Showing posts with label U-KISS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label U-KISS. Show all posts

Thursday, April 23, 2015

K-pop icon search ‘KISPinoy‘ launched with U-KISS, Laboum

By JONATHAN M. HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Filipinos who aspire to become K-pop stars now have the chance to do so through reality-based talent search “KISPinoy” or “K-pop Icon Search” launched on April 22.
Gracing the presscon held at K-Pub BBQ in Taguig were K-pop stars U-KISS and Laboum and award-winning Korean actress Seo Young-hee, as well as judges Rico Blanco and Nicole Asensio. Show hosts Richard Gutierrez and Jinri Park, “KISPinoy” founder and producer Matthew Choi, composer Won Sangwoo from NH Media, president Yu Jeonghoon of YU&IQ Entertainment in Korea, and Wilma Galvante, TV5 entertainment division head, also attended the event.

“KISPinoy” is open to Filipinos who are at least 13 years old on audition date. It is said to be the biggest K-pop talent search in the country and it will air weekly on TV5 starting June 27. There will be a Korean judge on the show every week.
The champion and possibly one of the top 10 finalists will win a multi-million peso recording and management contract in Korea. From a pool of 100 selected contestants, the group will be trimmed to 30.
Asked what they look for in contestants, Blanco said he doesn’t have a set of requirement in mind.
“Great talent is when you don’t know where it’s coming from and you just get blown away by it. I would like to remain open,” he said.
Asensio echoed the notion.
“I can’t really tell you what exactly I’m looking for because I don’t know what to expect,” she said. “But I do know that we have a bunch of talented people and I do know from a little K-pop that I had the privilege to listen to, it spans many genres. There is no specific genre I’m looking for, no specific look or character.”

Asked why organizers picked the Philippines to launch the K-pop star search, producer Choi said, “We think the Philippines is the best place to launch our series.” He said Filipinos are very talented when it comes to singing.
“Personally I love this country,” he quipped.
What will the “KISPinoy” winner do in Korea?
“The winner will go to Korea and stay there to have training, not just in singing but to know the culture, language, different expressions. (The winner) will train just like any Korean artist,” he said, with the main goal of releasing an album.
U-KISS advised “KISPinoy” contestant to be confident.
“Just try your best and don’t give up because one day the results will be good for you and we will always support you guys,” Kevin said.
People can audition by recording their songs and dance performances in booths that will be set up in selected SM malls in the country. The recordings will be sent to Korea for screening.

The audition dates and venues are April 25, SM City Pampanga; April 27 and 30, Pampanga (venue to be announced); May 2 and 4, SM Southmall; May 4 and 5, Davao City (Almendras Gym); May 7 and 9, SM City Cagayan De Oro; May 9 and 11, Mandaluyong (City Hall Gym); May 12 and14, SM City North Edsa; May 13 and 15, SM City Cebu; and May 21 and 23, SM City Dasmariñas and SM City Bacolod.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Lee Eusebio happy with solo career

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop artist Alexander Lee Eusebio is content with what he has achieved, three years after leaving U-KISS and launching his solo career.
“I’m happy because I got to experience a lot,” Alexander told Bulletin Entertainment in an exclusive interview.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

EXO, U-KISS, Sarah Geronimo bag MTV EMA nominations

MTV announced the nominees in the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards and among them are Korean singers EXO and U-KISS and the Philippines' Sarah Geronimo.

This year, MTV EMA listed nominees under the Worldwide Act category by territory.

(Clockwise from top left) Sarah Geronimo, EXO, SISTAR and U-KISS 
(Photo by MTV EMA, EXO Facebook page and www.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ex-U-KISS member Xander Lee Eusebio flies high as solo artist

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
It's been two years since Alexander "Xander" Lee Eusebio launched his career as a solo artist after his stint as an original member of K-pop boy band U-KISS ended in March 2011.
He found himself at a crossroad at the time, thinking very hard even if he would continue his career or not.
Former U-KISS member and now solo artist Alexander ‘Xander’ Lee Eusebio answers questions
at his Manila press conference hosted by Kring Elenzano (Photo by Jonathan Hicap)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My wish: a chart win for U-KISS

U-KISS has released the group's third full-length album "Collage" last March 7. 
And may wish is that U-KISS will finally win a music TV chart award because the boys deserve it. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

'Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert' Delights Pinoy Fans

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Jane was early at the Mall of Asia concert grounds last Jan. 19. She was excited that she would finally see her favorite K-pop group, Girls' Generation.
(Clockwise from left) Infinite's Hoya, Girls' Generation, EXO and U-Kiss
(Photos courtesy of StarN

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Messages from K-pop groups for Filipino fans for the Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert

Everyone's excited for the forthcoming Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert that will be held on Jan. 19, 2013 at the Mall of Asia Open Grounds in the Philippines. 
The concert will feature Girls Generation, INFINITE, UKISS, EXO, Tasty and Tahiti.
Here are their messages for Filipino fans about the concert: 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Meet-And-Greet To Spice Up Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert In PH

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Fans can expect a lot more when the Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert is held in the Philippines in January next year, especially that meet-and-greet events will be held.
This will be the first time that a K-pop concert in the Philippines will feature six K-pop idol groups.
Photos courtesy of and SM Entertainment

Saturday, June 9, 2012

KBS Star Kitchen with U-KISS

U-KISS members Kevin, AJ and Eli  joined Chef Seri in making different Korean dishes on KBS "Star Kitchen." 

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