YG New Boy Group: WIN ‘Who Is Next’

A few weeks ago we were delivered a rather shocking news from YG about finally revealing its new boy group. Being an avid YG stan myself, I know how papa YG’s words are just sugar coated lies especially stuffs concerning his artists activities. So when a press conference was held and the news of the boy group debut was announced with supporting materials, we all know it’s finally time. A survival show called WIN (Who Is Next) is made to document a battle between two teams (Team A and Team B) and the result is fully depended on the viewers’ choice. Yang sajang doesn’t have a say in the outcome. The winning team will debut with the stage name WINNER (how fitting) and the losing team.. well nobody knows.

Team A consists of 5 members with an average age of 20 years old thus dubbed with the name ‘hyung team’. Two familiar faces are in this team which is Kang Seung Yoon, former Superstar K2 contestant in 2010 who just debuted as a solo under YG few weeks ago. Next is Lee Seung Hoon, former Kpop Star contestant in 2012. I think he’ll have the shortest trainee years among the rest since he only joined YG last year. The other three members are Song Minho (leader, rapper), Kim Jinwoo (vocal) and Nam Taehyun (vocal).

Team B consists of 6 members with an average age of 17 years old. After the press conference today, the most anticipated member seemed to be leader B.I (Hanbi) as he used to appear in MC Mong’s song as a child rapper years ago. Papa YG also dubbed him “the next G-Dragon” and acknowledged by GD himself. The rest of the members are Kim Jinhwan (vocal), Bobby (rapper), Goo Junhoe (vocal), Kim Donghyuk (vocal) and Song Yoonhyung (vocal).

Since the program hasn’t aired yet and I have only seen the boys through a short video, I can’t say much. But having known Kang Seung Yoon years ago and being his fan waiting three years for his debut AND having supported Lee Seung Hoon since his first days in Kpop Stars, I can’t help but being biased to Team A. Plus I have always preferred people older than me  (although 20 years in Korean age would be the same age as me but that’s better than nothing) and I like the mature vibe they give off through their photos and press conference. BUT we’ll see when the program starts.

I was worried about the biased situation that might happen as two of the members in Team A are already well known by public, on top of that Kang Seung Yoon have already debuted as a solo under YG just recently. I was thinking that Team A might have an upper hand but that is not the case since many people are giving a lot of attention to Team B according to what I see today. I see a lot of people wanting YG to just debut all of them but that would mean an 11 member group, which I do not want to be happening in YG. I am not fond of a large group members, let’s just leave it at the hands of SM who seem to be managing SuJu and EXO well. Anyways, everybody is curious as to what will happen. We’ll wait and see..

p/s what ever happened to the Kwon twins? I was excited to see them but they weren’t in any of the team. Tskk my cutie pies will just remain as backdancers is that what you’re trying to say sajangnimmmm

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Appa Eodiga (아빠 어디가)/Dad Where Are We Going

I have been wanting to blog about it since it’s my #1 priority in terms of the things I watch now but I just couldn’t find the right time to write an entry, also because I have so many things to talk about and I don’t know where to start. When I heard of it even before the first episode air, I was hooked to the concept of the show. It’s fresh and new, and most importantly (and I have to say the reason why it is now the most popular variety show) real. The kids don’t know they are a part of a tv show (except for Minguk maybe cause he’s old enough to figure out) and are not allowed to watch the show at home so what you get is a generous amount of cute youthful innocence.

Despite its popularity domestically, this show isn’t getting much attention from international fans and I think it’s because nobody subs them anymore (daebaksubs and shiareagy used to sub it but their sites got shut down, now kshownow is somehow starting to sub them from where shiareagy left it but the subbing quality of kshownow sucks) and also the fact that everyone is so focused on Running Man. To be frank, most Appa Eodiga fans that I know have adequate Korean vocabulary to understand and watch it RAW like me, because we have no other choice. All those drama watching did not go to waste 🙂

For those who are unfamiliar with this show, it’s a show where five celebrity dads go on a vacation with their children. Well, not that kind of vacation where they go to resorts and sit back and relax. The lineups are as follows..

1. Sung Dong Il and son Sung Joon 

Although you might have not known his name before, if you are an avid follower of k-dramas, you might have seen Sung Dong Il in his numerous works as an excellent supporting actor. My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Reply 1997, Jeon Woo Chi are some of his most popular projects. He is the oldest among the five dads and the most wise I would say. His son Sung Joon is 8 years old and probably the most good looking among the kids *warning pedo nuna alert* You have to watch this show from the beginning to see how positive this show has been for the Sung family. As you can probably predict from his appearance, Sung Dong Il was very strict to his children to the point that they are scared of him but this show has changed how Joon interacts with his dad now.

