The Panel

Curious about the bloggers who rank the tunes each week and want to know more? Read on...

The Usual Offenders:

From: The Philippines
Blog: Pop Reviews Now (Best Culture and Arts Blog (Luzon), 2011 Philippine Blog Awards)
Twitter: @popreviewsnow 
Elsewhere on the 'Net: Columnist at SOOMPI, Virgin Top Music Blog, Contributing Editor at Babelpop and former OMGKPOP editor and editor-in-chief of The Kpop Nation.
Entrance Into KPop: Unofficially, rather naively, in 2006 with BoA's Atlantis Princess, officially in March of 2009 with Rain's Rainism.
Faves In KPop: DBSK, D-NA, CSJH, After School, Hwayobi, 2AM, Secret, Rain, IU, SHINee
Other Musical Faves: Girls Aloud, The Saturdays, Robyn, JoJo, Craig David, Agnes, Sara Bareilles, Alesha Dixon, Pixie Lott, and a gazillion European boybands from the early 2000's

From: USA (New York)
Blog: Melismatic (2008-; Music Network Blog)
Elsewhere on the 'Net: Last.FM; Former 'American Idol' columnist for HitPredictor
Entrance Into KPop: Not so formally, in late 2008 with BoA's debut English release. Officially, late 2009 thanks to Ms. Nikki and the wonderful world of DBSK.
Faves In KPop: TV5Q (JYJ & HoMin, thank you very much), Super Junior, 2NE1, SHINee, Brown Eyed Girls, Kara
Other Musical Faves: Girls Aloud, Sugababes (Versions 1-3)/Mutya Keisha Siobhan, The Saturdays, Marina & the Diamonds, Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, En Vogue, Little Mix, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Robyn -- basically if it's dancy, I probably like it. 

Arnold a.k.a. 'McRoth'
From: USA (Texas)
Blog: McRoth's Residence
Elsewhere on the 'Net: currently works over at | 6Theory Media, LLC. as a features writer, with a focus on music reviews; former blogger for the network | Mixr Media, LLC.
Entrance Into KPop: I wasn't aware of Kpop at the time, but I totally used BoA's 'Eat U Up' on my music player on MySpace way back when that was cool. Then in 2009, I just so happened to click on a YouTube video of 2NE1 performing Rihanna's 'Umbrella' which lead to several other clicks of their performances and was eventually hooked. I wont lie, Sandara's pineapple-tree hair was a big deciding factor, haha.
Faves In KPop: Epik High, 2NE1, DBSK, Big Bang, FT Island, SHINee, Lee Seung Hwan, Clazziquai Project, B2ST
Other Musical Faves: Pet Shop Boys, Belanova, Gwen Stefani, Mika, Monica Naranjo, Robyn, M.I.A., Rocio Durcal, Jose Jose, Miranda!, etccc.