Male idols continue to compete against one another and challenge female idols like SNSD, KARA and 4minute in the music industry and on variety programmes.
On 31 July, 7pm, 2PM and C.N.Blue will each hold their concert. 2PM and C.N.Blue will be holding their first solo concert since their debut in Seoul Olympic Stadium and AX-Korea respectively. On 18 July, C.N.Blue’s leader, Jung Yonghwa, said, “Our concert date clashed with the 2PM-hyungs’. We’re currently rehearsing.”
Ex-member of 2PM, Jaebeom, and TVXQ’s Micky Yoochun, Xiah Junsu, Youngwoong Jaejong, who are in the middle of a lawsuit with their management company SM Entertainment, will be holding fanmeetings. Jaebeom will be holding his fanmeeting on 28 August at Hwajeong Tiger Dome located in Seoul Korea University, kick-starting his solo activities. A representative from Sidus HQ said, “Jaebeom said that the reason he chose Sidus HQ as his management company was to be able to develop his acting, and we’re now in discussions regarding the contract for his participation in SBS’ [Secret Garden].”
Ultimately, only 3 members of TVXQ will be meeting with their fans through the fanmeeting event organized by Lotte Duty Free – their first public stage in Korea. A representative from Lotte Duty Free said, “We are expecting many fans from Japan and other countries to visit Korea in order to meet these 3 members. We are currently in the process of confirming the number of participants and adjusting the schedule.”
If Jaebeom participates in SBS’ [Secret Garden], set to air in September, he will be meeting Kim Hyunjoong and Micky Yoochun head on in a battle of dramas. Micky Yoochun will play the lead, Lee Seon Joon, for KBS2’s new drama [SungKyunKwan Scandal], which is set to air on 30 August. Kim Hyunjoong, who has recently moved over to the same management company as Bae Yongjoon, will once again showcase his acting in a new drama that he has undertaken. Kim Hyunjoong will be starring as the lead in the drama [Mischievous Kiss], set to air on 1 September.
A staff from a drama production company said, “When an idol star participates in a drama, the awareness of the drama is drastically increased and you can also capture the audience who are aged between 10-20 years old. This point in itself, is very advantageous.” Also, “When under similar conditions, this is the reason why we use idol members.”
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