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2AM’s Jinwoon reunites with ‘Dream High’ costar Park Seo Joon

Though KBS 2TV‘s ‘Dream High 2 came to a close last week, 2AM‘s Jinwoon took some time to meet up with his past co-star, actor Park Seo Joon.

On March 28th, Jinwoon tweeted, ”With Seo Joon hyung, because we were so hungry, we ate samgyupsal and a glass of warm milk.. Ke.” Despite being popular stars, Jinwoon and Park Seo Joon just seem like two good-looking normal guys in casual wear drinking coffee at a local cafe.

Fans commented, “Enjoy your evening. Keep up the good work,” “Looking good as always,” and “I want a warm glass of milk too.

Source & Photo: Jinwoon’s Twitter

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JB and Park Seo Joon release final track for ‘Dream High 2′

Although ‘Dream High 2‘ aired its last episode last week, it left a final gift to its many fans and viewers with an OST track by JB and Park Seo Joon.

The boys who were part of the idol group, I:dn, released “New Dreaming“, which viewers will recall the boys performing in the first episode.

While we all bade ‘Dream High 2′ goodbye, enjoy the final track by the two talented vocalists.

Tip: Jae

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Lee Jun Ki thanks Japanese fans after ‘Deucer’ takes #1 spot on the Oricon

Hallyu star Lee Jun Ki has expressed his gratitude towards his Japanese fans.

Lee Jun Ki recently held a ‘High Touch (the Japanese version of High Five)’ event with 10,000 of his Japanese fans to celebrate the release of his new single ‘Deucer‘ at the Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal on March 22nd.

I was a little nervous because I was away for two years, but the fans have been so loving and supportive during all of my events scheduled in Japan,” he said. ”That has all been a huge help to me and gave me strength to successfully conclude my events.

He continued, “I’m so glad that I was able to meet and shake hands with each of my fans during my last day in Japan before heading back. I’m so grateful for each of them.”

And at a press conference that was held ahead of his ‘High Touch’ event, Lee Jun Ki expressed his thoughts on his ‘Coming Back‘ fan meets saying, “When I was in the army, I dreamt of meeting with my fans again, so I am very happy that my dream has come true.

And in regards to ranking first on the Oricon charts, he remarked, “I wanted to show the fans who waited 2 long years for me that I had grown and developed during that time in the army, and I prepared this album thinking about wanting to share my happiness with them. I am not a singer, so I never even dreamed of ranking first on the Oricon charts and I am actually a bit embarrassed. I feel that ranking first was a gift from my fans and with that in mind, I will continue to do my best.

Source & Image: Yonhap News via Naver

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BtoB reveals practice video from before debut

On March 24th, rookie group BtoB released a practice video from before their debut through their official Daum Fan Cafe that has caught the attention of fans.

The video contains BtoB’s “first behind story” which includes their practice before debut and the struggles they have gone through in order to chase after one dream, to become a star. Through the footage, BtoB expresses that they have “pressed a new play button in their lives” and showed their sincere determination.

The group performed both their double title tracks “Insane” and “Imagine” for the first time on Mnet‘s ‘M!Countdownon March 22nd, followed by KBS‘s ‘Music Bankon March 23. Through these two performances, BtoB has received positive feedback for their charisma filled stages and their powerful dance choreography.

BtoB’s first track, “Insane”, is a song that was composed collaboratively by Seo Jae Woo and Seo Yong Bae. The two composers have also direced the boys’ concept, as well as assisting in being their vocal trainers.

Aside from “Insane”, the group has also received high praise for their ballad performance for “Imagine”. With a dramatic dance choreography and a powerful and sensuous melody, the group has proved to be worthy of the title, “super rookie of 2012″.

BtoB will be performing their title songs, as well as a special performance, on MBC‘s ‘Music Core‘ on the 24th, followed by their performance on SBS‘s ‘Inkigayo‘.

Check out their pre-debut practice video below!

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‘2012 Paeksang Arts Awards’ releases its list of nominees

Nominees for the ‘2012 Paeksang Arts Awards‘ have finally been revealed!

On March 23rd, the official homepage for the awards ceremony updated with a list of nominations for the film and TV categories that have been the topic of much discussion online.

Check out some of the names below!

