Homegrown Hottie: Kevin Woo

Our next homegrown hottie is Kevin Woo from U-Kiss. Kevin was born in San Fransico, California and lived there until he was 15 before moving to Seoul to pursue his dream of becoming a singer. He debuted with a group named Xing in 2006 along side Kim Kibum. Kevin stayed with Xing until 2008, when he joined U-Kiss. I’ve been reading a lot about Kevin recently and have come to the conclusion that he is one of the sweetest, most adorable guys out there. He hasn’t been in any scandals and seems to be very respectful to the Korean culture despite being born and raised in America. He’s really active on his twitter account and always seems to be upbeat. I just want to shrink him down so I can stick him on my key chain! Does that sound creepy? I don’t care because he is so adorable!

Speaking of (slightly) creepy, I found a picture of Kevin dressed as a woman for an episode as Star King. He really looks…pretty. The video is hysterical though so if you have time, check it out here.

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Homegrown Hottie: Jay Park

I talked about homegrown hotties in my last post on the SME Global Auditions. The men were ultra sexy and deserve to have the spotlight shined on them, individually. The first homegrown hottie is none other than Jay Park. Jay, who was born and raised in Washington State, showed an early interest in the hip-hop culture, specifically b-boying. For those who don’t know, a b-boy is someone who break-dances. He auditioned for JYP when he was 17 and was brought to Korea to undergo what I like to call “Idol Training”. Idol Training is for all budding kpop artist. They undergo months, if not years of dance and singing lessons. Since Jay was a Korean-American, he also had to receive Korean language and cultural lessons.

In 2008, 2PM debut with Jay Park as their leader and quickly rose to fame.
Jay would eventually have to withdraw from 2PM due to some controversial comments against Korea he posted on his Myspace page. I personally think the netizens blew it out of proportion. How would they feel if they had to leave their home and live a new country where they didn’t know the language or have any friends. JYP released him from his contract and he returned to the States. He made his comeback through Youtube by posting videos of himself break dancing and singing. In 2010 he returned to Korea and in April of 2011, he released a mini-album as a solo artist. He plans on releasing a full length album in January 2012. As you can see from the pictures, Jay Park looks good in and out of clothes but good grief, please raise your hand if you want to see more pictures with him shirt-less. 🙂

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SM Entertainment’s Global Auditions: Are You The Next Idol?

I would like to thank allkpop for bringing this to my attention. SM Entertainment, home of SHINee, TVXQ, and Super Junior, are holding auditions worldwide, looking for their next idol. The auditions start January 7th, 2012 in Korea and make stops in China, Japan, Canada and the United States. I am extremely interested in the States auditions. They start February 18th in New York and then moves to Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  The process itself seems pretty simple. If you are auditioning to be a singer, you will be required to sing acapella for up to two minutes. If you want to become a dancer, then be prepared to do a freestyle dance to music SM will provide. If acting is your thing, prepare a monologue that showcases your skills. If you are interested in auditioning but can’t make it to the in-person auditions, you can also apply through email and youtube.

SM stresses that all are welcome to audition regardless of ethnicity or race. While I am pleased they are giving this opportunity to people who live outside of Korea, I wonder if everyone really have a chance at becoming a star in Korea. I’m sure you’ll have to learn the Korean language if chosen by SM for training. The incident with Jay Park when he was debuting with 2pm under JYP is an example of how isolated and alone a person might feel when first living in Korea.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from auditioning though. Henry from Super Junior-M and Eli Woo from U-kiss are North American born and are very successful kpop idols.  I plan on keeping a close eye on the audition process. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to see the first woman of color become a famous kpop star or costarring  with Lee Min Ho in a future drama.

For more information on the auditions, click here.

Also for those who are interested here is a list of current kpop members that are not originally from Korea (aka “Homegrown Hotties”).

Jay Park – United States
Taecyeon from 2pm – United States
Eli from U-kiss – United States
Kevin from U-kiss – United States
Zhou Mi from Super Junior M – China
Kevin from ZE:A – Australia

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Skinship with Aziatix!

