Monthly Archives: August 2011
On August 31st, Super Junior’s Kim Heechul tweeted “Thank you” in numerous languages to express his gratitude to his fans.
Written in English, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, French, Russian, German, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean, the message threaded fans together from all over the world, as they all felt equal levels of love and sorrow for the star.
They commented, “I’m more thankful“, “I will continue to be your fan“, and “I will wait. Take care of your body and return safely.”
Kim Heechul will leave his celebrity life behind on September 1st to attend a four-week basic training camp, after which he will serve as a public service worker in the military.
Heechul, your humor and wit will be missed! Fighting!
On the August 30th episode of SBS’s ‘Strong Heart‘, Super Junior’s leader Leeteuk revealed the hidden stories behind Super Junior’s debut.
When the younger members of the group, Kyuhyun and Ryeowook, revealed that Leeteuk treated a little less than kindly when they first joined the group, Leeteuk responded to their stories by saying, “If the members were uncomfortable with each other, we wouldn’t be able to talk about these sensitive stories. There is also a reason I was a bit harsh towards Kyuhyun and Ryeowook.”
Leeteuk revealed, “When we first debuted, Super Junior was actually a project group. We were to promote our group for exactly 3 months and then disband. It was a new marketing idea, in which the group would serve as a gateway to rookie debuts, and that the members would continuously rotate out of the group to follow their own paths.”
He continued, “When we debuted in 2005, ‘Super Junior 05′ was written on our album, which meant that we were to promote only during the year 2005. Thinking of how I had spent the last 7 years as a trainee, I performed on every stage as if it were my last.”
But all the hard work the members of Super Junior put into the group finally paid off, and with Kyuhyun joining as the final member, Super Junior was able to become an official group.
I coundn’t imagine what K-Pop would be like without these powerful leaders of the Hallyu wave, could you?
On the August 30th episode of SBS’s ‘Strong Heart‘, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun shared stories from his early days as a member of Super Junior.
Kyuhyun began, “I wasn’t a trainee for very long. I had trained for about 2 months when I became a member of Super Junior.”
He explained that when he joined the group, Super Junior was a rookie group who had debuted only 6 months ago, and already had 12 members. It was hard enough to receive adequate screen time when there were 12 members, so Kyuhyun had feared that the members would dislike him for joining the group.
He continued, “On my second day at the agency, I ran into the Super Junior members, who were said to be so busy that people were seldom able to catch a glimpse of them. I was so nervous that I just slightly nodded my head and said ‘Hello’, but Leeteuk-hyung coldly replied, ‘Excuse me, but that’s not how you greet someone’. Of course, at the time I had made a mistake, but the members seemed to dislike me from the beginning.”
Kyuhyun shocked the cast members when he added, “When I joined Super Junior and moved into the dorm, all the members each had their own bed except for me. They told me just to sleep anywhere, so I ended up sleeping in a sleeping bag next to Yesung’s bed for a month, between Donghae and Sungmin’s beds for a month, and so on for about 9 months.”
Kyuhyun also shared a story of how Leeteuk had told him to cook some ramen for the members, but since he had to prepare enough ramen for 13 people, he accidentally used too much water. Seeing this, Leeteuk had angrily scolded Kyuhyun while throwing his chopsticks aside.
Ryeowook later recalled an episode involving Kyuhyun and said, “We have a rule saying that you cannot be drunk inside the dorm, but one day Kyuhyun consumed an entire bottle of soju before returning back home. He then came to lie down on my bed and said, ‘Ryeowook, I’m so tired,’ while shedding tears.”
He continued, “I was also going through a tough time, so I asked him, ‘Why? Because of who? I think I’ll be able to understand you,’ to which Kyuhyun replied, ‘Leeteuk-hyung…’, and then drifted off to sleep.”
However, despite the obstacles he had to face in his earlier Super Junior days, Kyuhyun expressed the high level of respect and love he now holds for his group’s leader. When Super Junior won their first award, all the members shed tears of joy, but Kyuhyun forced himself to hold back his tears, thinking that he had no right to cry for this achievement.
