Former After School Member Lizzy Changes Name, Officially Begins Acting Career

Lizzy changes her stage name to Park Soo-Ah and officially begins her career as an actress!

On July 3, Celltrion Entertainment reported that Park Soo-Ah (formally known as Lizzy from After School) confirmed to join the cast of upcoming web drama “I Picked Up a Celebrity on the street” (literal translation).

Park Soo-Ah will take on the role of Jin Se-Ra, an actress in the same agency as male lead character. In the drama, the actress gets involved in a mysterious incident with Kang Jun-Hyuk, but continues to show off her lovely charms as they try to escape the situation. Furthermore, with her unique bubbly characteristic, Jin Se-Ra will create the comical atmosphere this drama intends to deliver.

Celltrion said, “the healthy and active image that Park Soo-Ah has in real life matched the character 100%. Thus, the production team had unanimously decided to cast her. Park Soo-Ah plans to transfer her real life characteristic into the character in drama. We hope you look forward to it.”

Park Soo-Ah acted in many dramas while promoting as a member of After School. She started with sitcom “All My Love For You” in 2011, and continued with 2012 “Rascal Sons” and “Angry Mom” in 2015. Throughout the works, the actress proved herself as one of the rare multi-entertainers in the industry.

Meanwhile, “I Picked Up a Celebrity on the Street” will tell a story about a woman, who accidentally “picks up” a global star on the street. Previously, Sung Hoon confirmed to take on the role of Kang Jun-Hyuk, the celebrity who ends up a hostage at a mysterious house. The drama will become availble through a video streaming platform Oksusu in September.

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Actor Lee Min-Ho From ‘Moon Embracing the Sun’ Changes Stage Name

Actor Lee Min-Ho opens a new chapter in his life by changing his stage name to Lee Tae-Ri!

On June 14, Star Haus Entertainment announced that actor Lee Min-Ho changed his stage name to Lee Tae-Ri and signed an exclusive contract with the agency.

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The company reported “we are glad to have gained the opportunity to work with Lee Tae-Ri. He is an actor whose talent comes from a solid groundwork and experience. In addition, he continues to thrive for more and carries an infinite amount of potential.” They concluded, “we will not hold back our support in helping Lee Tae-Ri to succeed in his career.”

Furthermore, Lee Tae-Ri shared the news with his fans through his personal SNS as well. He said, “Hello, this is Taeri Lee. I’m sure this comes as a surprise to everyone as I’m still getting used to the name myself. It’s been already 20 years since I chose the path to become an actor, but after much thought and consideration, I’ve decided on a fresh start.”

He continued, “aside from the name, I’ll continuously make every effort to greet all of you on-screen with new roles that will not disappoint. Cheer me on! Thanks, everyone!”

Lee Tae-Ri first debuted through SBS sitcom “Soonpoong Clinic” in 1998. He was only a child, but he received much love nation-wide for his acting skills. Afterwards, he appeared in many other dramas, including 2012 hit drama “Moon Embracing the Sun.”

In the midst of the changes, he also has a Chinese film ‘Mystery Fighter’ premiere ahead of him. From Lee Min-Ho to Lee Tae-Ri, the actor plans to continue his growth as an actor not only domestically, but internationally.

Best of luck to Lee Tae-Ri!

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[OPINION] Why TWICE is Least Likely to Change Their “Cutesy” Concept

On April 9, JYP Entertainment’s girl group TWICE made their first comeback of the year with ‘What is Love?’

Despite all the wishes and requests from k-pop fans for a change in the group’s concept, they decided to pull yet another “cutesy, I-don’t-know-anything-about-love” concept. I’m not complaining, it definitely worked. They are, indeed, the queens of bubbly-ness. However, I also think that TWICE being so flexible with their looks, they can most definitely be successful with a totally different concept. In fact, they have done a few performances where they revealed a more powerful and sexier side of them, such Ariana Grande’s ‘Greedy’ performance at the 2017 KBS Song Festival. So, what is holding them back from making an entire comeback with a different concept?

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*Remember this legendary performance of TWICE Maknae, Chaeyoung?

Here are 4 reasons why I think TWICE is least likely to change their concept, at least for another few years.

  1. K-pop industry is a hard industry for a girl group to survive.

With majority of K-pop fans being female, it’s harder for girl groups to survive in the market. Female fans tend to join the fandom of boy groups, leaving the girl groups to target the niche market of male fans. This is why TWICE’s “cute and bubbly” concept is perfect, at least for now. It seems to me that JYP is trying to target and gather male fans first, since they are harder to win over, and then they will slowly lure in the female fans. In addition, it’s only been 2 years and on since their debut, they don’t need to rush into new concepts.

As long as I remember, SM Entertainment’s Girl’s Generation used the same tactic, and successfully increased the size of their fandom. Until ‘The Boys’ album in 2011, Girl’s Generation kept up with their sweetness in songs like ‘Into the New World,’ ‘Girls’ Generation,’ and ‘OH!’ However, they threw in one or two charismatic songs to prove that they can also pull off other concepts. It wasn’t until ‘The Boys,’ they changed their concept and attracted more female fans. Remember GG’s ‘OH!’ music video where the “badder” SNSD and “bubbly” SNSD had this intense standoff?

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  1. TWICE’s lyrics are very relatable

If you look at their lyrics, they are always about having feelings for someone, but not knowing how to properly express them. Some fans argue that their lyrics make girls seem rather passive and dependent about love. However, you will look around and see that most people in the real world are not that initiative when it comes to love and relationships. Especially for younger people, who don’t have a lot of experiences, it’s hard to know how to properly deal with your feelings. Like, we’ve all been there before in junior high. The butterflies in the stomach, the tingly feelings you get when you first hold your new boyfriend or girlfriend’s hands? I could never forget those feelings. In a way, TWICE speaks for all of us.

