Kpop idols attended the 6th Annual Edaily Culture Awards on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul.
On Wednesday, OSEN News reported that AOA member Seolhyun had decided to join the cast of “My Country” (working title), JTBC’s upcoming drama. In particular, this will be the singer’s first drama role in about four years since KBS2’s “Orange Marmalade” aired in 2015.
“My Country” in a historical action drama set during the late Goryeo and early Joseon periods and is an “explosive portrayal of the desire for power” with people motivated by the ideas of what their country is and should be.
Seolhyun will enter the series as Han Hui-jae, who is apart of an intelligence group that excels at understanding power the usefulness of information. In addition to playing a competent female role, she will also be the romantic interest of Yang Se-jong and Woo Do-hwan’s characters.
Seolhyun is the latest addition of a lineup of big actors including Jang Hyuk, who confirmed his appearance last month.
Meanwhile, filming will begin sometime in March and will air during the second half of the year.
On February 13th, Jimin posted several photos of herself and wrote: “I’m healthy”.
A day earlier, Jimin shared photos of her on Instagram, and many fans and netizens expressed their worries about her health since she looked very skinny in the pictures. She was wearing an oversized sweatshirt with a short skirt, and looked even skinnier than when AOA was performing ‘Bingle Bangle’.
As Jimin’s name appeared on the most searched words list on Internet, her agency explained that “she is healthy as usual”. And now Jimin has clarified herself.
Jimin has been taking a break since AOA made a comeback with ‘Bingle Bangle’ in last May. She made a guest appearance on the tvN show ‘Soomi’s Recipes’ on February 6th, and she will also appear on the show’s episode on the 13th.
By Audrey Joung
According to The Community Chest of Korea, K-pop artist Seolhyun joined Honor Society by donating 100 million KRW (approximately $88,900 USD).
Honor Society recognizes donors who donated at least 100 million KRW. Seolhyun is the 1991st member of Honor Society and the 6th member as a singer, following SNSD’s Yoona and Miss A’s Suzy.
Previously on November 29, the K-pop artist donated 50 million KRW through Community Chest to support children of low-income families. Less than a month after that on December 20, she donated another 50 million KRW to support related business.
“I’ve been worrying about the younger children who are going through hardships,” said Seolhyun. “I feel happy to be able to return the love and support I’ve received from many.”
On December 20, KBS announced the third and final lineup for 2018 KBS Song Festival, which will be held on December 28 at 8:30 PM.
The newly announced teams are Celeb Five and Kim Yeon-ja, who have established their own genres in K-pop with unique music and performances. With their participation, a total of 29 teams are performing for the upcoming song festival.
Take a look at the list below for the artists to make appearances in 2018 KBS Song Festival:
Boy Groups – BTS, EXO, Wanna One, Seventeen, BTOB, Norazo, VIXX, NU’EST W, GOT7, Monsta X, and NCT 127
Girl Groups – TWICE, Red Velvet, GFriend, A-Pink, Oh My Girl, (G)I-dle, AOA, Lovelyz, Momoland, WJSN, and Celeb Five
Solo Artists – Hwang Chi-yeol, Sunmi, Chungha, Yong Jun-hyung, 10CM, Roy Kim, and Kim Yeon-ja
On December 16th, Seolhyun wrote on Instagram, “I was okay before I went on the stage yesterday, but I think my condition all of a sudden got worse during the performance”.
She continued and said, “It wasn’t cold because the stage was indoor, but I will wear warm from now on. Thank you for your concerns. Also, I would like to apologize to the AOA members, staffs, and fans, who were worried about me. I will show better performances in a great health condition”.
Lee Hong-gi, who is in the same agency as Seolhyun, commented: “Health is the most important. Why don’t you gain weight like me”.
To his comment, more than 2,100 replies have been commented. While some people thought he wrote the comment with concerns about Seolhyun, others thought his comment was inappropriate for the situation.
Meanwhile, on December 15th, Seolhyun collapsed on the stage at ‘Fortnite Korea Open 2018’ event, and eventually left the stage with the help of fellow members.
After the incident, AOA’s agency FNC Entertainment announced, “Seolhyun was transported to the hospital as she felt dizziness because of the (firework) gunpowder that went off during the stage”. However, previously, AOA’s leader Jimin has mentioned that “Seolhyun had a cold and was in a bad health condition”, and fans accused the agency of lying.
