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140630 Baby Kara’s Choreography Teacher Spotted In Hyomin’s ‘Nice Body’ Music Video

Written By Kim Regina on Monday, June 30, 2014 | 11:32 PM

Hyomin”s “Nice Body” music video has just been released, and Baby Kara fans may spot an unlikely familiar face.

On June 29, T-ara member Hyomin released the music video for her debut single, “Hot Body.” Within 24 hours, the video has garnered nearly 200,000 views on YouTube.

One of Hyomin”s back-up dancers in the music video is also the choreography teacher for Baby Kara, the seven K-pop trainees featured in the reality series “Kara Project.”

In “Kara Project,” the members of Baby Kara compete to become the newest members of Kara, after two members left the group earlier this year.

You can check out the dancer in “Nice Body,” as well as her teaching style in “Kara Project” in the English-subbed episode below.

Prior to its release, K-pop fans observed a similarity between the concept behind Hyomin”s music video and the stylings of Miley Cyrus.

“I also don”t like it,” commented MCarpes in the allkpop forum. “It seems a little bit vulgar.”

However, reception for the music video has been much more positive upon its release.

“I honestly felt this was actually better than expected,” wrote ckstar98 on YouTube. “I thought the music video would be completely sexual but Hyomin proved me wrong.”

“This is not bad at all, though she kind of looks like Eunjung here and her clothes are weird,” commented Shoujo Mei. “There are some parts in the song where she needs to sing better too, but she”s good. Well beyond my expectations. It”s hard going solo after all.”

Hyomin”s solo mini album is slated to drop on July 2, with productions by Brave Brothers and a collaboration with LOCO.
Meanwhile, check out “Kara Project” featuring Hyomin”s back-up dancer from this link

140627 KARA’s Gyuri Discusses Her Ideal Type, Success in Japan, Future Plans, and More with @star1 Magazine

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 7:35 PM

In an interview for @star1 magazine, KARA’s leader, Park Gyuri, talked about her ideal type, finding success in Japan, how she relieves stress, and plans for the future.

During the interview, Gyuri was asked if she knew that KARA would find such big success when they first debuted in Japan. She replied, “I honestly didn’t know. It was only through the press and media coverage later on that we realized a little bit [of the success]. I think at the time, we just had the mindset of ‘Let’s work hard,’ before going on stage. So we always gave our all for every performance.”

On her ideal type, she described, “My ideal type is the same as when I was younger. It’s actor Jung Jae Young. He has a manly, macho charm, while still having a humorous image. [He has] the image of someone that would [offer a] hug when I’m having a hard time. To be honest, my father is my ideal type and [Jung Jae Young] seems very similar to him.”

The KARA leader also shared tips on how she relieves her stress, “I meet up with my close friends and drink a beer by the river. We play music, drink some beer, and chat. If I don’t have a chance to meet friends, I watch a movie at home or even go to an Indie movie theater.”

When asked about her future plans, Gyuri shared, “There are still a lot of things I want to try. I recently had a slight resting period, and I took various lessons during that time to work on my shortcomings. Because I’m still in my 20s, I have a lot of desire to do all the things I want to try, whether it’s singing, acting, or any other activities. Personally, I’m the happiest when I’m working. When my breaks are too long, I become a bit depressed. I still have a strong desire to work.”

140625 Baby Kara show off their individual talents + take on last mission in fifth episode of ‘KARA Project’

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 8:58 PM

This time, each Baby Kara got to have the spotlight all for herself as the girls got the chance to have a solo stage. Each girl did a special performance, showing off their dance moves, singing skills, and unique charms during their showcase in the fifth episode of “Kara Project“!

So Jin did an impressive cover of “Ain”t No Man,” putting her all into the sexy dance while Young Ji became a “Naughty Girl” for her special solo stage. Chae Won in the meantime wowed the crowd by singing “Love,” focusing more on capturing the emotions and showing her great vocals rather than dancing. You can also check out how they interacted with fans! As a group, they performed KARA”s hit song, “Mister,” as their final mission.

