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Tragedy has once again struck the Korean pop music scene.
Seo Minwoo, a member of beloved boy band 100%, was found dead inside his home on March 25, according to a statement by the group’s label, TOP Media.
He was 33 years old.
No official cause of death has been announced by the coroner.
However, this label says Minwoo went into cardiac arrest prior to passing away.
“His family, the 100% members, and the TOP Media artists and staff members are all grief-stricken and in mourning from the unexpected, sad news,” TOP Media wrote on their website in Korean.
This same statement added that Minwoo’s funeral “will be held quietly according to the will of the family.”
Elsewhere, the artist’s now-former bandmate, Changbum, paid tribute to the late musician on Instagram Monday.
“I hope you are comfortable in the sky,” reads the translated caption, which accompanies a photo of Seo and which concludes as follows:
“I want you to be a bright star and shine on this world.”
The boy band made its debut in 2012.
Two years later, Minwoo (who was actually an actor before he was a singer) took a break from music in order to complete his two-year mandatory military service.
Pretty admirable, right?
As you can see below, there’s been an outpouring of sadness, shock and support on social media in the wake of this tragic news.
“Seo Minwoo is my life mentor. He gave up everything for 100% and perfection,” Tweeted one fan, adding:
“Words are not enough to describe how great of a person he is. How lovely, caring and talented he is. Seo Minwoo, my king… I love you.
“Seo Minwoo, you were, and still are, so inspirational to me. You were so funny, talented, handsome, sweet, caring, I could go on forever.
“You did so much for 100% and I’m so thankful they had you as their leader. I will never forget you and I will forever love you!”
The group has current shows scheduled for April 21 and April 30.
It’s unclear at the moment whether they will keep these as planned.
This is the second death to rock the K-Pop world in the last few months.
As previously reported in December, Kim Jong-hyun (better known by the stage name Jonghyun) of the group SHINee was discovered in his apartment in Seoul and pronounced dead at a hospital.
He was only 27 years old and is believed to have committed suicide.
No such thoughts are associated with Seo Minwoo, however.
Our thoughts go out to his family members, friends and loved ones.
May he rest in peace.
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Is it just us or has the addition of Kelly Clarkson given The Voice a new lease on life? All shows go through testing times at one point or another.
The last few seasons of The Voice have just been there, with little in the way of exciting performers that make lasting impressions.
But there’s something about the addition of Kelly that’s making the feedback considerably more constructive and beneficial to the performers.
Could it be down to the fact that she came from American Idol and knew what it was like to be on the other side of the stage?
It is hilarious that ABC tried to poach her for American Idol, which, by the way, has actually been a fun revival.
Let’s break down the next three battles that took place on Tuesday night’s episode of this NBC juggernaut.
Team Kelly: Jorge Eduardo vs. Amber Sauer – “Starving”
Kelly paired these two because she felt like they showed the most passion for their singing, and that would make for the fairest battle of the entire series.
Some coaches pair two polar opposites together, and it comes across as unfair. Maybe that’s why the process is still very flawed after all these years.
Jorge decided to surprise Kelly by adding a new section into the hit song, and it was needed. It set him above Amber, but if he hadn’t added that part, it would have been too difficult to call who was going to win.
Amber still sang like a pro, but she never managed to upstage Jorge, and that’s why she never got to stay on the team. The biggest shocker was that there was no steal.
Team Adam: Reid Umstattd vs. Davison – “Love On the Brain”
This pair went with the Rihanna hit, and it was a solid, but unspectacular performance. The good thing was that it was fair to put them together.
Because neither of them was better than the other, it made it difficult for Adam to pick which of them to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Team Alicia: Kelsea Johnson vs. Jordyn Simone – “Don’t Let Go”
This one was a real head-scratcher. Both performances were poised to be the best of the night, but they both had their fair share of flaws.
They both shouted their way through the performance, and it made it difficult to tell who was singing. It was a disappointing performance.
Winner: Kelsea Johnson
Steal: Jordyn Simone to Team Adam
Despite Adam struggling to find some decent performers at the auditions, he has been building up a solid team through the steals.
What did you think of the episode?
The Voice continues Monday on NBC.
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Katy Perry kissed a boy on the American Idol premiere this past Sunday night…
… and he didn’t like it.
On the season premiere of the rebooted American Idol, the popular singer and this season’s lead judge greeted 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze with a playful peck on the lips.
She did so after Glaze told the panel that he had never kissed anyone before.
The episode was filmed in October, but did not air until this week — and the quick spit swap seemed like a harmless exchange of bodily fluids at the time.
But then Glaze spoke to The New York Times a couple days later and…
“I was a tad bit uncomfortable,” he said. “I wanted to save it for my first relationship. I wanted it to be special.”
Benjamin works as a a cashier in Enid, Oklahoma and explained that he comes from a conservative background.
He has been keeping his lips to himself on purpose and then Perry came along and simply laid one on him.
Added the aspiring artist in this interview:
“Would I have done it if she said, ‘Would you kiss me?’ No, I would have said no.
“I know a lot of guys would be like, ‘Heck yeah!’ But for me, I was raised in a conservative family and I was uncomfortable immediately. I wanted my first kiss to be special.”
Even prior to these quotes going viral, Perry had been criticized harshly by insiders who basically alleged she has no clue what to do or say as a judge.
The unwanted kiss took place after Glaze entered the audition room and judge Luke Bryan mentioned Perry’s 2008 track “I Kissed a Girl,” asking:
“Have you kissed a girl and liked it?”
Pretty weird thing to bring up, right?
Producers clearly were aware of Glaze’s background and told Bryan to touch on it.
Glaze said he had never gotten to first base and added:
“I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.”
Perry proceeded to call the teen over and he gave Perry a peck on the cheek… prior to her pulling him close for one on the lips.
The singer, it should be mentioned, did NOT earn a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.
But it should also now be mentioned that Glaze penned a lengthy message on Instagram to clarify his stance on this surprising scandal.
“I am not complaining about the kiss from Katy Perry at all,” he wrote Wednesday afternoon, adding in detail:
“The way certain articles are worded is not done by me and my true intentions are not accurately represented in every article you read about the situation.
“I am not complaining about the kiss I am very honored and thankful to be apart of American Idol the main purpose for the show is to find stars and new music artist.
“I do wish i would have performed better in the moment.
“I should have picked another song to sing and calmed myself down regardless of the kiss i should have been able to perform under pressure.”
The singer continued:
I do not think i was sexually harassed by Katy Perry and i am thankful for the judges comments and critiques.
I was uncomfortable in a sense of how i have never been kissed before and was not expecting it.
You can read Glaze’s full commentary above.
What do you think of this unwanted kiss?
Did Perry cross a line? Would it be an even bigger deal if genders were reversed and a male judge swooped in to kiss a female contestant?
Also: Why the heck did ABC bring back American Idol?!?
Hadn’t it been well established years ago that the franchise was very long past its prime?!?