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JYJ to Perform Finale for Daegu World Championships

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2011.08.29 15:15 Mwave Choe, MinJi

JYJ will be the final act for the 2011 Daegu International World Championships in Athletics.

The closing ceremony performances will be held on September 4, at 9:10 PM, at the Daegu Stadium. The event, which is hosted by the International Association of Athletics Federations, boasts around 2,000 track athletes from 212 countries.



JYJ was previously appointed the UNAIDS Asian Pacific Goodwill Ambassador for ′ICAAP10: The 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific,′ held on August 26 at Busan BEXCO.

JYJ to Perform Finale for Daegu World Championships

About 4,000 people from 70 different countries participated in the ICAAP10, and JYJ conveyed the message that the world should work hard to prevent AIDS and improve awareness. Kim Jae Joong and Park Yoo Chun stated, "As AIDS is a global issue, we will work hard to help movements for the prevention of AIDS."

Kim Junsu added, "AIDS is a fatal disease, but with steady treatment you can live for a long time. However, because the disease has no perfect cure, the world needs to work hard and keep up the interest for AIDS prevention."

C-JeS Entertainment stated, "JYJ hosted many worldwide showcases and concerts, and now its power is coming to light. Many international events are asking JYJ to perform for their audiences."

Photo credit: CJeS Entertainment

A new girl group, with an aura as fresh as its name that reminds you of UFOs, suddenly made its way into the K-Pop scene. A year of preparations and the hard work of each member helped bring this group to its debut.

This five member girl group, with members that have an average age of 20.6 years old, decided on the name New.F.O because the moment the members heard the new name, they thought it was new and fit them perfectly. The name Monster, which was also up as a final choice, represented the group’s strong performances, but it was eliminated because it was too rough for the name of a girl group.

JYJ to Perform Finale for Daegu World Championships

The members of New.F.O are former Girls Day member JN (23), boyish blonde Mima (22), dancer Soyi (21), cute Narae (19) and the totally off-the-wall youngest member Danah (18).

When asked about what differences they had to offer, they answered, “Strong dance moves that don’t fall behind those of boy groups.”

New.F.O’s dances were actually choreographed by the choreographer that put together dances for U-Kiss and TVXQ, making the moves more powerful than any other. When the group visited America for the mixing and mastering process of its first single Bounce in October, it was even praised by Trisha Miranda, who choreographed for Beyonce, Usher, and will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas, when she said their dancing was great and that she thought the group would be able to perform in a great stage.

JN says, “Because of our powerful dance moves, members would often get hurt. Narae hurt her hamstrings, while Danah sprained her ankle. I also had to keep a cast on my leg for two weeks because I tore my ankle ligaments. Because if you get hurt you become a burden to the other members, you need to take care of yourself.”

JYJ to Perform Finale for Daegu World Championships

The group’s debut single Bounce adopted a form of the dubstep genre, a style that’s trendy in Europe and America’s underground clubs, to differentiate itself from other songs. Its message, which tells the modern man to put everything down in his busy life and enjoy it, is fairly impressive.

Soyi says, “If you listen carefully, you can hear a lot of funny parts in the lyrics. You’ll be able to relate to lyrics like ‘Worried too much’, ‘Whatever’ and ‘Bow wow.’”

The New.F.O members emphasized all through their interview the words ‘new things’, ‘freshness’ and ‘like nothing ever seen before’.

Mima says, “We really want to aim at something new. Like you can see from our team’s name, we’ll have an image of girls from another planet. We’ll be ‘unidentified idols’ and shock the K-Pop scene with something it’s never seen before.”

Photo credit: Kim Byung Gwan
Translation credit: Erika Kim

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