The new member will be decided by 30% experts” vote, 20% pre-broadcast popularity vote, 20% live broadcast popularity vote, and 30% global popularity vote. Who will end up becoming the new members of KARA? Vote for your favorite trainee here!

140624 Watch Nicole And Jiyoung’s Final Kara Performance As Baby Kara Prepares For First Alleged ‘Kara Project’ Elimination

Written By Kim Regina on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 8:59 PM

As the talent variety show “Kara Project” heads into its fifth episode, the seven members of Baby Kara is anticipating the series” first potential elimination to find the replacements for former Kara members Nicole and Jiyoung.

Earlier this year, Nicole and Jiyoung left the DSP Media group Kara after their contract expired. In order to find their replacements, seven K-pop trainees became the group Baby Kara in order to compete in “Kara Project” for a chance to be in the popular girl group.

According to the Japanese news publication Kstyle, episode five of “Kara Project” will have each member of Baby Kara perform solo performances at the Olympic Park Stadium in Seoul. Reportedly, viewers are anticipating two eliminations from Baby Kara during the broadcast.

For the fourth round of votes for each member of Baby Kara, Somin came out on top with 20.11% of the votes, with So Jin and Young Ji in second and third place, respectively. The results are compiled of expert votes, pre-broadcast votes, live broadcast votes, and global fan votes.

“Somin for first! So happy!” commented andyboy17 on allkpop after the latest polls. “When she makes it in Kara she”ll be my second favorite in the group!”

“I follow this show very closely and I”ve said this from the very beginning that Somin is the most “idol ready” out of everyone,” added kpopislifeyo on June 24. “She can sing, dance, and at the same time she looks like a model. Somin and So Jin are my picks.”

Should there be eliminations during episode five, Yoo Ji and Shi Yoon could both be in danger, as they are currently in sixth and seventh place.

In anticipation of episode five, some fans are reminded of Nicole and Jiyoung”s final performance with Kara in Kobe last year, where the quintet performed the Korean version of the song “Dear Kamilia,” a song dedicated to their fanbase.

Check out Nicole and Jiyoung”s final performance as “Kara Project” gets one step closer to finding the next members of Kara.

140619 KARA’s Gyuri shows off her stunning beauty on Star1 magazine

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 7:21 PM

On June 18, Star1 magazine released two pictorials for upcoming issue featuringKARA‘s leader Park Gyuri.
In these photos, Gyuri looks beautiful like a real goddess with sharp make-up. She uses purple and blue, which are the trend colors of this summer for eyes make-up. Many fans are attracted to her flawless beauty. They left many compliments on the comment board.
Know more about Gyuri’s make-up tips and see more pictorials in the upcoming issue of star1 magazine
Meanwhile, Gyuri is appearing in SBS’s new TV show “SNS Expedition: UP for Now”

140619 Former Kara member Nicole and T-ara’s Agency, Core Contents Media, Refute Rumors of Recruitment

With girl group Kara losing two members, the future of Nicole and Kang Ji Younghave been the hot topic of speculation over the past couple of weeks in both Korea and Japan. Just earlier this week, a Japanese web magazine called Daily Cyzoreported that one of Kang Ji Young’s reasons for leaving Kara was due the influence of her possible boyfriend, Supernova‘s Geon Il. This and the relationship was denied by both sides. Now another Japanese media source, the magazine Josei Jishin reported on January 22 local time that Nicole’s departure from Kara was her mother’s plan, and that she was negotiation with T-ara‘s agency, Core Contents Media.

According to My Daily, Josei Jishin wrote, “The one who planned Nicole’s contract cancellation was her mother. Nicole’s mother is currently running restaurants in Korea and Japan, and she has contacts in the entertainment industry. She has gone to several entertainment agencies for her daughter to transfer to.” Josei Jishin also write that Nicole’s mother personally negotiated with T-ara’s agency for it to recruit her daughter.

In response to this report, both Nicole and Core Contents Media announced that it was untrue. A source close to Nicole stated to Newsen, “Nothing has been decided regarding an agency. She will take her time and think about [the decision] seriously. She will focus on training for the time being with solo activities in mind for the future.”

