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TVXQ thanks BoA, SNSD, and SHINee in their “Thanks To”

TVXQ finally unveiled their first album in two years and three months on January 5th, and they left meaningful messages of gratitude towards their fellow SM artists for their constant support during their public absence.

Yunho wrote, “Kangta hyung and Min Jong hyung, who always kindly teaches me even the minor things, the know-it-all but humane BoA, the Super Junior members who own every kind of charm, the vocally talented CSJH The Grace members, the most moral men, TRAX, cute mascots SNSD, prettyAra and Yeon Hee, awesome actor Jong Yoon Hyung, SHINee, who are no different to my younger brothers, maknae f(x), thank you all for giving me strength and supporting me.”

Changmin wrote, “To our company who sent us applauses of encouragement, and to all of our awesome, pretty, talented and kind seniors and juniors, thank you all! The most handsome man in the universe, Lee Jinki ^^ Fishing King Kim Jong Hyun ^^ Key Kibum or KeyBum, Choi Minho, who overflows with richness like a son from a rich middle-east oil company family ^^, Prince Taemin, who owns everything a man needs, and all the other hoobaes, thank you.”

Meanwhile, TVXQ are set to make their official comeback on KBS Music Bank on January 7th.

Source: Seoul Newspaper via Daum Media

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U-Know Yunho

Super Junior, charming men who have diverse colors.

Max Changmin

Teuki Teuki Leeteuk hyung who thankfully came to the music video filming set alone and cheered for us.  Heechul hyung who other people see as unusual, but if you get to know him, he’s someone who’s really a warm abnormal human.  Top star Cho Kyuhyun, my friend who has to have a dance battle with me someday ^^ Kim Ryeowook, a luxury cold city man and a heavy drinker from Incheon ^^ My friend Kim Kibum.




Best Girl Group Poll results from iPoll

Korea’s largest online polling site conducted a poll for “Best Girl Group” from August 23rd to October 3rd. Various girl groups were paired up in brackets with the winner advancing to the next round. The poll was very popular with more than 100,000,000 votes tallied for the entirety of the poll.

The first round match up was as follows:

Brown Eyed Girls (397,970) vs T-ara (332,464)
SNSD (8,322,980) vs 4minute (5,184,301)
After School (5,657,572) vs f(x) (3,483,645)
Sistar (92,580) vs 2NE1 (220,857)
Miss A (666,657) vs KARA (340,025)
Wonder Girls (5,560,302) vs Secret (150,246)

Second Round:
Brown Eyed Girls (232,740) vs SNSD (6,573,904)
After School (3,582,021) vs 2NE1 (889,429)
Miss A (250,933) vs Wonder Girls (7,544,260)

A Double Elimination poll was held and 4minute won that poll

Semi Finals:
SNSD (8,363,274) vs After School (1,460,794)
4minute – Double Elimination winner (437,867) vs Wonder Girls (5,545,042)

SNSD (28,558,344) vs Wonder Girls (40,637,960)

Despite being gone for quite some time it was surprising to see the Wonder Girls win the poll, Congratulations to them. Which girl group would’ve gotten your vote?

Source + Photo: Newsen


Khuntoria couple brings out their “daughters”?

As 2PM’s Nichkhun is now “married” to f(x)’s Victoria on MBC’s “We Got Married“, it seems the other f(x) members are now the “daughters” of the couple.

On an upcoming episode, Nichkhun met with the f(x) members for the first time. Due to the four of them calling Victoria their “Big Mother”, they automatically became the couple’s new children.

Before meeting their dad, LunaSulli, and Krystal (no Amber again), along with Victoria, wrote five wishes on what they wanted from Nichkhun. Though he was embarrassed about the whole situation, Nichkhun tried his best to satisfy their wishes. He also behaved in a way that was different from the norm, which made his daughters and his wife happy.

This episode was actually recorded a few months ago, but this episode will air tomorrow (later today in Korea). Can’t wait to see the interaction between Nichkhun and f(x).

Source + Photo: Newsen

20 idol singers unite to sing the G20 Seoul Summit theme song

Ahead of the prestigious 2010 G20 Seoul Summit this November, it was revealed that 20 idol singers from popular K-Pop groups of today have been recruited to sing the theme song for the event.

