Ulala Session Talks About Their Days Spent in Obscurity
Members of Ulala Session, winner of Mnet’s Superstar K3, shared their experiences as struggling singers.
The group appeared on the November 27 broadcast of tvN’s Baek Ji Yeon’s People Inside and revealed the ups and downs of their lives and its strong teamwork.
Its leader Im Yun Taek especially attracted attention by talking about the moment when he was diagnosed with cancer in a composed, optimistic way.
Im said, “One day I had a stomachache while drawing up a performance concept, so I went to the hospital and had an endoscopy. At first I was prescribed with medicine for gastritis, but I went to see a doctor again because my belly started to swell.”
He continued, “I was told to come to the hospital to check the results of the examination the next afternoon, but I got calls from the hospital in the morning. At that time, I knew instinctively that the results weren′t something simple.”
“Park Seung Il, who met my doctor with my mother, came back to my room and said, ‘It’s nothing’ with bloodshot eyes. I knew I had cancer right away by just looking at his face. Later I heard from my doctor that I could be cured. So I said, “Then I have to do it,’” said Im.
Park Seung Il said, “Out of concerns over his health, we tried to keep him from performing, but he was so stubborn that we could not stop him.” He continued, “One time, he went up on the stage with a blood bag on his waist a few days after he got an operation. He wore the bag wrapped with a scarf as if it was an accessory.”
However, the reaction of the audience on the day wasn′t that good even with Im’s painstaking efforts. In particular, a female audience member who was smoking with an indifferent expression on her face irritated the group. Kim Myeong Hun, who rarely talks on stage, grabbed the mic to address her.
“It was when we were preparing to participate in Superstar K3. At that time I said to her, ‘We’re preparing for a big project. We′ll see if [your] reaction now will be the same as your reaction in three months. Just wait for three months,” said Kim.
Im said, “At the time we sang a song of Park Jin Young sunbaenim(senior), but the reaction was totally different from when we sang his song on Superstar K3, adding that such indifferent reactions served as stimulation.
Already missing Ulala Session? The Superstar K3 winners will be performing at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), which is set to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 29.
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