Kim “Key” Kibum: The Key To SHINee’s Flare

I just love Key, the 20-year-old SHINee member known for his flamboyant style and charm. You may wonder where the stagename “Key” comes from. There is a Kim Kibum that existed publicly before this one, and he was once part of Super Junior (current on leave of absence). To not confuse fans and the public, SHINee Kibum decided to take on the stagename of “Key”. He also is known by another term of endearment “Almighty Key” because of incredible talent and contribution to SHINee by way of his dance, singing and rapping skills. Even though Minho is my overall SHINee bias, Key is my SHINee vocal bias. All of the other SHINee members deem Key the “omma” (Korean for “mother”) of the group, as he is always nagging and making a fuss over them with an uncanny maternal instinct.

I remember the first time I saw Key in SHINee’s “Noona Neomu Yeoppo (Older girl you’re very pretty)” video. All I could think was, “who’s the kid with the perfect face?!” Key’s looks are striking, no doubt about it. But I must confess that my affections for Key are totally platonic and big-sisterly. Something else I really appreciate about Key is that he seems to really appreciate his fans, and no matter where SHINee is in the world, he always seems to be the one member who acknowledges them with a kind smile and warm wave. He’s also known for being physically affectionate with his beloved Shawols (SHINee fans); and humbly receives their praise and adoration through gracious bows and thanks. I think it’s safe to say that Key is worldclass.

Lee Taemin: Immortal Song II

Idol contestants,audience votes, new song renditions and battles by draw selection all put together form the basics behind the show Immortal Song II. Because I’m a total Korean everything YouTube Junkie I hooked you all up with an episode of the show. You’ll notice some familiar faces like SHInee’s Jonghyun, Super Juniors Yesung and BEAST member Yoseob ^_^

This season SHINee is getting another chance to make it into the winners circle with the participation of their maknae Lee Taemin! Ohh yeahhhh we’re gonna see Taemin take already popular songs and make them his own. I know the dancing will be good because he’s got that on lock (duh!) but what about the singing? It’s not like he’s bustin out lead vocals on a regular basis. Now I know he’s been practicing his singing; hes even filled in for Jonghyun while he was M.I.A for a performance of Lucifer ( He was def earning that paycheck pssh! The way Taemin was running around that stage you would have thought he was filling in for the whole group.)

But the question is will the lights go off on him? I personally don’t think so and I’m not saying it because of my total adoration for him. Taemin really has a unique beautiful tone to his voice. I think he’ll have no problem holding his own in the competition; What does everyone else think?

K-Kisses! KrisE (Personal KPOP Radio: 2NE1 ‘I Am The Best’ )

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Lee “Onew” Jin Ki: You Make Me Wanna…

…leave the one I’m with, and start a new relationship with you, this is what you do. What is there to be said about SHINee’s leader, and oldest member Lee “Onew” Jin Ki? For one, he’s got a lot on his mind in comparison to the other four members (check out a scan of his brainmap from reality show “Hello Baby” below). With a distinct, velvety smooth voice and a smile that could light up any room, it is no wonder why this guy was chosen as one of SHINee’s lead vocalists. I was able to see Onew, 22, in person on October 9, backstage at the 2011 K-Pop Concert in Overpeck Park, NJ. Let’s just say that pictures do him no justice. In three words: tall, lean and handsome. Let’s not forget those high cheekbones, piercing eyes and pouty lips.

Onew is straight business when it comes to leading his band, and he never shirks his responsibility, even if he’s teased by the others for having the Onew Condition”. From what Onew has said in interviews, it seems that he had a very good upbringing, in which he was greatly nurtured and encouraged by his parents to be whatever he desired to be. For that reason, I get the impression that Onew is a little more open-minded and tolerant than most Korean men his age, which makes him that much more appealing (especially for us foreign women).


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Taemin: “It’s a New World”

Our “precious”, “innocent”, “inexperienced” Taemin gets flustered on seeing a chocolate derriere first hand. Must see!

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Kim Jonghyun: The Shining Voice

Ladies what can I possibly say about Jonghyun that you don’t already know? He has the most amazing and distinctive voice in probably all of KPOP. Maybe your opinions on that statement might vary but there are many who think that way and I happen to be one of them. He has an amazing vocal range and he makes hitting those notes so effortless. Lets face it, if he’s not with SHINee during a performance its beyond noticeable. It’s literally like a huuugeee black hole floating around the stage and unfortunately his group members can’t even fill in for him because he’s just that good!

Besides his voice, isn’t he hot!? I mean seriously he has the most amazing facial structure and lets not forget about the most EPIC back line shot in ‘Lucifer’. I love his arms and I’m 100% pro sleeveless shirts ^_^ Maybe some of you are like “yeah cool, he’s hot and has a great voice but he’s not that nice”. My response to that? WHATEVS! Look I happen to like his socially awkward personality. He’s not that funny but he tries to be which I find cute. He finds what others don’t find funny hilarious and his comments are usually off-beat and followed by crickets. He seems like he’s sensitive to what others think of him and he usually gives the impression that he thinks too hard before he speaks. My favorite thing about Jonghyun is he’s in love with music and I mean in looooveee. He never hesitates to show off his skills or his popular Michael Jackson impersonation. By the way! I just love how he says “Michael Jackson” his accent is so cute! Jonghyun I dig ya and your cover of Neyo’s ‘So Sick’ with Onew! 

K-Kisses! KrisE (Personal KPOP Radio:Super Junior ‘No Other’)

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“Be Sweet” with SHINee!

We all know the wholesome flower boy image SHINee portrays like 99% of the time minus the ‘Lucifer’ promo’s but this has just taken them to the next level! Our guys are the new spokesmodels for Etude House which is a very cutesy cosmetics and skin care brand. Think of kittens and pink wall paper, cupcakes and adorable trinkets all of which pretty much sum up what the brand is about.

I came across the Etude Promo video with SHINee and let me just tell you I wanna buy everything! First of all they were all dressed in like ski lodge styled sweaters and furry hats that had me wishing me and the guys were sitting around a fire drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows! Everything was pastel and just so darn cute! I loved the pink lipstick the guys had on and it really didn’t even phase me that Key was standing there carefully applying the lipstick on Taemin o_0 Now you all know I love Taeminnie but Onew was seriously the cutest in this promo. He had a furry white hat on and I have one similar but mine has ears on it like a Teddy bear so technically we have couples hats ^_^ Of course “Onew Condition” had to make an appearance and his english “pink lipstick” was sooooooo adorable!

I love everything about this promo video, in fact I feel this is how the ‘Hello’ MV should have looked. But wth? Shouldnt it be a tad weird that guys are promoting these kinds of things? I personally am fine with it but what do you all think?

K-Kisses! KrisE (Personal KPOP Radio:SHINee ‘Juliet’)

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