[OTHER TWITTER] 131003 Gun Young Twitter Update: Junsu’s Autograph

Jung Gun Young is the leader of JYJ backup dancers
and the lead choreographer for most of JYJ(group&solo) dances


[TRANS] Junsu-ya..
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[TRANS] 130929 Taking A Look At Kim Junsu’s First Australian Concert That Wowed 2,500 Fans


Kim Junsu’s first solo concert in Australia has ended in success.


According to C-JeS Entertainment, “XIA Junsu held his first solo concert in Sydney, Australia yesterday and met with his Australian fans. XIA Junsu has been following a busy schedule since landing, going to press conferences and program recordings, and captivated his Australian fans with an explosive live performance in his prime condition.”


The concert was held with the title ‘XIA Incredible Concert in Australia’ at the Big Top Sydney in Sydney, Australia.


2,500 fans gathered at the concert venue to cheer Kim Junsu on, and greeted him with chants of “We love XIA Junsu” before the concert.


The concert consisted of songs from his first album, second album and OST collection, and featured powerful performances such as, ‘Tarantallegra’, ‘Incredible’ and ‘Fever’, ballad performances such as ’11 o’clock’, ‘Foolish Heart’, and R&B performances of ‘Rainy Eyes’ and ‘Uncommitted’. Kim Junsu also prepared a special talk segment where he granted wishes for his fans, making the whole event a great event for his Australian fans.

During the concert, Kim Junsu said, “This is the first time that I’m holding a concert in Australia. Although this is my second time visiting the country, this will be first time I’m holding a concert here and I’m so happy. I’m excited to be back in his beautiful country to hold a concert and I’m happy to be spending my last night in Sydney with you all. I’m so happy to be sharing such moments of laughter with you. The atmosphere here alone is enough to get me pumped up. I will definitely return, either as a solo singer, or as a member of JYJ.”

Kim Junsu’s Australian fans dressed up for his concert, and danced and sang along to the music, even occasionally shedding a tear or two.

Kim Junsu continued to say, “Seeing foreigners crying while listening to a Korean ballad has touched me deeply as its shown me that though we speak different languages, we are able to connect through music.”

Karen (24, Female) said, “XIA Junsu is finally here. I’ve waited for so long for this moment. I’m so grateful that he’s here. My only wish in life now is for JYJ to come to Australia together,” while Stephanie (19, Female) stated, “It was great to see XIA Junsu on stage, in real life. I was in the mosh pit area and I was sweating it out as I jumped along with him. It feels like all my stress has been relieved.” Samantha (27, Female) stated, “He started off with ‘Tarantallegra’ and in the blink of an eye, we were at the last song ‘Incredible’. It’s unbelievable how fast time flew by! Our time spent with Junsu felt like a festival. I’ll never forget this moment.”

Since releasing his second solo album, Kim Junsu has performed in Bangkok (Thailand), Shanghai (China), Seoul and Busan. Wrapping up his Australian concert, Kim Junsu will begin preparing for his Japanese tour that will take him to Nagoya (October 8th~10th) and Yokohama (October 14th~16th).

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[Info] 130927 Hello Asia! Special Feature: XIA Press Conference – SBS PopAsia Studios

juneaustraliaK-Pop star Xia arrived in Sydney yesterday ahead of his one off concert at Big Top Luna Park. A press conference was held at SBS PopAsia’s television studios ahead of the concert. Hello Asia editor Johnny Au and contributor Erin Smith was on hand to provide coverage. Photos by Johnny Au & Erin Smith. Translation provided by Lynn Ko.

Can you give us a greeting and your impressions of Sydney?

Hi everyone! My name is Xia. I actually visited Sydney back in 2010 with members of JYJ. Sydney is such a beautiful city. As soon as you land at the airport you can tell it’s a beautiful city. I’m very excited to be in Sydney again and it feels a bit different to be here for my concert this time but it’s wonderful.

While you are having your concert overseas and Korea, is there any difference? (e.g. concert, response from fans)

Clearly the most obvious difference is the language. Actually I don’t really feel much of a difference. As JYJ fans alike we start to become one. As a whole there isn’t much difference.


Also you are a singer song writer, what inspires you to write songs and where does your ideas come from? (e.g. Incredible)

I have no roles in terms of writing songs or coming up with music. Every song is very different but dance songs like Tarantallegra we actually came up with the beats first then the lyrics but with ballad songs like Fallen Leaves we came up with the lyrics first then the dance moves. So every song is different.

