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[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

 

[COVERAGE] tvN’s Go Go with Mr Paik Featuring Onew & Chaeyeon Media Interview

 

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tvN’s brand new show, with Korean Celebrity Chef Paik Jong Won –  Go Go With Mr. Paik in Singapore (白老师放煮假新加坡篇) starring Chef Paik, SHINee’s Onew and DIA’s Jung Chae Yeon had their media interview on the 2nd of November, when they were in Singapore to film their show. The trio had went around Singapore to experience the local markets and also to whip up some Singaporean dishes. Chef Paik also whipped up some special dishes for the upcoming Chirstmas for Onew, Chae Yeon and some special guests.

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In terms of what type of Singapore cooking style of crabs, Onew prefers the pepper crab while Chaeyeon likes the chilli crab. Chef Paik feels that there are many people who can cook well, so he decided to give confidence to those beginners whom are still learning to cook, thus he position himself as someone who cooks simple dishes.

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Between Onew and Chaeyeon, Chef picked Onew as a potential good cook as he is talented in food tasting and is able to express the food taste very well. Despite the difference in the ingredients (spices), both Onew and Chef Paik feels that there is no big difference in Singaporean and Korean dishes. The staples are rice, noodles and fried food. Onew even pick up skills on how to cook his own dishes according to his taste from Chef Paik.

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On who to bring along in their groups for a food trip together, Onew picked Taemin as he eats really well & Chaeyeon picked Yebin as she is close to her.  Being the second time that they have filmed together, Chaeyeon didn’t feel any awkwardness with Onew as he is very nice and freindly despite being the sunbae. Chef Paik agrees on that Onew is very humorous and he knows how to entertain everyone. If we communicate with him in Korean, you will understand how funny he is.

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View photos of the media interview here: tvN Go Go With Mr. Paik Media Interview feat Onew & Chaeyeon Photo Set

GO GO WITH MR. PAIK in Singapore

Airing on tvN

Mondays, 19 Dec and 26 Dec @ 10.30pm

Singtel TV 518 (HD) / Channel 619 (HD) and StarHub TV Channel 824 (HD)

Kpress Singapore would like to thank tvN for the invite to this media interview.

Photos and text by: Joey

Transcript by: Brenda

[COVERAGE] Seo Kang Joon #CheeseintheTrap Press Conference in Singapore

IMG_6951 Seo Kang Joon plays Baek In Ho in the hot trend K-drama, Cheese in the Trap. He was invited to Singapore by Starhub to greet his fans for his first time here! The weather was a lot hotter than what the actor expected but lucky for KangJoon, it was raining on the day of press conference/fan-meet.

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With regards to In Ho and his real self, he feels that both of them have very different personality. Initially he was worried because the character was very different from his own character. He’s more of an introvert and calm person, but In-Ho is more wild and charming. But while he was filming the show, he became more comfortable with the character. And because of Baek In Ho’s character, he’s been started to swear a lot with his 5urpr!se members and his friends. It just naturally come out with his mouth even though he is not filming! My members did not really comment or gave him much feedback about his acting or character. But after they watched the drama, they just give Kang Joon a simple “it looks fun” comment.

5urpr!se is a South Korean idol band formed in 2013. Their members consist of Seo Kang-joon, Gong Myung, Yoo Il, Kang Tae-oh and Lee Tae-hwan.

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Also, since Cheese in the Trap has a lot of fans, many doubted him on his decision to take up the role of In Ho. KangJoon was pressurized by the concern but he had a goal to break those negative expectations. Thus, he studied his character a lot and consulted the director a lot. His hard work has been proven through the viewers’ compliments and he is now confident with his role. His most memorable scene was the fight with Yoo Jung which made him very sad because their friendship became bad.

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Unlike Yoo Jung whom is a very charming person; someone who can make girls feel nervous and flustered, In-Ho is someone who would secretly care for someone; he doesn’t show it on the surface but deep down he really cares for Hong Seol. It was this point that attracted him to In-Ho’s role.

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Kang Joon has not decided on what his next project is going to be and is still looking for good opportunities. He does not want to limit himself to the types of character he will play as he would like to try on a lot of different roles. A lot of people suggested for him to play the vampire but he wants to act more in school related dramas. But fans will be able to see him through the screen on Law of the Jungle, where he has just guested on with AOA’s Seolhyun. He will also be travelling around Asia to meet his fans!

