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Onew Taemin Krystal Luna playing at MBC Idol Athletics Championship New Year Special

25 Jan
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[NEWS]Idols participants for “Idol Star Athletics Championship”

21 Jan

The upcoming MBC ‘Idol Star Athletics and Swimming Championships‘ for the Lunar New Year Special.

The ‘Idol Star Swimming and Athletics Championships’ will be broadcasted as a two-day special for February 5th and 6th, and it was created after the great success of the original ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships‘, which was aired last year during Chuseok.

The athletics championships will be recorded at the Seoul Songpa-Gu Jamsil Stadium and Gymnasium, where they will record a total of 24 races including the 100m sprints, 50m hurdle, and high jump.

Confirmed idol stars for the competition include 2PM, 2AM, TRAX, T-ara, miss A, Brown Eyed Girls, B2ST, SHINee, Son Ho Young, SECRET, SISTAR, IU, After School, Lee Hyun (of 8eight), f(x), NS Yoonji, and MBLAQ. Unfortunately, SNSD will not be able to participate due to clashing schedules with their Japanese promotions.

That being said, idol attendees for the swimming championships (held on January 30th) are yet to be confirmed. Netizens are particularly interested in After School UEE’s status, as she previously expressed her wish for the addition of a swimming component.

On the 19th, Kim Yoo Gun PD stated, “UEE’s participation in the athletics championship has been confirmed, however the schedule for the swimming competition is yet to be finalized. UEE’s attendance in the swimming championship has not yet been decided, and it’s been harder for us to come out with a decision due to the rising interest from the netizens. UEE herself feels burden by the excessive attention.”

He continued, “We’re cooperating with the National Athletics Federation for these championships. Foreign nations receive a lot of popularity through the World Cup or the Olympics, however for Korea, we haven’t been able to expose this department even during big events. Through these Idol Athletics and Swimming championships, we’d like it if the nation’s athletics and swimming fields received more interest from the general public.”

How much does it cost to train idols ?

20 Jan

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding many idols about their “slave contract”, especially in SM Entertainment. TVXQ’s Junsu, Jaejoong, and Yoochun left SM Entertainment because of it, and so did Super Junior’s Hangeng, quoting the same reason. However, are their actions justified? SM Entertainment puts in an uncountable amount of effort, time and money to build the idols to what they are now.

So how much does it take to make one person to be an idol?

When SM Entertainment trainees sign a contract, they sign up for at least 3 years of training. During their trainee season, everything is paid for – including food, transportation, and even dorms are provided for those who live too far away to travel back and forth every day. Not only this, but trainees get lessons on dancing, singing, acting and foreign languages. They are paid to go to gyms and hair salons and even to get plastic surgery if required.

Everything they need is paid for, and each person costs on average 20,000,000 KRW – 40,000,000 KRW ($18,000 USD – $36,000 USD) per year, and many end up costing more. Since large companies such as SM Entertainment has at least 20 trainees at a time, money spent on trainees end up being over 1,000,000,000 KRW ($900,000 USD) per year.

On average, every trainee spends about five years training. So if one person need 150,000,000 KRW ($135,000 USD) to debut, a 9-member group such as Girls’ Generation will need at least 1,300,000,000 KRW ($1.2 million USD).

However, for them to debut, a manager needs to be hired, a car needs to be bought, and a dorm needs to be prepared. On top of that the artists need stage outfits, and albums need to be made, produced and promoted. In the end SM Entertainment spends at least 2,000,000,000 KRW ($1.8 million USD) just on their debut, and will keep spending about the same amount even after debut. For bigger groups like Super Junior the money is exponentially more. TVXQ also costs incredible amount of money because of their heavy promotions in both Japan and Korea.

 

[FAN-ACC]Onew Minho at Thailand, Pattaya

20 Jan

I heard that Jinki got a bit sick after lunch (diarrhea) but he took medicine already. He’s feeling better now so please don’t worry! Minho is sharing a room with him so he will take care of his hyung (no hyungwhoring tonight ok? :P) Eunhyuk and Donghae are also taking care of our Jinki, so we don’t need to worry too much (: Hope he feels better tomorrow.

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SHINee will appear in WGM next week

20 Jan

Oh ! My School ep 5 (ENG-SUB)

14 Jan

SHINee and f(x) Eithtoo Chinese Lunar New Year Wallpaper

12 Jan