Could you tell us something incredible about yourself that we might not know?

Incredible? I really hope the concert will be an incredible time for my fans and myself. It’s something that cannot be achieved by myself so it has to come from my fans as well. It’s like a fusion of the two energies. So I’m very looking forward to the concert tomorrow and I do hope it’s going to be something incredible.


We believe you were first here in 2010 on a mini vacation. Do you have a favourite place in Sydney?

My favourite place in Sydney? Firstly ever since I was a child I have seen pictures of the Sydney Opera House in textbooks, TV and all kinds of media. You name it I’ve seen it! So when I saw the Opera House I thought it was grander than I have imagined. So the Opera House was great, as well as the Harbour Bridge of course. I actually completed the Harbour Bridge climb so that was great. I also really enjoyed your kangaroo steak and crocodile pizza. We were here for a brief amount of time but tried to experience as much of Australia as possible.

How do you feel about performing in the musical Elizabeth, chosen to act the leading role of ‘Death’ for the second time, and what musical do you want to perform in the future?

When I first performed in the musical Elizabeth the fact that my character was ‘Death’ overwhelmed me. I tried hard to think up of how to portray my character. It was a bit of a struggle to come up with something that was against my nature. But I really enjoyed performing the role. For the second time around I wanted to portray ‘Death’ differently. I wanted to colour him differently. It was an incredible experience to do that. In fact I have just announced that I will be performing in another musical this December. Funnily enough the musical is also called The December.

Your latest album Incredible had various types of genres, which genre was the most fun to do? Do you have a favourite song on the album?

The most fun I had? I must say it’s the song Incredible that I enjoyed the most. It an upbeat dance song that was targeted for the Korean summer. And summer makes everyone happy as you all know! I also know its summer in Australia soon so I hope you guys feel the same way I had when I was making the song as well. I actually cannot pick one favourite song on the album as I’ve put in my effort to all songs so it’s hard to choose one favourite song.


What can fans expect from your first Sydney concert?

I’ve been doing my world tour since last year and now I’m performing in Sydney so that means I have performed on every continent except for Africa which I am very grateful about. In this concert I want the audience to feel the excitement and joy I feel when I’m performing for them. So I hope everyone has a great time!

What are the main differences between performing in a musical and promoting albums and singles?

When I promote my albums and singles as a solo artist it’s all about me. But when I perform in a musical it’s a very different feeling. It’s the same excitement but the feeling I get at the end of each is very different. All in all there is a difference when I’m by myself or with other people.


Questions from Erin Smith of The AU Review

You took on the name Xia as a desire to be recognized as a star throughout Asia. Now that you have achieved that goal are there bigger desires?

(Laughs) I feel a bit embarrassed! When I first took on the name Xia it actually originated from the word Asia. But forget about being a star and all. I just want to be out there for every one of my fans around the world. That is all I want. I want to perform for every fan around the world. Beyond Asia.

What’s your message to your Australian fans and your plans for the rest of 2013?

I’m very much looking forward to the concert tomorrow. I hope it’s going to be a night I will be enjoying with my fans, breathing in the air with my fans. Performing in Australia is not something I just look forward to by myself. I really hope one day I can come back with my group JYJ. Not sure when that is going to happen but it’s something JYJ is looking forward to. As for the rest of 2013 as I mentioned earlier I have my musical coming up and we also have the Asian Games theme song. It’s quite full on so till the end of the year we have lots of things coming up.


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[News] 130920 JYJ’s Junsu (XIA) Confirmed To Make a Guest Appearance on Australian Show ‘PopAsia


JYJ’s Junsu (XIA) is going down under to hold his solo concert in Australia and during his stay, fans over there will be able to catch him on their TV screens for ‘PopAsia’!

SEE ALSO: JYJ’s Junsu (XIA) to hold a solo concert in Sydney, Australia

C-JeS Entertainment stated, “During Junsu (XIA)’s visit to Australia, he will appear on Australian broadcast station SBS’ [not to be confused with Korea’s SBS] program ‘PopAsia’. Junsu will be the first to show a performance stage on this broadcast program. All of Australia will be able to watch Junsu (XIA)’s stage. The filming will also be relayed to fans live through SBS radio for those who can’t be there on set.”