Core Contents Media stated to several sources that the report by Josei Jishin is absolutely untrue. To Oh My News, it stated, “We have never talked to Nicole’s side about a contract.” To OBS News, it stated, “We plan to protest to the original Japanese source.”

Meanwhile, Nicole’s contract with DSP Media ended on January 16, making her departure from Kara official. It was also announced recently that member Kang Ji Young will also be departing from Kara when her contract ends in April, leaving the girl group with three members: Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara.

140618 KARA’s Seungyeon impresses with her gymnastic skills

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 8:15 PM

KARA”s Seungyeon updated fans with photos of her impressive gymnastic skills and flexibility.

Seungyeon tweeted on June 18, “The exercise pictures revealed during our fan meeting.” Though they were exercise pictures, they definitely weren”t your run-of-the-mill exercises. The KARA member can be seen using bars to stretch out her body and build muscle.

Fans commented, “Wow. Impressive Seungyeon,” “She”s so flexible,” “Cute,”and more.

In other news, Seungyeon is currently starring in the MBC weekend drama “Jang Bori is Here!“.

140618 ‘Baby KARA’ take on the Japanese fan base in fourth episode of ‘KARA Project’

The seven pretty contestants, affectionately nicknamed “Baby KARA,” performed song after song at a mall in front of a Japanese audience as KARA is known to have an immense fan base in Japan. The girls got another chance at performing “Step” and “Rock U” in the fourth episode on their journey to joining KARA, but they also performed “Go Go Summer” in Japanese!

Maybe because they already performed some of these before or they”re just getting more used to the crowd, the girls exuded confidence and excitement that perfectly matched the upbeat nature of the songs. Dressed cutely in white-and-blue outfits for the summertime, all seven of the girls roused up the crowd at the mall with their performances.

As mentioned before, the talented hopefuls will compete in five missions and the new member will be decided by 30% experts” vote, 20% pre-broadcast popularity vote, 20% live broadcast popularity vote, and 30% global popularity vote.

Who will end up becoming the new members of KARA? Find out through MBC Music“s “KARA Project” airing every Tuesday at 6 PM KST! Stay tuned for their next episode and vote for your favorite trainee here!

Check out the full episode above!

140616 ‘Baby Kara’ wows 1000 fans at their 1st showcase

Written By Kim Regina on Monday, June 16, 2014 | 9:15 PM

“Baby Kara” successfully finished their 1st showcase.

On June 15th, “Baby Kara” held their 1st larges-scale showcase at Woori Finance Art Hall in Olympic Park, Seoul. The event attracted more than 1000 fans not only in Korea but also from Japan who came to see them performing live, considering that they’re still trainees the event sure achieved a great success.

The showcase is served as the fifth mission for the members in order for them to showcase their adaptive skill as well as the ability to attract fans themselves.

Upon the moment they were surprised at the amount of people at the showcase, the members responded by giving passionate performances, they started with “Lupin” as it was the mission song. The fans also showed their support by giving a loud applause and shouting the members’ names when they came on stage.

The members also carried out their promise to do a sexy wave, a serenade and a couple dance with the fans if they managed to bring in 1000 people at their showcase.

140616 Former KARA member Nicole enjoys the Ultra Music Festival with SHINee’s Key

Former KARA member Nicole recently hung out with good friend SHINee”s Key as seen by a new picture together!

She uploaded a picture of the two onto her Instagram on June 16. The close friends attended the “Ultra Music Festival Korea 2014,” which took place over the weekend at the Jamsil Sports Complex”s Olympic Main Stadium. More than 100,000 EDM fans were in attendance and some of the world”s most famous DJ”s performed.

Stay tuned to allkpop to see what Nicole is up to in the entertainment industry!

140611 Results for ‘KARA Project’s second round of votes revealed + third episode

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 9:38 PM

 DSP Media”s seven trainee hopefuls continued their quest to become a new member of KARA in the third episode of MBC Music“s “KARA Project”, and the results of the second round of votes have also been revealed!

