustrasted fangirl who wants some balance. Nevermind.

    Also, good work, EYK.

    4 years ago
    • Yah, was frustrating. Can never get the girls near the top =( I understand Bias, but I do prefer it being music videos that there is something to talk about or do a skit about. Even if I don’t like the song.

      4 years ago
    • Yeah kind of disturbing when a guy group wins even in the aegyo category.

      4 years ago
    • I agree!

      I liked the winners, but it was such a sasauge fiesta. Ga-In should of won something, her video, it’s plot, the topic, was groundbreaking. And SISTAR covered some major ground this year with their releases. There were some girls that, for lack of a better term, were totally shafted by the fangirls.

      4 years ago
    • It’s a fair reflection of what 2012 was for EYK, though. An endless sausage fest.

      4 years ago
      • Yeah I wish that girl groups had more of a chance. It’s so unfair :(

        4 years ago
      • ____

        4 years ago
      • LOL!

        4 years ago
      • We’re close on coming up with a solution to the sausage festival. Pretty close…

        4 years ago
        • I really wanted T-ara to be reviewed!!! Plus other girl groups! I want more girls!!!!!

          4 years ago
        • Lots and lots of dicks.

          4 years ago
        • thank GOD!!!! I myself would love to see more girl groups reviewed, huh? oooh yeeeah.

          *Ryan raises his eyebrows up and down and smiles, he then looks around to see if he has support but quickly sees many fellow Nasties with clubs and sharp objects in their hands chanting in poor English that is clearly a 1 out of 5*

          4 years ago
        • me to I want more girl groups reviewed. I wanted T-ARA TO WIN!

          4 years ago
        • Don’t worry dude I’ve got your back :p

          4 years ago
        • I can always count on you girl!!!

          4 years ago
        • REALLY??!!! REAAALLLY REALLLYYY REALLLYYY cos that’d be AWESOME >_<

          4 years ago
        • Can’t wait :) I think it’s a great idea that you let us -nasties- vote for K-Pop Mondays and give some tips about the vlog. And that you actually listen -read- our opinions and take notes. Also, I loved how you improved the show.

          Keep working hard.

          4 years ago
      • Indeed, it is unfair, but true. But I found that most girl groups took a backseat this year. The female soloists I feel were stronger. Like Ga-in, Ailee, Son Dam Bi, BoA, G.Na, N.S Yoon G, Lee Hi and others. The main girl groups that put out a lot this year and made an impression were Secret, Sistar, and Orange Caramel. Fx had a strong album but I felt that the latter part of the year they were missing in action and we all know that 2NE1 were not even focused on releasing much this year. We got I Love You in Korea, Scream in Japan and Be Mine which was for a commercial.

        I also thought Sunny Hill did pretty well this year too, but they aren’t really a ‘ girl group’.

        4 years ago
        • It’s true that girl groups were not a big thing in 2012 -although Sistar and f(x) went pretty good-. But not even female soloist could win in ANY cathegory in this poll.

          4 years ago
  11. I hope the Epik Nasties get to help again next year, twas a blast. I’m sure if you guys wanted/needed us we’d all be up for it.

    (Not as in we do everything and you have minimal say, but at least help w/ a few nominations.) But either way it was fun even though it was kind of like a last resort.

    Hope everyone (S&M and all the fans) enjoyed the 1st EYKAs!

    4 years ago
    • How to apply to become an Epik Nasty? What are the skills required? Where to queue? What exam to take? What to put in my résumé, and where to send it?

      4 years ago
      • lol I dunno….be Epik? xD

        check this page regularly? http://www.eatyourkimchi.com/kpopcharts/epik-high-up/

        Follow us via Disqus? At the time it was just anyone who saw my post and replied to it.

        4 years ago
        • The “Up” page? I wouldn’t have guessed! That’s when we feel the lack of forum around here.

          4 years ago
        • We’ve been looking into a forum south on as well. Got some other things on the plate, too, in due time :)

          4 years ago
        • Lol, that’s why we’re the “Epik” Nasties. ^^ (I do agree that a forum would be great around here.)

          4 years ago
        • Well, I love Epik High more than any other Korean group, but the fate made me deprieved of internet during the three weeks or something that followed the realease of Up and Don’t Hate Me, so I didn’t have a chance to vote and comment at that time, and then I thought it was too late so I didn’t bother checking these pages! Sounds like I should have!

