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Posted: 01 Jan 2014 12:10 AM PST

LEE MIN HO recently won the male high excellence award for his performance in "THE HEIRS" at the "2013 SBS DRAMA AWARDS" hosted by LEE BO YOUNG, LEE HWI JAE, and KIM WOO BIN.

The other nominees for the medium-length drama male high excellence award were KANG JI HWAN from "INCARNATION OF MONEY," GO SOO from "EMPIRE OF GOLD," and KWON SANG WOO from "QUEEN OF AMBITION."

Lee Min Ho had won the male high excellence award at the "SBS Drama Awards" for the past two years, in 2011 for "CITY HUNTER," and in 2012 for "FAITH." With his award this year, he has received his third male high excellence award three years running.

During his acceptance speech, he said, "Last year I said I had wanted to do a drama that was loved. This year I was able to attend this award ceremony as a part of a drama that was loved even more than me, which makes me absolutely happy."

Congratulations, Lee Min Ho~!

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 10:25 PM PST

While filming for "THE SUSPECT," GONG YOO had the opportunity to experience filming abroad. During his interview with fashion magazine, @STAR1, Gong Yoo talked about his experience.

"I was very surprised when many people recognized me in Puerto Rico. I don't know how they found out about the filming, but local fans came out to the set at dawn. I heard they watched "COFFEE PRINCE," and "SILENCED" through VOD. Even the staff was surprised from the unexpected welcoming. They began treating me a little bit differently," he said as he laughed.

He also revealed, "Actually, the local production team who helped with the filming of 'The Suspect' asked if I would be interested in entering the industry in the U.S. I told them if they offer me something, I'm there. As far as I know, there have been talks from company to company after we returned to Korea, but nothing specific has been decided."

Meanwhile, Gong Yoo displayed his gentle image along with his manly charm simultaneously at the photo shoot. His charming pictorial and honest interview is available on the January issue of @Star1 magazine. to read what he revealed about his love life.

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 07:28 PM PST

After announcing yesterday that it will reveal new information on its upcoming boy group, JYP ENTERTAINMENT has finally revealed the name and some specific details of its highly-anticipated new team.

The new boy group, seven in number, is named "GOT7." The members are from all over the world. GOT7 will be JYP's first "hip-hop" group and will focus on "martial arts tricking" for its performance genre. This is expected to stand apart from senior group 2PM's "acrobatic" stage performances.

JYP Entertainment will start revealing the members of GOT7 starting January 3.The music video will come out January 5. GOT7 will hold its first debut stage January 16 on Mnet's "M!COUNTDOWN," and release its first mini album January 20. Mark your calendars!

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 07:17 PM PST

2013 is almost over Soompiers and what better way to end the year than to take a look at what's happened in 2013. Check out some of the best photos from different events that Soompi attended this year!

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 07:14 PM PST

Although there were many catchy and well produced songs in 2013, we couldn't help notice the songs that brought the most memorable choreography.

Thus, to wrap up 2013, we reflect back on some of the catchiest choreographies in K-Pop that have not only grabbed our attention in the past year, but perhaps have influenced us to be closet dancers. Hope that after you review the list below, and learn some of the dance moves while no one is watching, you would have confidence to work it on the dance floor!

We present to you some of the most memorable dance choreographies of 2013. The list is in order of the songs' release dates.


Hey yo' GG! Nine-member girl group Girls' Generation started off 2013 with their catchy dance song, "I Got a Boy." The style of the nine girls wearing snap backs and hip-hop style surprised many fans, as the hip hop concept became another challenge the girls conquered. Ranking first on online music charts as well as topping album sales, "I Got a Boy" showcased hip thrusts and head bangs that tempted everyone at least once to try and follow along to the choreography.


Combine contemporary dance with sexy pop and you've got two gorgeous ladies who present both good quality music and choreography. From the swaying on the invisible bench, to the contemporary dance with the help of their male back dancers, HYORIN and BORA did not disappoint. Showing a more emotional performance than their previous song "MA BOY," Sistar19 once again impressed the music industry with their beautiful and catchy dance moves.


These five dancing boys spruced things up by using microphones and microphone stands to illustrate their "Dream Girl." SHINee showed a different style than their usual dance performances by incorporating microphone stands in to their choreography. Paired with eye popping, colorful suits, SHINee's well choreographed dance moves made us all want to be their "Dream Girl."