2. Yoon Min Soo and son Yoon Hoo

Yoon Min Soo is in a part of a ballad duo called Vibe (check them out if you haven’t; mad, mad vocals) and rose to popularity with his appearance in I Am A Singer. He is the youngest of the dad, and has his son Yoon Hoo (same age with Joon) and he is his only child. Personally, Hoo is my favorite kid out them all (though currently wavered by Joon and Junsu from recent episodes). I like Yoon Min Soo most too out of all the dads. He approaches Hoo like a friend, it’s always enjoyable to watch him play tricks on his son. Also, he is the the most favorite uncle when a popularity vote was held among the kids. He has an alter-ego called Morris every time they had to cook hahah this is an inside joke (watch Appa Eodiga to find out!). I can’t tell you why I like Hoo in just a single paragraph! He has far too many charms you have to see yourself. One of the obvious one is his bold crush for Song Jong Kook’s daughter, Ji Ah.

3. Lee Jong Hyuk and son Lee Junsu 

Lee Jong Hyuk is an actor that has been in a few projects, but the one that really made him rose to his popularity was Gentleman’s Dignity. It’s one of my favorite dramas (seriously, I have rewatched it three times in a span of less than a year), and his most recent drama was Dating Agency: Cyrano, in which I have mentioned several times in my previous post. He is a father to 7 year old Lee Junsu, also known by his nickname troublemaker. Well Junsu doesn’t really make troubles, but his mischievousness got him that nickname among the fans of the show. I personally thinks he looks like a mini Kim Soo Hyun. Junsu yah, pedo nuna is waiting for you to grow up and be like Kim Soo Hyun, alright? Now that we’ve mentioned this, Junsu did mention his dream to be an actor like his dad. Since he is the maknae alongside Jiah, his aegyo is soooooooooooo cute. Despite his aegyo, he has a 상남자 (manly) image compared to his hyungs (lol Minguk and Hoo). I really like to listen to him when he talks. He just recently showed an interest to Jiah who is practically Hoo’s. So far there is no fighting over the girl, at least infront of the cameras hahahah.

4. Kim Sung Joo and son Kim Minguk

Kim Sung Joo is an announcer and MC. His son Kim Minguk is 10 years old and is the oldest. Despite being 맏형 (eldest brother), he is most popular by his nickname 울보 (crybaby) since he cries a lot, even more than Jiah. I have to say this father-son combo have the worst luck out of the families, especially in terms of lodgings. But Minguk has changed and doesn’t cry as often now. On the other hand, since he is the eldest, he is the most wisest out of the five, and I really like to see his leadership when carrying out the missions. My most memorable Minguk moment was the first vacation at Pumgeolri, during the ingredients mission. When Jiah and Hoo were so into the puppy they forgot to carry out their mission, he was saying ‘nega michyeo!’ (I’m going crazy!) over his dongsaeng. I don’t know, probably because that was the first reliable image I’ve seen of him.

5. Song Jong Kook and Song Jiah

Song Jong Kook is an ex-national representative for South Korea soccer team. His nickname for this show is 국가대표 (national rep). Despite the ‘honorable’ nickname, in recent episodes he just formed a new one, Dumb and Dumber, with Kim Sung Joo. Not sure which one is the Dumb and which is Dumber though heheh. He is a 딸바보 for his daugther Song Jiah, who is the only girl among the boys. As I mentioned earlier, she has a love line with Hoo and recently with Junsu, but it seems like she’s playing 밀당 with both of them hahah.

Those are the lineups for this show. I hope people start watching it and realise all the goodness that is in this show. I think I’m so hooked because I love kids, gosh I’m even working for Cotton On Kids now, so I guess it makes sense. But that’s not the only deciding factor, as it is the most loved variety show in South Korea, so a lot of other people love it too! I hope a proper team will come to sub this show for those who need it. Spread the loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 😀

AUGUST

It’s half past twelve at my place now. August has finally come. We have only a week left in Ramadhan, and with that being said Raya is coming in a week. As I get older, I’ve gotten less interested in the whole Raya hype, my family being the huge only reason why. August is also my last month working at Cotton On Kids. Now that I’ve realised, I never mentioned about my part-time job in this blog. Maybe I’ll post a short entry on my last day. This month will also be my last month here before I start my dreadful degree. I’m leaving on the 30th, tickets all booked since last month. I still have a very heavy heart about that, but let’s not talk about that now. So I have about a month left to myself, I hope I’ll spend it wisely, without regret. I also have lots to say, in fact I have few entries that went into my drafts cause I got lazy typing midway, but I’ll be sure to put them up by this week.

amalina, xx