A broadcast rep commented, “The response was hot after JYJ’s previous interview. Following the news of Junsu (XIA)’s guest appearance, requests have been flooding in from SNS and phone, and we were able to witness his popularity in Australia.”

For those in Australia, mark your calendars for Junsu’s upcoming concert on the 28th!

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[TRANS] 130914 150,000 People Swarm For Tickets For Kim Junsu’s Concert… ‘Incredible Popularity’


A total of 150,000 people swarmed in to grab tickets for JYJ Junsu (XIA)’s Nagoya and Yokohama concerts.

C-JeS Entertainment stated, “The spotlight is on Junsu’s Japanese tour, which will take him through two cities and six performances. A total of 50,000 people submitted their names for tickets for Junsu’s Nagoya concerts, which will seat 24,000 people from the 8th till the 10th of October, and 100,000 people applied for tickets for his Yokohama Arena concerts, which will seat 33,000 people from the 14th till the 16th. This means that a total of 150,000 people have applied for tickets when there are only 57,000 seats available.”

XIA Junsu’s second solo album was released in July and was praised as a “top quality album”. The album’s title song ‘Incredible’ topped the dance track iTunes charts in eight countries, including Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore as soon as the album was released. It also topped Japan’s Tower Records Charts, and Yinyue Tai’s weekly charts, proving that the singer is receiving a staggering amount of love from both Korea and the world.

A representative stated, “The anticipation for XIA Junsu’s music and top-quality performances, as well as the fact that he will be holding concerts in Nagoya and Yokohama instead of Tokyo, has put him in the spotlight of his Japanese fans. Though we have not run the ballot for tickets yet, he has already attracted a total 150,000 people in one week, despite the fact that he hasn’t been active in Japan. We’re expecting more fans to apply for a ticket as the ticket reservation period isn’t over yet.”

Meanwhile, Junsu kicked off his Asia Tour with the release of his second solo album. Starting in Bangkok, Thailand on the 20th of July, he has performed in Shanghai, Seoul and Busan, and is now preparing for his concert in Australia on the 28th of September and his Japanese tour.

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[TRANS] 130828-130829 Post of JYJ Tweets

This post will be updated throughout the day with tweets by JYJ. A time will be added with each tweet as our translators will not always be able to provide instant translations This post includes tweets from 6am KST, August 28th to 5:59am KST, August 30th.

If you were a ghost, I’d let you haunt me 😉
(Junsu, 11:16pm KST) It’s a ghost!!! pic.twitter.com/Wn8dbOyCh0

(Junsu, 11:17pm KST) Thank you to everyone who came to watch Elisabeth today and gave us your cheers and applause ^^ For the first time in a while.. I’m posting a photo of my face without any make-up on as I head home keke pic.twitter.com/VYsAcEEA8H

Awwww Tod-Lucheni friendship~ <3
(Jee Hoon, 11:18pm KST) @1215thexiahtic Good job 🙂 Great job, XiahTod 🙂 You were buzzing with energy today
(Junsu, 11:21pm KST) @leejeehoon79 Good job^^ You were at your best, as always.. as expected! haha Good luck to us all!!

Guys night out at Junsu’s house? Sounds fun!
(Young Ki, 11:20pm KST) @1215thexiahtic Let’s go eat something tasty!!! You’ve lost too much weight!!!!!!
(Junsu, 11:22pm KST) @poimin73 Hyung! Let’s go eat eel~

