[COMPETITION] 2017 KBS K-Pop World Festival (Singapore Preliminaries)

 

The search is on for international talents to perform at the 2017 K  Pop World Festival in
Changwon! With preliminary rounds being held in around 70 countries, this global competition
is the ideal stage to showcase your talent in bid to represent Singapore in the upcoming
stages of the competition. Shortlisted preliminary finalists can look forward to an
ultimate chance to visit Korea to experience the Korean culture and have the chance to
share the stage with some of the biggest names in Korean Pop Music industry like TWICE
and BTS!

Returning for the 4th year running, the KBS K-Pop World Festival (Singapore Preliminaries)
is set to take centre stage as a stand alone event, at Our Tampines Hub on 5th August
2017, with Korean Idol Diva Ailee, making a special appearance both on stage and as part
of the judging panel!

Unlike in previous years, the competition is now open to all who work/study and reside in
Singapore excluding tourist. Participants should also be of non-Korean descent and will be
representing Singapore for this competition.

Interested participants may compete under two categories – vocal and dance performance.
As the competition intensifies, all performance groups will be required to lip-sync to their
cover songs during their performances. The winners of the performance category are then
required to submit a separate audio recording of their vocals for the international judging
process. While there is no restriction on the number of members for performance groups, it
is strongly recommended that they have the same number of members as the original
K-Pop band that they are covering.

Under the vocal category, there is no limit to the number of vocalists per act. However KBS
reserves the right to remove any vocalist from the subsequent rounds if they are deemed to
not be of significant contribution to the team. Vocal acts are now given the option to have
up to 2 additional backup dancers to spice up their performance.

Interested participants may register their interest via our official website from now till 6th
July.

Auditions will be held over two days from 8th-9th July. Thereafter, shortlisted applicants will
be invited to battle it out live on stage at the Singapore Preliminary of the K-Pop World
Festival 2017, where the top two acts (chosen from both Vocals and Performance categories
combined) will move on to participate in the next round of online judging, representing
Singapore in the competition against their international counterparts.

For more information please visit our official website at http://www.sgkpopworldfest.com
Website: http://www.sgkpopworldfest.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com//sgkpopworldfest
Instagram: @sgkpopworldfest

[TRAVEL] Experience Digital Exhibitions at National Museum Singapore for Free!

Have you ever visited the Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands, where the Future World exhibition is held? The exhibition showcases 4 different themes, Nature, Town, Park and Space, and it showcases artworks by using digital technology. Prices are at $13 for Singaporeans adults, and $10 for local students, $6 for children. However, there is a new exhibition over at National Museum Singapore where it provides free entry to Singaporeans and PRs!

Under the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, the creators behind Future World, Team Lab brings 69 drawings from the collection to life.  The Story of the Forest exhibition is located at the Glass Rotunda, and it begins with a bridge with floral artworks all around you. (Beware you might feel a little giddy due to the movement of the artworks!)

The exhibition continues with a two-story Rotunda route, where it is surrounded by not only the forest but animals. The Upper Rotunda has a different habitat as compared to the Lower Rotunda but visitors are able to spend as much time as they want in the exhibition. (And it is not only one way, visitors are able to head up to the Upper Rotunda again.)  The weather will change too, from time to time, it will ‘rain’ and visitors will be able to see how the animals in the exhibition react to it.

The experience will be complete when you lie down and look at the different flora in the Glass Rotunda which will ‘grow’ and change.  There is also an application where visitors are able to enhance their visit at Story of the Forest, where they are able to “hunt” and “capture” the flora and fauna with their phone. Visitors will be rewarded with insights to the artworks from the collections which inspired the creations.

Thus, head down to National Museum Singapore for an immersive and educational experience! There are also other exhibition in the museum such as the Singapore History Gallery, We Built A Nation, etc, where visitors are able to learn more about Singapore. 


Open daily from 10am to 7pm, last admission for Story of the Forest is at 6.15pm. Free Admission to all galleries for Singaporeans & PRs. 

 

[EVENT] EXO PLANET #3 – THE EXO’RDIUM – IN SINGAPORE

 

 

EXO to stage their third Concert Tour “EXO PLANET #3 – The EXO’rDIUM – in SINGAPORE” on 2nd April, 4pm at Singapore Indoor Stadium! This tour marks the group’s third solo concert tour since their debut in 2012. EXO has set a new record to be the first K-pop group in history to hold six sold-out concerts at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena, amassing over 84,000 spectators.

EXO debuted in 2012 and rose to fame with its first original album [XOXO] shattering records by becoming the first album in Korean music industry to sell over one million copies in twelve years. EXO’s third original album ‘EX-Act’ was recently awarded Mnet Asian Music Award 2016 – Best Album of the Year and is also their third consecutive album to have sold over 1 million copies setting a triple million seller record, proving their selling power as a global star. EXO set and break records internationally earning them a position as the most influential celebrity by Forbes Korea.

