On April 26, Kim Hyun Joong had a special interview with fans from Korea and Hong Kong through "Yahoo! Celeb Mission Interview."
More than 24,000 fans from Korea and 26,000 from other Asian countries
like Hong Kong and Taiwan signed up online to be one of the lucky five
Comedian Cho Se Ho hosted the event and
five fans from Korea and Hong Kong had an opportunity to freely ask
questions to Kim Hyun Joong for about an hour. Kim Hyun Joong said, "I am
happy to be the first interviewee of 'Yahoo! Mission Interview.' I
would like to have more chances to communicate with my fans overseas
through this event."
During the interview, Kim Hyun Joong was asked "If you get a
chance to take the time machine and visit a different era, when would
that be?" by a fan from Hong Kong. He answered, "I want to check out
Mayan or Incan civilization with my own eyes. I've always been really
interested in them. Also, I'm a big fan of conspiracy theories. It'd be
really nice to go back to the time when JFK was assassinated and catch the assassin myself."
The full interview of Kim Hyun Joong's "Yahoo! Celeb Mission Interview" will be revealed online through "Yahoo! Celeb"
in early May. This interview will also be featured on other Asian
countries' Yahoo! websites, too. Also in May, Kim Hyun Joong will hold "Kim Hyun Joong Fan Meeting Tour 2012" in several Asian countries. Currently, he is looking at several scripts and scenarios for his next on-screen project.
Between April 9 and 15, music site Monkey3 ran a poll asking fans to vote for an idol that would heal your heart just by looking at him/her. 1,953 netizens participated in the survey, and an overwhelming number of them voted Kim Hyun Joong no. 1 as their “healing-dol.
Kim Hyun Joong won by a landslide, taking home 1,044 votes (53%). Those who voted for the singer actor explained, “Just looking at him makes me happy,” “When I see Kim Hyun Joong, my heart warms up, and I feel consoled,” “Both my eyes and heart are happy,” “There’s just no explanation needed. It’s Kim Hyun Joong,” and more.
CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa took home the second, while IU, Big Bang’s G-Dragon, miss A’s Suzy, andWonder Girls’ Sohee followed.
The Korean singer-actor shares with xinmsn how different Kim Hyun Joong, the Hallyu star, is from the normal Kim Hyun Joong
Korean pretty boy Kim Hyun Joong will be in Singapore for the Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012, held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 4, where he will now high-five all 3,000 fans at the show . Each member of the audience will also receive a set of T-shirt and brooch, featuring the U:ZOOSIN character which is designed by Hyun Joong.
Prior to his arrival, xinmsn caught up with Hyun Joong in a short email interview, though a number of our questions were unfortunately censored by the Korean management. The Korean heartthrob shares his memorable moments in Singapore, why he thinks he is a 'Lucky Guy' and his plans in the near future.
xinmsn is proud to be the official online media for Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012 Singapore.
Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012 Singapore is organised by Running Into The Sun and AMC Group Singapore.
You've been to Singapore so many times. What are some of your most memorable moments in Singapore?
Every moment is memorable to me -- the number of fans who welcomed me at the airport and gave me their warm reception and support during my stay in Singapore. I also look forward to attending this fan meeting.
You have a song called 'Lucky Guy'. Do you think you're a lucky person? Why?
I think I am a very happy person currently, because I can do both music and acting, and is well-loved by people when doing both.
What's the biggest difference between Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong and normal guy Kim Hyun Joong?
I feel that Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong and normal guy Kim Hyun Joong is very different. Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong tries to show his perfect side to the fans, whereas the normal Kim Hyun Joong leads a normal life just like the others. I spend my time reading cartoons and playing soccer.
What are some of your future plans? Will you be releasing another album, or participate in any drama this year?
I want to be able to do well in both music and acting, and not just focus on one particular area. This year, I plan to have album activities and acting. While preparing for this upcoming fan meeting, I'm also looking at good drama or movie scripts. I'll try to show my fans a better side, so please look forward to it.