Haha nothing like that! They all just held my hand which I’ll say still counts as skinship ^_^ Last night was amazing! As you all know for the past two weeks I’ve been on a major Aziatix kick. I was getting all hyped up for their concert at Gramercy theater; I was mentioning them in my tweets and posts and just whenever I could in my life because it was just THAT serious. How can I even describe the sound of Aziatix? If you’ve never heard them then you obviously live under a rock so refer yourself to their Youtube channel and get AZICATED!

Their music is like dancing poetry. The lyrics they spit have meaning, they’re the real deal; non of the lyrical crap that makes no damn sense. Their live performance was amazazing! They performed my favorite song ‘Slippin Away’ and I was just like wow I can’t freaking believe my song is being sung live! O.M.G! (talk about having a fangirl moment).

They were so interactive with the fans during their performance. All 3 reached out to crowd; Nicky even took a fans camera and recorded himself singing! It was seriously SOOO COOL! I was really pleased with the attention we were all given.  Now the crowd itself was awesome it was so diverse! White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, everyone was bumpin under one roof and so many good-looking faces! You wanna see some good-looking people besides Aziatix themselves, just hit up one of their concerts because their fans are gorgeous and you miiiiight get a date! At one point I heard chanting for Eddie and when I turned to see where it was coming from to my surprise it was a group of hot Asian guys! I was like that is just so cute, cool and uh different o_0…But then I joined in their chant so whatevz!

After the performance Aziatix held a meet and greet (fan-girled out on the inside!) and being the smart cookie that I just happen to be; I carefully waited till most of the fans were seen before buying my huge poster (It’s the main article pic!)and stepping online to meet them. First up was Nicky and he’s adorable like O.M.G he has the sweetest smile! I told him how I work for BWLB and we always talk about them and support them 100%. Eddie was in the middle and Flowsik on the end. I told all 3 of them of the sites support and actually you know what?! They all took my hand and were sincerely thankful and appreciative of our efforts to help them blow up. They gave me total eye contact and I felt really honored and proud that I was their fan. They’re good people I could just tell from the vibes I was getting. Really! you know when you can just feel good energy? They weren’t just going along with what I was saying, they were honestly engaged in my mini conversation because if they weren’t you know I’d let you all know. Nicky is adorable and he has kind eyes, Eddie is such a flower boy with really good skin and he did two epic hair flips that had me going “HOT” but then wondering what shampoo and hair products he used (Shhh!? You know I think about these kind of things!). Flowsik had shades on but he was all laid back hot you know what I mean? Like that “I’m so cool I can sit in a dark theater with my shades on and not seem ridiculous at all” cool! I hope I get to see them again and I hope you all get your chance to experience and meet Flowsik, Eddie and Nicky also. AZIATIX FIGHTING!

For more on Aziatix search for them by name on our blog and visit their website at http://www.aziatix.com/

Picture taking is not my strong point sorry! But check out the Eddie silhouette pic!!

K-Kisses! KrisE (Personal KPOP Radio: Aziatix ‘Slippin Away’)

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Aziatix: November Tour!

Thats right AZIATIX are touring this November!! I was like flippin out last night when I got wind of their tour schedule. You better believe imma be on my “A GAME” and hitting up Gramercy Theater November 14 for their performance!

For concert dates near you visit http://www.aziatix.com/events/

You all better be on your “A GAME” with this, especially those of you in New York! If they get 200 people or more to attend at any of their tour locations a Meet and Greet will be held along with a photo-op and signed posters will be given away! So don’t be “so cold” and give Aziatix some love!!

K-Kisses! KrisE (Personal KPOP Radio: Aziatixs ‘Cold’)

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[M/V] Aziatix – A Game

Aziatix is definitely steppin’ up their A game with their latest track “A Game”. Diggin’ this joint. I love the diversity of their musical style. Their single “Be With You” was more of a rock track with smooth vocals, but “A Game” shows us a more hip hop-inspired Aziatix.

What do you think is the potentiality of Aziatix making it big here in the States? Just from observing the number of their music video views from youtube, they’ve got a long way to go. What can we do to help them out?