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140925 Music & Lyrics: Orange Caramel and My Sushi are Dada!

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 8:28 PM


Music & Lyrics: Orange Caramel and My Sushi are Dada! Written by Alolika On September 24, 2014



What is Orange Caramel’s success mantra?


No matter how much one thinks about it, it is nearly impossible to pin down the core reason for Orange Caramel’s success. However, there is an abstract ‘something’ oiling their smooth running sub-unit career. Their music is nothing ground-breaking; their choreography is restricted to simple moves, and their fashion often garish. The general consensus is that OC is concept-oriented but honestly, what in the world is OC’s concept?

Magic girls? Fairytales? Ice-creams? Sushi? Or just…Weird?

They are not Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s postmodernist weird yet nor are theyVIXX’s gothic weird. They are bizarre yet not-so-bizarre. They are quintessentially K-pop yet radically deviate from contemporary K-pop so much so that they feel like a parody of K-pop. Given the plethora of means of executing a parody, OC has had to choose their tools of parody cleverly and it seems they have gone for two major modernist art movements – Surrealism and Dadaism.

Defining the movements in some key points is futile because they arose in a certain socio-political atmosphere responding to the modern man’s spiritual crisis. Now the movements have been appropriated and re-appropriated to fit the postmodernist worldview. A traditional implementation of surrealism and Dadaism would beT.O.P’s “Doom Dada” however OC, unlike the former’s mechanical understanding, constantly negotiates between the two ideologically and stylistically.

Of course, now if one goes back to “Magic Girl,” then my theory sounds completely superficial but the ‘OC style,’ if one could say that, emerged with “Lipstick.” Despite that one can still find traces of surrealism and Dadaism in their previous releases.

When the sexy members of Afterschool donned pink puffy dresses and huge bows in “Magic Girl” it created an odd disjunction between their images. While no one was deeply affected by the transition, there was a certain degree of shock that the total makeover induced. The more interesting thing was of course that both the images – maturity and infancy – existed simultaneously with the latter seeming to be purposely contrived. With its element of shock and paradox prevalent in the text and context, OC began their Dadaistic journey.

“Aing” is the perfect example of OC’s proto-surrealist, proto-Dadaist venture: it has all the key characteristics sans the finesse and negotiation developed in their later releases. Breakdown of language and communication is a major element in both the movements and the very title of the track – Aing – signifies nothing. Aing is no proper word in any language, it does not hold a specific meaning but it still fits perfectly into the song. In addition, the title has no relation whatsoever to the content of the song.


This breakdown of the signifier and the signified tangentially attacking the arbitrariness of K-pop MV titles draws a direct connection with the surrealist painting “The Treachery of Images” by René Magritte on which were written the lines “This is not a pipe” in French under the image of a pipe. “Aing” accomplishes that and more since the lyrics don’t match with the visual representation.

The MV mashes various fairytales into its narrative completely changing the roles of the protagonists. Snow White rides a broom, Red Riding Hood bites into the apple, and most importantly, Red Riding Hood is portrayed as a personal hero for the child. This creates chaos and fragmentation not only on the visual level but also on the narratorial level. Fairytales, which are often trusted narratives, are ripped apart, and their pieces randomly put together by OC all the while with a sweet smile on their faces. Surrealism invests itself in such bizarre representations and free associations. The line “An alarm goes off in my tear duct” is textbook surrealism as the textual, visual and performative is in a state of free play.

“Shanghai Romance” and “Lipstick” belong to the transitional phase of OC. Their videos have a ridiculous storyline, and their excessive make-up and bizarrely unique outfits show a complete disregard for traditional aesthetic pleasure and formal beauty. This should of course resonate with our sentiments on any K-pop group – ridiculous storyline, over-the-top visuals except they project themselves to be otherwise.

It’s with “Catallena” and “My Copycat” that OC finally comes to an agreement with their Dadaist and Surrealist inclinations. It is interesting to note that in both these MVs OC uses Dadaist methods to achieve a surrealist reality.

Dadaism comes from “Da Da Da” which is basically baby talk. So when Tristan Tzara says, “God and my toothbrush are Dada” he is conflating God with his toothbrush but equates them to baby talk rendering both of them meaningless and useless. This led to the rise of nonsense language where the modern man speaks nothing but an incoherent rambling of “Da Da Da.”

