Wednesday, October 12, 2011

[Article] Kyu Jong Aims to be Known as Entertainer

You've got what you wanted Kyu Jong. You're not only known now as a singer but a musical actor as well. Soon you will be recognized as TV actor and who knows a movie actor too. Keep up the good work!

Much thanks to xiaochu for the translation n Quiante501.


[Trans] “The Aim Of This Album Is ‘Making Entertainer Kim KyuJong Being Known’”
Credits : + (English Translation) xiaochu @

Kim KyuJong is an entertainer in his 7th year of debut, who talks softly and always replying with “No” when being praised. He is a polite and modest person who will greet people with extreme courtesy even more than a 90 degrees bow, and being a member of an idol group, he somehow had a boring style.

Debuted on 8-Jun-2005, Kim KyuJong, a member of group SS501. DSP Media, who produced 1st generation idol Sechskies and Fin.K.L, came out with SS501 targeting at Dong Bang Shin Gi. Actually in SS501, Kim KyuJong is not a member with distinct existence. Even when he attends variety programs with the other members, instead of standing in front, Kim KyuJong would be standing behind the members smiling good-naturedly. He debuted for 7 years, and returned with his solo album ‘TURN ME ON’ in 2011.

Among the 5 members, Kim KyuJong is the latest to make a solo comeback, thus making fans’ yearnings even more. The aim of this album is making known to people about entertainer ‘Kim KyuJong’, it is the foremost priority than anything else, we met with him for a talk.
“Title song ‘YESTERDAY’, is originally YoungSaeng hyung’s song.”

The last among the members to make your comeback, seems like you have an unusual determination.
It’s a coincidence. I thought that YoungSaeng hyung would be the first to come out but then JungMin prepared even faster. In fact, I originally didn’t have any plans for album this year. I wanted to gather with people I like and make a R&B, Hip Hop crew instead of a solo album. But my company representative said this isn’t the time yet. Title song ‘YESTERDAY’ was a song which YoungSaeng hyung even finished recording for it. But they felt it isn’t suitable for YoungSaeng hyung, and after voting, the song came to me.

So is it right to say that you had wanted this song originally?

No. Definitely not. (laughs) I told YoungSaeng hyung that I will do away with this song. I said I will look for other demo. It wasn’t anything at all when I first listened to it. Haha. But I am singing it now?

I thought it was tacky when I first heard it. Isn’t it? The more I listen to it, the more I grow to like it. The song will definitely feel better when it gets colder and you listen to it while putting on the ear phone and walking around. Which is why I am considering to stretch the activities this time to a longer period. I plan to go more to other cities and work hard in letting people know this song as well as me before I go to Japan for the musical activities.

The song is about asking for return after breakup, what type of person are you when you’re in love?
I am not someone who will ask for her to return. Because I think that trust is the most important thing in a relationship between two people. I will break up with her right away if one bad thing happened, even if she treats me very well usually.

Just one bad thing and break up right away?

If she is cheating on me, I will be very disappointed and so will do that (break up). I don’t quarrel in love relationship. I am someone who will think positively to what I perceive.

It is the style which frustrates females the most. That’s why I guess I can’t be in love. (laugh)

Surprised that your activity period is long. Other members had short activity period.

Because of musical schedules, I can’t attend to filming for variety programs. It is a great pity because I would be able to let people know of my song while appearing in variety programs. The broadcast is 1 week after filming, so it is too late to coincide with the album release date. I don’t hold the desire to get number 1 position, I just want to go on with the activities for a long time. It is a great pity because everyone’s activity period is really short compared to the amount of practices they have put in.

Are there any programs that are already scheduled?
I have first recording for ‘ShikShin Road’. Even though I am not a regular cast, the director and JunHa-hyung takes good care of me, so I wanted to attend again. It is a program which is the most enjoyable while filming.

Seems like it is the most exciting program you have filmed.

I really like eating. Hyung will put down their spoon when ‘cut’ is heard, but I really ate until the very end. Thanks to it, I put on a lot of weight. And so I was really stressed too.

Introducing the GopChang (beef intestine) restaurant that you frequent, it has become a place of attraction among the fans.

Actually, the place where I frequent sells beef intestines a bit expensive. I went there quite some time after the broadcast, the boss asked why I didn’t go there for such a long time, and that HyungJun went there frequently with his mother. (laughs) I didn’t go there frequently because I feel that it is expensive, and when I really crave for it, then I will go with what I’ve saved up. Haha.

“Musical, in fact I hated very much to do it in the beginning.”

How was it when you debuted in musical with musical ‘Goong’? Don’t you feel like an outsider?