“EXO PLANET #3 – The EXO’rDIUM –”, kicked off its first show in Seoul and have since toured in many cities including Bangkok, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Tokyo, Osaka, Hang Zhou and Taipei. In this close to three-hour show, EXO is set to perform hit titles like ‘Growl’, Wolf’ and ‘Overdose’ as well as ‘LOTTO’ & ‘Monster’ from their latest album. ‘The EXO’rDIUM’ will be one of the biggest concert of the year with an extraordinary production including spectacular stage with fantastic lightings and visual effects. This concert is definitely one not to be missed in 2017!

*Member Lay, will not be attending this concert due to other commitments.*

“EXO PLANET #3 – The EXO’rDIUM – in SINGAPORE” is promoted by ONE Production and organised by SM Entertainment and Dream Maker Entertainment. For more information, please visit ONE Production Facebook – www.facebook.com/OneProductionSingapore

Get your tickets here: http://www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/Pages/EXO-2017.aspx

[NEWS] EXO Concert Ticket Launch Attracts Thousands in Malaysia

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Kpop sensation EXO is set to perform in Kuala Lumpur on 18th March!

Ticket launch took place Saturday at 11a.m., at Atria Shopping Gallery, and an overwhelming crowd of about 2000 people flooded the mall, competing for a chance to grab the best seats. The 3rd tour in KL is receiving tremendous response from fans around the world. Organiser revealed that their portals are flooded with messages and inquiries as soon as the ticket launch announcement was made about a week ago.

There are also fans queuing up at the venue few days in advance in order to secure the tickets. Organiser believes the turnout for the coming concert will surpass last year’s EXO PLANET #2 The EXO’LuXION in KL.

The first person in line, Jayleen Ong, 19, revealed that she has been queuing at the venue since last Friday, taking turns with other ten companions.

Within 3 hours, 25% of the tickets are sold during the ticket launch, with Rock zone M (RM688) announced sold out. Online booking is available on the same day from 5pm onwards while all appointed ticket outlets commence ticket sales on 15 January from 11am onwards at full price.

To be organized by Star Planet, supported by Malaysia Major Events, EXO PLANET #3 The EXO’RDIUM in Kuala Lumpur will be staged at the KL Stadium Merdeka on March 18th, 2017 at 8pm.

Tickets are priced at RM688, RM588, RM468, RM388, RM348 and RM228 *subject to RM4 processing fee.

[EVENT] EXO World Tour in Kuala Lumpur 2017

Due to high demand, the hottest South Korea boy group EXO officially kicked off their brand new tour “EXO PLANET #3 The EXO’rDIUM” with 6 dates in Seoul last July, setting a new record as the first K-pop group in history to have the longest solo concert ever run, at Seoul’s Olympic Gymnastics Arena, with over 84,000 spectators.

This new tour marked EXO’s third solo concert tour since their debut in 2012, and the concert title, inspired by the Latin word “exordium” which means “beginning,” suggests that fans can expect to see a more mature and improved side of EXO.

Touring cities also include Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong and more with tickets fully grabbed up in minutes, which has again proven its immense popularity! To be organized by Star Planet, supported by Malaysia Major Events, EXO is set to return to Kuala Lumpur with their solo concert for the second time, striving to thrill fans with a 1-night concert at Stadium Merdeka Kuala Lumpur on March 18th , 2017.

The group hit it big at their last KL concert, successfully amazed a crowd of over 15,000 people. The upcoming gig, said to be one of the biggest concerts of the year with an extraordinary production, is anticipated to attract an even greater turnout.

EXO debuted in 2012 and had rose to fame with the release of their million seller album XOXO in 2013. The group has received a large number of awards to their winning streak, nominated as #1 Best K-Pop Song by American Billboard in 2013, the biggest influence in Korea by Forbes Korea Power Celebrity in 2014 and 2015 for two consecutive years, among others. Their 2nd studio album EXODUS made EXO the highest-charting Korean male act on the Billboard 200 in 2015. EXO becomes ‘triple million-seller’ when their second studio album on 2015 and third studio album on 2016 both recorded platinum by selling more than 1 million copies, along with winning #1 awards 4 years in a row on multiple year-ending award ceremonies. The group rewrote history and created a big wave in the music scene.

Ticket prices and other concert details will be released soon. Please stay tuned to http://www.starplanet.com.my for latest updates!

[COVERAGE] tvN’S MEGA DRAMA ​ENTOURAGE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH MAIN CASTS SEO KANG-JOON & LEE DONG-HWI



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On Tuesday, 22nd of November, two main cast of tvN’s mega drama, Entourage, Seo Kang Joon and Lee Dong Hwi had a press conference with media from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan at RWS Singapore.

They shared their favourite memories about filming the drama, and travelling around Korea was Seo Kang Joon’s favourite moment. The drama was filmed not only in Seoul, thus it required the actors to travel around places for filming. The casts will also play games with punishments, and Lee Dong Hwi lost in a game when they were in Busan and he had to stand in the pouring rain for 5 minutes. In the end, the poor actor caught a cold. The MC commented that fans are going to be all ready and shelter him from the rain next time, come on fans ;).