OC does the same in “Catallena” except quite consciously. Not even in our wildest dreams could we consider “Catallena” a song about immature and choosy people being likeable despite their flaws.

There is already a paradox and a breakdown of language in place which gets intensified by the lines:

“Jutti meri oye hoye hoye/ Paula mera oye hoye hoye”

This line, like baby talk, does not make any sense in the video. The line is talking about shoes, the girls seem to be talking about sushi but the song is actually about choosy people – total breakdown and absolute irrationality. But it still makes sense simply because it sells itself as nonsense. We enjoy the nonsense because it attempts to be nonsense. The video propagates a love for the insanities of a world-gone-mad and we take part in it simply because all of us enjoy the celebration of the irrational, the insane, and the nonsensical because it is the finest form of escapism, something Surrealism has been accused of since its inception.

Dadaists see excessive rationalism as part of man’s downfall. They absolutely loathe universal meanings and revel in chaos, conflict and multiplicity, which is pretty much “Catallena” in a nutshell because none of us can say with total confidence that this is the meaning of “Catallena.” Are the girls sushi? Are they mermaids? Are they customers? Are they even representative?

This multiplicity of meanings and roles that OC adopts in the MV can also refer to human psyche in flux. Dadaists and Surrealists often delved into psychoanalysis and strongly advocated that omnipotence of dreams. They tried to represent the same in their art by either juxtaposing contradictory objects to create jarring harmony or by playing around with shapes, sizes and numbers.

The latter leads me to OC’s recent release “My Copycat.” The Dadaist preoccupation with playful and humorous content is visible in the interactive video. Claiming that there can be no normative aesthetic experience, no final truth, the ‘Where’s Waldo? /Spot the Difference’ concept complicates meaning making. Simply put in the two pictures shown by OC in various frames which picture acts as the image of reference, the ‘correct’ image based on which we find the ‘differences’?

In the same way, finding the ‘real’ OC among the mass of similarly dressed people questions the existence of a singular reality and also questions the existence of facts. Just because I tell you X is a woman, wears orange clothes and has brown hair does not guarantee your finding X because in a crowd, and world at large, we mostly work by elimination. Y and Z don’t have brown hair so X must be this one. We criticize an MV by saying it lacked in certain areas but inversely, OC is defined by the existence of others’ lacks. The lack of creativity, imagination, madness, fun in other K-pop MVs is compensated for in OC’s MVs by taking the lack to satiric heights, to surreal levels.

While trasngressive Dadaists elements are present in it, it ultimately aims for restorative surrealism which is why while it looks weird, it does not scream weird like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu because at the end of the day it wishes to work within the system while subverting it. It is not quite anti-art – anti-K-pop in this case – like Dadaism but it does want to overturn traditional bourgeoisie notions of art – traditional notions of K-pop such as boxed MVs – like Surrealism.

Orange Caramel is all fun and entertainment but it also provides enough space for analysis like this. In addition, it also provides subversive forms of femininities, stands as a fertile example of understanding the sudden trend of repetitious music, and drags our attention to the importance of costumes and accessories in K-pop simply because it doesn’t conform to traditional systems and obfuscates aural and visual reality. The existence of such a space of various symbolic interpretations without demeaning the literal could just be the hidden secret to Orange Caramel’s success.

140919 Nana, Lee Gook Joo, and Heo Youngji to Use the Triple in “Roommate 2,” the Guys Have a Pajama Party Night

Written By Kim Regina on Friday, September 19, 2014 | 11:55 PM


On September 19, the production team behind SBS’ “Roommate 2” revealed that comedienne Lee Gook Joo, After School’s Nana, and KARA’s Heo Young Jiwill be roommates. They will take residence in the triple room of the house. Earlier the same day, they also revealed two other pairs—Park Joon Hyung and Otani Ryohei, and Girls’ Generation’s Sunny and actress Bae Jong Ok.

Lee Gook Joo has been gaining much popularity through “Comedy Big League” and various variety programs. Nana, on the other hand, has been busy promotingOrange Caramel across Asia. Heo Youngji has received many compliments as the newest addition to KARA. The three are among the trendiest stars of late, and fans are anticipating what kind of chemistry they would bring to the show. According to accounts from the set, the individual charms of the trio made it hard to believe that the show comprised of new and old members.


