Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa
Time to identify the hands again!! 우리는 신화입니다!
Singer Kim Dongwan revealed that work has already started on Shinhwa’s comeback album in 2012.
During the recording for the upcoming 6 March episode of SBS music program “Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate”, Kim Dongwan talked about Shinhwa’s plans for their comeback in 2012.
“Eric and Minwoo are already working on the concept of the album. We will try our best to live up to the title of the longest-running idol group.”
For this episode, Kim Dongwan, together with After School’s Kahi, performed the duet “Man and Woman”, originally by Park Sun Joo and Kim Bum Soo. The pair, usually known for their powerful charm, moved the audience with their rendition of this sweet ballad.
Kahi also gave a great performance of Shinhwa’s “Wild Eyes”, which greatly impressed Kim Dongwan. Kim Dongwan later revealed, “I went to the same church as Kahi when I was in high school, but I only realised it after her debut.”
Kim Dongwan also performed Kim Min Jong’s “Under The Sky”, wowing the audience with his flawless rendition of the song.
Meanwhile, Kim Dongwan is preparing to return to acting.
Credits: TV Report + Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa
The words of Kim Dongwan, a member of the 6-member pioneer idol group Shinhwa, have raised interest again.
Having made their debut in 1998, Shinhwa will celebrate their 13th anniversary this year. At the moment half of the group – Lee Minwoo, Junjin and Andy – are currently serving their military duties. However, the name ‘Shinhwa’ still comes up among music fans, and often gets mentioned by their idol group juniors.
Although Shinhwa as a group has experienced difficult problems and incidents that other idol stars would not even experience once in their lives, they have a passion towards music and the stage that makes people forget about these incidents. Despite the good looks of all 6 members, they still come across as being approachable. Despite the scandals and gossip, Shinhwa remains to be an idol group that cheers up the fans.
If one were to say that H.O.T had a strong elite image, then Shinhwa has a style that’s closer to being “warmhearted bad boys”.
In the past 10 or so years, Shinhwa, together with their management companies and their managers, have experienced many things. Sometimes they fight, at other times they drink together happily. Now in their early 30s, the members always express their gratitude to the people around them.
On the 1 March episode of SBS’ “Strong Heart”, Kim Dongwan said, “What I felt the most when I was serving as a public service officer, was that our work (in showbiz and entertainment) is really well-paying. I realize that although I don’t see them, there are many people who are working for me. And I feel their value even more and I’m even more grateful to them.”
For Kim Dongwan, Eric, Shin Hyesung, Lee Minwoo, Junjin and Andy, their best moment in showbiz was of course getting first place (Daesang) at the year-end music awards as Shinhwa.
At that time, they were involved in a contractual dispute with their previous management company. But with the team who had been with the Shinhwa members since their first management company and who set up their second management company Good Entertainment, whenever there was any unhappiness they would all resolve it and talk it out over a round of drinks. Thus, all problems were resolved at the earliest stage. Such situations took place among the members too. Eventually, trust and affection was naturally built up.
As the years slip away, the Shinhwa members, who have spent 14 years together, keenly feel how precious their work and the people around them are; and Kim Dongwan has openly expressed this.
The Shinhwa members have all left Good Entertainment. Because Good Entertainment is no longer in existence. But all six members are still working with the people from Good Entertainment.
Kim Dongwan and Shin Hyesung are now signed to a company set up by one of the Good Entertainment directors (Mr Lee); Andy is signed to a company set up by another Director Lee from Good Entertainment; Eric is in a company run by a former Good Entertainment section chief; and Junjin is with a company set up by CEO Jang whom Shinhwa has established ties with since their debut.
The recent disputes between idol groups and their management have been compared to Shinhwa’s case, and before they argue over who’s right and who’s wrong, these idol groups – for the sake of their future – should seriously think about the steps that Shinhwa has taken and the words that Kim Dongwan has said.
2012 will mark the year of Shinhwa’s comeback to the music scene.
Credits: Star News + Absolut Shinhwa
It’s not easy to change one’s innate nature.
If you don’t like someone’s character,
It’s better to meet someone else instead rather than to try to change that.
Even if it’s someone you love…
Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa
He came to me twice and asked me if he could say that.