          4 years ago
        • What a terrible time to lose your Internet connection. You have my condolences.

          You sound like a fan of Epik High, but it’s not a requirement, lol. It just so happened that naturally mostly Epik High fans were on the Don’t Hate Me thread when we started bonding over the puntasticness that is that video. We’ve been on the threads for DHM and Up for a couple months now. Since EYKA nominations are over we’ve just been chatting about random kpop stuff, so feel free to drop by (we’re currently using Up). ^^

          4 years ago
        • Well the Epik Nasties kind of started during Dancing King, then Don’t Hate Me. But we weren’t “legit” until the DHM cover video.

          4 years ago
  12. The EYK Awards is brilliant! Loved the whole thing. The studio is looking awesome too. 2013 is going to be great for you guys.

    4 years ago
  13. great to see you guys start to film in your studio. when you talk about acustic dampers does that mean putting crap on the walls or is it an electronic instrument?

    4 years ago
    • From what we were told (and we only learned about them yesterday) they’re some non-electronic things that go into the corners of your rooms.

      4 years ago
  14. This was so amazing and well worth the wait. Thank you for putting in so much time and effort! There are too many awesome things to gush about them all (that would be one long post), but I will just say that the appearance from Busker Busker was so awesome!!!

    4 years ago
  15. omFG YOU GOT BRAD FROM BUSKER BUSKER TO BE IN YOUR SKIT

    MY JAW ACTUALLY DROPPED

    Congrats to all the groups that won! c:

    Totally worth the wait, the EYKAs were beyond awesome. I think I almost died laughing from watching Simon’s “creative” aegyo.

    4 years ago
  16. So for the KMM for the Chaser, will that be in addition to the video that wins this week or will it replace it? I’m hoping in addition to cause otherwise that would be kinda sucky for the video that wins this week…

    4 years ago
  17. That made me laugh so hard you guys! Seriously thank you so much for your hard work! You never fail to put a smile on my face!

    And Simon really does have a hairy chest, I remember you guise saying that!
    Martina do you have extensions in? They look so pretty!

    4 years ago
  18. im just bummed ice cream didnt win and simon wont dress as Hyuna…lol

    ps poor Choom TOP hahaha

    4 years ago
    • im not bummed at ALL. S&M reviewing Ice Cream just means I have to listen to parts of that train wreck again. spare us all the pain, fake sexiness, and “cream shots” PLEASE!

      4 years ago
      • true but simon in a leather dress … with that scary girl voice…lol

        4 years ago
      • I love you. I hated that ridiculously atrocious excuse for music. And sexiness. Sitting through it once was enough horror for a lifetime. Thankyounothankyou, Cube.

        4 years ago
      • Simon swore he wouldn’t do that. Anyways there are too much funny stuff in the video to let any time for complaint.

        4 years ago
  19. congrats on your first annual eat your kimchi awards!!! hoping to see another great one next year!!

    4 years ago
  20. I cried when i saw the bloopers. they were hilarious!

    4 years ago
  21. YAY! I am very happy with the results, you guys are right, we DID vote the winners, so there shouldn’t be any butthurt about YG winning! Good job for the first awards show! I can’t wait to see the K-Pop Music Monday for Infinite’s The Chaser! :D

    4 years ago
  22. That was awesome~! And the studio looks fabulous! Can’t wait to see more studio-filmed videos. :3

    4 years ago
  23. Waited all day, and you two didn’t disappoint!!! I love you, and look forward to what you have to say in 2013.

    4 years ago
  24. HA! I’m waiting for part two to load but I just had to say I laughed so hard at the Rookie of the Year skit and loved that Brad agreed to do the skit. I for one loved it and your awesome trolling!

    4 years ago
  25. These were SO WORTH the wait! I remember the first “How to Dance K-Pop,” which was awesome, but the EYKAs just blew it out of the water! Well done, guise! :D

    4 years ago
  26. This was truly a work of art. I can’t wait for the awards next year. I’m so happy that U-Kiss won band of the year. I voted as much as possible. And I’m also happy about Big Bang and 2ne1 winning as well. I love the commentaries you guys give on each group. I can’t wait for the KMM for The Chaser. Thanks so much guys. I know this was a lot to do but I’m so thankful at the same time for all that you guys do when it comes to Kpop as well as Korean culture. Looking forward to the new things this year! :)

    4 years ago
  27. I have some other thoughts running around in my mind but first I need to get over the MANLY BEAST (B2ST? LOL) that is Simon!