Soon after, the agency made the second announcement by saying “Seolhyun had a slight cold. Her throat was swollen, so when she performed with the indoor hot air, she had hyperventilation. She is better now after getting a check-up at the hospital. Also, the gunpowder we mentioned was actually fireworks that were harmless to humans. We apologize for making an announcement without a fact check”.
by Audrey Joung
At the Fortnite Korea Open 2018 event held at Korea University this past Saturday, AOA member Seolhyun collapsed while performing. Audience members mention that she looked dazed on stage and had a pallid complexion prior to her collapse.
Her group members helped her off stage and the singer was immediately rushed to a medical facility for treatment. Soon after the incident, the group’s agency, FNC Entertainment, stated that she felt dizzy from the pyrotechnics used in the show. However, as video footage of the incident spread online, some pointed out that the agency was incorrect and that she looked ill even before the pyrotechnics.
In response, FNC Entertainment later corrected their statement explaining that Seolhyun has a mild cold and that the hot air of the indoor gymnasium, plus what the agency states as the gunpowder from the pyrotechnics exacerbated her condition. Further, it reported that she underwent additional testing but nothing came from them.
After being tested and treated at the hospital, the Seolhyun was sent home to rest and recover. While recovering, the singer left a brief message explaining what happened and asking fans not to worry. “I was fine until yesterday, I think it was difficult for me to perform because of my condition,” she wrote. Moreover, she said that she would be more mindful of her health going forward. Fans appreciated that the singer thought about them, even while she is recovering.
Meanwhile, Epic Games Korea, the company behind the event, refuted part of FNC Entertainment’s claim. “We didn’t use gunpowder,” the company explained. Adding that “the product used for the stage is…proven to be harmless to the human body.” Epic Games also hoped for Seolhyun’s speedy recovery.
Translated by O.C
On Saturday at the opening event for Fortnite Korea, Seolhyun from girl group AOA collapsed on stage. According to reports, the group was performing for the event held at Korea University’s Hwajeong Gymnasium when the incident took place.
Prior to fainting, reports say that the singer already looked ill and that the audience was surprised by with pallid look and the rapid deterioration of her complexion. While performing “Like A Cat,” the singer collapsed but managed to sit up. The other members of the group helped her to her feet and off the stage.
Seolhyun was then rushed to the hospital for treatment. According to FNC Entertainment, she felt dizzy and was disoriented by the fireworks that went off during their performance. The agency promised to look after the health of the members and apologized for any concern the incident caused.
Currently, she has returned home after her visit to the hospital and is recovering.
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Kokun Management confirmed that they had reached an agreement with former child actor Ryu Eui-hyun. “We signed an exclusive contract with Ryu, who combined star power and acting,” the agency said. Further, a representative of the company said that fans can look forward to seeing the actor expand into different fields and be more active.
In other news, Ryu accepted a casting offer to be a lead in an upcoming web drama. The new show, “Is Lovesickness Returnable?” (working title), stars AOA Hyejeong as the main female character who is the foul-mouthed star of a mukbang show. Conversely, Ryu is a TV operator who lacks ambition. The show is scheduled to air in mid-January through different major telecommunication companies’ web platforms and Naver TV.
Ryu recently made a name for himself in the well-liked coming of age web drama “A-Teen,” which deals with the lives and relationships of teenagers. Before staring in the show, he made his debut in a supporting role in the movie Where is Ronny in 2009. Since then, he has acted in a hand full of dramas and other films including “The Queens Classroom” in 2013.
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On November 20, FNC Entertainment announced that the agency is launching a new girl group, Cherry Bullet. The group consists of 10 members and is aiming to debut early 2019.
For the first time in 6 years since the debut of AOA, the agency is ready to showcase their talented soon-to-become idol members. The name ‘Cherry Bullet’ means that just like the fruit ‘cherry,’ the girls are lovely. With this as their ‘bullet,’ the group hopes to snipe at the hearts of the public.
In celebration of Cherry Bullet’s debut, FNC plans to host a variety of promotional events. On November 20, they established the official SNS account for the group and revealed the poster that features the silhouettes of the members. Starting on November 21, the agency plans to reveal the identity of the members one-by-one.
Furthermore, they will air their exclusive debut reality program ‘Inssa (Insider) Channel Cherry Bullet’ on Mnet starting on November 28. The program will be broadcasted every Wednesday and the group will share their debut process with their prospective fans.
Meanwhile, FNC Entertainment started off in 2016, debuting many talented bands and idol groups, such as FT Island, CNBLUE, AOA, and SF9. Cherry Bullet is the company’s second girl group, following their first-ever girl group AOA.
Translated by Dasol Kim