Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Teen Top covers Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” for Big Bang Cover Contest?" plus 19 more

"Teen Top covers Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” for Big Bang Cover Contest?" plus 19 more

Teen Top covers Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” for Big Bang Cover Contest?

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 08:37 AM PDT

Big Bang‘s Global Cover Contest is well underway, and it looks like the boys of TEEN TOP took the time to also participate in the event!

A video of some of the TEEN TOP members covering Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” has been surfacing all over the internet.

Neil, Ricky, and Changjo put on a fierce dance performance that was so spot-on, VIP‘s couldn’t help but applause their efforts.

They did the Big Bang members proud. Tell us what you think of their cover below!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Source: Nate

SISTAR unleashes music video for “Alone”

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 08:09 AM PDT

The music video for SISTAR‘s ‘Alone‘ has been unleashed!

The music video was filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada along with a cool “knee-raising” choreography move. The girls look gorgeous in their red and black ensembles.

Check out the music video for “Alone” below!

allkpop Fan Tournament – Best Male Dancer (Semi-Finals)

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 08:00 AM PDT

After an amazing first round, we’re now in the semi-finals!

Round 1 started with Big Bang’s Taeyang, Jay Park, SHINee’s Taemin, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, B2ST’s Lee Ki Kwang, TVXQ’s Yunho, Se7en, and Rain and now we’re down to just 4 competitors!

Rain’s Clouds came out in full force as the 8th seed, Rain upset the number 1 overall seed Taeyang, 109,161 (57%) to 82,126 (43%).

ELF’s also showed their support for Eunhyuk as he defeated Lee Ki Kwang, 93,800 (68%) to 43,834 (32%).

The elder SM Entertainment statesmen Yunho defeated young Taemin, 272,543 (62%) to 166,790 (38%).

Finally, the Jaywalkerz crossed the road for Jay Park as he defeated Se7en, 74,617 (56%) to 58,994 (44%).

The Tournament rules are simple, you vote for your favorite dancer in each matchup and the Winner advances to the next round. The Semi Finals ends on April 13th at 11:59PM EST and the Finals will commence the following day on April 14th.


Vote for your favorites in the Semi-Finals below!

Rain vs Eunhyuk

Yunho vs Jay Park

Semi-Finals ends on April 13th at 11:59PM EST!

BtoB’s Ilhoon and JOO confirmed to be siblings

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 07:27 AM PDT

BtoB‘s Jung Ilhoon and singer JOO have been revealed to be siblings!

JOO confirmed on Twitter April 10th, “Yes, everyone is right~ BtoB’s Jung Ilhoon is my biological younger brother… Hehe^^ BtoB’s cool, right?”

She added, “Please give lots of love to BtoB. To Ilhoon as well.” The photo she posted showed an autograph by Ilhoon with the short yet touching message, “To: My Nuna.” The BtoB member even made sure to include a small heart, making it obvious that the two are pretty close.

Ilhoon mentioned in a radio program the same day, “My older sister gives me a lot of support. She tells me to do what I want without interfering. If I happen to do something wrong, she’ll give me straight-forward criticism and cheer me on.”

BtoB member Lim Hyunsik has also been revealed to be the son of famous folk singer Lim Ji Hoon. Apparently, Hyunsik preferred to do things through his own merit as it’s reported he kept the fact that he was the famous singer’s son to himself for a long time.

Source & Photo: Newsen via Nate + JOO’s Twitter
Tip: Thanks to those of you who sent this in!

Yubin lets fans know she voted

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 07:01 AM PDT

Wonder Girls member Yubin joined the growing list of celebrities who are letting fans know they voted in the current elections in South Korea.

Yubin posted on Twitter, “Once I was eligible to vote, I never once skipped out on voting, and I went today once again!” The star seemed understandably proud as she stood outside of the voting center for a photo.

Fans who saw the tweet said, “Yubin came out pretty in this photo,” “Yubin really voted!  It’s the right thing to do!  Good to see,” and “Yubin is an idol with common sense.”