(Young Ki, 11:24pm KST) @1215thexiahtic Eel!!!! Call!!!!!!! I totally love eel!!!!!!!! When shall we put this plan into action?? After tomorrow’s performance?? kekeke
(Jee Hoon, 11:24pm KST) @1215thexiahtic @poimin73 We need to find a place that stays open till late at night.. Fresh water eel
(Junsu, 11:28pm KST) @leejeehoon79 @poimin73 We should go together sometime~ All we do is make promises to eat eel together (but never actually do it) keke
(Young Ki, 11:29pm KST) @1215thexiahtic @leejeehoon79 Let’s meet up after tomorrow’s performance keke But, where should we go that late at night?? kekeke
(Jee Hoon, 11:30pm KST) @poimin73 @1215thexiahtic Dang it, I don’t have a performance tomorrow keke Whatever, let’s meet up anyway. I’ll get there by the time you’re done lol
(Young Ki, 11:32pm KST) @leejeehoon79 @1215thexiahtic Come to the SAC by the time we’re done keke Bring some eel with you kekeke Let’s take over Junsu’s house keke It’ll be so much fun kekeke
(Junsu, 11:38pm KST) @poimin73 @leejeehoon79 Yes, yes to eel tomorrow!
(Jee Hoon, 11:42pm KST) @1215thexiahtic @poimin73 I’ll be sitting in the audience tomorrow.. I’ll be monitoring your work 🙂 And then we’ll eat after you’re done
(Young Ki, 11:44pm KST) @leejeehoon79 @1215thexiahtic Dear valued customer, we’re sorry but there are no monitoring seats tomorrow because Kim Junsu will be performing!!!! You should know this by now kekeke However, if you’re okay with monitoring the performance from the side of the stage, we’d be happy to provide you with a chair!!!!!!!
(Jee Hoon, 11:45pm KST) @poimin73 @1215thexiahtic Oh.. I forgot. Quick, I’m searching for someone who will sell me a R seat ticket, please lol
(Young Ki, 11:48pm KST) @leejeehoon79 @1215thexiahtic Even a R seat ticket will be hard to find… However, our valued customer, we’d be happy to show you to a seat in the lobby that many have drawn our attention to^^
(Jee Hoon, 11:49pm KST) @poimin73 @1215thexiahtic It could be possible (to find a ticket) if Junsu looks for one.. A lobby seat for Junsu’s performance.. That’s too cruelㅜㅜ What’s the difference between a lobby seat and a TV in the makeup room keke
(Junsu, 11:50pm KST) @leejeehoon79 @poimin73 lol I’ll look into it and call you later ~^^
(Young Ki, 12:07am KST) @1215thexiahtic @leejeehoon79 Look into what?? keke The R seat ticket?? An eel restaurant?? kekeke
(Jee Hoon, 12:08am KST) @poimin73 @1215thexiahtic I think he’s talking about whether or not we can eat at his house keke
(Young Ki, 12:10am KST) @leejeehoon79 @1215thexiahtic kekeke Well, I’m off to bed now!!! Have sweet Xia-Hoon-Min dreams ^^

That’s right bb, no need to worry about other stuff, just be yourself <3
(Junsu, 2:16pm KST) Right now, the most important thing is today’s performance.. There’s no reason for me to argue or comment on anything else.. All I’m thinking about.. are the people in the audience who are coming to give us their cheers and applause today. I don’t have any spare time to think of anything other than today’s songs, movements, gestures and acting. That is what I must do today.
(Junsu, 2:17pm KST) Oh.. and I’m going to eat eel with my hyungs tonight.. ^^
(Young Ki, 2:18pm KST) @1215thexiahtic keke I knew you wouldn’t forget!!! Our sweet Junsu!!!!^^
(Junsu, 2:22pm KST) @poimin73 How could I possibly forget about that
(Young Ki, 2:37pm KST) @1215thexiahtic lol Yay, let’s go, let’s go eat eel^^

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[TRANS] 130827 JYJ’s Kim Junsu Is Confirmed To Hold 6 Concerts In Japan’s Nagoya And Yokohama In October


JYJ’s Kim Junsu (XIA) is confirmed to hold a solo concert in Japan in October.

A representative of Kim Junsu’s agency C-JeS Entertainment revealed, “Since making his comeback last month with his second album ‘Incredible’, Kim Junsu has successfully toured four cities and will be focusing on his musical ‘Elisabeth’ till the beginning of next month. After he is done, he will begin act 2 of his Asia tour.”

According to the representative, Kim Junsu will perform in Australia on the 28th of September and then at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya from the 8th till the 10th of October, and then at the Yokohama Arena from the 14th till the 16th.

Since releasing his second solo album, Kim Junsu has traveled to Bangkok (Thailand), Shanghai (China), Seoul and Busan (both in Korea) and performed for 40,000 fans across these four cities. Kim Junsu’s tours have been praised for mixing dance tracks, ballads and R&B together with a large-scale, dynamic stage.

The representative also stated, “He plans to meet with approximately 60,000 Japanese fans in Nagoya and Yokohama,” and “Japan is extremely excited about Kim Junsu’s second album. Though there are many limitations on their broadcasted activities, JYJ and Kim Junsu can still fill a stadium completely. He plans to sweep Japan up by storm with an ‘incredible’ concert that combines great performances with perfect live skills.”

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[TRANS] 130827 The Reason Why Jo Seung Woo Was At The Venue Of Kim Junsu’s ‘Elisabeth’?


