Want to be a K-pop star? Mind your manners, says Korean label head

5 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: Straits Times OnlinePHOTO: ONEVocal technique is not the most important thing that Korean label head Park Jin Young, better known as JYP, looks out for in potential singers.What he really wants to see are good manners.He explains: "Before all the fabulous skills one may carry, he or she first has to be a person who is genuine in his or her actions and be well-mannered in a suitable way. Then comes the skills to make that person a talent."Park, 40, is a judge for talent show Survival Audition K-pop Star, better known as K-pop Star. Season two premieres here tonight. The other two judges are Yang Hyun Suk, founder of YG Entertainment, and singer BoA from S.M. Entertainment.Their aim is to find the next K-pop sensation. After the winner is picked, he or she gets to choose which company to join, which can make things a little competitive among the judges.Park says: "We all desire to bring in talent, provide the best coaching, and the necessary education. So sometimes, yes, it does feel like a contest between the judges especially if all three of us have acommon interest in one person."The winner of K-pop Star Season 1, Park Ji Min, who impressed the judges with her soulful, powerful vocals, chose to sign with Park's label. JYP Entertainment, which he founded in 1997, is known for a music style that combines dance and soul. Other groups under the label include Wonder Girls, 2AM and 2PM.

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