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When given the question of what he would have done to win a girl he has a one-sided love with, like In Ho has on Hong Seol, he answered that at the moment, In-Ho doesn’t really want to occupy or own Hong Seol for himself. So he don’t think In-Ho’s intention is for Yoo Jung and Hong Seol to break up. In-Ho secretly wishes them happiness and if he in real life will do the same, by wishing her to be happy.

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Co-actor Hae Jin is about 10 years older than KangJoon; he is 34 years old. Hae Jin did have concerns about their age differences since both characters are of the same age in the drama. But Kang Joon feels that he is actually much more matured for his age, so he did not really worry much about their age difference at all. In Ho’s swearing kind of brought them closer, so they’re really good friends now.

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On what he would want to say to those who have not watched the drama yet:

“The drama will give audiences a flustered feeling; like having butterflies in your stomach and leave audiences in great anticipation. Furthermore, it showcases the campus life in Korea University so students in Korea could relate to that. The elements of friendship and conflicts would entice the public to watch it.”

View HQ photos of Seo Kang Joon’s Cheese in the Trap Press Conference here:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1081234455260295.1073741856.253229304727485&type=1&l=1bd527faf4

Cheese in the Trap is currently airing on W Drama (StarHub TV Channel 855) every Sunday at 10pm. Kpress would like to thank Starhub for bringing Kang Joon over to Singapore and the invitation!


Transcript by: Sandra

Photos and Coverage by: Joey

 

[COVERAGE] GOT7 Fan Meeting in Singapore

IMG_5852 The members of GOT7 are back in Singapore for the second time this year! JB, Jr., BamBam, Mark, Jackson, Youngjae & Yugyeom are grouped together to start the New Generation Idols. With distinct novel music and martial art tricking performances, they are ready to take your breath away.

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GOT7 started with ‘Stop Stop It’ and ‘Girls Girls Girls’, which had fans up on their feet even though the fan meeting had just started.

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The boys had some introductions before playing ‘act-it-out’ charades where both teams of members and lucky fans didn’t get the answer. The winner was then decided through screams and cheers. JB, Jackson, Youngjae & Yugyeom team won despite BamBam from the other team taking off his jacket. /cue screams

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Hit songs ‘Just Right’ & ‘If You Do’ were up next, heating up the venue. Another game was played with fans, with the classical Musical Chairs we all played when we were younger (or with your idols).
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‘Confession Song’ was used by the members to confess to Singapore that they love Her.

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A mini dance battle broke out between Yugyeom and Youngjae when the question “Who is the best dancer in GOT7” was asked. A fan-made video was played, showing the journey that GOT7 had from pre-debut period up till now. They were shocked when they saw a banner project prepared which wrote “Stay with us until the end”. In which BamBam replied, “We GOT7 will always stay with you.”

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With ‘Magnetic’, ‘Bounce’ and ‘A’, the boys successfully ended their fan meeting and promised fans that they will be back in Singapore again in 2016. We hope that these energetic boys will be back in Singapore for a show (or two) in the upcoming year!

Kpress Singapore would like to thank the organisers, Three Angles Production for the invitation to the GOT7 Fan meet, as well as the 3 other fan-meeting for SGKSTAR 2015. It was a fun and Kpop-filled weekend!

View Photos here: GOT7 Fan Meeting Photoset


Coverage and Photos by: Joey

[COVERAGE] SISTAR & Monsta X Fan Meeting in Singapore

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Label mates of STARSHIP Entertainment, SISTAR & Monsta X was here in Singapore for a joint fan-meet! This is the first time SISTAR held a joint fan-meet in Singapore with their label mates and also the very first time Monsta X was here!

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SISTAR debuted in 2010 with Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou and Dasom with their single album ‘Push Push’. From then on, the girls promoted with a healthy and distinctive image, and mainly promoted in the summer. They have managed to sweep the digital charts and won 1st place on music charts with their songs.

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SISTAR showed off their girl power by starting the fan meet with their newest hot song, ‘Shake It’. Despite not having collab queen Soyou, at the fan-meeting, the trio brought several hit songs such as ‘I Swear’, ‘Crying’, ‘Loving U’, ‘Ma Boy’, ‘Touch My Body’.