Source + Image: Yubin’s Twitter

Recent photos of actor Kim Jae Won reveals he’s doing well

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:32 AM PDT

Actor Kim Jae Won was recently spotted shopping at a department store. Fans were relieved to see the actor in good condition after his unfortunate injury last year.

The photos were posted by a netizen on an online community board April 10th with the title, “Actor Kim’s current state”. The actor was photographed dressed casually while shopping for new clothes. His bright smile in particular was noticed by fans, assuring them that he is doing well.

Kim Jae Won suffered a severe shoulder injury from a motorcycle accident back in October of last year while filming for the MBC drama, ‘I’m a Flower Too‘, leading him to withdraw from the series.

The actor was scheduled to hold a fan meeting in Korea and Japan at the end of March. However, the pain in his shoulder continued after he diligently practiced dance choreography for the event. The fan meeting has since been re-scheduled to the end of May.

Fans commented, “His smile is beautiful as ever,” “Has your shoulder healed?” and “You look healthy.

Source & Image: TV Report via Nate

Dana uploads a refreshing new selca

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 06:03 AM PDT

CSJH‘s Dana showed off a fresh new style for Spring, pulling her hair back in a tight bun.

Dana posted on Twitter, “Going to Jindo. It has been a while since I had something scheduled in the countryside,” updating fans about her current activities.

The star’s “ballerina” look is somewhat surprising as not many female idols can pull off a similar hairstyle.

Fans seemed to appreciate the new set of photos as they commented, “Dana is as pretty as a doll,” “It’s hard for people to look good when they pull their hair back and expose their forehead, but Dana is simply beautiful,” and “Dana can’t have a bad hair day. She’s radiant.”

Source + Image: Dana’s Twitter

Kim Ji Suk admits he looks like HaHa

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 05:34 AM PDT

Actor Kim Ji Suk admitted that he looks a lot like HaHa on the April 10th broadcast of SBS’s ‘Strong Heart‘.

Kim Ji Suk appeared on the program to support and congratulate his best friend Lee Dong Wook, who is the new co-host for the show along with Shin Dong Yup.

Many of the guests mentioned that Kim Ji Suk is basically “a good-looking HaHa“. He responded by admitting, “I hear that I resemble HaHa a lot.”

The actor also showed off his hidden rap skills on the episode. Kim Ji Suk was formerly a member of the idol group Rio back during the time when the group g.o.d. was on its meteoric rise. After his rap, guests commented, “Seeing you rap makes you seem even more like HaHa,” and asked him to impersonate his doppelganger. Apparently, Kim Ji  Suk’s impersonation was pretty solid as they exclaimed, “Your voices are the same too!

Actor Jung So Min, singer Jang Nara, CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa, SISTAR‘s Hyorin, Song Eun Yi, Kim Shin Young, and others also appeared as guests.

Source: My Daily via Nate News

[Spoilers]YoonA’s three second stare on ‘Love Rain’ captures attention

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 05:02 AM PDT

YoonAs “three second stare” scene in KBS2′s ’Love Rain‘ has become a hot topic.

The “three second stare” scene, featured in one of the drama’s teasers, between Suh Joon (Jang Geun Suk) and Hana (YoonA) was aired on the April 9th episode of the drama.

Suh Joon and Hana return from watching ‘Diamond Snow’, but when their car breaks down on the road, they’re forced to walk the rest of the way to the hot springs. After the ordeal, the two finally make their way to the springs where they sit side-by-side and start a conversation on their differing attitudes towards love.

Suh Joon, who is known to be a player, revealed, “I don’t believe in love. My father could never forget his first love and was always unhappy.” Hana responded, “Although my mother was unable to forget her first love, she was happy because of those memories. I want to experience that kind of love,” staring at Jang Geun Suk with a distressed expression.

Viewers who saw the episode commented, “I almost lost my breath seeing YoonA stare into the camera for three seconds,” and “I am envious of Jang Geun Suk.