In other news, g.o.d’s Park Joon Hyung uploaded another “Roommate” photo onto his personal Instagram on September 18. He captioned it with, “Late night snacks and gossip with the guys is the best! ^^ g.o.d, Jo Se Ho, Lee Dong Wook, Otani Ryohei, Park Min Woo.”

In the released photo, the male members of “Roommate” are all dressed comfortably in their pajamas and enjoying a late night party with snacks. They all seem happy and well-acquainted with one another.

Meanwhile, the second season of “Roommate” will kick off this coming Sunday, September 21. You can read more about the other cast members here:

“Roommate 2” Pairs Revealed—Park Joon Hyung-Otani Ryohei and Sunny-Bae Jong Ok to Be Roommates


Director of “Roommate 2″: “New Members Are Completely Unpredictable”

New Cast Members of “Roommate” Season Two Officially Introduced on the Show

What do you guys think of the new lineup?

140919 Nana & Lee Soohyuk model for Nylon Magazine


After School”s Nana and actor Lee Soo Hyuk graces the October issue of Nylon Magazine.

Check out their photos below:

140825 Nana confesses she forgets her phone 10 times a day

Written By Kim Regina on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | 12:42 AM


Nana reveals to be a forgetful person in a recent radio.

Orange Caramel made their guest appearance on SBS Power FM “Choi Hwa Jung”s Power Time” radio on August 25th. During the radio, Nana was pointed out as the most forgetful member.

She said,”It”s a really serious problem, I lose my phones for more than 10 times a day. I can”t remember the place I put it”. She continued,”The behavior is like old mother. Once I even put my phone in the refrigerator, I tried to search for it all day but couldn”t find it, then I thought it might be in the refrigerator and it really was there”.

Orange Caramel also revealed it costs 800,000 won to make one piece of their costumes.


140820 Can You Spot Orange Caramel in “My Copycat?”

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 4:19 AM


Creativity is never absent in an Orange Caramel release. They always seem to have a unique concept at hand, and this time it involves the ‘hidden catch’. How this works is at the top of some split framed scenes, the viewer sees a number. This is an enumeration of the amount of differences between the two on screen images. In this interactive MV, the girls have really outdone themselves with how much detail is packed into three and a half minutes. “My Copycat” is full of energy. Even with a great song, this scan and search video takes the cake for its inventiveness with many Easter eggs littered about the well put together series of images. Even if their original group After School isn’t putting out any new material, Orange Caramel seems to be making a bigger name for themselves these days. This is their second single of the year, and they may actually find even more esteem for this creative piece of work.


The game is simple. The girls each have their own solo scenes, but if you think you are seeing double, then you aren’t mistaken. The images are not mirrored or mere duplicates of one another. They are similar enough, but the viewer’s job is to spot the subtle differences (or not so subtle) that sprinkled about here and there. The scope and extreme attention to detail really flesh out how to make a simple concept exceptional. Things from shadows, animals, clothing, etc add to the fun.



At first listen, the song is reminiscent of “Lipstick.” The intro has a horn refrain punctuated with a 90s Eurodance beat that is an earworm. The song is the definition of an Orange Caramel release. They have carved out a signature sound with their history of releases. This fits in nicely among their cuter discography and their upbeat dance pop sound. The choruses include a stomp/clap lead up that is made to rouse an audience to get up and move. The lyrics are about a fed up person who tells their lover that love isn’t difficult. They tell their lover to follow them in expressing their love:

“Is love supposed to be this difficult?

Do it like me.

It’s not as hard as you think.”

The outfits in this video are also clever. The prints for each member’s individual scenes add a flair to colors of the MV and help to distinguish each member in their solo scenes. At one point, the clothing also becomes a detail that is different when the viewers are asked to spot the difference. Also, when they are together as a group, they wear a dress with an image of a woman’s figure wearing lingerie. They paired this with a very large pink feathered head wear. I am not entirely sure if they were trying to send a different message with this get up, but the image and headwear were a call to the can-can dancer which the song’s beat could also have derived from. In their clothing alone, they are able to express another way of copying that is layered within a video about spotting the difference among a variety of apparent copies of images.