    4 years ago
  28. That was the most glorious 20 min of my life :D totes worth the wait.
    I’m so so so glad U-Kiss won. It was the only category I really voted on and they totally deserved it <3
    Thank you Simon and Martina for this awesome EYKA. I cannot wait for 2013!

    4 years ago
  29. Oh so awesome! Lurve you guys! Hope you had a great New Years and so wonderful to see you in the studio!!

    4 years ago
  30. So much chest hair in one day O.o Awesome so far! just finished part 1. I LUV YOU G DRAGON you’re so badass.

    4 years ago
  31. Ugh we have to wait until Jan 14th for the ‘I Got A Boy’ review? :(

    Anyways, really well done and funny awards ceremony! I just hope that more female artists will be able to be part of the ceremony next year (as in more than winning the only category that is female-only). It was severely lacking and is a real clear indicator of the bias towards male artists. Perhaps you can find a different way to tally up votes that could even the field a bit more.

    4 years ago
    • I think the only way to solve that problem would be to separate everything into male and female. Alas. That would make for even more categories. Kpop fans are just more male biased due to the fact that the demographics for most Kpop fans are 13-20 year old females. I think that EYK may skew a little older, but not by much. And it still is overwhelmingly female. For some reason females just flock to boy bands.

      Edit: I already skew the demo by being way older than most Kpop fans. And I like girl groups along with the boy groups too.

      4 years ago
      • how old are you?? i’m 26

        4 years ago
        • I am 29. There are a few more Nasties that are older than me I think but the majority are much younger. Even Simon and Martina are younger than me.

          4 years ago
        • Lol. I know there are older Nasties. There are whole families of Nasties with kids, parents and grandparents too. I wonder who our oldest one is.

          Mind you I still think I am young. It is just that most Kpop fans are teenagers or in college. I once saw a girl comment that she was in college and was ‘ancient’. Oh I nearly got a stitch from the laughing… And then I got severely depressed.

          4 years ago
        • I remember Cinnamon saying she’s 43….wait should I be exposing this? *runs away*

          4 years ago
  32. All of this was amazing!! I died at the bum smack bullet XD
    And yay U-Kiss!!! o/

    4 years ago
  33. simon i srsly can’t with your taeyang impression it is SPOT ON.

    4 years ago
    • I can thank Martina for her awesome wig morphing skills. If she were on Avatar, she’d be a wig bender. Kindof a lame skill now that I think about it.

      4 years ago
      • Lame! That would be an awesome power.
        I really liked the T.O.P wig too. xD

        4 years ago
      • actually i know several stylists and dozens of drag queens who could benefit from that power…

        anyway, cheers to both of you and thanks for your never-ending dedication to making us laugh. thanks!

        4 years ago
  34. im dying at the Big bang skit… hahahaha TOPs voice!!

    4 years ago
  35. This is epic. Best videos I’ve seen all year…oh wait… :)

    4 years ago
  36. Wait, why reopen the voting? Just for gins and griggles? lol

    4 years ago
  37. wooo finally!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this :D

    4 years ago
  38. I want the thank you for your contribution to the Pekingnese breed’s popularity! Er’yone says my Ruby is ugly bit I love her squished face! Spudgy, Your Ruby’s Bias!

    oh and thank you S and M for your hard work. EYK FIGHTING!

    4 years ago
  39. YES!!! Finally!! Before I watch anything, can I just say, I love the fact that you actually made a little Spudgy statue!! That is so amazing!!! Is it for sale? :D :D

    4 years ago
    • but but I want to win one T.T It is going to be almost impossible I’m a European and I can’t sing and I can’t dance and I can’t speak Korean…..maybe fans could win too? Like the Nastiest fan of the year award or or something? maybe?

      4 years ago
    • For sale?! Who would want to buy a Spudgy trophy!? That’s crazy talk!

      4 years ago
  40. Wow, no comments. That’s just crazy!

    4 years ago