MOVIE CATEGORY

Best Movie Award

– Nameless Gangster
– Broken Arrow
– Sunny
– Punch
– Helpless

Best Actor Award

– Gongyoo (The Crucible)
– Kim Yoon Suk (Punch)
– Park Hae Il (War of the Arrows)
– Ahn Sung Gi (Broken Arrow)
– Choi Min Shik (Nameless Gangster)

Best Actress Award

– Kim Min Hee (Helpless)
– Son Ye Jin (Chilling Romance)
– Shim Eun Kyung (Sunny)
– Uhm Jung Hwa (Dancing QUeen)
– Jung Ryeo Won (Pain)

Rookie Actor Award

– Kim Sung Kyun (Nameless Gangster)
– Lee Kwang Soo (Wonderful Radio)
– Lee Je Hoon (Introduction to Architecture)
– Joo Won (SIU)

Rookie Actress Award

– Kang Sora (Sunny)
– Go Ara (Papa)
– Kim Hye Eun (Nameless Gangster)
– miss A’s Suzy (Introduction to Archiecture)
– Oh Nara (Dancing Queen)

TV CATEGORY

Best Drama Award

– The Princess’ Man
– Brain
– Deep-Rooted Tree
– The Greatest Love
– The Moon That Embraces the Sun

Best Variety Award

– Gag Concert
– I Am a Singer
– Jjak
– K-Pop Star
– 1 Night 2 Days (Season 1)

Best Actor Award

– Kim Soo Hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
– Park Shi Hoo (The Princess’ Man)
– Shin Ha Gyun (Brain)
– Cha Seung Won (The Greatest Love)
– Han Suk Gyu (Deep-Rooted Tree)

Best Actress Award

– Gong Hyo Jin (The Greatest Love)
– Kim Sun Ah (Scent of a Woman)
– Kim Hyun Joo (Shiny Shiny Shining)
– Moon Chae Won (The Princess’ Man)
– Soo Ae (A Thousand Days’ Promise)

Rookie Actor Award

– Kang Dong Ho (Shiny Shiny Shining)
– Park Yoohwan (A Thousand Days’ Promise)
– Park Yoon Jae (Indomitable Daughters-In-Law)
– Yeo Jin Goo (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
– Joo Won (Ojakgyo Brothers)

Rookie Actress Award

– Kang Sora (Dream High 2)
– Kim Yoo Jung (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
– Im Soo Hyang (New Tales of Gisaeng)
– After School’s UEE (Ojakgyo Brothers)
– Jung Yoomi (A Thousand Days’ Promise)

Check out the rest of the nominees on the official homepage here. The ceremony will be held on April 26th.

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JB and Park Seo Joon release final track for ‘Dream High 2′

Although ‘Dream High 2‘ aired its last episode last week, it left a final gift to its many fans and viewers with an OST track by JB and Park Seo Joon.

The boys who were part of the idol group, I:dn, released “New Dreaming“, which viewers will recall the boys performing in the first episode.

While we all bade ‘Dream High 2′ goodbye, enjoy the final track by the two talented vocalists.

Tip: Jae

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allkpop TV Guide: Dream High 2 Ep. 15-16 (Finale)

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Official Synopsis: Kirin Arts High School has fallen from its status as a top academy of arts into dire financial straits and is in danger of closing. This season follows a new group of students after the previous group graduated. The school is taken over by OZ Entertainment Agency, who transfers their own idol stars over to the school to avoid the law that prohibits underage entertainers from performing after 10 p.m. Competition arises between the troubled students of Kirin and the newly transferred idols from OZ.

Ratings: Yet again, KBS‘s ‘Dream High 2‘ reached another low with a 5.7% rating, but was able to end with an increase at 6.6%, as it left the stage despondently for the much-anticipated drama, ‘Love Rain‘ (starring Girls’ Generation‘s YoonA and Jang Geun Suk) to take over. The highlight this week was SBS‘s ‘Fashion King‘ (starring Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri, Yoo Ah In, and Shin Se Kyung), which achieved a respectable 10% rating with its pilot episode and a decrease to 8.9%, which could be attributed to viewers wanting to catch the finale episode of ‘Dream High 2′. The two Girls’ Generation’s members will have to compete against each other, as ‘Love Rain’ might be the hindrance to high ‘Fashion King’ ratings. Meanwhile, MBC‘s ‘Lights and Shadows‘ was able to regain its crown back after ‘History of Salaryman‘ completed last week with a high 22.2%.