The theme song titled, ‘Let’s Go‘ had been made specially for the event which will take place from November 11 – 12th at Samsung-dong’s Coex, for the discussion about the world’s economy.

The idol group members who will lend their voices include Gyuri (KARA), Seohyun (SNSD), Junsu (2PM), Changmin (2AM), Jaekyung (Rainbow), Jonghyun (SHINee), Sungmin (Super Junior), Kahi (After School), Luna (f(x)), JiEun (SECRET), Junhyung (B2ST), Gayoon (4minute), Min (miss A), G.O (MBLAQ), Bumkey (2wins), G.NA, Son Dambi, Seo In Kook, IU and Anna.

Korea is hosting this event for the first time and hopes to transfer a message through this song to youths that they should take on the world with confidence. With the growing influence that K-pop idols now wield on the young generation, there were no better candidates than them to do so.

The solo recordings were done from the 24 – 25th and all 20 of them came under one roof on the 26th to record the chorus portions.

‘Let’s Go’ is scheduled to be released in early October and footage of the idol singers recording the song will be edited into a music video.

Source: IsPlus

Which idol group members will be most frequently seen this Chuseok weekend?

It’s that time of the year again, where family and friends all around Korea and the world reunite to spend quality time together for the upcoming Chuseok weekend, starting on the 22nd. However in the TV world, it’s a reunion of the most popular idol groups for countless ‘Chuseok Special’ episodes, which are set to broadcast throughout the entre Chuseok weekend to complement the fun familial atmosphere.

Which idol groups will be most frequently seen on these ‘Chuseok Special’ episodes?

Starting off the Chuseok-idol group weekend marathon is SBS’s ‘Star Real Video Case Idols’, where celebrity guests are split into teams A and B and battle each other in quizzes based on various videos. Super Junior’s Lee Teuk & Sungmin, f(x)’s Luna, T-Ara’s Eunjung & Soyeon, ZE:A’s Kwanghee & Dong Jun, and SHINee’s Key will be the contestants for the show.

On the 22nd is MBC’s ‘Idol Star Trot Face Off’, where viewers will be able to listen to their favorite idols singing along to famous trot songs from back in the 60s. This special episode will be comprised of 4minute, miss A, BEAST, U-Kiss, Supernova, 8eight’s Lee Hyun, SHINee’s Onew, and f(x)’s Luna.

On the same day, SBS’s ‘Fantasy Star Couple Challenge Cup’ will air, where idol members pair up as couples to compete in various challenges. 2AM’s Jokwon will be showing a new image as he couples with, not the ‘wife’ B.E.G’s Ga In, but T-Ara’s maknae, Jiyeon. In addition, 2PM’s Junho and Nichkhun pair up with Miss Korea, Kim Juri, while BEAST’s Kikwang and 2AM’s Changmin & Jinwoon reveal their hidden muscles. SHINee’s Jong Hyun & Minho, SECRET, After School’s Kahi, and f(x) are also participating in the show.

On the 23rd, MBC’s ‘Pot of Honey’ will air a special Chuseok episode for their popular corner, ‘Emperor of Alkkagi (Korean game)’, where Super Junior, SHINee, T-Ara, and Supreme Team will be battling it out.

KBS and MBC also prepared an Idol Dance Off competition for the 23rd. Firstly, KBS will kick-start it with ‘Big Star Show Dance Grand Prix’, for which the “My Ear’s Candy” duo of 2PM’s Taecyeon and Baek Ji Young will be MCing the show, and will also reveal a version 2 of their hit track “My Ear’s Candy”. Super Junior’s Shindong, 2PM’s Chansung, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, SHINee’s Taemin, 4minute’s HyunA, After School’s Kahi, F.T Island’s Lee Hong Ki, and SECRET will also be taking the stage to show never-seen-before dance performances.

On the other hand, MBC’s ‘Star Dance Idols‘ will consist of idol groups performing various dance parodies. ‘Variety Idols’ 2AM, will be battling it out with gag woman Kim Shin Young, while miss A and SECRET are set to put on a musical performance.

Despite the never-ending idol group guest lists for the above variety show specials, it is the 25th and 26th that await the mother of all idol group Chuseok Specials – ‘MBC’s ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special’, for which a grand total of 120 idol group members came together to participate in a fun-filled athletics field day (Sneak peak part 1 & 2).

