Weekly Roundup: Celeb Rise and Fall
In the past week, Kara made a much-anticipated comeback while the Wonder Girls announced plans for a major concert tour through Asia- its first.
Meanwhile T-ara’s drama continued this week with Ham Eun Jung being unexpectedly dropped from her television drama and Jang Nara’s longtime manager suddenly passed away after suffering a heart attack.
Read on for more in this week’s Rise and Fall.
Stars on the Rise
1. Kara Makes a Comeback With ‘Pandora’
Kara proved to be a force to be reckoned with as it unleashed its album and music video and held a powerful showcase.
The Kara members more than succeeded in their goal to make a transformation into grown women for their comeback with their sexy and stunning look and sound and winning praise from its fans.
2. Lee Byung Hun-Lee Min Jung Admit They Are Seeing Each Other
After a long period of denial, powerhouse couple Lee Byung and Lee Min Jung came clean by admitting they were seeing each other.
The coming together of two of Korea’s biggest stars brought a flurry of responses and chatter from the public including speculations that the two would soon get hitched.
3. Wonder Girls Announces Groundbreaking Asia Tour
After taking part in the recent successful JYP Nation concert, the Wonder Girls made little time for rest as it announced a groundbreaking five-nation Asia tour to take place this fall.
Moving through Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, the Wonder Girls will be looking to bring its characteristic wonder to its fans all over Asia – its first Asia tour for the group.
Before they hit the trail though, the Wonder Girls has some activities in America lined up including a live online video chat and a radio show making the group seemingly everywhere.
Stars Falling Flat
1. T-ara’s Ham Eun Jung Unexpectedly Dropped from Television Drama
Just when it seemed like the drama surrounding T-ara had subsided, T-ara’s Ham Eun Jung was met with a big surprise when the production behind her television drama, SBS’ Five Fingers, unexpectedly announced her departure from the series in the middle of its run.
The situation proved even messier when Core Contents Media came forward to say neither the agency nor Ham Eun Jung herself had ever relayed they had wanted, or intended to drop out.
The force-out, which many insiders blamed on the negative image T-ara currently carried and its potential effects on the product placement within the drama, drew confusion and criticism while some of the T-ara members other television appearances have fallen into danger of being cut, revealing this saga seems far from being over just yet.
2. Gong Hyo Jin and Ryu Seung Bum Call it Quits After 10 Years of Dating
The Gong Hyo Jin-Ryu Seung Bum couple dropped a bombshell this past week after officially notifying the public through an official press release the two had split after ten years of dating.
Soon after, rumors began spreading the break-up was due to the actress allegedly cozying up with her movie 577 Project costar, Ha Jung Woo. At the recent press conference for the movie, the actress, however, had denied the rumors and insisted the breakup was amicable and that the two remained friends.
3. Jang Nara’s Manager Passes Away in China After Suffering a Heart Attack
Jang Nara and her agency experienced a personal loss after Jang Nara’s manager in China suddenly passed away after suffering a heart attack in China.
His passing came at a busy time for the singer/actress who just recently had her first Chinese movie, Flying With You released nation-wide in China, as well as her first Chinese album in seven years.
Jang Nara and her agency is continuing to mourn her manager’s passing and has tentatively cancelled all schedules for the time being.
Photo Credit: Kim Byung Kwan
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