[Interview] Lee Jung Hyun Says She was There Before Psy′s Debut
Singer-turned-actor Lee Jung Hyun opened up about her pre-debut ties with the global star Psy in a recent interview with enews.
The interview was held on November 20.
Lee Jung Hyun said during the session, "Psy once talked about this on TV; he was able to debut after he showed off his dance and singing skills at a get-together for me. I was thrilled to see him be successful in America."
While he was studying in America, he got to know an official from Yedang Entertainment through Cho PD, and followed him to Korea. Officials had signed with Psy only after hearing his voice, and after seeing his looks, were plunged into a state of panic on how they should debut him.
At a similar time, in the year 1999, Lee Jung Hyun, who had been signed with the same agency, won the no. 1 trophy on a music program with her song Wa.
Psy came to attend the get-together celebrating the win, and there, showed off his talents in front of the many agency officials at the scene. The officials caught on, and used the charms he had shown there to fuel his debut.
Lee Jung Hyun said, "Before his debut, he featured his voice with Cho PD′s in a song titled I Love X for my first album. I have many ties with Psy."
"I met with him to grab a meal with some friends before he left for America," she added.
She then talked about a little misunderstanding that had happened once between her and Psy.
"Once when Psy came to another get-together I was having, my friend told me to ′greet your senior′. Actually, though, I′m the senior though he′s older than me."
The singer, who is popular in China herself, said she was proud to see many Korean singers be successful overseas as a fellow hallyu star.
"I was so thrilled and happy to hear that such idol stars as Super Junior, Girls′ Generation (SNSD) and TVXQ (DBSK) are popular overseas. I′m proud as a Korean singer," she said.
Lee Jung Hyun recently starred in the film Juvenile Offender as a hopeless single mom. Juvenile Offender is about how perfectly ordinary people become a single mom and teen misfit due to financial difficulties. It premieres on November 22.
Photo credit: Hea Jung Min