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SISTAR also played a telepathy game with lucky fans, where both the member and the fan has to choose, or rather draw, one of the two choices given to them by the MCs. The winner (Dasom’s Partner) walked away with a pair of Sketchers shoes, as well as a signed CD and a selfie!

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Debuted in just this year May, Monsta X members were chosen through a harsh survival program through Mnet called ‘No Mercy’. Winners from the program were Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon and I.M. The title track ‘Trespass’ was their debut song and they followed up with their second mini album, ‘Rush’.

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Rookie monsters, Monsta X started their part with ‘Trespass’ and ‘Prefect Girl’, before greeting their Singaporean fans for the first time. The boys jumped off stage during ‘Rush’, which surprised their fans as they ran to get a closer look at their idols. A lucky fan was chosen to be on stage for the next song, ‘Honestly’, where the boys presented roses to the fan.

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A staring contest was also held with lucky fans, where members get paired up with the fans to decide who can stare into each others’ eyes the longest. Leader Shownu and his partner won by holding the record of 26 seconds.

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Monsta X concluded the fan meet with their side song ‘Hero’ which made the audience scream the song together with them. Both SISTAR and Monsta X promised that they will be back in Singapore again next year! We can’t wait for these two amazing and fun groups to be back!

View photos here: SISTAR & MonstaX Fan Meeting Photo Set

Kpress would like to thank the organizers, Three Angles Production for the invite!


Photos by: Joey & Sandra

Written by: Joey

[COVERAGE] Day 6 Fan-meeting in Singapore

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JYP’s First boy band, Day 6 has visited Singapore for the first time during the SGKstar Festival! The band just celebrated their 100 days of debut, ever since their 1st mini album, ‘The Day’ was released. Made up of Sungjin, Jae, Jun Hyeok, Young K, Won Pil & Do Woon, the 6 members are equipped with unique vocal talent as well as writing and composing skills.

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The band started their show with ‘Out of My Mind’ and ‘Habits’ before proceeding for a game with their fans. The game requires the fans to be blindfolded and guess which member is standing behind them through their voices. Sneaky members even cover their voices through different tones!

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Continuing with their songs, ‘You’, ‘Like That Sun’ & ‘Colors’ were presented to the audience. Charades were also played, where fans and members are spilt into two different teams, and they had to guess the word through drawings. It was also a game to test the member’s drawing skills!

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The boys also covered Wonder Girls’ ‘Nobody’ and One Republic’s ‘Stop & Stare’, adding their own colors into the songs. They wrapped up their fan meeting with their hit song, ‘Congratulations’ where it had everybody singing the chorus along with them. A special video put up by fans was also showed on the stage where the members ‘fake cry’ after watching it.

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Of course, the members knew that the last song of the fan-meeting is not really the last song, thus they covered some of Bruno Mars’ songs and sang ‘Freely’ for their encore stage.

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Members also expressed their thoughts for their first ever fan-meeting here in Singapore.

Wonpil: “This is the first time that we are in Singapore, and I am very happy that I am able to share this love with all of you tonight. I will work hard to repay the love that you have shown to us.”

Young K: “Thank you so much for welcoming us and the birthday wish that you gave. Actually, my parents are here to watch me, and this is my dad’s first time watching me perform. Thank you Singapore, I love you guys so much, we love you!”

DoWoon: “JYP Family and Day6, I love you. I love you all Singapore!”

JunHyeok: “Sorry I don’t speak English very well, so I will speak in Korean. This is my first time in Singapore and I am very happy to perform here. The love and support given to us here is something that I can’t even imagine. Today is also my mum’s birthday, so I am going to work very hard to invite her to my shows. I love my fans as much as I love my mum.”

Jae: “You guys make me feel so smart because you can understand English, people think that I am crazy when I say this is crazy in Korea. I hope you guys had as much fun as I did with us.”

SungJin: “I am so honoured to have a fan meeting here in Singapore. I appreciate the love and support, we will do our best so keep supporting us!”

Certainly, fans will continue to support this unique band and I bet they can’t wait for DAY6 to be back in Singapore again! We would like to thank Three Angles Production for the invite!

View DAY6 photos here: DAY6 Fan-Meeting in Singapore Photoset


Photos by: Joey & Brenda

Written by: Joey