Korea Buzz – 2009 “Best Style Icon” Awards Tight Voting Competition


(Translated from 매일경제) The competition is going tight between Kim Hyun Joong, Lee Min Ho, G-Dragon and Super Junior for the place of 2009 Best “Style Icon”.

“2009 Star Icon Awards Seoul” will be held on 11st November. Among it, the award “Most Popular Icon” which is determined by the participation of voters have attracted many viewers’ votes through the Internet and mobile since its start on 1st October.

The main leads, Kim Hyun Joong and Lee Min Ho, of popular drama “Boys over Flowers” which screened at the first half-year, boy group Super Junior and Big Bang’s G-Dragon are currently at the top 4 positions at the voting chart. As there is still more than 1 month’s time remaining from the awards day on 11st November, there may be reverse of change to the ultimate winner.

Other than this, top celebrity stars who are at the top 10 positions include Lee Seung Gi, So Nyeo Shi Dae, 2PM. There is also an increasing concern on who may become the dark horse winner. You can find 100 candidates for each sector which includes society, culture and arts at http://www.styleiconawards.co.kr.

“2009 Star Icon Awards Seoul” will be held at N Seoul Tower  on 11st November. CJ Media’s main channels, O’live, tvN, XTM etc will broadcast the free live stage show and awards ceremony for 5 hours from 6pm to 11pm on 11st November.

(translation copyrights credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)

Korea Buzz – The 6th Asia Song Festival 2009 in Seoul


(Translated from 프런티어타임스) The second lineup for 6th Asia Song Festival 2009 has been finalized on 11th August.

It has been announced by International Cultural Industry Foundation of Korea on 11th August that YG Entertainment’s Big Bang and new glamour rookie group 2NE1 will be participating in this event. The updated confirmed performing artistes list include Japan’s popular group V6 and Hong Kong’s popular star Ekin Cheng. Together with Big Bang and 2NE1, So Nyeo Shi Dae and Super Junior will also be representing Korea to perform in this event.

Asia Song Festival is a free concert where tickets are sponsored by International Cultural Industry Foundation. To reserve free tickets, you can go to Asia Song Festival official website (www.asf.or.kr) from 21st August onwards and follow the simple procedure stated. More information on the second lineup will also be released on that day.

The 6th Asia Song Festival will be held on 19th September 2009 at 6pm in Seoul Sangam World Cup Stadium.

(translation copyrights credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)


Catch “6th Asia Song Festival” in Seoul! Do not miss it! ^^

Korea Buzz – “2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” Event


(Translated from bntnews.co.kr) “2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” event has come to the third year. The 20 awards categories and nominees list are released through Mnet Wide Entertainment News yesterday (5th August).

“2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” will be held on 28th August. This event is being held to grace the choices of the 20s generation on their true trend / cultural setter icons. The event highlights include awards ceremony, blue carpet ceremony and exceptional perfomances. Some of the awards are freshly introduced this year.

The final results will be based on 50% from survey ratings from the 20s generation and 50% on the polling outcome. “2009 Mnet 20’s Choice” will be held live from 5pm to 10pm at Jamsil Indoor Stadium on 28th August.

Let’s take a look at the list of 20 awards categories and the respective nominees:

▲HOT Drama Star (Male)▲
Kim Bum – Boys Over Flowers
Kim Hyun Joong – Boys Over Flowers
Yoon Sang Hyun – Queen of Housewives
Lee Min Ho – Boys Over Flowers
Lee Seung Gi – Brilliant Legacy

▲HOT Drama Star (Female)▲
Go Hyun Jung – Queen Seonduk
Goo Hye Sun – Boys Over Flowers
Kim Nam Joo – Queen of Housewives
Jang Seo Hee – Temptations of Wives
Han Hyo Joo – Brilliant Legacy

HOT Movie Star (Male)
Kang Ji Hwan – My Girlfriend is an Agent
Kim Yoon Suk – Turtle Runs
Wonbin – Mother
Jo In Sung – Frozen Flower
Ha Jung Woo – Country Representative

HOT Movie Star (Female)
Park Bo Young – Speedy Scandal
Kim Ock Bin – Thirst
Kim Ha Neul – My Girlfriend is an Agent
Uhm Jung Hwa – Insadong Scandal
Ha Ji Won – Hawoondae

