On July 22nd, Hyoyeon and her partner Kim Hyungsuk won first place on “Dancing with the Stars II”, on an episode which showed six teams performing live for the seventh time. The mission for the day was “My Story”, in which the contestants expressed their life stories in dancing.
On that day, Hyoyeon visited the SM Entertainment practice room thinking about her seven years as a trainee and expressed gratitude towards her parents for looking out for her. She thanked them by saying, “I wasn’t sure if I was a good dancer, but my father discovered my talent and suggested I become a singer.”
Furthermore, when she was asked what Girls’ Generation means to her, she replied with a big smile, “Girls’ Generation isn’t like a treasure to me, but a ‘miracle’. I’m still amazed that I’m part of Girls’ Generation.”
However, Hyoyeon also has a lot of worries because there are nine members. When she was asked what are some things that burden her by being part of Girls’ Generation, she replied, “How I can be recognized. It’s hard to have the name ‘Hyoyeon’ publicized in Girls’ Generation.”
She showed more willpower by saying, “I’m glad I can get recognized through ‘Dancing with the Stars II’. I’ll work harder.”
This episode also featured Hyoyeon’s audition clip, in which she showed powerful locking dance moves in her childhood, along with clips of senior artists talking about “Dancing Queen Hyoyeon”.
When Shinhwa’s Lee Minwoo was asked in an interview which girl group he looked upon the most, he replied, “I’m a Girls’ Generation fan, and I always had an interest in Hyoyeon because she danced so well, thinking she could be the next BoA. I’m glad she accomplished her dream.”
Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, who Hyoyeon shared her trainee days with, said, “Hyoyeon danced so well among 100 trainees and stood out the most. I also went to Hyoyeon to learn to dance.”
Unfortunately, Hyoyeon was unable to perform live on “Dancing with the Stars II” due to promotions for “PAPARAZZI” in Japan, but won first place with a pre-recorded segment which showed a combination of her powerful locking and the cha-cha-cha. The Kim Kayoung and Kim Kangsan team sadly was eliminated.
In the recently unveiled list of winners for the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012 (MTV VMAJ 2012), Girls’ Generation, also known as Shoujo Jidai in Japan, won the ‘Best Album of the Year’ award for their first Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ among big name nominees Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Juju and fellow K-pop girl group KARA.
In addition to this award, Girls’ Generation were also nominated for the ‘Best Video of the Year’ award, which eventually went to EXILE for their song ‘Rising Sun’.
The group’s first full-length Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation’ was released in June last year and is still recording high sales with the album certified ‘Million’ by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) earlier this month, which makes them the second Korean artist to have achieved the ‘Million’ certification after their senior BoA’s ‘Best of Soul’ compilation album more than seven years ago.
Girls’ Generation were no strangers to the MTV VMAJ awards as they won two out of three nominations last year, namely the ‘Best Group Video’ and ‘Best Karaokee! Song’ awards for the Japanese remake of their hit single ‘Genie’, where they beat Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Ikimono-gakari and w-inds for the awards.
The awards represent the success of the group in Japan, who had made their debut in the country only less than two years ago in August 2010, and their upcoming release ‘Paparazzi’ has already gotten huge support and response from Japanese and international fans alike. The group has also kicked off their promotional activities for ‘Paparazzi’ on TV Asahi’s ‘Music Station’ on Friday.
Actor Kim MinJong talked about himself dancing in front of SooYoung.
At the press conference for ‘A Gentlemen’s Dignity’ held on June 22nd at SBS Production Center, Kim MinJong revealed, “It was hard trying to impress SooYoung in that scene. I did not know how I was supposed to dance on metal board.”
He added, “The director is known for filming the same scene a lot of times. I had to dance for more than 10 times, which was very embarrassing but I filmed the part with the determination that I will overcome this hardship.”
Recently, SooYoung made a surprise appearance on the episode of ‘A Gentlemen’s Dignity’ that was aired on June 9th. Kim MinJong danced to Girls Generation’s song in the episode and made a lot of people laugh.
The actor portrays the role of a lawyer in ‘A Gentlemen’s Dignity’ and not only is he showing good partnership with Jang DongGun, Kim SooRo and Lee JongHyuk, but he is also attracting attention through the love line with YoonJin.
He stated, “It is my first piece of work that I have found my name. Because I did not have much activities, people got confused with my name and they used to call me ‘Kim JongMin’. I had times like that, but I have regained my name through this drama.”
He continued, “The filming set’s atmosphere was so good that I did not notice the time passing by. I personally want to live with it. It would be good if this drama became a series.”
Jessica revealed her love for her group through the statement, “Even though I am having a lot of individual schedules, I did not forget about Girls’ Generation.”
In the interview for the July issue of fashion and lifestyle magazine ‘@Star1′, Jessica said that she was “very proud of Girls’ Generation’s solo activities” and that she was wishing them the best from the bottom of her heart. Jessica, who had tried her hand in acting through ‘Wild Romance’ not long ago continued, “Even though we have a lot of individual schedules, we didn’t forget about Girls’ Generation. We still have a lot to do as a nine-member group.”
