Haha,,Kpop benar-benar sedang mewabah di Indonesia. Biasanya yang mengulas soal kpop adalah majalah-majalah remaja seperti GADIS, BINTANG, GO GIRL, GAUL, KAWANKU, dll. Tapi sekarang, bahkan majalah sekaliber JAKARTA POST pun mengulas tentang Kpop. Yaaa walaupun diulasnya hanya di Tabloid ‘Weekender’ mereka, yang memang kebanyakan memuat segala macam budaya populis, livestyle and entertainment. So here’s the article :
The Cute Quotient
The Sweet young men of K-pop have girls swooning
and their creators laughing all the way to the bank.
Why here, why now?
South Korea’s best-known export today is not pickled cabbage. Instead, it comes in a sleek, pretty package and suits the tastes of people across Asia-especially young women – and increasingly the world.
Move over, kimchi. Come on down, K-pop male idols. In the past few years, Indonesian teenage girls, like their peers across Asia and increasingly in Europe, have become devoted fans of Hallyu (Korean Wave) entertainers such as Choi Siwon of Super Junior, Kim Jaejong of JYJ (formerly a member of DBSK/TVXQ and many more.
Asian countries, especially Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, have turned out plenty of attractive young entertainers in the past, but these Korean men – stylish, well groomed and well built – fulfill a fantasy for young women of the very handsome boy next door.
According to psychologist Dewi Dewo, moviegoers want to see men who are good-looking but not intimidating.
“Why do sweet-looking boys sell? because the trend today is for them. Even young stars from the West are cute guys,” she says.
Tati Winarsih, the author of Seoulvivor, a book on K-pop hot spots in Seoul released late November, believes that it’s only natural for everybody to want to see “beautiful creatures”.
“These girls really love those pretty boys because despite their beautiful look, they are still able to show their macho side, their manly character. They aren’t effeminate despite their beauty,” she says, adding that reality shows have helped the stars to reveal their true selves to their fans.
The dramas also sell Korea. Most of the shows treat viewers to beautiful scenes of Korea’s main tourism sites. The dramas also perform wonders in advertising traditional Korean dishes such as kimchi and bibimbap.
Even UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, himself South Korean, has praised the Kpop stars, saying that, thanks to them, “Korea’s status was elevated”.
Brands of Brothers
It’s no surprise then, given the young men’s popularity and good looks, that some of them have been named brand ambassadors for South Korean cosmetics companies. Being beautiful is big business.
But apart from their beautiful faces and perfect skin, do these boys have another selling point?
“I admire their hard work. They are like the representative of Korea as a nation. They really work hard to achieve what they have become now. Other than that, they seems polite, creative and respect theit senior,” said Laksmi, a mother of two teenagers, who loves watching dramas from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Indeed, the artists udergo training – polishing their looks ad talens – for THREE TO SEVEN YEARS before they finally debut, depending on each individual’s talent.
Even after going through such intensive training – or maybe because of it – at times they forget their dance moves or lyrics. Siwon is an example. The 25-years-old once punched a wall, shocking his fellow Super Junior members, because he was angry with himself for forgetting his dance moves, as revealed in the Secret of Super Junior by Yu Kigoshi.
The comprehensive training system, according to SM Entertainment CEO Kim Young-Min, is the secret behind the success of K-pop. SM is currently the biggest entertainment agency in South Korea, with its stable of stars including DBSK, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and f(x).
“If a group concept is choosen, then the members start training their foreign languages, dancing and singing.” he was quoted as saying by Soompi.com. “I think the most important aspect of training is training a celebrity’s personality.”
“Creating” a superstar is not cheap enterprise. SM founder, Lee So-man, revealed how his agency spent 4 billion won (US$4 million) grooming the original five members of DBSK, according to chosun.
With its simple dance moves and catchy lyrics and melodies, K-pop has capture the heart of fans worldwide, bridging the language gap. Despite predictions that hallyu fever will fade soon, or gripes that the boys are all style and no substance, all signs show it is still going strong.
And those pretty boys still have what it take.
Itu tadi kurang lebih isi dari arikel yang di muat di Jakarta Post Weekender (For January 2012) by Primastuti Handayani. And sorry, berhubung artikelnya panjang dan gw adalah pecinta Super Junior, jadi artikelnya gw potong (cuma yang berkaitan sama k-pop dan Super unior doank yang gw tulis, yang berhubungan sama DBSK, Kim Hyun-joong atau pun JYP gx gw tulis,,hehehe).
Gw sebagai pecinta k-pop sering banget di olok-olok temen-temen gw karena gw menggilai Super Junior yang notabene BoyBand dengan member paling banyak di dunia. Padahal menurut gw gx ada yang salah sama boyband. Selama mereka punya skill dance and singing yang OK, gx ada salahnya mereka jadi idola yang di puja-puja banyak orang (baca : cewek). Tampang ganteng (tolong banget diinget kalo ganteng tuh relatif yaa,,menurut gw membernya Super Junior itu ganteng-ganteng. Terserah deh orang lain mau bilang apa?! hehe) itu cuma bonus. Dan mereka di training bertahun-tahun. sekali lagi gw tekankan. BERTAHUN-TAHUN. So, skill mereka gx di ragukan lagi. Soal suara boleh diadu sama penyanyi lain koq. Jadi jangan pikir mereka cuma bisa loncat-loncat sambil lipsync. 🙂
PS : Sorry pict na agak burem and gx enak di liat. Gw cuma pake camera HP soalnya, and tangan gw tremor. haha 😀