Check out a clip of YoonA’s “three second stare” below:

Source: Asia Kyungje via Naver

Hyomin and Eunjung update fans from Frankfurt Airport!

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 04:30 AM PDT

T-ara‘s Hyomin and Eunjung updated fans on their trip to Europe.

Eunjung posted on Twitter April 11th, “We’ve arrived at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany. From here, we’ll be going to Milan after one hour. I’m going to document all sorts of things when I get there,” revealing her excitement for the project.

She went on, “We [look like] ahjummas going grocery shopping, making Frankfurt Airport, the biggest airport in the world, seem like a supermarket,” referring to the luggage carts they were pushing.

Fans responded, “You’re so lucky~ Spend your trip well and return safely~,” “Germany~ I want to go too~,” and “Hyomin in Milan is like a fish meeting water.”

The two members left for a 8-day-9-night trip to Europe on April 10th.

Source + Photo: Eunjung’s Twitter

Open World Entertainment issues official statement

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 04:06 AM PDT

Open World Entertainment just issued a statement, warning media sources for spreading “exaggerations and false reports” about the the scandal involving the agency’s CEO and the agency artists.

The representatives of Open World Entertainment issued a message titled “Warning of Legal Action for Defamation of Character Due to False, Exaggerated Reports, and Interference of Work” to Korean media outlets:

2012.4.10 Exaggerations and false reports (such as the number of victims being over 20) by a portion of the media reports on Open World Entertainment’s CEO Mr. Jang and on the confiscation, investigation, and arrest. By releasing the real names and pictures of stars under the agency who have nothing to do with the suspicions concerning Mr. Jang, artists and the reputation of Open World Entertainment have been defamed, causing loss and setbacks in work.

Shedding light on such a situation, on behalf of the Open World Entertainment’s officials and agency artists, CEO Jang Suk Woo’s legal representatives request the withdrawal of articles, and will take legal action against media outlets that do not issue out correction apology articles as well as the rest of the media outlets that have been blindly following the false, exaggerated reports, and will also make sure that there will be no reports defaming agency artists.

Source: News Way

Jang Nara reveals she broke up with her ex-boyfriend with a kiss

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 03:33 AM PDT

Singer and actress Jang Nara, who has been traveling back and forth for promotions between Korea and China, revealed that she had a last kiss with her ex-boyfriend when they broke up.

Jang Nara guested on the April 10th broadcast of SBS‘s ‘Strong Heart‘ and revealed, “Instead of saying our farewells to each other, my ex-boyfriend and I locked lips when we broke up.”

However, the star admitted maybe that wasn’t the best course of action as she stated, “But I regret it since it makes me think of him more often.” During the same episode, Jang Nara also shared the secret to maintaining her youthful appearance.

This week’s episode of ‘Strong Heart’ marked a brand new start for the show with Shin Dong Yup and Lee Dong Wook as the new hosts. Lee Jin Wook, Kim Ji Suk, Jang Nara, CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa, SISTAR‘s Hyorin, Song Eun Ee, Kim Shin Young, and Shin So Yeon also appeared as guests on the episode.

Source & Image: My Daily via Naver

Go Eun Ah comments on her portrayal of the “tomboy” in ‘Strongest K-Pop Survival’

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 03:00 AM PDT

Actress Go Eun Ah humored people by revealing that she feels confused about her gender these days.

Go Eun Ah is currently starring in ‘Strongest K-POP Survival‘ as tomboy Ji Seung Yeon, who hides her gender to join a male idol group called “M2 Junior”.

Viewers of the drama are praising Go Eun Ah for her transformation into Ji Seung Yeon. The actress cut her hair short and wore little-to-no makeup for the role, which was noted as different from previous tomboy roles that still had actresses maintain pretty, feminine faces.

Netizens commented, “I didn’t expect much from her acting the part of a male, but I can tell she put in a lot of effort,” “The strongest male-disguised female character yet,” and “I fell into Go Eun Ah’s charms because of her perfect acting and visuals.”

