Yang Hyun Suk sheds tears as he compares Big Bang and ‘K-Pop Star’ SuPearls
YG Entertainment CEO and ‘K-Pop Star’ judge, Yang Hyun Suk, shed tears during the February 4th broadcast of the program. While he’s previously stated that “emotions should not interfere with the decisions made in the show,” Yang found that he couldn’t stop tears from brimming as he observed the passion of the contestants.
The emotional response stems from YG Entertainment’s early years. Yang founded the company in hopes of scouting talented star-hopefuls who would help the K-Pop industry to advance and prosper. This same motive allowed him to become one of three judges for SBS‘s audition program.
Yet Yang’s method of looking for “quality over quantity” has caused him much grief. Yang stated that he was at first skeptical about debuting Big Bang, as there were much talk on whether or not the group would survive in the idol industry. As he watched over the contestants on ‘K-Pop Star’, Yang said that he felt the same about SuPearls, a group assembled by several contestants on the show.
“At first, I was worried for the SuPearls members,” says Yang, “I thought their skills were not polished enough to guide them through the competition and that they would not be able to develop their skills in such a short time.”
“However, they proved me wrong,” continued Yang, “Their passion, hard work and desire to become a star have made them into the performers they are now.”
Yang then started to tear up, as the memories of his anxiety over Big Bang came to mind.
“The Big Bang boys faced so much criticism for not being “idol-like” in the beginning, and it pained me to hear that,” says Yang, “But, like SuPearls, they worked hard each and every single day to succeed in the industry. SuPearls’ success today made me think of the day when I said to myself: ‘Big Bang made it. They survived.’”