Adding even more depth to this game is the major crowd scenes. There are two big ones where the text asks the audience to find Raina, Lizzy, and Nana. This happens firstly during an all orange outfitted scene. The video is zoomed out and there is a lot of folks scattered about all dressed in orange. I’m not sure if anyone did spot the girls because of how zoomed out the image is (if you did, leave a comment down below). When I first came to this part in the video, I immediately thought of the Where’s Waldo (also known as Where’s Wally?). To my surprise the homage to this concept is also present in the video in the next group scene where the text asks the viewers to find the girls. The girls and a massive group of people are all dressed in the iconic red striped shirt and blue pants. It’s a replica of the concept in video form, and it is a fun way to explore this idea of the copycat.

One last major element is the dance. It is catchy and interactive – something that has become a trait of the group. The chorus is simplistic, but the finger dance at the start was something I wouldn’t mind learning. The ladies make it look extremely fun to do and with the big group scenes, the dance takes on a life of its own. It becomes something easy for the masses to take up and dance to and looks fun to do. Also, I enjoyed the parts where Orange Caramel would integrate lyrics in their choreography. The push and pull section as well as the hand holding parts seem arbitrary at first, but as they are done in conjunction with the lyrics become more playful than first anticipated.

Orange Caramel have become one of my favorite groups with their last few releases. The combination of their unique characters, detailed videos, catchy songs, and fun performances have crafted a group that has become more novel than cliché. This latest video exceeded my expectations once again because of how much life their concepts can take. Every detail seems to serve a purpose in the MV. Even the animals (the chameleon was a nice touch) play a greater role than serving merely as a background prop. Overall, a catchy (if not familiar) song paired with a video that is clever, excellent, and full of fun things for fans and viewers to look out for.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Were you able to find all the differences during the split screens? Did you spot the celebrity cameos? Could you find Orange Caramel in the large crowd sequences?

(Pledis Entertainment, YouTube [1], Lyrics via Pop!gasa)

140820 Raina and Lizzy talk about Orange Caramel”s new concept + After School activities

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | 2:06 AM


The girls have been gaining quite a bit of attention with their unique “Find Orange Caramel” concept for their album, which has been designed to be a more interactive game experience for fans as they have to look for the hidden members and scenes in the MV.

When asked about this unique idea, Raina said, “This album concept was not actually our own idea,” Lizzy added, “The MV director and others gave us far more superior ideas than we came up with. We are grateful they were able to create a lot of attention for us.”

As there have been an abundance of Orange Caramel activities but not so much from After School, DJ Kim Chang Ryul said, “It feels like After School is laying low.” Raina said in response, “I don”t think a new album for After School will come out this year unless a good song comes along. The After School unnis cheer on Orange Caramel”s promotions. They like that Orange Caramel release a lot of albums unlike other units. Jung Ah unni will also follow along with our song.”

140820 Orange Caramel Signs Agreement with DreamWorks for Use of “Where’s Waldo?”


In order to show a more unique performance, the three-member girl group Orange Caramel partnered up with the worldwide animation studio, DreamWorks.

Recently, the group released their fourth single, “My Copycat,” and has resumed their activities. Currently, the girls are preparing a performance that contains animated and game-like elements. They have included elements from “Where’s Waldo?” and “Spot the Difference.”

The group’s agency, Pledis Entertainment, informed that in order to use the “Where’s Waldo?” brand, they contacted Dreamworks. “Where’s Waldo?” is one of the classic character that belongs to Dreamworks and they have signed the agreement for it.

According to Pledis Entertainment, they said, “Since Orange Caramel is becoming popular, not only in Korea, but worldwide, we decided to do an official collaboration for their global promotion and to be an example of obtaining copyright.”

Orange Caramel released “My Copycat” on August 18 and will have their first performance on August 22 on KBS2’s “Music Bank.”

