[Interview] T-ara’s Ji Yeon Says IU Advised Her to Avoid a Sexy Concept
Coming back as a soloist, T-ara’s Ji Yeon shared her thoughts on debuting with Duble Sidekick’s song Never Ever.
On May 19, Ji Yeon attended a press conference and round interview for her solo debut at Core Contents Media’s training studio.
She started, “It feels awkward to introduce myself as a soloist, after having introduced myself as the maknae of T-ara for a long time.”
She revealed, “I was hesitant at first to accept the solo album offer since I thought I was lacking in my abilities, but I was encouraged by the other T-ara members and Duble Sidekick.”
Ji Yeon’s solo album concept is known to reflect both Core Contents Media and Ji Yeon’s ideas. She said, “I wanted to go for the mannish concept but the agency and the CEO wanted the sexy concept. I think my ideas have been reflected about 30%,” then she brought up Kahi, saying, “She pulled off the concept that I really wanted to try.”
When asked about the difference between her solo and T-ara’s performance, Ji Yeon said, “You’ll know the difference right away. It will be interesting to watch the performance, as it will have a different style compared to T-ara. Please watch the performance first.”
Ji Yeon also named IU as the friend who helped her out a lot as she prepared for her solo debut. She said, “IU helped me out a lot. She told me, ‘It will be lonely and hard to work alone after working as a group.’ She also advised me, ‘Don’t go for the sexy concept. Don’t go too sexy.’”
When asked about her goal for solo activities, Ji Yeon smiled as she said, “I hope this won’t be the last of my solo activities. I don’t know why but I want to hear that I’m cool. I want to hear that I’m cool rather than I’m sexy.”
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