As promised, part two of the new, up and coming boy band series is here! A few posts back I already introduced B2ST, see here: Calling all boys, boys in KPOP please! But the boys are slated to debut on October 6!! And that’s like, what, less than a week from now! Anyone excited? So! To hype up our anticipation, here are more picspam/ trivia about the group.
Why semi-rookie? At least most of the members came from former groups and former companies, and one already had debuted as a solo artist. So it’s pretty interesting to see how their chemistry works! Netizens are anticipating how they have improved from their former activities and what new stunt they’ll pull next.
B2ST. At first glance it would seem like it’s a weird way of spelling “Best” but the group’s name is actually pronounced ‘Beast’ because 2 = ‘ee’ in Korean. It’s similar to how Jewelry’s song is spelled as “Vari2ty.” Anyways, we’ll just have to wait for their own explanation. Geez, I’m all for creative names and stuff but MBLAQ? And now, B2ST? Same goes for f(x), the whole T-ARA/TIARA confusion, HaM (?!!!), JQT, and the DSP girl group that’s in the works—RAINBOW. I say WTF!! Wonder what their fanclub names will be!
Anyway, enough rant. I can’t get over how the guy beside AJ looks eerily like G-Dragon especially with his cap swooshed to the side like that and with his trademark scarf. I’m like, heyyy GD crossed over to another group! LOL. I’m not complaining. There ain’t enough GD to get around. The more the merrier, right?
The guy in question is Son Dong Woon, who, from angles look like a mixed breed of Taemin, Donghae and GD. It’s like he won the genetic lottery! *shameless bias here*
Speaking of GD, I love his style Lies era here:
Anyway, sorry I got sidetracked! More on Dong Woon later!
B2ST was introduced through a reality show called Boys Search to the Top (which is also another explanation to their name), in MTV just like 4minute who’s in the same company as they are. It’s a pretty good strategy, very much like how JYP promotes his groups with “making of,” training and behind-the-scenes TV.
Let’s get to know more about the members!
Yoon Doo Joon, born 1989.7.4
He’s a JYP trainee who was part of the reality show “Hot Blood,” a boot camp army style training that JYP the tyrant has designed for the boys. He trained with OneDay (2AM and 2PM), but unfortunately he got “cut” by the end of the show. However, the concept of being “cut” does not mean being kicked out. It only meant that he will debut at a later time. His vocals are good though, I’ve seen him perform with Jo Kwon and Seul Ong. It would’ve been interesting to see him as part of 2AM, but maybe he just wasn’t ready back then.
“The wallpaper on my mobile says ‘Poisonous gas emission a month ago’. This is the first time we talked about our debut date and also our performance today. I had many thoughts about my trainee days.” Don’t ask me, I dunno the hell about what he meant with “poisonous gas emission.”
Idunno from this last pic I think he sorta kinda looks like TOP? Especially from that angle and that swag attitude? LOL
Lee Ki Kwang, (formerly AJ), 1990.3.30
AJ debuted with his single “Dancing Shoes,” in an mv that featured Hyun Ah, and followed up with a single “Wipe the Tears,” with members Doo Joon and Poppin’ Dragon as rappers. THIS VIDEO IS A MUST WATCH. If you want to see a preview of the three B2ST members in action, you have got to see it. AJ is adorkable with his geeky glasses then he transforms into a hot popstar in white. The media kept calling him as the “next Rain,” but his style and appearance kinda resembles more of Se7en. This is a very nice song too so click away! Wipe the Tears
AJ has modeled for a clothing brand and has starred in a CF with “luxury nose” netizen favorite Min Hyorin. Google her pics and you’ll know why.
A lot of fans are actually quite pissed off that he’s gone the boy band route, in other words “demoted” but whatever works to build his career is better than having him disappear from the limelight. He’s quite popular outside Korea, especially in Thailand. My only thing is, THEY BETTER MAKE HIM THE LEADER! Such a talented guy!
AJ in the drama “Unstoppable High Kick 2,” the same drama 2PM’s Chansung starred in together with BOF’s KimBum.
AJ’s million dollar smile. So cute!
We all know he’s a former member of YG Family and Big Bang. Just like Doo Joon, he was eliminated in Big Bang’s reality TV, because apparently YG thinks he’s “Too shy and lacked stage presence.”
Wouldn’t it be interesting to see a six-member Big Bang??! I remember watching the series and I’ve seen “So-1” dance and he’s really good!
He’s a former member of Xing (Crossing in New Genre), an 8-member male group from South Korea. The members include Zen, Yoon, White, Rising, Husky, Soul, Gun,and Kipalang. Former member(s) included Marumir, Cheon Hye Sung, Yume, Poppin’ Dragon, and Kevin. Xing made it in to the list of the Top 5 Most Anticipated Artists In 2007.
XING is a project group that will keep changing/rotating members to keep the group ‘fresh.’ They’re still active though, I just saw their new photos. I think it’s pretty smart of Poppin’ Dragon (dunno if he’s still gonna use this name) to choose a more stable group. I mean, what happens next to the members who will be replaced?
Last but not least… my fave guy Son Dong Woon! Born 1991.6.6!
Credits: Xing Ifensi & CYNOSTAR.NET, K Bites (Sookyeong@WP), http://cafe.daum.net/playb2st, ajthailand.com, myb2st.com, translations by:mihyun294
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