Sunday, September 24, 2017

Trot King with Wanna One for photo shoot.

The King of Trot, veteran singer Tae Jin Ah is not missing out as well for some selfie photos with the hot popular trend rookie idol group Wanna One members. 


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 The '2017 1st SORIBADA BEST K-MUSIC AWARDS was held at the Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on September 20th.


After the awards ceremony, photos were taken of Tae Jin Ah together with Wanna One members. The members were all posing V-signs with their fingers and cute hand heart which conveys a nice photo and the warm chemistry. Tae Jin Ah is probably old enough to be their father. Even most of the Wanna One members do know Tae Jin Ah's son, Eru's hit song- Black Glasses.
                                                   

The veteran singer didn't hesitate to snap a photo with the centre of the group- Kang Daniel. Not to be confused with the centre-leader as the leader of Wanna One is actually Kang Daniel's same label mate Yoon Ji Sung. 

Tae Jin Ah took back the Shin Han Ryu Trot Singer Award. The veteran singer is much loved overseas as he was also awarded the Global Achievement Award. 
Wanna One made their first debut in the music industry through Produce 101: Season 2 via Mnet Boy Group Survival Program.

The guys have sweep home the Shin Han Ryu Super Rookie Award and the Shin Han Ryu Rising Star Award.

Jang Dong Gun returns to small screen after 6 years.

Actor Jang Dong-gun (45) returns to TV drama after six years.

According to KBS on 22nd September, Jang Dong Gun has confirmed to star in the main lead of the drama 'Suits' scheduled for the first half of next year 2018. Jang Dong Gun's last TV drama featured in 2012 is "Gentlemen's Dignity".

This is the Korean version of the same name drama released by USA Network in 2011. The story is about an America's top lawyer as he is accepted as a genius since he remembers everything after reading it once. It is a popular drama series that made into seven seasons until this year.

Jang Dong-gun plays Choi Kyung Seo, one of the best lawyers in Korea. Also ZE:A's Park Hyung Shik is playing as a rookie lawyer, Go Yeon Woo who is like an under wing learning from Choi. The new drama is scheduled to be broadcast on KBS 2TV in the first half of next year.

Cha Tae Hyun, Kim Jong Kook, Jang Hyuk, Hong Kyung Min in new program.

The 1976 born men remained best friends as they were in those years. Now that all of them have settled down and even led successful careers, it is time for them to gather together in a new variety program entitled Dragon Club- Brotherhood.

And the best friends are actor Cha Tae Hyun, Jang Hyuk, singer Kim Jong Kook, Hong Kyung Min and actor Hong Kyung In. These celebrities are the same age and still remained close best friends for the past 20 years in the entertainment industry.

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Often we see Cha Tae Hyun calling Jang Hyuk, Jong Kook and Kyung Min on the programs he is featured in. Tae Hyun has even invited most of his friends to cameo in his latest drama he has directed- The Best Shot.  The 'Dragon Club' is a kind of reality entertainment program and will be released in October 2017.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sechs Kies releases new album- Another Light.

First generation idol group Sechs Kies have finally released their long awaited full length album entitled Another Light. The members have been on hiatus for a long period of time and this year marks 20th year anniversary since their debut. This also literally means they have started singing even before the current rookie idol groups are born. 

                              

Sechs Kies are happy to release this new album as a part of thanking their loyal fans who have waited for their return. So yellow balloons- are you ready for this album?
Fellow YG label mates include WINNER Min Ho and Seung Hoon have participated in this album including Epik High's Tablo.

Despite being excited, there are some flaws on the group's new album. First- the songs were not written by any of Sechs Kies members. Member, Kim Jae Duck mentioned that the album will not be similar to the techno up dance beat as how they debuted 20 years ago. In the past usually an idol consists of good vocalist, visual, dancer and rapper. Though their new first full album might not be that perfect, they have promised to have the next album better than the first.

Another Light is released on 21st September.







Super Junior Dong Hae becomes Korea Leukaemia Children Foundation Ambassador.

