On December 30th, stars from all over Korea gathered for the 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards, which honored the best and brightest of SBS’s programs this year.
Fans of the first season of KBS‘s ‘Dream High‘ can rejoice, as the original cast has promised a cameo appearance in ‘Dream High 2‘!
2PM‘s Taecyeon, Wooyoung, miss A‘s Suzy, T-ara‘s Eunjung, and IU have revealed that they will be making a special appearance in the sequel to lend their support to the series. They’ll be taking on minor cameo roles to add a bit of spice to each episode.
The original ‘Dream High’ was known for incorporating an impressive line-up of cameo appearances made by the likes of Kim Hyun Joong, Super Junior‘s Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, 2PM‘s Nichkhun, Chansung, and Dal Shabet.
A representative of the drama stated, “We’re preparing a list of cameos that will be as impressive as the first season. There’s still about a month left until the broadcast so we’re trying to keep everything under wraps.”
2NE1 has won a rookie award at TBS‘s ‘53rd Japan Record Awards‘!
On December 29th, Japanese media outlets reported that the girls had been awarded the rookie award at the ’53rd Japan Record Awards’. The girls arrived on the 28th for rehearsal and commented to reporters, “We’re glad to receive such an honorable award just three months into our Japanese debut. We’ll work hard every year in hopes of winning the Record Award.”
They continued, “We’ll be expressing the power of women in our stage performance.”
2NE1 will be sharing the honor with Japanese singers Ito Miyu, SUPER☆GiRLS, and fairies, and they will all be competing for the ‘Best Rookie Award’ at the event. KARA will also be attending the awards ceremony on December 30th.
Source + Photos: Naeil
by VITALSIGN @ allkpop
2NE1‘s leader CL recently sat down for an interview with OSEN to discuss the group’s various achievements this year.
Chosen as one OSEN’s ‘Hottest People of 2011‘, CL and her members were praised for their ability to churn out chart-topping hits one after the other. The group has gone through a wide spectrum of genres this year which attributed to their success, but CL humbly chalked it up to “good timing.”
CL began, “I don’t whether we’re trusted 100% yet, but our success benefited a lot from our music. Producer Teddy oppa wrote us really great songs and we released them at a great timing. ‘Lonely‘ was released when there weren’t many quiet songs on the market, and then we came out with ‘I Am the Best’ right after.”
All year long, the girls have been dominating the charts, starting with “Don’t Cry“, “Lonely”, “I Am the Best”, “Hate You“, and “Ugly“. These are achievements any singer would die for, but CL claims it’s not enough.
Winning InSight, the entertainment company that’s home to artists like Norazo and the Piggy Dolls, has unveiled two pictures of their upcoming boy group, CHAOS!
On December 28th, the company introduced members Hyunsun and Taeyang, who’ll be “rising rookies with a funky sound.” Hyunsun has a killer smile, and is the oldest of the group as well as its rapper. Taeyang is known for his tall height and strong charisma.
The most interesting part about their debut, however, is that they’re using promotion styles similar to SM Entertainment‘s EXO-K and EXO-M. While EXO is simultaneously debuting in Korea and China, CHAOS will be debuting in Korea and Japan.
Netizens commented, “Looks like EXO has a rival,” “Wondering how this pans out,” and “I hope they both play a part in raising Hallyu.”
A few days ago, SM Entertainment unveiled a video clip of EXO member Kai, sparking a chain of subsequent teasers for his fellow groupmates.
On December 30th, the agency released a longer teaser video for Kai, which was shot in one take. K-Pop fans were once again introduced to Kai’s smooth dance moves and mysterious charisma, raising the level of anticipation for the group’s debut.
Additionally, the teaser included a small sample of EXO-K’s song, “My Lady“.
Check out his second video below!
Cube Entertainment will be holding their first nationwide audition tour in 2012!
Starting on January 5th, the company will kick off their eight-city ‘2012 Cube Star Audition in Korea‘ in Junju, followed by Kwangju, Daegu, Busan, Daejun, Wonju, Seoul, and Jeju.
Contestants can apply in the areas of dance, singing, acting, modeling, and MCing. There are no restrictions based on nationality, gender, or age – anyone can participate.
4minute and B2ST showed their support to the auditioners by stating, “We’re looking for the next stars to follow in 4minute, B2ST’s, and G.NA‘s footsteps to becoming the future of Cube Entertainment. We hope that you achieve all that you have dreamed. We’ll always be supporting our future stars.”