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SBS releases list of nominations for the best couple of ’2011 SBS Drama Awards’

Following MBC’s unveiling of their nominees list for the ‘Best Couple Award‘, SBS has released their own list of couples for the ‘2011 SBS Drama Awards‘!

The level of attention is rising high for this award, especially since it includes real life couple Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young under the ‘City Hunter‘ category.

Speaking through TV Report, Lee Min Ho’s representatives stated, “Just the fact that he’s been nominated is enough for him to want to attend. He’s currently going through other dramas and movies at the moment.”

Representatives of Park Min Young added, She’s filming ‘Man of Honor‘ so we don’t know whether she’ll be able to make it, but we are sure that she’ll go if her schedule lines up.”


Big Bang’s Seungri to cameo in ‘Light and Shadow’

Big Bang‘s Seungri has revealed that he will be making a special cameo appearance in MBC‘s 50th anniversary drama, ‘Light and Shadow‘.

Seungri will play the role of a trainee who dreams of becoming a star. Confident and full of pride, he calls himself the ‘man of Yeosu’ (his hometown), and wins everyone over with his smooth ‘satoori’ and witty commentary. Seungri is actually from Gwangju, in the same district, so the role should be no problem for him to pull off.

Seungri expressed, “This is my first time acting in a formal drama and I’m looking forward to it a lot, especially since the character I’m playing reflects who I am in real life. I’d love it if our viewers would have fun watching it.”


Source + Photos: W Star News via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

SM launches countdown teaser for Korean-Chinese boy group

SM Entertainment has finally kicked off preparations for the debut of their new boy group!

On December 22nd, their official homepage put up a pop-up timer featuring the logo for the new group. The timer is set for 24 hours, leaving fans in a state of excitement for what’s waiting on the other side.

SM previously revealed that they will be debuting two male groups on the same exact date and time with the same song in Korea and China.

Representatives stated, “It’s something that has never been tried before, and we believe that it’s enough to capture the attention of fans all over the world.”


Youtube reports the 10 highest viewed K-pop Music Videos in Korea for 2011

The K-pop craze that’s taking the world by storm was also manifest on the largest video portal site in the world, Youtube.

On December 21st, Youtube reported the top 10 most-watched music videos by domestic citizens in Korea (not including overseas views) since January 1st, 2011.

According to the report, the #1 most-watched K-pop music video in Korea for 2011 was Wonder Girls‘ and their hit track, “Be My Baby“.

HyunA‘s solo single “Bubble Pop” came in at #2, while SNSD‘s “The Boys” came in at #3, holding a record for immediately receiving 400,000 views upon release.


Big Bang’s Taeyang and Wonder Girls’ Sohee most likely to be single during Christmas?

Big Bang‘s Taeyang and Wonder Girls Sohee each took first place in a ranking that measured which celebrities would most likely be single during the Christmas season.

According to ’K-STAR News‘, Taeyang and Sohee were chosen as the celebrities most likely to be spending Christmas alone.

Taeyang placed 1st in the male category because despite his lovable eye-smile which melts the hearts of his female fans, he is reported to have no experience in dating.

The December 21st episode of ‘K-STAR news’ will also air their rankings of stars who are least likely to be single during Christmas.


Source: MyDaily via Nate

by kdramacrazy @ allkpop

48 industry officials choose the hottest rookies of 2011

There have been a lot of debuts this year, both in the music and acting industries, but which individuals stood out the most? OSEN surveyed 48 officials in the areas of broadcasting, music, and film to pick who they thought shined the brightest this year.

Kim Soo Hyun, who’s now five years into his debut, came in first place thanks to his excellent performance on ‘Dream High‘. He’s moved up to become the most sought-after actor this year. In 2012, he’ll release his movie ‘Thieves‘ as well as the historical-fantasy drama, ‘The Moon That Embraces The Sun‘.

Second place went to actor Lee Jae Hoon, earning a total of 10 points with his performance on ‘Guard‘ and ‘The Front Line‘. He won a total of five rookie awards and is currently filming two new movies.

Third place went to ‘Superstar K2‘ winner Huh Gak with seven points, while ‘Superstar K3‘ winner Oohlala Session followed with five points.


Pledis Entertainment and Mnet resolve their differences

For the first time in two years, After School will be performing on Mnet‘s ‘M! Countdown‘!

On December 22nd, the girls will be teaming up with members of Pledis Boys to participate in the show’s Christmas special with their winter single, “Love Letter“.

This is good news for fans, as Pledis Entertainment had announced a boycott on Mnet ever since the ‘2009 MAMA‘, citing unfair standards as their reason. Mnet responded to the claims by failing to invite Pledis artists to their music show and award ceremonies.

With Orange Caramel, however, the prospect of a reconciliation opened up. Orange Caramel performed “Shanghai Romance” on their shows twice during their promotion cycle while the two companies continued to work to resolve their differences.


U-KISS talks about their “embarrassing debut concept”

On December 20th, U-KISS revealed their true feelings about their debut through the MBN story-cumentary (story documentary), ‘My Story‘.

When asked about their first album’s title track, “I’m Not Young“, Dongho confessed, “The song itself is okay, but I get so embarrassed when I look back on our performances and music video that I don’t know what to do with my hands. Still, it helps me feel like I’ve truly grown since then.”

Leader Soohyun stated, We’ve been coming out with masculine, sexy images lately, but back then, we were just cute. They always told us to act cute and laugh where necessary so looking at it now, I really can’t bear it. It gives me goosebumps.”

The boys also admitted that their debut concept didn’t sit so well with the public, leading to a fretful year of identity changes.