Kim Hyun Joong Gathers Interest from Foreign Press at MAMA
Kim Hyun Joong stood proud as a hallyu star in Singapore, as many foreign media outlets rushed to report his every word.
Kim was bombarded with questions at the welcome meeting event held in Singapore on November 29 for the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).
Kim will be attending MAMA as a nominee for both the Male Singer Award and the Best Solo Dance Performance Award, and at the press conference, he received questions from press from Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and Germany.
Everyone seemed to be interested on whether Kim had any plans to visit their own country, and showed great interest in Kim’s future plans for overseas promotions.
When the Hong Kong press asked whether he had any plans to visit Hong Kong, Kim said, “I visited Hong Kong because I was awarded for three years in a row at the Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards which [awards its nominees based on] online polls. I hope I get to go this year, too.”
The Philippine press asked whether he had any new projects for his Philippine fans, and he answered, “I’ll be acting again in a drama in April next year. My Philippine fans will also be able to see me act then.”
The Japanese press wished to know how he felt about being a solo singer and what kind of music he wished to sing in the future. Kim said, “It’s true that solo promotions are physically and emotionally more draining than group promotions. I still have a long way to go, but I’ll work harder.”
The German press asked Kim what he thought about German women. He answered, “I don’t know about German women, but Germany reminds me of dark beer and sausages.” He made his audience laugh by saying, “I believe that Germans drink a lot of dark beer even during lunch.”
The 2011 MAMA will hold a grand show in Singapore with not only Korean artists, but artists from around the world to fit its main concept Music Makes One, a dream to bring the world together through music. The show will be aired live in 13 countries around the world, while recorded versions will be aired in seven.
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