Go Eun Ah shared, “It’s easy for the male-disguised character to get old and obvious so I put a lot of effort in my look, exercise, and even how I speak, in order to understand and become Seung Yeon’s character. I’m so happy these days, even though filming does get tiring, because the viewers are giving good feedback and enjoying the drama.

She humorously added, “Since I’ve lived for more than two months as Seung Yeon, it’s gotten to the point that sometimes, I feel like I’m confused about my gender.”

Source+Picture: Entertainment News via OSEN

Lee Jun Ki holds handshake event with 500 fans

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 02:27 AM PDT

Actor Lee Jun Ki met with fans in Shanghai, China for a handshake event.

After making an appearance at the 19th annual ‘Eastern Pungunbang Award Ceremony‘ on April 7th, Lee Jun Ki held a special handshake event for fans in China.

The actor commented, “Serving in the military for the past two years, I have not been able to greet my Chinese fans as much as I wanted to. As I have had this opportunity to come to Shanghai, I have prepared a special event where I will shake hands with 500 fans.”

Chinese fans prepared a cake and gifts for the star’s thirtieth birthday, singing “Happy Birthday To You” as well.

Lee Jun Ki spoke about the songs and stories in his upcoming album ‘Deucer‘, which will be released on April 25th, raising the anticipation of fans.

Source: TV Daily via Nate News

HaHa shares surprising details about MC Yoo Jae Suk

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 01:55 AM PDT

HaHa appeared on the April 11th broadcast of MBC Everyone‘s ’Weekly Idol‘, where he shared some surprising details about “the nation’s MC”, Yoo Jae Suk.

During the show he stated, “Yoo Jae Suk does not like it when I hang out with Jung Hyung Don. One time, I drank a lot with Hyung Don before a recording, and we got in a lot of trouble.

HaHa continued, “He threatened us saying if we cannot make him laugh five times that day then he would kill us, so we worked really hard and luckily made him laugh six times,” revealing a charismatic side of Yoo Jae Suk that most people are not familiar with.

Viewers responded, “[Yoo Jae Suk's] passion for comedy is amazing,” and “I will be paying close attention to the programs now to look out for Yoo Jae Suk’s gaze.”

HaHa and Yoo Jae Suk are currently co-stars on ‘Running Man’ and ‘Infinity Challenge‘.

Source: TV Daily via Nate News

KARA acknowledged as the current “hot models” in advertising

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 01:26 AM PDT

KARA is receiving the spotlight as the current “hot models” of the Korean advertisement industry.

After KARA resumed activities in Korea starting last June, they signed a total of six contracts to promote brands as endorsement models.

The KARA members are currently models for cosmetics (Nature Republic), cars (Kia Pride), casual and sports clothing (Kappa, Union Bay), food (Snickers, Mango Six) among others.  Usually the endorsement models for these types of huge brands are reserved for big-name actors, but KARA is showing that they can promote a variety of products and produce positive results.

When considering that they only returned to Korea to promote their 3rd album for three weeks last September, the fact that the group still continuously appeared in commercials to greet their fans as models while receiving high praise for their work is truly amazing.  KARA is not only in advertising in their native Korea, but are active in Japan as well, where they are in advertisements for products like hair dye, pastries, and drinks, proving their worth overseas as well.

KARA will start their concert tour ‘KARASIA‘ in Yokohama on April 14th. The group will tour around Japan visiting other sites such as Nagoya, Osaka, and Toyko to perform in front of 130,000 screaming, adoring fans.

The tickets to the concerts were sold out immediately after sales began so two additional shows at Saitama Super Arena have been included in the tour. Once they finish the ‘KARASIA’ tour in Japan, KARA plans to refocus on promotions in Korea.

Source: Herald Kyungje via Naver

CNBLUE’s Yonghwa is a “totally arrogant man”?

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 12:56 AM PDT

Jung Yonghwa of four-member group CNBLUE proclaimed himself to be a “wando-nam” (totally arrogant man).