It has been a while since we last saw Dong Hae in any program or dramas after he left and came back from his military duties. Hallyu group, Super Junior's Dong Hae was commissioned as a PR ambassador for the Korea Leukaemia Foundation

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On the afternoon of the 21st September, Dong Hae participated in the birthday party of the PR ambassador in Seoul Leukaemia Childcare Center and the children ward of Seoul National University Children's Hospital.

Dong Hae said, "Many people will help to know and understand the disease called childhood cancer and the difficulties that the disease concerned to the family."

Dong Hae will participate in a campaign to improve the awareness of paediatric cancer, including photo shoots of posters for paediatric cancer and visits to holiday shelters.


On the other hand, the Korean Leukaemia Child Foundation is a paediatric cancer specialist organisation that helps children to grow into a healthy society.


Confession of 2 men on board Hospital Ship.

In MBC weekday mini series Hospital Ship, the recent episode showed Song Eun Jae (Ha Ji Won) starts to have a soft spot for Kwak Hyun (Kang Min Hyuk)

Painter Choi Young Eun (Wang Ji Won) boldly announces to Eun Jae that she is Hyun's fiancee after boarding the ship. Both women were looking at Hyun communicating sign language with an injured patient. Young Eun confesses that is the 'face' she misses the most and how cool Hyun was. It turns out before hand Young Eun saw Hyun confessed his liking towards Eun Jae. This startled Eun Jae with the truth and marked on Young Eun's words.

Young Eun told the staffs on board how she first met Hyun during a sign language class. Hyun learned sign language for the leukaemia deaf children when one of patient died, she saw a grown man shedding tears whereby she decided to pursue on him.She said when one miss each other, they should live together, share a room together...etc and somehow that struck Eun Jae's jealousy point. Hyun angrily said Young Eun meant nothing to him at all when she insisted they didn't break up, it was her mistake to leave him. Hyun remembered his girlfriend was a two timer and avoided at all cost. Eun Jae is irritated by Young Eun and blurted out she doesn't care what the two does, she is busy adjusting the emergency schedules. 

Meanwhile Kim Jae Geol (Lee Seo Won) mother visited the ship and collapsed. It turns out she was diagnosed with myocardial infarction- which is a heart attack emergency. Immediately Eun Jae attends to her requesting for helicopter back-up to the nearest hospital. During the
 transfer, Director Kim lashed at his son for not able to help his mother. Eun Jae understands the feeling when one is a doctor treating a family member- it's difficult and she had done through unable to save her own mother. Later on, Hyun is worried if Eun Jae is angry with him as she didn't speak to him at all. He though Eun Jae resented him since he didn't diagnose her late mother's illness properly. 

Thinking Hyun and his fiancee is spending lovely dovey time together in the same room, Eun Jae gets fussed up. Fortunately Hyun send Young Eun off to Jae Geol's empty room to rest since he wasn't around at that time. Eun Jae refuses to listen to his explanation sternly stating she has no time for resentment. 

Jae Geol is thankful that Eun Jae saved his mother's life and he starts to take an interest on her.
The situation began to tense up when Jae Geol asked Hyun, "How much do you like about Song Eun Jae?'' If you like her, watch out.... as I am going to take her away from you."








Kang Daniel, Ong Seong Woo in SBS new variety show.

On 21st September SBS has announced and confirmed their new variety program called Master Key

'Master Key' is a program in which about 10 celebrities will play a room escape game in a dormitory-type set. It will be produced inside and outside of 10 episodes and will be filmed at the end of September. It also involves the viewers participation. 

Viewers will be able to access the SBS 'Master Key' official website, which will be open on the evening of the 22nd September to identify the star players and select the players they support. Special offers will be given to the player who receives the most selections from viewers through the homepage. Participants who selected the winning player will be given a prize by lottery. The winner will also be able to vote on the SBS 'Master Key' official website on the evening of the 22nd.

Master Key is a star-studded cast which lines up emcee Jeon Hyun Moo, Lee So Geun, EXO's Baekhyun, Kim Jong Min, Henry Lau, B1A4 Jinyoung and Wanna One's Kang Daniel and Ong Seong Woo. 