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Recap of Ep. 15: With the beautiful rendition of “Together” by JB and Rian (T-ara‘s Jiyeon), Rian returns to Kirin Arts School and thanks Hyesung (Kang Sora) for the singing opportunity. Meanwhile, JB is playfully annoyed at Hyesung for not singing the duet song with him, and makes her promise to buy food.

Meanwhile, after Hong Joo (Kim Ji Soo) sings an emotional song for Nana (SISTAR‘s Hyorin), Yoojin sings a song dedicated to his crying mother in the audience. With the conclusion of the Super Idol auditions, he announces the finalists: Ailee, Ui Bong (JR), Hong Joo, Yoojin, Si Woo (Park Seo Joon), and finally Rian. Producer Shin Jae also decides to give Nana and JB the opportunity to become Super Idols too as both have health conditions they had to tend to.

While the students congratulate themselves on making it this far, Hyesung takes JB out for dinner to fulfill her promise. Although Hyeseung wants to officially break up with JB, he doesn’t let her and begs her to stay by his side until his leg gets well, to which she reluctantly agrees to. However, JB’s wish is in conflict with PD Jae In’s offer of training her to become a composer. He had offered her an intern position that’ll train her to become a composer, as Hyesung is ultimately accepted to Berklee School of Music. Although she truly wishes to attend, her promise with JB makes her hesitant to accept the position.

PD Jae In asks JB to help persuade Hyesung to pursue her dream in America, to which JB agrees to. To the surprised Hyesung, he announces that he doesn’t want to have any sorrowful or melodramatic farewells with her, as he will be busy performing and Hyesung will be studying in America. Hyesung ultimately decides to pack up and depart for America, while the other Super Idol members prepare for their solo showcases that will determine who will embark on a solo career with EMG World Record.

On the day of her departure, Yoojin convinces JB to officially say goodbye to Hyesung. Despite his hurt leg, JB rushes to Hyesung and lies to her, hoping to comfort her and telling her that his leg is fine. While Hyesung begins to cry, JB takes her in for a hug…

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Recap of Ep. 16 (Finale): After Rian finishes her sexy dance performance, JB runs in to perform after meeting Hyesung at the airport. However, his dance performance is brought to a halt as he falls to the stage with his leg in pain, destroying his hopes of performing on stage that day. While Rian and JB have a heartfelt discussion, Rian cries for him, and Yoojin confuses the crowd by only playing his signature ‘G Minor’ chord. He tells the surprised audience and PD that he doesn’t know yet what he wants, what his dreams are, and chooses not to pursue the Super Idol path.

The performances conclude with Rian singing “Day after Day” for a moving performace, and recounting her personal journey with her friends. Although Rian wins the award to pursue a solo career, she decides at the end to join her friends in becoming the Super Idol. The Kirin Arts students graduate, while Hyesung sends a letter from America to her friends, unable to attend.

Eight years pass and we see how the students are achieving their dreams.

JB becomes a producer as he helps Ailee record her song. JR becomes the dance teacher of Kirin Arts School, dating Yi Seul who takes over her father’s position as the principal of Kirin Arts School. Meanwhile, Teacher Jin Man (J.Y. Park) hilariously does a dance performance for a star audition, with J.Y. Park, his alter ego, criticizing the performance as a judge. However, he dances in delight with the female teachers as he gets accepted. Si Woo still trails behind the Nana-Hong Joo couple, who perform together. Meanwhile, Yoojin becomes a Kirin Art School teacher by day, and a rocker by night.

Viewers see Rian as a Hallyu actress, and she’s poised to star in Hyesung’s newest musical, ‘Dream High’. With an audition process of both the graduates and current students of Kirin Arts School, the production begins for ‘Dream High’, which will be a biographical story of the Kirin Arts students. As the drama cast gives a heartwarming rendition of “Dream High” (from the original series), the students show off their everlasting friendship.

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kdramacrazy’s Thoughts:

[ Note : This post reflects the opinions of the author, not necessarily
those of allkpop ]

The most I can say for the penultimate episode is – it was cute. Cute moments of jealousy between JB and Yoojin, cute hand holding and dating between JB and Hyesung, cute flirting between Rian and Yoojin. Sugary and sweet like cotton candy, but left with a taste of emptiness after watching. The drama does have its significant plot changes, announcing the Super Idols, healing the relationship between Yoojin and his mom, and Hyesung finally achieving her dream, but all of them are just too nicely tied.