The seven contestants known as “Baby KARA”, including So Jin, Shi Yoon, Young Ji, Chae Kyung, So Min, Chae Won, and Yu Ji, tried their hands at singing and dancing KARA”s “Lupin” for their third mission.

As mentioned before, the talented hopefuls will compete in five missions and the new member will be decided by 30% experts” vote, 20% pre-broadcast popularity vote, 20% live broadcast popularity vote, and 30% global popularity vote. After last week”s episode, So Jin beat out Young Ji, who won the first round and came close in second place this time, as the winner of the second round.

The stars of the “KARA Project” will also hold a showcase at Woori Art Hall, Olympic Park in Seoul which can seat up to 1,200 people on the 15th at 4 PM KST.

Check out the third episode (with English subs), as well as the detailed results of the last round of votes below!

Yellow represents expert votes, orange is the pre-broadcast votes, blue is the live broadcast votes, and green signifies global fan votes.

140611 Former Kara Member Jiyoung’s Father Says There Is No Plan For His Daughter To Become An Actress In Japan

The father of former Kara member Jiyoung has spoken out about reports his daughter is planning to debut as an actress in Japan.

E News Daily reports that they reached out to the singer”s father for comments regarding recent reports that Jiyoung met with Sweet Power, a Japanese entertainment agency, in London, where she is currently a student.

However, Jiyoung”s father says while she did meet reps from the company, no decisions have been made yet.

“The Japanese entertainment reps and Jiyoung simply had a meal together in London after running into each other there,” he reportedly said to E News Daily.”Following completion of her studies, she will think about [whether or not she wants to work as an actress in Japan].”

Reports were initially made on June 9 regarding Jiyoung”s lunch meeting saying that the Sweet Power reps flew to London specifically to meet with Jiyoung.With many fans curious what the future holds in store for the former Kara star, some other speculative reports have suggested Jiyoung will travel to the US to pursue a career after wrapping up her studies in England.

However, her father asks everyone to be patient while she concentrates on her education.

“Please just accept it as a meeting and nothing more.[Jiyoung] has not signed a contract yet,” he said.

Sweet Power currently represents some of Japan”s top actresses such as Meisa Kuroki, Maki Horikita, and Mirei Kiritani.Well-known Korean actress Kim Tae Hee has also currently working with the agency.

The 20-year-old idol singer announced in January of this year that she would be leaving Kara when her contract with the group”s agency expired in April.The young star decided to go to London in order to focus on her acting and language skills.

140611 ‘Kara Project’ to hold a showcase on June 15th

Fans will get to see all the 7 members of BABY KARA performing for the first time.

“Kara Project – Kara The Beginning” showcase will be held at Woori Financial Art Hall in Seoul Olympic Park on June 15th.

The showcase will be featured in the 5th episide of “Kara Project”. It will also announce the names of the members who will step into the next round. As the venue capacity can hold up to 1200 people, it’s considered quite a large-scale event as for trainees who haven’t made their debut yet.

In particular, the audience at the showcase can participate in the voting of choosing the members for the next round and their votes will take up 30% of the total score.

140611 “Kara Project” to Hold a Large-Scale Showcase to Determine Finalists

The contestants of “Kara Project” will be meeting their fans for the first time through a large-scale showcase.

Dubbed as the Baby Kara, the seven trainees will be performing at a venue that fits up to 1,200 people. The show will take place at Olympic Park Woori Art Hall on June 15.

To make the event even more special, this showcase will determine the contestants that will move onto the finale of “Kara Project.” The audience will get to vote for their favorite performances, and the votes will account for 30% of the final score, thus making it crucial for each member to impress the viewers.

Baby Kara’s showcase will be featured in the fifth episode of “Kara Project.”

“Kara Project” airs on Tuesdays at 6pm on MBC Music and at 12pm on MBC Every1.

140610 Jiyoung rumored to be in talks with a Japanese agency for a possible acting career

Written By Kim Regina on Monday, June 9, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Jiyoung is rumored to be preparing to start anew as an actress in Japan by signing with a famous agency.