He stated, “The members continued to cry once we returned to the waiting room, and I truly wanted to cry along with them.” But once Leeteuk looked up to see Kyuhyun standing awkwardly amongst the other members, he came over to give him a warm embrace and said, “You worked hard too, Kyuhyun“.
With these words, all the tears Kyuhyun had been holding back came rushing out, and all the wounds from Leeteuk’s cold scoldings in the past were washed away. He added that after this experience, he felt like he had finally been accepted as a member of Super Junior.
Leeteuk responded to these stories by saying, “It’s because we have a strong foundation of faith and trust in each other that we are able to share stories like these. I think that’s how comfortable we feel around each other now“, impressing viewers with his wise words.
Super Junior’s Heechul started to shed tears two days before his enlistment.
On the August 30th episode of SBS’s ‘Strong Heart‘, Heechul revealed in a tearful confession, “As the enlistment problem is becoming a reality, all the Super Junior members talked face to face about their futures.”
When Heechul began to cry, Eunhyuk also began to show tears. Eunhyuk stated, “The important thing is that as the members become older, even becoming fathers, we can always share stories together. Even though we smile and chat a lot, there are times when we cry at home. Coming out together is even memorable“.
After the broadcast ended, Eunhyuk could not hold back his tears as it was Heechul’s last broadcast.
CNBLUE has been denied entry into Japan because of visa issues.
On August 31st, CNBLUE arrived at Haneda Airport, but like B2ST, were denied entry because of some visa complications.
CNBLUE were supposed to attend an official schedule in Japan on September 1st for their major Japanese debut. If the issue does not solve itself at the airport soon, the members will have to return to Korea and sort out their visa problems there.
CNBLUE’s company stated, “Currently, we are working with our Japanese agency on quickly resolving the situation. We are trying our best to make sure that CNBLUE’s Japanese schedule does not get harmed by this problem.”
In Japan, Koreans are given a 90-day, no-visa term if they are just visiting for a vacation. However, if profits are made through concerts and other activities (like in the case with CNBLUE), a visa must be obtained.
The visa issue has confounded many fans, as CNBLUE attended ‘Mezamashi Live‘ in Odaiba, Tokyo back on August 22nd.
It’s just been revealed that Super Junior’s Kim Heechul had a meaningful recording session with legendary singer Kim Jang Hoon.
On August 31st, Kim Jang Hoon’s representative revealed, “The song that Kim Jang Hoon and Kim Heechul sang together will be released in mid-September. Kim Heechul is at the recording studio singing his part right now.”
In response to the hype surrounding his last-minute recording session, Kim Heechul tweeted, “Kim Heechul Kim Jang Hoon duet. Jang Hoon hyung gave me the last present of my 20’s,” and uploaded a picture of himself posing with Kim Jang Hoon at the studio.
Meanwhile, after receiving basic training at Choongnam, Nonsan for four weeks, Kim Heechul will serve his country for 23 months of mandatory military service as a public service worker. Kim Heechul was involved in a huge car accident back in 2006, and had to have eight metal support pins inserted into his lower body. Because of this, he had to sign up for the less physically demanding public service position.
Stay tuned for more info about this exciting duet!
Super Junior will continue to promote their music as an 8-membered group.
Following fellow member Kang In, Super Junior’s Kim Heechul has decided to enlist into the Korean military. He will be leaving for basic training at a camp in Choonam Nonsan for four weeks, starting on September 1st. Afterwards, he will embark on his official military duties for 23 months.
Super Junior put on their last “Mr. Simple” performance with Heechul on SBS’s ’Inkigayo‘, and they took home the ‘Mutizen’ award for that week. Afterwards, Heechul shared a profound tweet with his fans, saying, “To my friend JungSoo (Leeteuk’s birth name) and to all of my Super Junior members, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m sure all our fans know I’m not good at expressing my feelings, so I’ll leave you with that. I’ll be back– take care of yourselves!”
Member Choi Si Won has also temporarily ceased all activities with Super Junior, due his role in the upcoming drama, ‘Poseidon‘. It was decided that it was too difficult for him to continue promoting with the group, since his filming for the drama will takes place in areas away from the city.
Nevertheless, Super Junior will continue to put on phenomenal performances on stage, even without these two beloved members.