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Music has different components that can influence one’s feelings, one of them being the lyrics. When it’s hard to fully express ourselves, music helps us to realize and let us know that someone knows and gets what we are going through. That’s what makes us to replay the same song over and over again. I believe this is the reason JYP stick to repetitive melodies and contents – to make people hit the replay button, over and over again.

  1. TWICE’s current target market is Japan, in which their concept works the best.

Japan is THE country for anime. I’m sure everyone reading this article has seen TWICE’s ‘Candy Pop’ music video. It received much attention and praise, even from South Korean netizens, who tend to hold their compliments. Who remembers 2NE1’s ‘Hate You’ music video from 2011? I remember it to be the first anime music video by a well-known K-pop idol group. While it was still successful with 2NE1 being 2NE1, I personally think that TWICE’s anime music video was more successful.

I think the music video was such a success because it fit perfectly with the “cute and bubbly” concept TWICE tends to pull. TWICE knew the characteristics of Japanese animation and applied them to themselves and their music video. This ultimately allowed TWICE to gain popularity in Japan the fastest way possible, even to participate in the NHK’s Kohaku Uta Gassen.

  1. TWICE is TWICE’s concept

TWICE is TWICE’s concept. I have been saying TWICE is pulling a “cutesy concept” in the article because it seems that that’s what majority of K-pop fans refer to TWICE’s concept. Do you remember their debut song ‘Like Ooh-Ahh?’ It’s not their fault they look so darn cute in everything they do. That’s just how they look. However, if you look at their outfits and the lyrics, they are portraying a group of surprisingly very confident and strong-willed girls. In my personal opinion, they tried an “edgy” concept in ‘Like Ooh-AHh’ and “cute” concept in ‘Cheer Up.’ Then, they made a decision to go with songs more like ‘Cheer Up’ and they succeeded. If it works, there’s absolutely no reason for them to explore around different concepts, until it is time to do so. It’s cute, let them do their thing.

By. Dasol Kim

Disclaimer: The opinions or views contained in this article may not represent the opinions or views of Kpoplove, The Korea Daily, its employees, agents or affiliates.

Season 1 of ‘Weekly Idol’ Ends on March 28, Season 2 With new MC’s

MBC Every1’s ‘Weekly Idol’ will have new MC’s for the program when it returns for season 2. Meanwhile, season 1 of ‘Weekly Idol’ ends on March 28.

On March 21, MBC Every 1 said, “we have confirmed Yoo Se-yoon and Kim Shin-young as our new MC’s. We just have to find another to fill in the last spot. The first shooting of season 2 is scheduled for the beginning of April, so we are trying our best to move quickly with the casting process.”

‘Weekly Idol’ started in 2011 with Jeong Hyeong-don and Defconn as the original MC’s. With the end of season 1, they will step down from the program and be replaced by Yoo Se-yoon and Kim Shin-young.

The production team said, “we are coming up with new segments and crew members to replace our original ones. The team is currently in the process of bringing major changes to the program to upgrade the quality of the program.”

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The Look: HyunA’s Solo Career

HyunA changes her look and style like a chameleon.

From her time in wonder girls, to her re-debut as part of 4Minute, and in her emergence and dominance as a solo-artist, Hyuna has had many memorable looks. With HyunA’s 6th mini album, ‘Following’, and song “BABE” dropping on August 29 we want to take a look at some of HyunA’s best looks during her solo career and let you know how you can achieve them too.

Once you get to the end of the article make sure to vote for your favorite look!

“Change” (2010)

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The Look: HyunA’s rebellious and dark urban concept in “Change” is achieved through choppy medium length hair, dark colors, and risque dance moves . Dark creamy eyeliner on the lower and upper lash lines create an intense look that matches the concept of of this era. Additionally, the nude pink lips topped with gloss balances the strong eye look which is the focal point of the look.

“Trouble Maker” (2011)

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The Look: HyunA and Beast’s Hyun-seung have great chemistry in the ultra provocative 2011 “Trouble Maker”. Long, wavy, dark-chocolate colored hair and the eye-shadow based eye look create a feminine and seductive concept. The eyes are once again the center of attention of the look with champagne, grey, and green shimmers used on the lid and lower lash line. A defused winged eyeliner using black eye shadow provides a frame for the eyes without being harsh.

“Ice Cream” (2012)

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The Look: HyunA goes for a more spunky and colorful look in her 2012 song “Ice Cream”. Light brown hair with streaks of blue, green, and orange contribute to a playful concept. Coupled with shimmery blue-grey eye shadow, black eyeliner on the waterline, and a heavy dose of mascara completes the fun look.

Red (2014)

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The Look: Bold lip-colors have never scared HyunA. The bright red lipstick matches the theme of the song. It is powerful, seductive, and provocative like HyunA. This is the first look in this list where the lips are centerpiece. Mascara, minimal eye shadow, and a diffused cat-eye are used to compliment her bold lips.

Roll Deep (2015)

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The Look: The 2015 hit “Roll Deep” featuring Il-hoon of BTOB features HyunA with some fierce looks. But the rainbow ombre haired look is by far one of the most alluring. A purple smokey eye and heavy black liner on the lower lash-line pulls the look together.

“Fresh 365” (2017)

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The Look: In “Fresh 365″ HyunA has a warm and heated concept that resembles the desert or rust. Bright orange and red are the dominate colors for HyunA’s look. Bold red lips, orange eyeshadow, and faux freckles results in a country, girl-next-door seductress.

Don’t forget to vote for you favorite HyunA look below!

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