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Entourage is a Korean re-make of the popular US drama series of the same title, starring Seo Kang-joon, Cho Jin-woong, Lee Gwang-soo, Park Jung-min and Lee Dong-hwi. The drama surrounds the “bromance” among young popular actor, Cha Young-bin (Seo Kang-Joon) and his childhood best buddies Lee Ho-jin (Park Jung-Min), Cha Joon (Lee Kwang-Soo) and “Turtle” Geobook (Lee Dong-hwi), as well as the interesting encounter with Kim Eun-gab (Cho Jin-woong), CEO of Cha Young-bin’s management agency. (Text from tvN Asia) 

However, both actors cleared that they are the total opposites of their characters in the drama and in real life. The role Seo Kang Joon takes on in the drama is a top star in Korea, which is what he wants to become, lives a extravagant life that he wonders if its the way how Korean top star live. He always stay at home to play with his cat, or invites his friends over for beer or walk along Han River alone. Unlike his character in the drama, where Cha Young Bin goes to a lot of hot places to hang out with his friends. The only similarity he has with Young Bin is that he will suit his friends’ desire and do what they want.

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As for Lee Dong Hwi, he is also the type of person which likes to stay at home to play his playstation. Unlike his character which likes to go out a lot and is very dependent on his friends for everything as he doesn’t earn money, he is a very independent person who will like to solve his own problems without relying on his friends. Both of them are actually total opposites of their character where in real life they love to stay at home.

Dong Hwi also commented that acting is not easy for him, as every single second in his acting career is a challenge for him. He is always worrying about what role he should take on next. He gave his best in his role of being a good friend of Young Bin and he hope that it is being delivered to the viewers through the show.

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Seo Kang Jun wanted to show a different image from his role Baek In Ho in his previous drama, Cheese in the Trap, he too, was also worrying about the type of roles he choose to take on for his future plans. Baek In Ho is a young man in his 20’s so he is a simple guy chasing after his dreams with a sad story, while in Entourage he is playing as a growing celebrity in the entertainment industry. Thus it is two very different characters for him.

In Reply 1998, Lee Dong Hwi was portraying as a lonely guy with no friends and he has to strive for everything alone. While in Entourage, he has a famous celebrity friend thus the lifestyle is very different. In Entourage, he plays a witty character but which is actually a total opposite of what he is in real life.

On why viewers should watch this drama, Seo Kang Joon commented that it conveys the happiness of the entertainment industry and it about love and friendship. Lee Dong Hwi also added on that if anyone is curious about the Korean entertainment industry, they should watch the drama. It also shows how the main cast mature through the industry.

Entourage

Premiere expressly on tvN on 7 November,

Every Monday and Tuesday, at 9:15 pm

Singtel TV 518 (HD) / 619 (HD); StarHub TV 824 (HD).

View photos from the Press Conference here:

ENTOURAGE PRESS CONFERENCE PHOTO SET

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Kpress would like to thank tvN for the invitation!

Coverage & Transcript by: Joey

Photos by: Clarabelle

[COVERAGE] Lee Jong Suk Variety in Singapore Press Conference

For the first time, Lee Jong Suk is here in Singapore to meet his fans through his Variety fan meet! With regards to this, he is very thankful for his fans who has waited for him to come Singapore for such a long time. Jong Suk too has also been waiting for this chance to meet his Singaporean fans and he is looking forward to in meeting them.

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The Fan Meeting tour around Asia gave the actor an opportunity to travel as well as to meet his Asian fans. He also hope to include more countries that are not scheduled in his fan meet soon.

Jong Suk also expressed his preference for the weather in Singapore now as compared to the Winter that Korea is experiencing now. As much as he wants to extend his stay in Singapore, his busy schedule did not allow him to get his wish. (/cues sad face)

 

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However, even though he prefers the weather in Singapore, he actually is someone who sweats easily. So the most memorable times when filming the W drama, was shooting in the very hot Summer period.

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His manager recommend Chilli Crab to him thus he wanted to try the famous dish, just like all other Koreans who came to Singapore. And to where he suggested tourists to visit in Korea are Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Sinsa-dong and Garosu-gil.

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With regards to his fair and good skin, Jong Suk revealed that he did not have any special skincare routine but he just tends to avoid the sun. So girls, time for more sunblock!

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Even though Christmas is coming, the busy actor who is currently filming a movie where he plays the villain for the first time, has no special plans. Being a guy who will enjoy his day as it goes, so he has no plans for the upcoming new year. But just to see if there’s any opportunities comes along as times goes by for his work.

To view more photos from the press conference head to : Lee Jong Suk Fan Meeting Press Conference Photos

 

Kpress Singapore would like to thank IME Singapore for the invitation

Text and Photos by: Joey

Transcript by: Sandra

 

Kpress Singapore;aiming to bring you the insides of Korean-pop.