So, which show(s) are you most looking forward to the most?

100918 Music Core Performers List

2010.09.18 / Episode 226

Special MCs : Super Junior Eunhyuk, f(x) Krystal, After School Lizzy

Comeback stage

– 2NE1『Clap Your Hands + Can’t Nobody』

– V.O.S『Full Story』

– Chae Dongha『Crazy Day』


– TaeYang『I’ll be there』

Hot stage

– FT Island『Love Love Love』

– Son Dambi『dB Rider』

Hot Debut

– SAN E (ft.miss A Min)『Tasty Mountain』

Sweet Girl Sexy Girl Cute Girl

– Rainbow『A!』

– Secret『Madonna』

– Sistar『Shady Girl』


– Narsha (with Sunny Hill)『Mamma Mia』

– TRAX『Oh! My Goddess』

– ZIA『Laughter..』

Emotion in Song

– Eru『White Tears』

– Gavy NJ『Let’s Stop』

SAY goodbye

– $unny Side (ft. Sistar Soyu)『Bad Guy Good Girl』

– X-Cross『My Luv』

Source : Music Core site

What are the girl groups up to this Chuseok holiday?

With 13 different girl groups currently promoting in the market, fans have been paying close attention to their every move, including what they will be up to this Chuseok holiday.

Star News found out the holiday plans of 13 different popular girl groups including SNSD, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, KARA, T-ara, 4Minute, Secret, After School, f(x), miss A, SISTAR, Rainbow, and Girls Day.

The majority of the groups will be spending Chuseok with their family. Having run through tightly-packed schedules all year long, agencies have allowed a short but sweet break for the girls to enjoy.

With SNSD currently promoting in Japan, SM Entertainment will be having the members return home right before the holidays begin. SM stated, “The SNSD members will be spending their Chuseok in Korea with their family. After Chuseok ends, they will be returning to Japan and focusing on their promotions.

f(x) members will also be returning to their individual homes. SM stated, “Chinese member Victoria will be returning to China in order to celebrate the harvest festival. The rest of the members will be home with their families. Member Krystal will be filming for MBC’s ‘Charming By the Day’ for a short while during her break.”

KARA’s agency, DSP Media, revealed, “The members of KARA have achieved outstanding results all year long, including their success in Japan. We have decided to allow them to visit their families and spend Chuseok at home. The last day of their break will most likely be spent recording for their new album set to be released in October.”

Regarding Rainbow, DSP Media stated that they, too, will be spending Chuseok with family.

After School’s agency, Pledis Entertainment, stated, “Our members as well will be spending Chuseok at home. The members that live in the suburbs will be able to go down and see their families for the first time in a while. Those that live in Seoul will be enjoying a period of break at home.”

T-ara will be working their hardest for all activities leading up to Chuseok and returning home to their families, while SISTAR will be finishing their first Japanese performance on the 20th and returning to Korea.

Despite Chuseok being a holiday, there are also girl groups that will be focusing on their work and rehearsals.

2NE1 will be running through a busy schedule of broadcasts and advertisement filming during their Chuseok break. YG Entertainment stated, “Each member will of course be resting on the actual day of Chuseok, but during the rest of the holiday, the members will be participating in advertisement and broadcast filming. They will also be rehearsing through their first official album.”

Secret has revealed that they are determined to raise their skills by practicing as much as possible during their Chuseok break.

miss A, currently preparing for their new album (set to be released by the end of this month), will be using their Chuseok break as an opportunity to rehearse further.  Girl’s Day as well has decided to spend their Chuseok in their rehearsal room in anticipation of their 2nd album, set to be released in October.

The Wonder Girls will be spending their Chuseok in New York. JYP Entertainment stated, “The members will be staying in New York and spending their Chuseok with the YP USA employees.”

4Minute will be in Bangkok, Thailand for an advertisement promotion lasting four days during their Chuseok break.

Sounds like a hectic Chuseok for some, and a comforting Chuseok for others.

Part 2 of Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special

It was a tiring day for popular idol groups today, as they all came together to form teams and compete against each other for the upcoming Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special.

In part 1 of our coverage of the Idol Star Athletics Championships, we included a vast amount of pictures taken at the event. You’d think the photographers got tired, but fortunately for us, even more pictures were taken, as well as a couple more idols updating their Twitter with selcas during the filming.