Of course I’ve heard that being mentioned elsewhere before~ㅋ
Shindong in private is a very kind and humble kid~^^
Credits: Dongwan’s Naver blog + Absolut Shinhwa
On the 22 Feb episode of ‘Strong Heart’, Kim Dongwan was asked if the Shinhwa members went on blind dates. He replied that, “We didn’t because we found it childish. But we did ‘hunting’ (picking up girls).”
When Big Bang’s G-Dragon talked about how he avoided blind dates after one girl mentioned that she met with Seungri only the week before, Kim Dongwan said, “It’s the same with me. The girls always said that they know Junjin.”
Super Junior’s Shindong also revealed the phrase that Super Junior hears most often – “Rascals just like Shinhwa” – for their similar trouble-making traits. Kim Dongwan then added, “There was once when Fly To The Sky were late for an hour for a music show rehearsal, and the PD yelled at them, “Are you Shinhwa?!” “
Super Junior’s Eunhyuk also shared an interesting episode. “There was once when Dongwan-hyung had a schedule lined up and their manager was trying to wake him up. He then locked the door and shouted, “I said I’m not going!” “
Kim Dongwan talked about fellow labelmates H.O.T. “They were recognized as the role models for all idols. The members all had a lot of ambitions for the stage and their music, and when we saw that side of them, we always reflected on ourselves and regretted that we didn’t become like them.”
On the other hand, Moon Hee Jun said, “Because we had to maintain our mysterious concept, we couldn’t freely visit the restrooms and we weren’t allowed to date. Our lives were really boring for 5 years. But for celebrities, Shinhwa were leading their lives freely and happily.”
Kim Dongwan then replied that they were often compared to H.O.T in many ways. When the members asked their manager why they had to put on make-up to go to the supermarket, they were told, “Because Moon Hee Jun gets his hair done before he goes to the supermarket”.
MC Kang Ho Dong also quipped that the Shinhwa members were the most-often seen celebrities in Apgujung, much to the agreement of other studio guests.
Moon Hee Jun then added, “I’ve seen the Shinhwa members, from before their debut until now, it’s already been more than 15 years, and it’s really like watching a reality drama. During rehearsals for music programs, there was an average of 2-3 members who had to be carried on stage because they were sleeping. Either because they were sleeping or they were having hangovers.” To which Kim Dongwan agreed, “We often had hangover soup for breakfast.”
To the amusement of the guests, Kim Dongwan further confessed, “H.O.T couldn’t freely visit the restroom, but I actually waved to fans when I was peeing on the street.”
MC Lee Seunggi also shared his experience with Shinhwa in the waiting room. “Usually singers would bring handheld games into the waiting room, but they brought along their TV screen from their dormitory as well and happily played their games.
Kim Dongwan also confessed to having a nose job done before his debut. “One day Mr Lee Soo Man came to me and told me that my nose looked weird. Originally my nose resembled that of actor Shin Hyun Joon, like the nose of an Arab. He then said that he was going to give me a present, and then he brought me to the hospital. And there I received a new nose for a present.”
Credits: TV Report + Absolut Shinhwa
Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan shared daily photos of Eric on the 22nd Feb episode of SBS ‘Strong Heart’.
When asked about how the other Shinhwa members have been doing lately, Kim Dongwan said, “Everyone is getting on fine. I’ve been in touch with Eric lately, and he’s been sending photos of himself to the members too”, after which he shared the photos in question, much to the laughter and amusement of the other studio guests.
The photos showed a more mischievous side of Eric, unlike the tough and charismatic image he usually portrays.
Credits: Osen + Absolut Shinhwa
Idol group Teen Top attended Eric’s birthday party on behalf of Andy who’s currently serving his military duties.
At Eric’s birthday fanmeeting held on 20 Feb, Teen Top amused the Shinhwa members with their special entrance.
Teen Top maknae Ricky made his way on stage wearing an Andy mask and doing Andy’s trademark heart dance, to the cheers of Eric, Kim Dongwan, Lee Minwoo and 2,000 fans present at the fanmeeting.
In addition, Teen Top also presented a birthday gift to Eric, which was a photo frame with photos from Eric’s debut days, and they topped that off with their version of the ‘Eusha Eusha’ dance.
Having witnessed the extraordinary friendship of the Shinhwa members, Teen Top said, “Like the Shinhwa seniors, we will work hard to maintain our friendship and work hard in our activities.”