I am starting to imagine how chaotic and hectic it's going to be with the chatterbox Baekhyun with wacky Henry and the clueless Jong Min. Not to mention with the funny gags by Seong Woo and the goofy Daniel...it's going to be a roller coaster for Jeon, Lee and Jinyoung. 





Park Bo Young, Kim Young Kwang starts filming new movie.

Upcoming new film entitled 'Your Wedding' directed by PD Lee Seok Gun have finalised the cast for the project. Actress Park Bo Young and model/actor Kim Young Kwang have started filming the movie.
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The film depicts a 10-year love story of a man who only has his eyes on one woman and a woman who does not know the truth. Kim Young-kwang plays a man who loves only one woman for 10 years, while Park Bo Young's role may be strong on the outside but she happens to be his first love.

Park said, "I feel like I can show the audience something different that I have not done in previous works," and Kim Young-kwang said, "I am happy to have a good actress playing alongside and a good staff."

In this movie, Kang Ki Young, Go Kyu Pil, Jang Sung Bum, Shin So Yeol and Song Jae Rim will be part of it as well. 


Your Wedding movie is scheduled to be screened next year. 



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hospital Ship drama romance sails off.

MBC drama Hospital Ship depicts the lives of doctors and nurses on board struggling to save patients' lives in extreme situations and meanwhile romance is in the air... ah.... *smiles* 

On 20th September, the episode has audience taken back with the arrival of Kwak Hyun's ex-girlfriend Choi Young Eun (played by Wang Ji Won) and gives a staring competition between Song Eun Jae (Ha Ji Won) and Kwak Hyun (Kang Min Hyuk).


On this day, Hyun took the risk to rescue a school kid from the bus collision accident and Eun Jae who is suffering from the recurrence of her trauma. Both doctors overcome their own difficulties and got closer. Hyun started to remember that his father signed an official document to refuse cardiopulmonary resuscitation if ever his heart stops. Eun Jae was with him on his birthday. Both enjoyed each others company, drinking wine and sharing their personal stories. Eun Jae then dropped the brick that her father is a fraudster. Hyun kissed her and thanked her for staying beside him during the tough times. The next day morning came, Eun Jae was rather embarrassed and sternly said they are colleagues. Hyun grabbed her hand and smirked at her stating she must be wavering inside. Hah! That was a suave move! 

Out of nowhere Choi Young Eun turned up leaving Eun Jae confused. There it begins a triangle relationship. The sudden kiss came and then an ex-girlfriend turns up. WHAT! 
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Song Eun Jae's role is painted as cold and outstanding surgeon while Kwak Hyun is a kind and warming Internal Medicine doctor. Both looked after patients and came to understand each other a little bit. But if there was an exchange between a man and a woman, it was hard to digest the scene of kissing after a glass of of drink. Especially, it was hard to believe that Song Eun Jae- a cold-hearted character is warming up towards Hyun.

The romance of the 'Hospital Ship' was not plausible. There were a line of events as flat as the question "Why am I on board?". It is not too late to turn back. There is still time to fully utilise the advantages of Korea's first 'medical on board drama'. Can the drifting of "Hospital Ship" safely reach their goal?


The Dark Horse of Wanna One.

When Mnet came up with the idea of generating a nation picked idol boy group, it was obvious there was going to be laughter, tears, happiness, joy, disappointment and break downs among the 101 trainees from different agencies. Therefore Produce 101: Season 2 started early this year by bringing in heaps of young guys to train for 4 months evaluating their individual skills, teamwork, dance, singing and overall performance. The vocal trainers pushed them hard, the choreographers drilled them in dancing moves, they practised day and night for performances to go on air for the citizens to vote for them. It was a matter of survival in this project.

