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Did B1A4’s Shin Woo confess his feelings to f(x)’s Krystal?

B1A4’s Shin Woo confesses that f(x)’s Krytal is his ideal type and he loves her.

On January 14, MBC’s Weekly Idol-“Idol Of The Week” airs a special feature for the Lunar New Year. B1A4 appears in the episode, and Shin Woo, in particular, reveals that he is a big fan of f(x)’s Krytal and leaves a message to her on the broadcast.

He says boldly, “I’d like to have a meal with you someday. I’m a big fan of yours. I love you.” To his expectant, but bold confession, other members seem to be shocked.

But soon, they become encouraged by his bold confession and reveal their ideal type, SNSD’s Yoona, Taeyeon, and Miss A’s Suzy, appealing with their rookie image.


‘Dream High 2′ reveals official poster

Dream High 2‘ has just unveiled its official poster!

The main cast were divided into two groups, which many interpreted to mean that one group is more privileged than the other. The bottom group is comprised of 2AM‘s Jinwoon and actress Kang Sora, who were hinted to be characters from a rough background (see here and here for still-cuts from their introductory scenes) earlier.

Meanwhile, the other group is comprised of SISTAR‘s Hyorin, T-ara‘s Jiyeon, and two male rookies named JB (JYP Entertainment) and Park Seo Joon (KeyEast Entertainment).

The haughty looks they toss at Jinwoon and Kang Sora (who volley with scowls of their own) seem to lend credence to the theory that their characters are talented, but arrogant.


BoM to give free concerts at all-girl high schools

Vocal group BoM has announced that they’ll be performing weekly concerts at all-girls high schools across the nation from February to May.


Block B reveals ‘Welcome to the Block’ intro!

Block B have just kicked off their promotions for their comeback mini-album, ‘Welcome to the Block‘!

On January 13th, Cho PD tweeted, Welcome to the BLOCK intro, and linked a video from Block B’s official Facebook page.

The 22-second clip introduces each member amidst a highly intense background, further building the hype for Block B’s long-awaited comeback.

As reported earlier, ‘Welcome to the Block’ features five new songs all written and produced by leader Zico and Park Kyung. Their comeback is scheduled for February 2nd.


B.A.P’s Zelo shares a selca of the boys heading to Malaysia

On January 12th, B.A.P‘s youngest member Zelo shared his first selca to celebrate his upcoming showcase in Malaysia with Bang Yong Guk.

ZELO wrote, “Going to Malaysia~ Go Go! I’m so nervous. We’ll come back safely. See you soon in KL!”

A representative from TS Entertainment added, “It’s Bang Yong Guk and ZELO’s first time working overseas, so they are really, really nervous.”

Fans from all over the world have been leaving messages on Zelo’s Twitter, pleading for the boys to come perform at their respective countries as well.


INFINITE‘s L Becomes an Animation Character!

INFINITE‘s visual member, L, has made a cameo appearance in a Korean animation. Tooniverse TV‘s, Come! Convenience Store. Come! Convenience Store is a cute Korean cartoon based off a webcomic.

L also lends his voice to the role. His character is described as a cute boy with a pretty smile and a gentle image. L stated,

“It was the first time that we took a part in dubbing so it was awkward. Although I worried a lot it was neat and fun to actually act out as my own character”.

L’s character, like the real L, is a famous idol with many fans! But this L harbors a strong grudge from a painful childhood memory relating to a 24 hour convenience store. How do things turn out when a determined L sets off to extract his revenge on a convenience store?


Big Bang’s T.O.P to work mostly as an actor in 2012

Big Bang‘s charismatic rapper T.O.P (Choi Seung Hyun) will be mostly active as an actor in 2012.

His agency YG Entertainment remarked, “T.O.P wants to work mostly as an actor in 2012 and is reviewing a few different scenarios for dramas and movies. He feels optimistic about the new drama ‘Celebrity‘, and it’s one of the projects he is highly considering.”

T.O.P was among the first picks for Yoon Suk Ho‘s ‘Love Rain‘ as well as ‘Only You‘ with Kim Haneul, however, he personally felt most drawn to ‘Celebrity‘.

‘Celebrity’ tells the story of a girl who is anguished after being dumped by her idol boyfriend. In order to get her revenge, she becomes an idol star as well but falls in love with a different top star. The love triangle plot is based off a true story of real celebrities, which is garnering the high interest of viewers everywhere.


Do Idol Groups Have “Central” Figures?

Do idol groups really have “central” figures? There have always been rumors of idol groups having certain “ranks” among the members, but we were never able to confirm it. But according to a recent report by OSEN, idol groups do have these “central” roles, although they are increasingly trying to get rid of the practice.

Recently, Hwang Jung Eum used the word “center” to describe her position in her former idol group Sugar. The term “center” is supposedly given to the main member of each idol group. Unlike the group’s leader, who communicates the most with group members and the management, the “center” is the member that most actively promotes and first comes to mind when the group is mentioned.

Until early to mid 2000s, each idol group clearly had a central figure. The agency would pick the member that would most appeal to the fans (i.e. most popular) and placed that member at the center for all promotional activities, giving the most spotlight. This was a pretty firm “rule” among idol groups that even for minor photoshoots, the “center” figure would always position in the middle.

This strategy obviously puts most of the attention on the “center” member. When being cast for a show, the broadcaster would demand the “center” to be present, even if others can’t make it, and this leads to the “center” being exposed more to the fans. Of course, there are also occasions where another member would unexpectedly rise up to stardom, taking away the original “center” member’s position.