140816 Happy birthday to After School”s E-young


Stage Name: E-Young Birth Name: Noh Yiyoung Birthday: August 16, 1992Label: Pledis entertainment Group: After School/ After School Blue Joined group: 2011 Position: Vocalist Height: 167 cm Weight: 45 kg Star Sign: LeoTwitter: @Eyoung0816
- She can play the guitar, piano, cello, bass and drums among a few other instruments

140820 Happy birthday to After School”s Kaeun


Stage Name: Kaeun Birth Name: Lee Ga Eun Nickname: Bagel GirlBirthday: August 20, 1994 Label: Pledis entertainment Group: After SchoolPosition: Vocalist, Maknae Height: 168 cm Weight: 48 kg Blood Type: ABStar Sign: Leo Specialty: Japanese, Vocals



140812 Orange Caramel Shows Off Cutesy Dance Moves in “My Copycat” MV Teaser

Written By Kim Regina on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 10:58 PM


After School subunit Orange Caramel has released quite an unique teaser for their upcoming music video and comeback, “My Copycat“!

In the teaser, the members – Raina, Nana, and Lizzy – practice their dance movies in a studio-like setting. As a nursery-rhyme sounding theme plays in the background, the ladies prance around the room, jumping and dancing along to the cheerful music.

Orange Caramel is well-loved for their quirky concepts, and will each be donning a cartoon persona for their upcoming fourth single. “My Copycat” will be released on August 18

140813 Orange Caramel offers mini game “Where”s Orange Caramel” in MV teaser for “My Copycat”


The short clip shows a mini “orange” town with crowd wearing orange t-shirts. It has ticket cabin, phone booth, tent, and more.

It also serves as an interesting mini game for fans as they try to look for Nana, Raina, and Lizzy among the crowd. Try the game!

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140807 Nana spotted competing on the upcoming Chinese fashion survival show “Muse Dress”

Written By Kim Regina on Saturday, August 9, 2014 | 2:55 AM


The normally happy-go-lucky Nana showed a more serious side for the upcoming Chinese fashion survival show “Muse Dress”!

Nana was seen hard at work in a still from the show”s Weibo and showed that she”s not called a fashionista for no reason with her surprising sewing skills.

According to her agency, Nana is also receiving love calls from China as an up and coming blue chip in endorsements.

“Muse Dress” is set to premiere on the 23rd!

140808 Orange Caramel Poses as Cleaning Ladies for New Teaser Image


Girl group Orange Caramel has released a group teaser photo ahead of the act’s forthcoming comeback with the release, “Do as I Do.”

The image, which may take some fans by surprise, shows the girls looking tired and wearing matching yellow aprons and white hair nets, while holding mops and brushes. It is certainly not the look that most supporters of the group would expect from the musical trio, but the girls have proved with their previous releases that they are capable of all sorts of quirky surprises, particularly with their outfits.


Individual images released earlier took a completely different tack, showing the girls smiling and posing with bananas and pink flamingoes against a colorful background.

“Do as I Do” will be released on August 18, and is the After School subunit’s first release since “Catallena,” which dropped in March this year.

140808 UEE faces cruel reality by cooking her friend Mary in “Laws of the Jungle”


The sole female member After School UEE has to experienced the cruel reality of survival at the very first night of her lone expedition.


As the night falls and hunger strikes upon UEE, she has left with no choice but to cook her only companion, a quail which she named Mary, that given to her by Kim Byung Man. During the broadcast, UEE has a sorrowful expression while cleaning and preparing Mary to be cooked.

Lying in front of her is a dead Mary, warm-hearted UEE commented, “Now you”re not my friend, but a quail,” expressing her sadness over her decision.

140723 After School’s E-Young and Ka Eun and NU’EST’s Min Hyun Cameo on “Trot Lovers”

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 1:53 AM


After School’s E-Young and Ka Eun, along with NU’EST’s Min Hyun, had a surprise cameo in KBS2′s Monday-Tuesday drama “Trot Lovers” (aka ”Lovers of Music“).

In episode 10 of “Lovers of Music” that broadcast on July 22, After School’s E-Young and Ka Eun, and NU’EST’s Min Hyun appeared on “Music Tank” ( a parody of KBS’ “Music Bank”) as the MCs.

E-Young, Ka Eun, and Min Hyun perfectly played the roles of MCs of a music program, leaving an impression with the viewers. As the three are actual singers, they portrayed the characteristics of a music program well, so their surprise appearance caught the attention of the viewers.