According to several media outlets, a Japanese weekly magazine revealed on the 10th, “Jiyoung, who left KARA and departed to London for her studies last April, will resume her activities as a celebrity.”

“Jiyoung has always had the dream to be an actress and the Sweet Power CEO traveled all the way to London to meet Jiyoung and consult with her about her future… Jiyoung is expected to return to fans in Japan as an actress within this year.”

The agency Sweet Power is home to top Japanese actresses including Meisa Kuroki (Satsuki Shimabukuro), Maki Horikita, as well as Korean actress Kim Tae Hee who works with the agency for her Japanese promotions.

The Japanese magazine also reports that when they contacted Sweet Power for confirmation, the agency responded, “It”s true the CEO met with Jiyoung in London and listened to a consultation about her activities as an actress… However, nothing has been decided on.”

Stay tuned for potential updates to come!

140606 Kara’s Gyuri Sleeps at an Airport and Bares Her No Makeup Face

Written By Kim Regina on Friday, June 6, 2014 | 8:06 PM

Footage of Kara’s Gyuri sleeping in public has been revealed.

On June 5, a highlight reel from the World Cup special of SBS’ variety program “SNS Expedition: UP for Now,” was posted onto the show’s SNS account.

In the video, KARA’s Gyuri was filmed without any makeup on her face, as she slept on a bench with a blanket over her body, in the middle of an airport.

The cast of “SNS Expedition” left for Brazil for filming. However, Gyuri and actor Oh Man Suk decided to go on an unscheduled trip to Iguazu, Argentina. The two of them jumped on a plane in order to see the famous Iguazu Falls, but when they arrived at the airport, public transport services had already come to an end. It was difficult to find a place to stay for the night so they ultimately decided to spend the night at the Iguazu airport.

It wasn’t an easy task for Oh Man Suk to wash up in the airport bathroom and sleep in a public place, especially in an unfamiliar land with unstable security. However, Gyuri seemed calm and unconcerned about their situation, saying, “I can sleep here,” and displaying her open-mindedness.

Oh Man Suk apologized to the KARA leader, “Sorry for making an idol sleep at an airport,” to which Gyuri responded, “It’s okay. Don’t say that,” trying to lighten his guilt.

Tune in to “SNS Expedition: UP for Now,” which will be airing on June 9 at 8:55 PM (KST) on SBS.

140605 Baby Kara Shares a Cute Picture from Japan

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Baby Kara of “Kara Project” recently revealed a picture of them while in Japan on their official Twitter.

The group was recently in Japan for an outdoor concert. In the picture, the members of Baby Kara can be seen smiling widely towards the camera. The members are seen making cute expressions while holding a “V” sign. Although the girls aren’t wearing a lot of make-up, their beauty has gained the attention of many people.

Meanwhile, MBC Music variety program’s “Kara Project” is being aired every Tuesday and will pick the new members of Kara. 40% of the vote is through broadcasting voting, 30% of the vote is through LINE and the remaining 30% of the vote is through professionals in the field.

For the first round, Youngji very narrowly beat out Somin for the top spot.

140603 Photo of young Goo Hara and Yoon Doo Joon during JYP audition 7 years ago revealed

Written By Kim Regina on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 | 6:57 PM

A photo of JYP finalist back in 2007 is exclusively obtained by StarNews on June 3, revealing popular idols nowadays.

The photo was taken during the JYP Audition in 2007 showing the finalists’ 1st appearances. In the photo, we could see the young Goo Hara (16) who is now a member of popular girl group KARA. In addition to that, Yoon Doo Joon (19) was also included, who is now a member of one of the hottest boy group BEAST.

Aside from Goo Hara (yellow) and Yoon Doo Joon (blue), other idols who are now known from their respective groups were there, like EvoL’s Hayana (red), Berry Good’s Nayeon (green), F-ve Dolls’ Seo Eun Gyo (white), and 15&’s Baek YeLin (violet).

It’s nice to see these young people have become successful now.

Written by KYUriShana@dkpopnews.net
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