On the April 10th recording of MBC Music‘s ‘Show Champion‘, the studio was filled with CNBLUE fans who became silent when Jung Yonghwa mentioned that he was a “wando-nam”.

Yonghwa explained to fans, “‘Wando-nam’ stands for ‘totally arrogant man’ (WANjun DOdohan NAMja).”  He continued, “Good looking, cool. Instead of always hearing [these sort of compliments], we’d like to hear something more fresh and new.”

His charming joke and new nickname seemed to be well-received by fans. They commented, “‘Totally arrogant man!’ It sounds different from just being prideful,” and “So funny.

CNBLUE placed first on ‘Show Champion’ with the track they’re currently promoting, “Hey You“, from their new album ‘Ear Fun‘.

Source: Segye Ilbo via Nate News

Nancy Lang encourages people to vote while wearing a bikini

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 12:25 AM PDT

Performance artist Nancy Lang encouraged people to vote in elections by taking to the streets in nothing more than a bikini.

On April 10th, she posted on her homepage, “Nancy Lang put on a guerilla performance all throughout Seoul on Monday, April 9th to encourage people to vote on the 11th.”

It continued, “Nancy Lang went to Hongdae, Yueido and other places holding a placard with the word ‘Aang’ written on it, which is her catchphrase.  She did all this while wearing only a bikini.  This project was supported by her enthusiastic fans at the visual arts team, Astronaut.”

According to the artist, “Aang” is a word that symbolizes the cute, sexy kitty that is Nancy Lang as well as a word that’s used to give energy to the people.  Nancy also personally wrote the word “love” with red lipstick across her chest as a way to show her desire to be in a world filled with love, peace, and art.

Nancy Lang commented, “A democracy means that each person has control of the nation and the way to show that is to vote.  I especially hope that the younger generation will vote.”

The artist held the ‘UK Project‘ in London in 2010 with the slogan, “The individual is the nation.” Despite the humorous strategy, good job to Nancy for spreading awareness about the importance of voting!

Source: OSEN

HaHa & Kim Jong Min tease each other on ‘Win Win’

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 11:57 PM PDT

HaHa and Koyote member Kim Jong Min revealed their close friendship with a little teasing.

On the April 10th episode of KBS 2TV‘s Win Win‘, Kim Jong Min appeared as a special guest during HaHa’s interview.

He was quick to warn HaHa that he knew everything there was to know about him. Unphased, HaHa remarked that he too knew quite a bit about Kim Jong Min.

The Koyote member then emphasized that they needed to lead the show with sincere honesty, and then asked HaHa smugly, “Are you seeing anyone these days?”

His question caused everyone to explode into laughter, but HaHa, who was taken aback by Kim Jong Min’s sudden question, replied with an even more sensitive question, asking, “Nuna got hitched, you doing okay?” Kim Jong Min quickly went into a hilarious panic mode.

The “Nuna” HaHa spoke of is Kim Jong Min’s ex-girlfriend Hyun Young, who recently got married.

Source & Image : Newsen via Nate

Lee Hyori and John Park are close?

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 11:37 PM PDT

It seems that singers Lee Hyori and John Park may actually be somewhat close.

On April 10th, Lee Hyori posted a picture and tweeted to John Park, “Hey Sung Kyu (John’s Korean name), you are going to come when we have our vegetarian part on ‘Golden 12‘, right?  Model Hye Bak wanted to give you this handmade candle.” The handmade candle can be seen in the photo with a message from Hyori’s friend that said, “Hi John. You are __ Super.”

John Park replied, “Wow!  I hope Thursday comes quickly,” referring to when he’ll be attending the ‘Golden 12′ filming. The tweets between the two stars are of particular interest to fans as John Park has mentioned in the past that he’s been a fan of Lee Hyori since childhood. Lee Hyori has also brought up on a previous episode of ‘Golden 12′ that she would like John Park to guest on the show.

Followers commented, “Wow, the two of them are close,” “I want to go to the vegetarian party,” and “John Park is getting a lot of love from his noonas.”

Source + Image: Lee Hyori’s Twitter