The special friendship of the ‘Big 2′ of the musical industry becomes a hot topic
The two talk frequently and support each other

The special friendship of the ‘two power men’ of the musical industry, Jo Seung Woo and Kim Junsu, has become a hot topic.

The two people are the stars with the greatest ‘ticket power’ in the market, and boast the best successes with all of their performances selling out. It has been revealed that they actually have a very friendly senior-junior relationship with each other, keeping in touch whenever they can, sharing stories and sending each other their support.

This friendship led to Jo Seung Woo arriving at the Seoul Arts Center’s Opera Hall on the 25th to show his support for Kim Junsu, who is currently playing the role of Death in the musical ‘Elisabeth’.

One representative stated, “Though Jo Seung Woo is currently working on the musical ‘Hedwig’, he visited the Opera Hall to show his support for Kim Junsu,” and “He met with Kim Junsu before the performance and gave him words of support such as ‘You’re doing well,’ and ‘Good luck.’ It was a heartwarming sight.” Kim Junsu has always said in his interviews that, “I would like to share the stage of Jo Seung Woo one day,” putting their friendship in the spotlight once more.

Meanwhile, Kim Junsu has received a standing ovation for all eight of his performances since the 14th and is the only musical singer to sell out all of his performance in the Summer season.

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[TRANS] 130826 Kim Junsu In ‘Elisabeth’, Breaks Through The Wariness Surrounding Idols


JYJ (Park Yoochun, Kim Jaejoong, Kim Junsu)’s Kim Junsu has broken through the prejudices surrounding idols in the musical industry with his explosive presence in ‘Elisabeth’.

JYJ’s agency C-JeS Entertainment stated, “Kim Junsu has returned to the role of ‘Tod’ (Death) in the musical Elisabeth, which opened its curtains for the second time in July. Having been praised for his rendition last year, Kim Junsu has been praised as the one and only ‘XiahTod’ of the world for this year’s rendition.”

They continued to add, “In all eight of his performances, since he began performing on the 14th of August, he has received a standing ovation. He has taken the musical by storm by evolving ‘Tod’ into a more beastly and dynamic character.”

If last year’s ‘XiahTod’ was like a beastly and instinctual panther, this year’s ‘XiahTod’ has returned as a cold but deadly ‘Vampire’ with black hair, red lips, and eye make-up that resembles the wings of death. As someone who was in the cast last year, Kim Junsu worked hard to analyze every scene and character as thoroughly as possible. His solo numbers such as ‘The Last Dance’ and ‘As the Shadows Grow Longer’ completely captivated his audience.

A representative of C-JeS Entertainment revealed, “Kim Junsu monitors all his performances after every show, and looks over every detailed movement and line, pouring all his passion into his work.”

Multiple sources stated, “Kim Junsu is the only musical actor who has sold out all of his performances in this Summer’s lineup of large-scale musicals. Because of his passion and the show’s top quality status, even overseas fans have chosen it as the must-see show of the season, and we hear that even scalper’s tickets are hard to find these days.”

Kim Junsu will step on stage again on the 28th of August at 8p.m. at the Seoul Arts Center’s Opera Hall.

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[TRANS] 130821 Variety Shows – Acting – Musicals, What Do People Think Of Idol Stars Branching Out?

What should we think about idol groups branching out into other fields?

Other than their main job of singing, more and more idol members are starting to branch about into acting, variety shows and emceeing. On top of working on their singing and dancing skills as trainees, idols have been coached in languages, acting and eloquence, with special talents to back them up. In a way, it’s expected of these idols to branch out and try out other fields. However, there is a difference in how idols are viewed in each individual field.


▶Variety Shows : Ensuring viewership ‘Two thumbs up’

The number of idols appearing on variety shows has rapidly increased recently. In the past, idols would appear on any and every program when they were rookies, and then begin to choose only the best programs once they became popular, but it’s different these days. More and more idols are appearing in documentary-form variety shows and quiz shows, which usually have lower viewership ratings. This is because of the ranking system of music programs. Because the number of broadcasted appearances plays a big role in the ranking of music programs, idols have to get their faces out in the public as much as possible. One representative stated, “No matter how popular an idol is, it’s hard to get first place if they don’t appear on TV often. The situation’s a little better on SBS’ ‘Inkigayo’ and MBC’s ‘Show! Music Core’ because votes from fans has a greater influence on rankings, but because fan participation is low in KBS2′s ‘Music Bank’, an idol group can rank higher if they appear on TV more often. Therefore, idols should appear on any program they can, no matter how small it is.”