Could we expect any less from these four amazing ladies? Girl's Day wowed everyone with their suspender dance and subtle sexy touch. "Expectation" not only captured our ears, but the dance has influenced many to try and see just what kind of dance moves could be produced with suspenders. I wouldn't be honest if I said that I've never tried swaying my hips while pretending to stretch imaginary suspenders. The girls were successful at transforming their image to sexy ladies who offer present choreography. Now my big question iswhere can I buy me a pair of suspenders?


After having enormous international success with "GANGNAM STYLE," PSY brought another hit dance move that made everyone sway in a circle with their arms crossed. The singer revamped BROWN EYED GIRLS' "ABRACADABRA" choreography, including a bit of sass and the stoic 'I-don't-care' face that had us all swaying back and forth in circles. "Gentleman's" fun dance moves go along well with the song's comedic message, influencing all to be a bit silly.


If six very handsome men whispered in my ears, "All Day I Think of You," I think I would easily fly away to cloud nine. Now imagine those men showing off an amazing choreography involving a chair, and we have a very engaging performance.After almost two years, 2PM's spectacular comeback this past summer showcased the group's high quality dance performance that amped the level of sexiness beyond any of our expectations.


During her comeback, the queen of sexy decided to show that she's still got it through her fierce attitude complimented with her sexy dance routine. Known to be the sexy icon, Lee Hyori exemplified how you can perform both a sexy and sharp dance performance, without dropping a sweat. Yet, remember, you got to have some "Bad Girl" attitude, and some extra boldness, to truly replicate the sexy choreography.


Starting from the mystical tree to the wolf cave, EXO's choreography for "Wolf" involved imagery that assisted in understanding the meaning behind the song. Despite having 12 members, EXO has utilized their large number as an advantage to expand their choreography to new heights. Simply watching the concentration of the members during the mystical tree choreography is enough to help realize the intricateness of "Wolf's" dance moves.


Get, set, readyGo! Are you jumping yet? Crayon Pop brought everyone on to their feet as the silly, but unique dance and song has helped the group skyrocket to fame. The motorcycle helmet and the interesting outfits helped maximize the synchronized jumping dance move. If you wanted to learn how to dance "Bar Bar Bar" without anyone questioning you, use it as an excuse for exercise and jump away!


The girls returned with a catchy tune and a dance routine that will make you grab all your friends and start shaking your hips. "No No No" is one of A Pink's hit songs that has influenced others to copy the dance moves, while also falling in love with the sweetness of each member. Although a light song, the choreography will definitely work your hips, and leave you with a desire to dance with all your friends.


After releasing a buzz worthy choreography through "Wolf," EXO increased their standards through their eye catching dance and song, "Growl." Grabbing attention with their one cut camera work for "Growl's" music video, EXO proved their oneness through their uniformed dance routines and charismatic presence. Also, who else wouldn't like 12 handsome boys in school uniforms expressing through their dance how passionate they are for the girl they love, I sure love it.


After leaving WONDER GIRLS back in 2010, Sunmi has been diligently improving her vocals and dance moves. Apparently it's paid off as "24 Hours" was probably one of the most copied dance moves in the media throughout 2013. A fusion of contemporary dance and pop, Sunmi's comeback song left a strong impression in the minds of K-Pop fans. Her dedication to fully embrace the dance choreography by dancing barefoot explains how the song became such hit among K-Pop listeners and dancers.


The duo showed sexiness on to a completely new level. Unlike the usual dance choreographies that idols show, Troublemaker engaged with each other to show performances that shine the spotlight to their onstage relationship. With HYUNA and HYUN SEUNG establishing their title as one of K-Pop's dance couples, "Now" is indeed a memorable dance performance.


Utilizing a horizontal pole, miss A has always redefined dance performances with their unique and fresh dance style. "Hush" has exhibited just that, by utilizing the horizontal pole to display their sexy dance choreography. I mean, we don't all have a horizontal dance pole nearby, but I've caught myself dancing along with my legs, even mimicking the foot works. On top of that, the four gorgeous ladies definitely know how to use the prop to their advantage.


Taeyang. Just saying the name reminds us of his brilliant one take music video for his song "Ringa Linga." Being able to master the dance moves within a few days, and then perform it all without a mistake truly conveys a dancer at heart. Amongst all the back dancers, Taeyang was able to stand out with his extraordinarily cleanroutine; despite seeming difficult, the fact that the singer seemed to be having fun makes us want to experience that same feeling. So get on your feet, and dance!


