The Hallyu Wave is spreading out, not only within Asia, but across the world. The Hallyu Wave, represented mostly by K-POP, is now expanding to Europe and the Middle East. Though the rage is not as big as it is in Asia, the Hallyu craze is quite amazing in Egypt. In 2005, the Ain Shams University created a Korean major and has been slowly but surely increasing the influence of Korean and the Korean culture in Egypt, even creating a Korean channel in 2010, and recently held its first Korean singing contest.
A total of 24 teams participated in the competition, coming from all parts of Egypt including Cairo and Alexandra. The seats of the Mahdi Library were filled to the brim with an audience that cheered for three hours straight as the competition carried on.
During every break was heard, “We love you TVXQ” During the breaks that took place between acts in the performance, we could hear people shouting, “We love you TVXQ.” It was the TVXQ fanclub ‘TVXQ5 Egyptian Cassiopeia’, which has been active mainly through Facebook.
Popular Korean group Tohoshinki’s Changmin (23) will be holding his first solo event in Japan on in November, for 2 days. This is to commerate the release of his first starring role in a Korean drama “Paradise Meadow” DVD Box set (I & II, Each ¥ 16,800, on sale 2 November.) Changmin, who will be participating in his first event in Japan as an actor, said “I want to prepare something special to show everybody for the first time, ” and is making plans.
Aside from his powerful singing and dancing, Changmin has captured the hearts of fans with his comical acting in this acting debut drama, and will be showing his charm by himself, as an actor.
The “Paradise Meadow Premium Event 2011″ will be held on 17 November at Pacifico Yokohama, and 19 November at Intex Osaka. Participants will be selected randomly from those who have purchased both the DVD Box Sets.
According to related personnel, they are currenly planning the stage design and performances, with Changmin personally suggesting ideas to ensure that the participating fans enjoy themselves.
At the moment, Lee Yeon Hee (23) the actress who plays Changmin’s wife in the drama, is scheduled to make a special guest appearance for both days. It seems like (participants) will be able to see the comical dialogue between the on-screen couple. In Japan’s media coverage on Tohoshinki, Yunho(25) enjoys more exposure, so there is much interest as to what different kind of image Changmin will be showing by himself.
This drama is a romantic comedy about a couple who got divorced, but was forced to live together again after 6 years, and was broadcast in Korean from January to March this year. It contains a romantic kiss scene which makes fans scream, between Changmin and Lee Yeon Hee, and this became a hot topic.
Changmin left a message, saying, “The details of the event are still a secret, but it will be an enjoyable event that is full of the drama’s charm. Please wait for it!” and Lee Yeon Hee too said, “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone,” showing her anticipation.
U_and_YOU: Tonight at 9:55PM~ Jaejoong's drama will start( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ Everyone, remember to watch~!
fuku0501: Good morning♪ Eh!! I don't know whether we're able to see it in Japan or not(/_･､) but the drama that Jaejoong stars in will be on air tonight at 9:55PM so please watch it (^^)v Ah~ Thursday is also good~
YJ’s Kim Jae Joong wore a cute ribbon headband while praying for his drama’s success.
Kim Jae Joong plays the role of, Cha Moo Won, in SBS’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama, Look out for the Boss.
Recently, while shooting at an amusement park, Kim Jae Joong wore a cute ribbon headband and said, “I bet on our an audience ratings with the other actors. I can’t tell you the exact amount but I think I guessed little high. I wish my fans in foreign countries who watch the drama counted too.” Kim Jae Joong made a victory (V) sign with his fingers and prayed for the drama’s success.
Main characters in the drama, Choi Kang Hee, Ji Sung, and Wang Ji Hye confidently said the ratings will be high.
Choi Kang Hee who plays No Eun Sul in the drama said, “The entire crew of the drama are close to each other and they make the atmosphere at the drama set comfortable. As a result, our rating will rise higher and higher.”
Ji Sung, who plays Cha Ji Hun, said, “I agree with her 100%. Believe in us.
Meanwhile, Look out for the boss is about No Eun Sul who is trying to find a job and finally becomes a secretary. She meets her boss Cha Ji Hun and they will lead the plot. The first episode of the post City Hunter drama, will air on the 3rd, at 9:55 p.m.
With the release of KBS’ official statement regarding the cancellation of JYJ’s performance in the Jeju 7 Natural Wonders of the World nomination program comes a split amongst netizens on whether on not the statement is reasonable.
On the 28th, the production crew of KBS’ ‘Challenge! 7 Natural Wonders of the World, This is Jeju’ made a post on the viewers’ thread of the KBS homepage with the title ‘The production crew’s stance on the cancellation of singer JYJ’s appearance’ in reply to the post made by a viewer with the title, ‘We demand an explanation for JYJ’s appearance cancellation’.
(omitted, to read KBS’ official statement, please go here)
But netizens seem to be split on their opinions regarding the production crew’s statement. In comments to the statement, most netizens were seen to be against the cancellation, stating, “This isn’t how a broadcasting company should act”, “No matter what the reason is, isn’t it going too far to make a unilateral decision to cancel a performance four days before the show?” and “Groups who have a lower awareness than JYJ appeared in the show, and they were all from SM.”
On the other hand, there were some opinions supporting KBS that read, “I understand the production crew’s statement that Girls’ Generation would be more effective”, “A change in the line-up of a program is something that can happen at any time. Aren’t JYJ overreacting?” and “They need to be more precise on whether it was a decision by the broadcasting company or a decision because of external pressure.”
JYJ were scheduled to appear on the KBS special program on the 20th as the island’s honorary ambassadors but were suddenly given a unilateral notification of cancellation. In an official statement, C-JeS Entertainment stated, “We have already reported this event to the Fair Trade Commission and we will filed a lawsuit against the acts that obstruct JYJ’s independent activities.”