Meanwhile, the cameo that caught the most attention was Min Hyun’s, as NU’EST released their first official album, “NU’EST The First Album [Re:BIRTH],”and are promoting it actively.

140720 Uee Feels Sorry for Causing Others to Worry Over Her Injury on “Law of the Jungle: Indian Ocean”

Written By Kim Regina on Monday, July 21, 2014 | 2:29 AM


After School‘s Uee has left a lasting impression on the viewers of “Law of the Jungle: Indian Ocean” with her courageous and considerate nature.

As previously reported, Uee was searching for food with the cast when she was hit by a large wave, causing her to fall down and hit her head against a rock. She suffered a head injury, and an open wound in her scalp begun bleeding heavily. Although she received first aid immediately after the accident, the deep cut caused others to constantly worry over Uee and her health.

Although the cast was surprised and worried over the sudden injury, Uee continued to smile and stayed strong even while receiving a shot to treat her wound. Feeling sorry for causing others to worry, Uee shed a few tears after returning to the base camp.

140720 Orange Caramel to make a surprise comeback this August


Orange Caramel is gearing up for another comeback this year.

According to an official from the music industry, Orange Caramel is working on a new song and preparing for their comeback which is set to be this August. They are already done discussing about the new concept and choreography and are currently progressing with the new music video.

Since Orange Caramel previously released “Catallena” last May and it achieved a great success so many fans are also very excited for this comeback.

140720 UEE gets injured on her head on “Laws of the Jungle”


On the latest episode of SBS ‘Law of Jungle in the Indian Ocean’ aired on July 18th, After School”s Uee got a major injury on her head and underwent an emergency surgery for the wound.
On that day, while ‘Byungman family’ (Kim Byung Man, Uee, Kim Seung Soo, Kang Ji Sub, Park Hee Soon, Niel, and James) were standing on the cliff to enjoy the view of a beautiful ocean, suddenly a big wave slammed onto the cliff made Uee fell down and her head hit the rock. The casts were shocked to find Uee lying unconscious and they stopped filming right away. 


After the doctor checked on her wound, Uee got stitches for her head and shoulder injury. James and Kang Ji Sub were moved to tears for worrying her.
In the interview after the accident, Uee showed tears saying “I felt as if I were floating in the air, and felt blank. It was fine to get wound, but I felt sorry for members worrying me. It feels bad to make people worry”.
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140721 ZE:A”s Hyungsik dishes on what it was like to kiss Kahi


 ZE:A“s Hyungsik talked about his romantic kiss scene with Kahi!

Acting together for the musical “Bonnie and Clyde“, the two idols portrayed a romantic love interest, but Hyungsik said that the romance didn”t manifest itself in real life. “Honestly, when I was doing it, I didn”t feel any emotion at all,” he said during an interview on “Section TV“.


“Instead of thinking about the kiss, I”m focused on thinking about what emotions I should portray, so I don”t have the time to think about anything else,” he said. “I just did my best.”

Despite his focus, however, Hyungsik revealed he still made mistakes! “Once, I was singing and I forgot my lyrics onstage. It”s a really huge mistake,” he said. “I got really punished for that backstage.”

140721 After School’s Nana Cries on “Roommate” Following Cast’s Encouraging Words


After School‘s Nana cried following a group discussion that happened on the recent episode of “Roommate.”

On that day, after dinner, fellow roommate of the show Jo Se Ho said “I’m both thankful and feel sorry for Nana because she really is delightful around us but it is being misrepresented to the audience and they feel like she is being impolite to us.”


Shin Sung Woo added, “Nana acts as the energy for us. Nana is so energetic. You are Roommate’s flower.” Jo Se Ho then said, “It’s because I like you…”

Following their comments, Nana cried and said, “Thank you so much.” Shin Sung Woo and Jo Se Ho replied, “You are so cute and so precious. We’ll act as better brothers for you from now on.”

140721 Nana makes a promise to viewers before bungee jumping on “Roommate”


After School“s Nana dished out her heart before jumping off a bungee tower on “Roommate“!


“I have something I want to say to our viewers,” she began, looking down from a dizzying height. “I”m always trying my hardest. It”s true that there have been misunderstandings and that they were my fault, so please look forward to a new beginning.”