Park Ji Hoon made his way winning most female voters ranking top spot in the first 3 episodes. By the time episode 3 came, Ji Hoon didn't budge from his position. He was 1st followed by Lee Dae Hwi and Samuel Kim.  And what we didn't expect was a young bloke with pink candy hair slowly climbed his way up from 20+ positions to top 10 and smooth sailed to top 5. Kang Daniel was a chatter himself but strong determination has proven to be successful. His fellow trainee mate Yoon Ji Sung also managed to secure himself a spot in the top 35 spots. 
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내마음속에 저장! (I've saved you in my heart!)
When announced that there will be only 20 positions for the semi-final episodes....trainees were nervous waiting for their names to be called out by announcer BOA. It was not 18 or 22 but only 20 spots available to be evaluated again. Kim Jae Hwan carrying the powerful vocal secured himself within top 10 as he didn't expect. Hwang Min Hyun- the female voters favourite because of his shy naive looks- after all it was his 2nd debut if he makes it since he was a former member of NU'EST. Kang Dong Ho who earned himself a nickname Sexy Daddy is somehow nervous when BOA mentioned his new dance rival, Daniel - the originator of the sexy thigh sweeping move in the Devine Chennel's 'Open Up' performance. BTW, Open Up performance scored the highest among group performances with 500+ votes, followed by Oh!My Girl...etc.

Other trainees Lai Kuan Lin, Park Woo Jin, Bae Jin Young, Ha Sung Woon were also voted into the top 20. Ong Seong Woo- the so-called comical trainee of all did very well as well with his smooth popping dance and trademark 'really, daebak...heol...etc' whenever he spits out a sentence. Other fellow favourable trainees Kim Jong Hyun, Ahn Hyung Seob, Ju Hak Nyeon, Im Hyung Min were part of the top 20. 

The 2nd voting period was a close call for some. Jong Hyun managed to snag top spot followed by Daniel and Ji Hoon. Jong Hyun still leads from Episode 7-8. The 3rd voting period started where group performance votes are counted in. Kang Daniel came up unexpectedly first rank in third voting surprising most trainees as most were expecting for Ji Hoon. 
Daniel gained 100K+ votes for Episode 9 and 828K+ votes in Episode 9. BUT...the finale requires only 11 trainees to form the group. It has been determined the top 11 wins the survival contest and debuts as a new rookie group called Wanna One

The top 11 has determined fellow trainees were voted from the nation with 11th spot by Sung Woon, followed by Jin Young, Min Hyun, Ji Sung, Lai Kuan Lin, Woo Jin, Seong Woo and Jae Hwan. 3rd spot went to Dae Hwi and final 2 ranks will determine the centre position of the group. And who would have expected a trainee from MMO Entertainment to win the overall program?

Result was announced as Kang Daniel claimed the first place with a whooping total of 1,578,837 votes! Park Ji Hoon took second spot with total 1,136,014 votes. It was a massive win for Daniel as he is declared the overall winner for Produce 101: S2 program. He was indeed a dark horse-a bubbly person has a passion for B-boying. Given the centre spot, he's always in the main position for choreography. His ranking was at 38th to 21st- suddenly crept up to 8th spot in the performance Get Ugly and finally first in Open Up performance. Fans of Jong Hyun and Samuel Kim would be fairly disappointed seeing their bias have been eliminated in final round. Some trainees returned to their agencies forming new groups, releasing new MVs and even joined daily dramas. It is not the end for trainees who left or been eliminated from the program. 

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Overall, the results were pretty overwhelming. I am rather satisfied with the results.
Well least, aren't we glad that the citizens have voted and created Wanna One with those lovable members? Visuals? Vocals? Dance? Variety? Each member has their own charms, skills and personality. Wanna One (101) members are now enjoying popularity wherever they go. Members have been invited to variety talk shows, endorsing many advertisements and as they continue to dominate the music charts and even earning themselves Rookie Award.
Once again Kang Daniel has proven himself the first rank;  immediately he got himself a home cooked dinner in the program Let's Eat Dinner together with emcee Lee Kyung Kyu after requesting for the first time. 

After all, "It's me" 나야, 나!"..you picked them and they are the "tonight's main character" as per the lyrics of It's Me (Pick Me). Good luck to the team and congratulations to the winners.
We hope to see them more in shows and dramas! ^_^ 

Wannables- get ready as Wanna One are riding the waves to the shores of Australia this week at the KCON 2017 Festival in Sydney. Have fun! (Aww...I miss those beautiful people