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KARA’s Seungyeon turns down role in drama “Playful Kiss”

It will be hard for Han Seungyeon to participate in the upcoming drama ‘Playful Kiss’.

Management for KARA stated on the 6th that “KARA will be debuting in Japan this coming August. Because of this, joining ‘Playful Kiss’ will be hard in reality because of the conflicting schedules. Although it is a good opportunity, it is really not probable at this time for her to join the drama. We have already told them that her joining the drama will not be possible because of this conflict.”

They added “Although being included in a drama is a good opportunity, the debut of KARA had already been promised to their fans in Japan and they do not want to break their promise. Debuting abroad is about good timing, and we have been preparing hard for their debut in Japan for a long time.”

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Kim HyunJoong confirmed for drama ‘Mischievous Kiss’

Group SS501′s Kim Hyun Joong has been chosen as the final lead for ‘It started with a kiss’ / ‘Mischievous kiss’.

Kim Hyun Joong’s side Keyeast has revealed that they successfully finished discussions with the drama’s production company Group Eight recently. However, although Kim Hyun Joong has not had signed the papers with Group Eight, they have finished and confirmed his partake in the drama. In awhile more, Group Eight will be releasing official notice of this.

To Kim Hyun Joong’s participation in this drama, he has been on a fiery go with many other strong rivals right until the end, with considered nominees like CN Blue’s Jung Yong Hwa and DBSG’s ChangMin. Though ChangMin was the final consideration along side Kim Hyun Joong right until the final decision, and that his agency SM Entertainment did meet up with Group Eight with quite a keen stand, MBC’s production company has finally taken a firm stand with Kim Hyun Joong as the choice for male protagonist.

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Nominees list for Mnet 20’s Choice 2009 released!

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Coming 28th October, the 3rd Mnet 20’s Choice 2009 will be held, and there are 20 award categories this time.

The ”2009 Mnet 20’s Choice’ is an event where youths in their 20s pick their choice of icons of Korean culture. And the award categories together with the nominees were revealed on 5th August on Mnet Wide News at 8pm.

There will be blue carpet ceremony, performances lineup and also award ceremony with a fresh feel to award the choice of the 20s.

Here for full nominees list…

K Bites – 31.07.2009 III (All Girlgroups, Boys Over Flowers, Family Outing)

33 members from girlgroups for Music Bank on 31st July – it’s showdown time!

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It’s showdown time for the girlsgroups this summer on KBS 2TV on 31st July.

On Music Bank today, there will be a total of 38 female singers performing, and of these 38, 33 are from 6 different female girlgroups. All the hottest girlgroups have finally come together on one stage this summer.

The 6 girlgroups are So Nyeo Shi Dae, 2NE1, Brown Eyed Girls, 4Minute, and also KARA with their comeback stage with ‘Wanna’ and ‘Mister’, and debut stage for group T-ara on Music Bank performing ‘Lies’.

We’ve been talking about the ‘war of girlgroups’ this whole summer, now it is really playing in front of our eyes!


‘Boys Over Flowers’ and ‘Girlgroup generation’ are #1 and #2 top searched keywords by young people in their 20s

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For the young people in their 20s, the top searched keywords for the year 2009 is ‘Boys Over Flowers’.

Coming 28th August will be the 3rd ‘Mnet 20’s Choice’, and it has been known the top searched keywords amongst the 20s is ‘Boys Over Flowers’, followed by ‘girlgroup generation’ at #2, and then ‘Kim YunA syndrome’ at #3.

A survey was done in June-July amongst 300 young people in their 20s online, another 200 offline and 40 trend leader groups.

Other hot keywords for this year for fashion are ‘bling bling’, ‘vivid’, ‘wavy perms’, and for societal issues, the top searched are ‘Michael Jaskon’, ‘Cho Shik Nam’, and ‘Youth unemployment’.

Other top searched for stars in yaer 2009 are 2PM, 2NE1, So Nyeo Shi Dae, TaeBongie (a role played by Yoon SangHyun), Park BoYoung, Lee Seung Gi etc.


‘Family Outing’ gets scary for the first time

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SBS ‘Good Sunday – Family Outing’ will be doing a horror special this summer, throwing away the cool and fun for a while.

The latest episode to be aired on 2nd August, they will be going to JeollaBeok Island’s MooJoo Army camp which KBS 2Days1Night went in July.

And on this episode, they will help the viewers forget the summer heat with chilling horror experiences. There will be one ghost team and challenge team on this show. The episode will also star guest appearance Song JiHyo.

See preview photos to this eps….