Kim Hyun Joong is practicing hard in order to prepare a fan meeting that is even greater than a mini concert! On May 18-19 he will hold his “2012 Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting in Taiwan.” The fan meeting that will span two days is a part of Kim Hyun Joong’s “Asian Tour” which began in Singapore.
Currently he is spending busy days in order to prepare for the fan
meeting. He is directly taking part in the planning process of the fan
meeting and giving different ideas for events. Kim Hyun Joong’s fan
meeting will feature 14 songs.
A representative of Kim Hyun Joong’s agency stated, “Kim Hyun Joong
has said that he will meet fans one-on-one through a ‘High-Five Event’
with fans who have come to the concert. He plans to connect with fans by
making eye contact with each one. He is preparing hard so that he won’t
disappoint his fans, please anticipate the concert.”
Kim Hyun Joong’s fan meetings will continue on in Hong Kong, China, Thailand, and Indonesia.
24 April 2012 (Singapore) – Kim Hyun Joong has taken the challenge to
high-five all 3,000 members in the audience at the Kim Hyun Joong Asia
Fan Meeting 2012 in Singapore on 4 May 2012, aiming to break the record
by any artiste performing in Singapore so far to offer the closest fan
interaction for audiences during a concert. Previously only open to 500
lucky fans in the audience, Kim Hyun Joong has now personally requested
to high-five all concert attendees at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, a
feat never undertaken before at any concert or fan meeting.
Kim Hyun Joong will also give away one set of T-shirt and brooch of his
own design, encompassing the U:ZOOSIN character, a cartoon avatar
created by Kim Hyun Joong himself to everyone in the audience. This will
be specially made for this fan meeting tour. Kim Hyun Joong’s official
animated character U:ZOOSIN has sold 50,000 units in Korea alone,
boasting approximately US$1,900,000 in sales.
“This is a very special request we’ve received, which proves Kim Hyun
Joong’s immense devotion to his fans. We are glad that fans in Singapore
will get a very personal touch - pun intended - with Kim Hyun Joong;
but we’re also excited that all members in the audience will be part of a
record-breaking moment,” says Wendy Ng, Executive Producer of Running
Into The Sun.
High-five sessions are normally small, private sessions that are open to
a small group of fans to interact with artistes before or after a
concert. However, Kim Hyun Joong will be taking this a step further by
expressing his wish to high-five every single member of the audience,
breaking away from the notion that superstars of his calibre are often
put on a pedestal.
Kim Hyun Joong 2012 Asia Fan Meeting in Singapore will showcase over 10
songs, slick dance moves, special effects and interactive segments in a
two-hour show. Premiere seats, the seats closed to the stage have
completely sold out, but fans can rest assure that good seats are still
available across the Arena and Terrace categories.
Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012 will be held 4 May 2012 at the
Singapore Indoor Stadium.“Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012
Singapore” is brought to you by Official Card UOB Cards, and organized
by Running Into The Sun and AMC Group Singapore.
$198 (Arena & Premiere Seats)
- Tickets can be purchased via SISTIC online, hotline and counter bookings
Premiere seats, the floor seats that are closest to the stage, have completely sold out since tickets launched, but there is now a better way to meet Kim Hyun Joong up close in person. 500 ticket holders will have a chance to meet Kim Hyun Joong in a private session on concert day on 4 May 2...012 and send him a ‘high-five’. High-Five sessions are typically well-wishing sessions that are important to most K-Pop stars, and usually done either before the concert begins or as a congratulatory note after the concert ends.
The lucky winners will be balloted from all ticket holders across all categories, and will include current ticket holders who have already purchased tickets since it went on sale yesterday. Winners will be contacted via the contact details provided when booking through Sistic, and details of the session will be advised then.
Tickets to “Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012” in Singapore have been selling quickly, but fans can rest assure that good seats at the Arena, Terrace and Balcony are still available. Sale of tickets will be open to the public tomorrow, after the two-day priority booking for UOB One and Debit card members today (see appendix A for full ticketing details).
“Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012” will be held 4 May 2012 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. “Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting 2012 Singapore” is brought to you by Official Card UOB Cards, and organized by Running Into The Sun and AMC Group Singapore.
Every TV network executive in Burbank cries into their organic
kombucha from time to time about the great show that just couldn’t find
an audience, whether it be from unlucky scheduling quirks or creative
concepts that were just too far ahead of their time.
And it’s not just a domestic issue — the producers of Korea’s Playful Kiss
saw their youth drama succumb to an inauspiciously short local-TV run
back in the fall of 2010, going up against hit time-period competition
from My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (“Gumiho” translates into “nine-tailed fox,” a Chinese mythic figure, if that helps).
Like Terra Nova, that Knight Rider remake a few years back, or any show starring Christian Slater, Playful Kiss
might have been headed to the junk pile of so-called “broken series” —
shows that made it past the pilot stage but didn’t live long enough to
accumulate a syndication library. But Playful Kiss is proving to be more like Arrested Development,
a low-rated but critically beloved Fox comedy that was such a popular
streaming choice on Netflix, the company decided last year to resume
production of the show.
Through global TV streaming service ViKi, Playful Kiss
has become somewhat of a worldwide sensation, garnering a loyal
audience of nearly 7 million viewers and more than recouping a modest
production spend of under $1 million several million dollars to make 16
According to Razmig Hovaghimian, CEO of ViKi, which is based in
Singapore but keeps an office near its Bay Area funding, the show has
been streamed more than 70 million times by ViKi users, about 1,400 of
whom have used the site’s innovative group subtitling tool to translate
the show into 56 languages.
The series, about a quirky high school girl whose family moves into
the home of a popular boy she has a crush on following an earthquake,
has garnered an audience that’s 70 percent non-Asian, Hovaghimian said.
Ample viewership, for example, has come through a ViKi syndication
partnership with Hulu in the U.S., while producer Group 8 has already
worked with YouTube on a follow-up digital series.
Supplied to ViKi under barter advertising terms, Group 8 has recouped
$400,000 in ad revenue to date through the service, while the global
exposure of the series has enabled the company to take in another $3.5
million through a dozen foreign broadcast deals.
Sums up Group 8 CEO Song Byung Joon: ”ViKi helped Playful Kiss find its audience.”
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Kim Hyun Joong and his agency expressed regrets at ‘ticket sales controversy’ in Taiwan for his upcoming fanmeeting. Kim Hyun Joong is scheduled to hold his ’2012 Kim Hyun Joong Asia Fan Meeting in Taiwan’ on 18th and 19th May. However, local media outlets reported that the prices are too expensive and complaints have been made known to Kim Hyun Joong’s agency.
On April 20, Kim Hyun Joong’s agency KeyEast met up with enews and revealed that “We believed we had decided on an appropriate price for the fans there, as during the process. We didn’t know this would become such a big issue, we are also in regret and disheartened. Kim Hyun Joong will sing 14 songs for the upcoming concert. He will also be holding a high-five event with fans and distribute gifts he prepared personally. We will work hard to not disappoint our fans.”
Kim Hyun Joong’s fanmeeting ticket prices range from 30,000 Korean Won to 180,000 Korean won. Most ticket prices are less than 100,000 Korean won except for VIP seats prices at 180,000 Korean won. Foreign performances by top stars in the country is also 200,000 won in Korea and Japan from 50 to 600,000 won, the fanmeeting ticket price is built around the best performances of Kim Hyun Joong, in this case is not that expensive. Kim Hyun Joong’s ticket prices controversy issue might have been raised due to his fame. Agency officials “it will be a concert-level fanmeet, not simply sharing with fans and talk, you can expect to see a good show especially with care and not to worry.” he said.
In the meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong will start off in early May, in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, with sequential plans to open around the Asian Tour.