The winners of the Super Idol contest were much too predictable, and had no special meaning to the idea of dreams. Take Ui Bong, Si Woo, and Ailee for example. All of them had the talent in the beginning of the show and we all knew they were going to succeed. But what character development did we see throughout the drama? Did we see any of them truly pour their heart and passion out into achieving their dreams? All of the idols who came to Kirin Arts School had the talent, sans Rian, who at least showed some hard work in practicing dancing for an episode. The only plot that rotated around them were freak accidents, which didn’t really shatter their illusion of their dreams in a heartbreaking way, or lovelines.

While I like that Hyesung is finally achieving her dream, I feel like the jump from her dream of becoming an idol to a dream of becoming a composer was too much of a leap. The drama didn’t devote too much time to Hyesung’s practices in singing and dancing, and left the improvement she showed in “We are Class B” performance at that. Now, it feels like her dream of becoming a songwriter is too much of a ‘Plan B’, too much of a “Oh. Since I’m not talented enough to become a singer, might as well become a songwriter.” Yes, the drama did hint at the possibility of Hyesung becoming a songwriter, but they never really portrayed Hyesung’s acknowledgment of that talent, or the passion in pursuing that new dream. And where does this scriptwriter career come from? (And why is Rian an actress now?)

With the ending, the drama changed gears too much. When Rian and Hyesung were giving their emotional speeches, I thought it would be about learning to change their dreams through their hardships, finding what they truly love by pursuing different dreams, because that is what reality is. Failing and having to give up that dream for something that is ultimately even better. But, no, the speeches and the drama (Rian giving up her solo career) emphasized friendship apparently, which I did see, but wasn’t really too invested in. On another hand, one reason I think the drama did poorly both in my book and the viewers’ ratings was the mixed up plot. It’s good to have twists, but this was like shifting the whole plot to a different destination. That includes who the main character is. I felt like the drama’s promotions were all ‘Kang Sora is the main protagonist’. But, it was Jiyeon who ultimately stole the spotlight, as she is the one who helps Yoojin and JB in their journey for their dreams and becomes the ‘super idol’.

Now becoming a fangirl, where was the kiss? The resolution to the love lines? JB-Hyesung? Even Rian-Yoojin? And please, fire the hair stylist. It looked like JB and JR had noodles growing out their heads, while the stylist tried too hard to make Yoojin’s hair into Presley style.

On a final note, while the drama does have its emotional moments, cute moments, and funny moments, they are all just moments. During that minute, it’s funny or it’s worth a bucket of tears. But, put it into the overall plot and it just doesn’t fit like mismatched puzzle pieces. What I got from watching this drama: some laughter, a few smiles, a few moving lines, and a kindling obsession over 2AM’s Jinwoon (who I truly hope I get to see as an actor again, in a good drama).

What are your final thoughts?

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‘Dream High 2′ releases OST # 8 “Day after D ay” by T-ara’s Jiyeon

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KBS 2TV‘s ‘Dream High 2‘ has released their newest OST, “Together“.

In the past, hit drama series ‘Dream High’ released OSTs such as J.Y. Park‘s “Falling“, miss A member Suzy‘s “You Are My Star“, Wonder Girls‘ member Yenny‘s “Hello To Myself“, and more. Each of these tracks quickly climbed the music charts upon their release.

This time, T-ara‘s Jiyeon has a solo track in “Day after Day“, which is an emotional track that sings about chasing the dream and goal day after day.

Check out the beautiful track below.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

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New BTS still cuts of ‘Dream High 2′ revealed

New behind-the-scenes still cuts of KBS‘s ‘Dream High 2‘ have been revealed, heightening the anticipation of the final two episodes left for broadcast!

With the focus now being put on who will become the final super idol, the new still cuts released today have fans guessing and speculating before the drama’s final end. The first shows Kang Sora receiving a special lesson from J.Y. Park while the other two show Jinwoon and JB hard at work on the set.

Who will be the next super idol and whether love lines will be actualized are still up in the air, so be sure to check back for the drama’s next broadcast.

Source + Photos: Chosun via Naver

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