Following this heart-to-heart, she made the viewers scream as she jumped from the top in what was both a metaphorical and physical leap!

140712 After School’s Uee Shows Her Pilates Workout on “Law of the Jungle”

Written By Kim Regina on Sunday, July 13, 2014 | 9:53 PM


The first episode of SBS’ variety show “Law of the Jungle’s” Indian Ocean special, featuring After School’s Uee, Teen Top’s Niel, Royal Pirates’ James, and more, was aired on July 11.

During the broadcast, Uee showed viewers a part of her everyday life and shared, “I don’t really know how to have fun on my days off, so I wake up around 6 AM and go to pilates at 7 AM.”


Then, Uee displayed how she goes about doing her pilates workout. She has been drawing attention for the way she successfully pulls off difficult pilates movements, as well as her extremely flexible and toned figure.

The After School member also made an honest confession, “When I have a schedule, I do it, but when I don’t [have a schedule], I really just stay at home. I don’t wash up for about two days and stay at home. I’m a homebody.”

140713 Orange Caramel performs on ‘Immortal Song 2′


Orange Caramel sang on July 12th episode of ‘Immortal Song 2.’

Netizens have positive reactions with what they saw, and root for their own idol. One complimented Lizzy and said, “Lizzy voice is lovely went rap and had her solo high notes :3 lov u lizzy”

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140714 At 52 kgs, After School’s Nana Reveals She Has Gained Weight on “Roommate”


On the July 13 broadcast of the SBS variety program, “Roommate,” the roommates had the chance to step on the scale and reveal their weight.

After roommates Park Min Woo and Seo Kang Joon checked how they fared on the scale, comedian Jo Se Ho who couldn’t help but be curious of Nana‘s weight also asked the singer to step on the scale. “I gained some weight lately,” said theAfter School member as she stepped on the scale.

To the roommates’ surprise, Nana weighed a mere 52 kgs (115 lbs); however, the latter was disappointed to confirm her assumption that she gained weight. Park Bom chimed in, “I (weigh) more than that,” and suggested, “What shall we do if it goes past that (Nana’s weight)? Let’s have some sort of gift,” making the roommates laugh.

Meanwhile, Jo Se Ho who has started on his diet revealed that he weighs 85 kg. “I will lose 10 kg,” he promised.

140714 Find out Nana’s real weight on ‘Roommate’!


After School“s Nana is famous for her svelte figure, but how much does she tip the scales? Viewers got to find out on the latest episode of “Roommate“!

The roommates took turns measuring their weight. Nana was nervous before her turn, saying, “I”ve gained weight recently,” before stepping on the scale.

As she waited with bated breath, the scale returned a number of 52 kilograms – about 114 pounds. “I put on some weight,” she said, distressed.


However, fellow roommate Park Bom reassured her that it was normal. “I weigh above that,” she said, soothing the fellow idol.

What do you think – is that a healthy weight, or could Nana stand to lose or gain a couple pounds?

140712 UEE confesses to being a homebody on first episode of ‘Laws of the Jungle’s Indian Ocean edition

Written By Kim Regina on Friday, July 11, 2014 | 7:20 PM


UEE revealed that she tended to stay home when she had no scheduled activities on the July 11 installment of SBS“s “Laws of the Jungle.”

In an interview with the production crew she said, “When I”m taking a break, I don”t know what to do to have fun. I wake up at six in the morning and go to pilates class at seven. If I have a set schedule, I just follow that schedule, but when there is no schedule, I just stay home. I just stay at home and wash up every two days; I”m somewhat of a.. a homebody?”


140711 Laws of the Jungle’s Niel, UEE, James, Park Hwi Sun and more hang out together


Seems like the cast of ‘Laws of the Jungle’ Indian Ocean Island are getting closer and even hang out together.

Teen Top Niel, After School UEE, Royal Pirates’ James, Park Hwi Sun, Kim Seung Soo, and Kang Ji Seob are seen dining out in group at Coreanos Kitchen.

Don’t forget to watch the first broadcast of their expedition tomorrow, July 11 at 10PM.

140711 Lizzy Takes A Picture With A Puppy In Her Practice Room


After School member Lizzy showed a photo she took with a dog in her practice room.

