Remember the POLL on twitter posted by Dogsul, the famous journalist.
We have the results here:
JYJ 85% and DSBK2 14%
Park Yoochun revealed that he would definitely be up for “Sungkyunkwan Scandal 2“, if it ever came to be.
The star confessed in a recent interview, “I would totally be up for it. I wish the four of us could star together.” He expressed that he’d love to work once more with the ‘SSK dream team’ Park Min Young, Yoo Ah In, and Song Joong Ki.
Yoochun also mused that if he had to change his role in the drama, he’d like to try ‘Seol Go Bong’.
He then moved on to share his thoughts about winning the ‘Rookie Awards’ as an actor. “I was really embarrassed and nervous because there were so many sunbaes sitting in front of me. I was really surprised. “
Naturally, an interview with a JYJ member would bring up a question about TVXQ. Reflecting on the possibility of reuniting, Yoochun said, “I want us to reunite more than anybody else, but it’s a matter that will take a lot of time. I really wish the members could all just get together and have a drink.”
He wrapped up, “In the first half of the year, JYJ will do some promotions in the U.S. and plan a world tour. I also want to come back in a good drama in the second half of the year. I would love to play a killer or a psycho, and try out a romantic comedy as well.”
Spanish translation for this article is available HERE (traducción en español aquí), courtesy of our reader Bea.
“If Dong Bang Shin Ki’s Fans are Really 800,000 Strong…”
[Panel discussion] Tak Hyun Min, Professor, Hanyang University, “How to find a new path for Asia’s best stars”
August 15, 2009, Seoul—The Dong Bang Shin Ki incident, which erupted due to SM Entertainment and their unfair contracts, is struggling to find a resolution. In the midst of this, in order to prevent a second DBSK situation, the emerging consensus is that large-scale entertainment producers with capital must find a way to transcend the hard training model and utilise the media to come up with a better star management system.
On the 14th [August] at the joint cultural conference hosted by the Munhwayeondae held at the Francesco Conference Room on the ‘Exposing the problems of the entertainment management system and finding an alternative through the Dong Bang Shin Ki incident’, Hanyang University professor Tak Hyun Min, a panellist in the panel discussion section, said, “Even if SM comes out waving the white flag this problem won’t end,” and in order to solve the fundamental problems, “we have to make it possible for stars to make without having to depend on giant management companies.”
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding many idols about their “slave contract,” especially in SM Entertainment. TVXQ’s Junsu, Jaejoong and Yoochun left SM Entertainment because of it, and so did Super Junior’s Hangeng, quoting the same reason. However, are their actions justified? SM Entertainment puts in an uncountable amount of effort, time and money to build the idols to what they are now.
So how much does it take to make one person to be an idol?
When SM Entertainment trainees sign a contract, they sign up for at least 3 years of training. During their trainee season, everything is paid for – including food, transportation and even dorms are provided for those who live too far away to travel back and forth every day. Not only this, but trainees get lessons on dancing, singing, acting and foreign languages. They are paid to go to gyms and hair salons and even to get plastic surgery if required.
Everything they need is paid for, and each person costs on average 20,000,000 KRW – 40,000,000 KRW ($18,000 USD – $36,000 USD) per year, and many end up costing more. Since large companies such as SM Entertainment has at least 20 trainees at a time, money spent on trainees end up being over 1,000,000,000 KRW ($900,000 USD) per year.
On average, every trainee spends about five years training. So if one person need 150,000,000 KRW ($135,000 USD) to debut, a 9-member group such as Girls’ Generation will need at least 1,300,000,000 KRW ($1.2 million USD).
However, for them to debut, a manager needs to be hired, a car needs to be bought, and a dorm needs to be prepared. On top of that the artists need stage outfits, and albums need to be made, produced and promoted. In the end SM Entertainment spends at least 2,000,000,000 KRW ($1.8 million USD) just on their debut, and will keep spending about the same amount even after debut. For bigger groups like Super Junior the money is exponentially more. TVXQ also costs incredible amount of money because of their heavy promotions in both Japan and Korea.
Does this change your perspective of the contracts?