Not at all. In fact, I hated to do the musical because of that point. So in the beginning for about a week or so, I didn’t eat with them. I was showing my awkwardness for nothing. I thought they will leave me out. But it wasn’t the case. On the contrary, I heard that the other actors/actresses felt that I was being difficult. Because I am someone whom they only see on TV but is here with them. Living together for about a month in Kyoto, we became close to each other. Hyungs will have a drink while giving me guidance on acting, and also gave me a lot of advices. We also went on a MT (membership training) to CheongPyeong a while ago. I even paid the membership fee for manager hyungs and brought them along. It would be great if all of us can go for the Tokyo performance but I guess it would be difficult so it’s really a pity.

How about Kang DongHo who joined the group much later?

Not just DongHo hyung, please be good to all the hyungs. If you look at YooJun (Jang YooJun, actor who acts as Lee Yul in musical ‘Goong’) and me, please feel extremely good. Looking at both of us while we are eating, hyungs would go “Feels pleased if I look at KyuJong, I want to teach YooJun(?)”. Haha

In the release of the scene, KyuJong is the person who got the first kiss of Choi YeSeul.

(Quite seriously) Actually I am really curious. Is that real? YeSeul is actually quite talented. She dances, sings and acts well. Her character is also bright and bubbly. Initially she was extremely shy, but in the ending scene in the Kyoto performance, she jumped and kissed me. It should have ended beautifully like in a comic but it didn’t so it was fun. (laughs) “Made mistake in musical stage, returned home and cried terribly.”

Watched the performance before our interview. Was it a mistake in the middle of performance? Too mischievous?

No. (Kim KyuJong shook his head violently and replied) It really wasn’t a joke that day. I was only concerned with my own part, so I didn’t know. After the performance, when we gathered and talked, everyone told me I made a mistake. I was really ashamed and said, “I guess I shouldn’t take up Tokyo performance”, but surprisingly there are many people who made mistakes. Jung DongHwa hyung said that was his first mistake in his life. (laugh) The performance was in fact nothing in particular but seems like the atmosphere was by far the best among the performances. I returned home and really cried hard. Because it was really a failure, the seniors who performed together told me that the more the body is tired, the more you have to relax and do it. In the next day’s performance, I relaxed and felt the difference. It’s a pity. Why did you watch the performance on that day. (laugh)


Anonymous said...

i'm so proud of you kyu jong....<3

Anonymous said...

Kyu Jong is not only soft & shy but sensitive. The entertainment industry is not meant for the faint- hearted. It is harsh demanding & unforgiving. KJ has to really toughen up to survive.
He is such a sweet fella I am afraid he could be hurt very often.

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Anonymous said...

is it just me, or is the interviewer of the last 2 articles kinda looking down on KJ? just the questions and comments are almost passive-aggressive. XP

also, i'm glad KJ got "Yesterday", because i think he makes it sound good, just as YS does "Let It Go". i hope B2M isn't just giving YS's rejected songs to KJ though. =/

poor KJ, so underrated even though he has so many talents that no one seems to notice. T_T i hope one day he will be listened to for his sweet emotional voice, watched for his great musical performances, and recognized as the best actor in SS501! (i cried for so long when i watched "Never Ending Love"! he was amazing, like i almost believed he was really dying!)

Anonymous said...

@8:39am, it is possible. I double b2m will treat kyu like YS before they find out his talent.
you know YS is known as good vocal in ss501. but kyu is underrated at that time, only have 2 lines to sing each time.
but it turn out surprised B2M, kyu's vocal is so powerful, of cause his debut solo album is so successful.

Anonymous said...

b2m has to realize, kyu will be the one to make the b2m name become well known to everyone.

Anonymous said...

i dont think b2m gave ys's rejected song to kyu - it sounded more like after ys recorded it, b2m said the song didnt suit him (maybe it was too sexy or something for saengies cute image) - kyu even said it sounded tacky
but then when kyu sang it and practiced the dance to it he started to like it - the song and dance suit kyus body more imo so it was prob the right choice

i dont think they look down on kyu - more like they realize kyu and saeng have diff charms and maybe being harsh to saeng by not letting him do this song and being harsh to kyu for forcing him to do this song was the right choice
both of them need to be forced to do things but ultimately the agency needs to use them to make money (as sad as that sounds)

danz said...

what made me attracted to Kyu is his good soul, he's such a nice person..i will keep on supporting as him as much as i can spiritually, physically and emotionally...he deserves my LOVE! :)

Anonymous said...

now b2m is getting happy to have kyu. it is there lucky to have him.
because his successful comeback, B2M's channel view have increasing sharply.
the subscriber have triple increased compare before.

sinthia said...

I love all Kyu's interview. =D

white said...

i like his interview ^ ^ hehe