2AM’s Seulong tweeted a picture of the ‘91 line:

“I was just watching them but they looked so cute… the ‘91 kids are playing together.”

F.T. Island’s Hongki tweeted this picture and said,

“Us at the sports meet.”

The additional pictures were uploaded courtesy of Newsen and StarNews. Enjoy!

Here is an updated list of team groups:

Team A: BEAST, G.NA, 4minute

Team B: SeeYa, Davichi, Supernova, T-ara


Team D: F.T. Island

Team E: SISTAR, K.Will

Team F: U-Kiss



Team I: Rainbow

Team J: ZE:A, Jewelry, Nine Muses

Team K: Rottyful Sky

Team L: 8eight, 2AM

Team M: Son Dambi, After School

Team N: miss A, Joo, 2PM

Team O: Super Junior, f(x) Luna, SHINee, Trax

Team P: Kim Sae Rom, Gil, Kan Mi Yeon, Kim Shin Young, Kim Na Young

Sneak peek of Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special

2AM’s Changmin has revealed a picture from the set of the “MBC Chuseok Special Idol Star Athletics Championships” which is currently being filmed.

Changmin uploaded the picture onto his Twitter and wrote, “There’s more people than an average awards show. This is going to be fun, but the problem is I’m hungry and we haven’t even started yet.”

In the picture uploaded by Changmin, you can see K.Will, MBLAQ’s G.O, 2AM’s Seulong, and BEAST’s Doojoon and Junhyung.

Netizens wrote,

“This looks fun!”
“This is what an idol athletics fest looks like.”
“Don’t get hurt and have fun!”

A few minutes later, MBLAQ’s Mir also uploaded a picture onto his Twitter from the same event. With a picture of himself on the ground all worn out, he wrote, “Athletics championships…Bored Bum Key (SHINee’s Key) worked hard to write those bubble letters on my leg.”

Fans wrote,

“What happened? Mir is just cute.”
“Why does he seem upset? lol”.
“He looks like a little kid.”

The stars will run a 100m race, a 110m race with hurdles, throw javelins, long jump, high jump, and have a 400m relay race. Kim Jae Dong and Kim Yong Man are hosting the event, and it airs on September 25th. Check out the selection of pictures from SPN of the various teams!

Here’s the classification of the teams based on the pictures above:

Team A: BEAST, G.NA, 4minute

Team B: SeeYa, Davichi, Supernova, T-ara


Team D: ?

Team E: SISTAR, K.Will

Team F: U-Kiss



Team I: Rainbow

Team J: ZE:A, Jewelry, Nine Muses

Team K: Rottyful Sky

Team L: 8eight, 2AM

Team M: Son Dambi, After School (?)

Team N: miss A, Joo, 2PM

Team O: Super Junior, f(x) Luna, SHINee, Trax

Team P: Kim Sae Rom, Kan Mi Yeon, Kim Shin Young

Stars couple up in a battle to become the best

2PM’s Nichkhun and Junho will be revealing a love triangle with 2009 Miss Korea, Kim Juri, on SBS’s Chuseok Special variety program, “The Couple of Perfection Challenge Cup.”

Nichkhun and Junho have been put in one team and will be battling against couples Jo Kwon and Jiyeon, Jang Dongmin and Yoo In Na, Minho, Jonghyun, and Secret, Seulong and No Sayeon, Seol Woon Do and Yoo Chae Young, Jang Yoon Jung and Simon D, Jinwoon, Kikwang, and Changmin, Choi Phillip and Sulli, Kwanghee and Victoria, Kim Kwangkyu and Kahi, and Kim Young Chul and Kim Nayoung.

As they are battling against other couples, Nichkhun and Junho will also be working to earn the affections of Kim Juri.

“The Couple of Perfection” matches up all celebrities, from idols to older stars, and turns them into couples in order to choose the best. Unlike any other standard games, the couples will be showing off their synchronization by going through each round in order to become the best.

On a stage that calls for unique transformations, Jo Kwon and Jiyeon will be changing sex roles, as Jo Kwon will be transforming into Lady Gaga and Jiyeon into Michael Jackson.

The special will air on the 22nd at 6:15 PM.

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