Eric then commented, “Although I’ve been watchin them since the time they were preparing for their debut, looking at them grow and develop day by day, you feel more and more affection for them.”
Kim Dongwan added, “They’re doing really well now, and I’m jealous that Andy seems to love only Teen Top now”, while Lee Minwoo said, “I’ve only seen them on TV and now they’re here. If they work hard at developing themselves in all aspects they can become like Shinhwa too.”
On 21 Feb, Teen Top posted photos on their official Twitter and me2day pages, commenting, “We’ve come back from Eric-hyung’s birthday party. How are the photos that Minwoo-hyung took for us?”
Teen Top is now in the midst of promoting the remix version of ‘Supa Luv’.
Credits: TOP Media + TV Report + Absolut Shinhwa
For those of you who have already circulated fancams around, you know what to do.
Please do not share videos from Eric’s birthday fanmeeting or videos related to Poseidon ^^ We hope the fans will observe basic manners ♥ Please show us sensible behavior for the next fanmeeting~ We have to meet again right, ^^V
A tweet from earlier today:
Did you go to Eric’s fanmeeting yesterday? We hope you enjoyed yourselves ^^ And there are already videos of the drama (teaser) circulating around, please observe basic courtesy for the staff and actors who have put in a lot of hard work. The drama is not airing yet. ㅠㅠ
Credits: @TOPCLASSENT + Absolut Shinhwa
Note from Sumi:
Just when everyone was still reeling from the excitement of the “Poseidon” teaser shown at yesterday’s fanmeeting… Way to burst our bubble, SBS. -_-
Tweet from Top Class:
“Did you go to Eric’s fanmeeting yesterday? We hope you enjoyed yourselves ^^ And there are already videos of the drama (teaser) circulating around, please observe basic courtesy for the staff and actors who have put in a lot of hard work. The drama has not been scheduled for broadcast yet. ㅠㅠ”
So for those of you who have already shared the teaser video online, you may want to consider taking it down…
The highly anticipated drama ‘Poseidon’ – due to it being Eric’s comeback drama project – will not be scheduled for broadcast on SBS.
According to earlier reports, ‘Poseidon’ was to be scheduled for broadcast on SBS in May in the Mon-Tue slot. However, after an internal meeting at SBS last week, it has been decided that the slot will be filled by another drama. SBS management told Sports Hankook on 20 Feb via a phone interview that “It’s true that ‘Poseidon’ will not be aired on SBS in the first half of the year. We were only in the process of reviewing whether or not to schedule ‘Poseidon’ for broadcast. After a discussion, we decided we couldn’t schedule it, and not that we decided to cancel the broadcast.”
Originally targeted to be broadcast in May, filming for ‘Poseidon’ had started at the end of last year. But with SBS scrapping the plans for the broadcast, the drama will now be scheduled for broadcast in the second half of the year. There is also a possibility of the drama being pre-produced and lined up for a broadcast date. A rep from the production team expressed, “Filming has already begun, and a substantial amount of production costs have already been incurred. Because of that there’s a high chance that we’ll complete this as a high-quality pre-produced drama and wait for it to be lined up in the broadcast schedule of a terrestrial channel.”
In order for the filming of ‘Poseidon’ to proceed, the schedules of the cast members need to be coordinated. Almost no filming could be done this year so far, so the filming schedule has been delayed. As a result, there is also a possibility of some cast members pulling out of the drama. A rep from the management company of one of the cast members commented, “The cast members like Eric, Kim Ok Bin, Kim Kang Woo and U-Know Yunho are all top stars. The production company (for ‘Poseidon’) can’t keep holding on to these actors who have been receiving lovecalls from other production companies. We will wait for the production company to express their position officially by this week.”
The production company has expressed confidence that the drama will get through this crisis and resume filming as soon as possible, with the stellar line-up of top stars and the production team including PD Yoo Chul Yong (‘All In’) and writer Jo Kyu Won (‘IRIS’). A rep said, “As this is the comeback drama for Hallyu star Eric, it is also widely anticipated in overseas markets as well. Although plans for the drama to be aired on SBS has not worked out, there will be a good outcome.”
Credits: Sports Hankook + Absolut Shinhwa