Kwak Min Seok – Minsuk Look
Kim Yuna – Ssing Ssing Ssing
Big Bang & 2NE1 – Lollipop
Lee Min Ho – Donut
Gal Mae Gi – Expert

HOT New Star
Kim So Eun
Wan Suk Hyun
Lee Min Ho
Jang Ki Ha & Faces

HOT Variety Star
Kim Tae Won
Sunwoo Yongnyuh
Lee Ha Neul

HOT Character
Shin Aeri – Kim Suh Young
Dressing Room’s Teacher Kang – Kang Yoomi, Anh Youngmi, Jung Kyungmi, Kim Kyungah
Taebong– Yoon Sang Hyun
Sup Sup Brothers – Eun Ji Won & MC Mong
Goo Joon Pyo – Lee Min Ho

HOT Multitainer
Kim Hyun Joong
Dae Sung
Lee Seung Gi
Lee Hyori

HOT Sports Star
Kim Yuna
Kim Yo Han
Park Ji Sung
Park Tae Hwan
Bong Joong Geun

HOT Body
Park Jae Bum
Son Dam Bi
Shin Min Ah
Lee Hyori
Jessica Gomes

HOT Style Icon
Kim Yuna
Seo In Young
Son Dam Bi
Lee Hyori

HOT Fashionista
Kim Nam Joo
Kim Min Hee
Shin Min Ah
Yoo Eun Hye
Jang Geun Suk

▲HOT Girl Group Style*
Marine Look
Vivid Color
Cyborg Sunglasses
Hot Pants

HOT On-line Song
2NE1 – Fire
Davichi – 8282
So Nyeo Shi Dae – Gee
Super Junior – Sorry Sorry
8eight – Without a Heart

HOT Performance
So Nyeo Shi Dae
Super Junior
Son Dam Bi

HOT Boom Up Song
Super Man – Speedy Scandal
Ssing Ssing Ssing – Kim Yuna
Perhaps That – Park Bo Young
As Years Pass – Song Seung Hun
Never Ending Story – Yoon Sang Hyun

HOT Couple
Kim Young Joon & Hwang Jung Eum
Noh Hong Chul & Jang Yoon Jung
Se7en & Park Han Byul
Jun Jin & Lee Si Young
Tablo & Kang Hye Jung

HOT Mr. Beauty
Kim Bum
Kim Hyun Joong
Yoo Seung Ho
Yoon Sang Hyun

HOT Summer Heat Popularity Award
Lee Min Ho
Lee Seung Gi
MC Mong


You can go to http://choice.mnet.com/2009/AwardVote/AwardVote.asp to make your vote today!

(source: bntnews.co.kr, translation copyrights credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)

Lee Jun Ki & Song Hye Kyo Voted as Top Hallyu Actor / Actress by Overseas Viewers


Lee Jun Ki and Song Hye Kyo are voted as the top hallyu actor and actress by overseas viewers.

Cable TV channel Arirang entertainment programme “Showbiz Extra” has recently did a voting with 3000 viewers across some countries namely the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, United States and have gathered the following results.

Lee Jun Ki came in first for top hallyu actor category with 37.74% votes. Song Hye Kyo was first for top hallyu actress category with 49.52% votes. It can be seen that Song Hye Kyo holds on strong power to hallyu wave with her almost half of 100% votes. Rain was second in place with 28.95% votes followed by Gong Yoo in the third place with 11.81% votes for top hallyu actor category.

In the top newcomer actor category, Kim Bum came in first with 46.73% votes and Lee Min Ho at second place with 36.03% votes.

In the top female singer category, So Nyeo Shi Dae (Girls’ Generation) came in first with 29.65% votes. BoA came in close at second place with 29.25% votes.

In Asia’s star category, Super Junior defeated their senior Dong Bang Shin Ki and came in first place with 41.9% votes. Dong Bang Shin Ki was at second place with 33.6% votes.

In the top newcomer singer category, SHINee came in first with 57% votes. The second place goes to 2PM (19.7% votes) and third place to FT Island (15.6% votes).

(translation copyrights credit – gongjunim.wordpress.com)