After songs "ON AND ON," and "HYDE," Vixx has brought another amazingly choreographed performance through "Voodoo Doll." Through the use of a skull cane, the group maintained a very dark and powerful dance routine. Often, we see the members sweating towards the end of the performance, which is quite reasonable due to their high caliber dance choreography. If you decided to follow along, you'll find yourself skipping, jumping, stooping, and even on the ground with your legs kicked up.

We hope that 2014 will provide many more fun and unique dance moves that we could all learn. What K-Pop dances of 2013 have left a great impression on you?

I.SAID.HI is not only a writer for Soompi, but also a closet dancer who learns the K-Pop dance moves simply by watching videos of K-Pop performances. Although in her mind she is the best dancer, that is only true in her own world. Her stress reliever is none other than dancing in the dark when no one is around. Thus, due to her love for K-Pop, she also enjoys writings about the latest dance trends because of her desire to portray the constantly changing culture of K-Pop.

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 07:07 PM PST

Top actress JUN JI HYUN's high school photos prove that her beauty has not changed over time.

On December 30, SBS' "GOOD MORNING" visited Jinseon Girls' High School that the star used to attend, and the producer had a short interview with teacher JO NAM IL. Having carefully followed Jun Ji Hyun's high school years in the past, he shared what the actress was like as a student.

"Even though everyone was wearing a school uniform, she was the only one that caught my eye. It felt like she was shining. Also, there were piles of fan letters and other mail sent to Jun Ji Hyun in the teachers' room. Male students waited for her in front of the main gate," sharing that the star stood out even back in high school.

Photos taken at the time were revealed during the show, and while the actress looked more innocent and youthful back then, her well-defined facial features have not changed a bit.

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 07:07 PM PST

Girl group TINY-G member and "REPLY 1994" actress DOHEE is moving on to bigger things!

On December 30, Dohee's agency posted behind-the-scenes photos of Dohee working for a CF shoot. Unlike her character in "Reply 1994," Dohee's makeup is kept bright and lively, and her hair is swept out of her face. She also wears a traditional Korean Hanbok for the shoot.

As the "Reply 1994" character Yoon Jin, Dohee worked her way into viewers' hearts with her satoori (Korean accent). Not only did Dohee receive praise for her acting through "Reply 1994," but also establish herself as an up-and-coming "actor-dol."

Dohee was also praised from the CF filming set for staying upbeat and positive while receiving feedback and instructions from the camera person.

Because of her tremendous success on "Reply 1994," Dohee has secured CF deals and plans to make appearances on entertainment programs soon.

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 06:52 PM PST

Korean male idol group B1A4 just released the at midnight on January 1 (KST).

The jacket photos are done in a magazine style, each of the members with their own cover, along with a cover of the whole team. The album will be titled "WHO AM I," with title track "LONELY," to be released on January 13.

While announcing the release of the new jacket photos, WM ENTERTAINMENT, B1A4's agency, wished everyone a happy new year, and this upcoming album will make for a good start to the happy new year, indeed!

Stay tuned for more updates on B1A4 s new album, and check out the photos below!

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 06:17 PM PST

Child, no, teen actress KIM YOO JUNG recently stunned netizens with her beautiful photos from the 2013 MBC DRAMA AWARDS.

On December 30, Kim Yoo Jung attended the 2013 MBC Drama Awards and spent time in the photo wall event, where the following photos were taken.

Even at the age of 14, Kim Yoo Jung exuded elegance and poise beyond her years. Her angelic smile and beautiful dress especially captured the attention of adoring fans.

, "Kim Yoo Jung is an innocent beauty at the age of 14", "Instead of giving the 'high excellence award' to SUZY, giving it to someone like Kim Yoo Jung would have been better", "She's beautiful and talented at acting," and "She grew up so well."

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Posted: 31 Dec 2013 06:16 PM PST

Actress HAN JI HYE will star in KBS2's upcoming Mon-Tues drama "THE FULL SUN." This will be her return to the TV screen since starring in MBC's drama "POTS OF GOLD" (aka "I Summon You, Gold") five months ago. She will be playing the love interest of actor YOON KYE SANG.

Han Ji Hye will be playing a representative and designer of the jewelry company "Bell la Pierre." However, due to some diamond thefts in Thailand, she would lose her fiancand have her world turn upside down. Yoon Kye Sang will play a jewelry thief who falls in love with Han Ji Hye. However, Yoon Kye Sang's actions were the cause of the death of Han Ji Hye's fianc .

The drama "The Full Sun" will premiere on February 10 at 9:55PM KST on KBS and will take over the time slot occupied by the drama "PRIME MINISTER AND I."

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