This desperation means that idol groups do their absolute best when they appear on variety shows. And they’re also great for promoting the shows. In the case of popular idol groups, their dark pasts or small happenings between the members become a hot topic. Even rookie groups become the center of attention if they talk about suitors, their love lives, plastic surgery and dieting. It’s a win-win situation for everyone and idols can appear on any kind of variety show out there, whether it be education, sports or talk shows. Good examples of this are the idol special of MBC’s ‘Infinite Challenge’, the diving project of SBS’ ‘Barefooted Friends’, MBC’s ‘Idol Track and Field Competition’ and KBS2′s ‘Dream Team Season 2′. Not only can they apply themselves to a diverse number of shows, but they can also ensure higher viewership ratings, thanks to the support of their fans, meaning that idols are welcomed with open arms in the variety sector.


▶Acting : They know what they’re doing~!

Most idols branch out into the acting industry with countless idols are currently active as ‘acting-dols’. Though viewers are split on their opinions on such idols, production companies prefer to work with them. Not only do they ask for less money than top-class actors, but they also bring a rippling effect with them. With idols riding the Hallyu Wave and gaining popularity overseas, more and more of their productions are being exported overseas with them. Meaning that output greatly outweighs the initial input. Though they were at the center of controversies surrounding their lack of acting skills in the past, more and more idols these days make their debut with an acting career already planned out, acting as a positive for them as it means that their acting skills rival that of most actors. Even the movie industry, which used to be cautious about using idols in their work, have changed their tune. With more productions hiring idols for major and minor characters, such as ‘Noblesse’ (Girls’ Generation’s Yuri, Dalshabet’s Ah Young), ‘Lawyer’ (ZE:A’s Lim Shi Wan), and ‘Alumni’ (Big Bang’s TOP), the industry seems to be moving towards a pro-idol opinion. A representative stated, “Idols are better at expressions and acting than most people think. They’re more used to the camera and look more natural than rookies who haven’t proven their talents yet. They’re able to catch on quickly to the overall feel and atmosphere of their productions. The fact that there aren’t that many popular actors who can take on the roles of characters in their early twenties becomes a great opportunity for idols. Even if productions featuring idols don’t do well in Korea, they are usually exported to Japan or Chinese-speaking countries. More and more scripts are being sent to idols these days, and some production companies are even creating high teen dramas in order to bring in idol stars to their works.”


▶Musicals : Idols aren’t that great

The musical industry is also one that many idols are flocking to. It is the best field for idols to go to as they can already sing and dance at the same time. However, the reception has been quite chilly. The general consensus is that production companies hesitate in hiring idols, except JYJ’s Kim Junsu.

Many representatives chose the idols’ insincere attitude as the most important factor. There are times when they do not attend rehearsals due to overseas activities, and many of them either don’t show up or show up late to rehearsals with the excuse of packed schedules. Because of this, the actors are unable to connect with each other and this clearly shows on stage. High salaries are also an issue. A representative stated, “Though Kim Junsu receives 15 million Won per show, he’s worth that amount. He has such a sincere attitude towards his work that everyone, from his fellow cast members to the staff, like him. On the other hand, most idols aren’t like him but still receive salaries of 8 to 9 million Won. The problem is that they don’t deliver as much as they should,” and “Because musicals are created in a poor environment, production costs are limited, and most of it ends up going to the idols. That means that musicals have to reduce costs in other areas, and the people who usually suffer because of this is the ensemble. Ensembles are also ranked in talent and experience, and this means that musicals aren’t able to hire good ensembles. Not only do idols not deliver when they’re on stage, but the ensembles aren’t that great either, so it’s no wonder that some musicals end up failing.” It’s impossible for idols to receive positive reviews when they don’t even have strong ticket power to salvage the situation. Another representative stated, “No idol singer, except for Kim Junsu, has enough ticket power to succeed. At first, many musicals hired them based on their popularity in the music industry. But because the age range of most idol fanbases are concentrated in the teens and early 20s, there is a limit in the number of people who can buy expensive musical tickets. 90% of musicals that performed in big venues, putting their faith in the fandoms of idols, have suffered losses. With ticket power failing as well, the number of musicals hiring idols has decreased.”

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