On July 8, Lizzy tweeted, “I”m hot and so is SsalDduk who is wearing a thick winter coat.”

In the three pictures Lizzy posted, Lizzy is wearing a black tanktop with a hat. The dog Lizzy took a picture with looked tired and hot eliciting laughter.

In response, people said, “Wow the doggy looks hot,” “Lizzy and the doggy are so cute,” and “Are you guys practicing for a song?”

Lizzy is currently actively performing with a unit group of After School, Orange Caramel with Nana and Raina.

140711 Orange Caramel reveal their initial thoughts on their unique group concept


It”s no question that After School”s sub-unit Orange Caramel has achieved success with their unique group concept, but the girls revealed that they took a risk in joining the group because of the chance of becoming a big failure.

During a recent filming of “M! Countdown“s “Girls, Girls, Girls” special, Orange Caramel were asked the question that has always been on fans” minds, “Your group color is very unique so did you sense that it would be a success from the start?”

Lizzy shared, “To be honest, we thought it would be either a “success or flop.” Either we release one album and quietly wrap up our [sub-unit] promotions or a lot of people like it. We thought there will be those who either love it or hate it.”

Raina also opened up about her hardship, “Although it was emotionally difficult to adjust to the [concept], now I am working harder than anyone else.” Nanaalso shared that it”s a relief that she took part in Orange Caramel, “I think it was good that we did it.”

140709 Uee Reveals Her New Nickname On ‘Rules Of The Jungle’

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 3:32 AM


After School Uee revealed her new nickname.

At the SBS Mokdong parking lot, there was a special event for the Indian Ocean SBS “Rules of the Jungle.” Uee, Park Hwi Soon, TeenTop Niel, and Royal Pilots James attended the event.

Uee said, “I received a new nickname. It is not Bagle girl, but Beargle girl. I got used to the jungle so well that they called me Beargle girl.”

The girl Bagle girl was made for girls with baby faces but glamorous bodies. Beargle means bear and girl.

The summer special “Rules of the Jungle” will be on July 11.

140705 After School to share their beauty secrets through a special beauty class

Written By Kim Regina on Sunday, July 6, 2014 | 9:30 PM


After School will be holding a special beauty class!

The girls changed into beauty editors through their KBSW show “After School”s Beauty Bible“, and they”ve prepared a special beauty class! The class will be in lecture format, and it won”t be just the After School girls lecturing. They”re going to be working with experts in all aspects of beauty and talking about all the information they”ve been looking at through their show. Both the experts and the After School girls are going to be talking about their own know-hows and secrets to beauty.

All fans have to do is take a photo of a bus promoting show and tweet about it or post it on Facebook. Ten lucky fans will be able to bring a friend, and all 20 of the participants will be able to get gifts that are work 100,000 KRW (approximately $99 USD).

How would you like to get styling tips from After School?

140705 ‘Laws of the Jungle’ releases R-19 preview of Niel, UEE, and James in Indian Ocean Islands

Written By Kim Regina on Friday, July 4, 2014 | 7:35 PM


You’re curious too, aren’t you?

It seems like the upcoming expedition in Indian Ocean Islands has turned ‘Laws of the Jungle’ into provocative yet hilarious show-off of its new members.

A preview released by SBS is surprisingly rated-19. They’ve just decided right because idol members Teen Top Niel, After School UEE, and Royal Pirates James have gone stripping for their first adventure.

The preview below won’t be enough so don’t miss the premiere broadcast of the new expedition on July 11 at 10PM.

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140703 Ex-After School Members Kahi and Bekah Reunite for a Happy Photo

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, July 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Solo star Kahi has posted a photograph with fellow former After School band mateBekah. The picture was uploaded to Kahi’s Instagram account on June 1 with the caption, “My Love. Finally we met. Love you forever.”


Bekah was one of the five original members of After School, along with Kahi, the former leader of the girl group. The group made their debut with the single album “New Schoolgirl” in January 2009, including the Brave Brothers-produced track “AH.”

In 2011, Bekah announced that she would be leaving the group in order to pursue a career in design, and moved to Hawaii. About a year later, Kahi also left the group, though she has continued to release music as a solo artist.

Kahi’s most recent release was the extended play “It’s Me,” while over a year has passed since After School had a hit with “First Love.”

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