KBS released an explanation on the 28th regarding JYJ’s Jeju performance cancellation that has been called a national disgrace. It’s called an ‘explanation’, but it’s really nothing but a pathetic excuse that makes one’s face blush in embarrassment. If this was the kind of excuse that they were planning to release, then they really didn’t need to wait a whole week to release it. If they were going to repeat a unilateral statement that doesn’t give a proper answer to the question at hand, then they didn’t really have to release an official explanation at all.
Especially, the fact that they keep emphasizing, “JYJ’s appearance was cancelled based on a judgment by the production crew,” makes the suspicion grow that it wasn’t the production crew’s judgment at all. They say that they’ve emphasized the fact that, “The decision to allow people to appear on shows is solely up to the respective PD of that program and the decision is made based on which people will be more effective for the completion of the program,” but this seems to be nothing but cliché words that make up a lame excuse. It will be hard to find someone who will agree with a statement that merely beats around the bush.
Even if they do repeat a statement over and over again, the least they could have done is touch upon the issue that JYJ’s representatives brought up. The most important issue between the JYJ and KBS Jeju controversy is the part, “The broadcasting of the program may be impossible if JYJ appear.” This seems to contradict the statement made that it is the respective PD’s right to make the decisions. This is why many of JYJ’s representatives and fans believe that SM’s influence affected the outcome.
There is a crucial element that makes KBS’ explanation lose its persuasive power. The decision to have Girls’ Generation’s appear does not explain why JYJ were pulled out. As the decision that Girls’ Generation would be more effective than JYJ is one that is subjective to the PD and therefore can be accepted, Girls’ Generation weren’t the only singers to perform on stage, only proving the existence of external pressure from SM as there was no need to remove JYJ from the program because Girls’ Generation were appearing. The whole explanation by KBS is nothing but a lame excuse that replaces the simple statement that is was SM’s doing.
Also, if someone had to be removed from the list because of time restrictions, there must have been a team of real low awareness that could have been taken out instead of JYJ. Even if KBS were put in a situation of having to choose, it was illogical for them to remove the honorary ambassadors. KBS still haven’t answered the question as it to why it had to be JYJ; as they say, silence is a confirmation.
For Girls’ Generation who stood on stage and for JYJ who couldn’t stand on stage, it was an awkward performance. Though it was a grand performance that was prepared on the fields of Jeju, it was found that the atmosphere on location was chilly. It wasn’t a stage that Girls’ Generation, though forerunners of the new Hallyu Wave they may be, was supposed to stand on as replacements. The Jeju performance, which was supposed to promote the nomination of Jeju as one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World, has been left as nothing but a controversy. JYJ’s representatives have revealed that they have already reported KBS Jeju to the Fair Trade Commission, meaning that the event that was supposed to be a memorable celebration became nothing but a ruined affair.
As a result of the cue sheet that was suddenly changed four days before the concert, KBS Jeju succeeded in ensuring that their program would be broadcasted, but the atmosphere in the crowd was so chilly that it was embarrassing to catch on camera. Even though Girls’ Generation’s popularity shoots to the sky, it isn’t easy to amass a large number of fans with a sudden schedule change, especially due to the geographic location of the island. Also, the attitude and actions of the broadcasting company dropped the anticipation of the performance drastically.
Whether it was because of SM’s external pressure, or whether it was because of the production PD’s individual decision, all that matters is that the event did not live up to what it had strived to do. Though these unreasonable actions may work in the backyard of the entertainment industry, they aren’t enough to convince the public. This is the reason why the voice of criticism isn’t coming just from fans of JYJ. If KBS or SM believe that the movement against them in this issue is merely that of a fandom, then they are sorely mistaken. Before KBS explains for makes excuses, they must understand the popular sentiment that lies behind the JYJ issue.
The airport fashion of Kim Hyun Joong and U-Know Yunho, K-pop’s representative charismatic flower boys, has garnered the interest of netizens.
On the 28th, Kim Hyun Joong appeared in Gimpo Aiport to head off to his Tokyo International Forum showcase in Japan on the 29th. On this day, he showcased a natural fashion with comfortable jeans and a striped zip-up hoodie, completing his own style with Converse shoes and sunglasses.
Kim Hyun Joong’s hair color, which is now blonde for his next batch of activities, made him shine regardless of his plain clothes.
TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho became a hot topic for showing off airport fashion that highlighted his manliness.
On the 28th, TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin appeared at Gimpo Airport for their Japanese activities and U-Know Yunho showcased his great sense of fashion with a fedora hat as his focal point.
U-Know Yunho’s clean-cut and great fashion sense had him wearing a white t-shirt and pants, finished off with a vest.
Netizens who saw these photos had a great reaction to them as they said, “Both of them are so charismatic”, “U-Know Yunho is overflowing with masculinity”, “Kim Hyun Joong has his face covered in sunglasses but he still shines”, “U-Know Yunho’s body ratio is great,” and “Kim Hyun Joong has proved that he’s a walking sculpture!”
TVXQ’s Yunho has revealed that he and his partner, Claudia, will be voluntarily withdrawing from SBS’s ‘Kiss & Cry‘.
On August 2nd, PD Kim Jae Hyuk announced, “Due to Yunho’s busy schedule, he had no choice but to voluntarily leave the show.”
On the 3rd, SM Entertainment confirmed, “Despite working on his schedules overseas, Yunho showed his passion for the program by practicing whenever he could. His partner, Claudia, is also preparing as a backup national athlete for the ‘Junior Figure Grand Prix’ and hasn’t had the time to balance her schedule for the show. Thus, they’ve both decided to voluntarily withdraw from the show.”
Their performance last week will mark their last performance together for the show. There is still a team to be eliminated, however, for the fifth match.
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