She also revealed how she will treat summer as a ‘Ice Princess’ as she said, “I like ice cream and red-bean sherbet so much that I even eat them in winter. I guess I will be enjoying them this summer as well. I am actually scared of summer so I am afraid of how I will get over this summer. I think I will have to spend it in a cool place while eating those food.”
On the other hand, Yuri, Jessica, SooYoung and SeoHyun will be showing off their fashion sense in the July edition of ‘@star1′. It is said that Yuri, Jessica, SooYoung and SeoHyun showed off their usual fashion sense in the paparazzi concept photoshoot.
In the fashion and lifestyle magazine ‘@Star1′ published on June 20th, an interview with Sooyoung was featured where she provided some insights about her transformation in cable channel tvN’s drama ‘The Third Hospital’, which is in its filming stage currently.
In the interview, Sooyoung also discussed and revealed her honest feelings about matters regarding the competition between Yuri, Jessica, YoonA and herself who were involved in dramas recently.
Sooyoung said, “Recently, Yuri and Jessica made their acting debut through dramas. I cheered for them a lot. As this was their first time acting, they did really well and honestly, I was really amazed. As for YoonA, since she has been acting in the past so she has her very own area of specialties. Among the members, there is no pressure or burden due to acting comparison with one another. I think I have my own unique personality as well.”
She added, “Even before I became a singer, I went to a lot of auditions as I have a big dream to be an actress. Not only as a singer, I want to keep challenging myself as an actress too.”
In the paparazzi concept pictorials, Sooyoung, Yuri, Jessica and Seohyun flaunt their unique styling and fashion sense in the July edition of ‘@Star1′ magazine.
On the June 22nd’s episode of MBC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′, Hyoyeon’s audition videos, as well as testimonies by her seniors will be revealed.
During the interview with the program’s production staff recently, Shinhwa’s Lee Minwoo was asked if there is a girl group that he pays most attention to and he said, “I’m a fan of Girls’ Generation and Hyoyeon particularly, as she is really good at dancing since she was young, I thought of her as the second BoA. Therefore, I’ve been paying attention to her with great interest.” He added, “It’s good to see that Hyoyeon is now living her dream.”
Besides Lee Minwoo, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk who went through his trainee days along with Hyoyeon said, “As Hyoyeon is really good at dancing since she was still a trainee, she stood out among the 100 trainees. I too, looked for Hyoyeon and learned dancing from her,” acknowledging Hyoyeon’s dancing ability.
Be sure to catch this entertaining episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ at 9.55pm KST on June 22nd.
Yiruma, a world-famous South Korean pianist and composer, was recently asked about giving an idol group a song. In the interview, he revealed that he would like to compose a song for Girls’ Generation as well as his affection for Tiffany, saying, “I want to exchange music with singers that do music completely different from mine. It would be a thrilling experience, having my music played under flashy lights, amidst a crowd going wild. I think out of girl groups, Girls’ Generation would be nice. I felt affection for Girls’ Generation’s TIffany after I heard that she said she liked my music. I was really thankful.”
Tiffany and Yiruma met more than a year ago in 2011, when Tiffany appeared on a touching episode of “Star King” in which she sang with a disabled children’s choir as Yiruma played the piano. Check out this appearance below.
A set of pictorials showing off Girls’ Generation’s feminine sense have garnered huge attention among fans and netizens.
Recently, Girls’ Generation participated in a pictorial shoot for the 79th issue of fashion magazine ‘High Cut’. In the photos, the members were seen in romantic dresses and wavy hairstyles with goddess-like poses, which reminds one of fairies in the woods. These lovely little sisters, who are Korea’s representative on the international stages, have suddenly grown into beautiful, matured women overflowing with sense of femininity.
In the other photo revealed, YoonA, Sooyoung, Yuri and Jessica have also transformed into princesses who gave out the ‘pinkish-light’ mood. These girls are sure to captivate the readers with their deep gazes into the camera and also their very own charms.
Netizens who saw the photos commented, “Girls’ Generation seem to get prettier with each passing day”, “They are goddesses, godesses”, etc
Seohyun, the goodwill ambassador for the UN Pavilion, visited the venue of the 2012 Yeosu Expo on June 20th. After having a tour around the UN Pavilion, Seohyun had a small fan signing event with 10 lucky visitors who were selected based on random draws.
Seohyun said, “Today is United Nation’s World Refugee Day. The UN Pavilion is a place where one could actually experience the situation and crisis that the world is facing.” She urged the public, “Not only the children, everyone regardless of sex and age, please come and visit the UN Pavilion.”
She added, “If we could spare some time, I would like to visit each of the pavilion with the members,” expressing her interest in the 2012 Yeosu Expo.