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Happy Birthday Kim Hyoyeon, a determined fighter and dreamer with unwavering passion

September 21, 2012

Scores of new groups debut every year, their members becoming increasingly young and often thrust into the judgmental, volatile and deeply exhausting world of the entertainment industry with as little as a year of formal training. Kim Hyoyeon – dancer, singer, mood-maker, mother and member of Girls’ Generation pushed herself through 6 years of training after being casted by SM in 2000 before debuting together with her 8 other members who first became her friends, and then the closest family she would have after her own in Incheon, South Korea. For 6 years Hyoyeon trained while juggling school work, driven by her passion for dance and the sincere hope that at the very least, she’d be able to debut.

“It doesn’t matter where I stand; whether at the front or at the back, in the middle or at the side. As long as I can get on stage and do what I love, that’s enough for me.”

Those were the words of a woman who would later become part of one of the biggest driving forces behind the Hallyu wave; who would later dazzle and mesmerize with solo performances of her own during Girls’ Generation’s solo concerts across Asia – right in the middle of her own special stage. And when she’s on it, she shines with pure joy; her excitement transmitted to the audience through eyes filled with a deep sense of belonging. Did she think she would’ve gotten this far? Perhaps not, but the present reality is too powerful to deny: she is part of a Korean icon, whose stellar success can only be called unprecedented.

Despite all her success as a member of Girls’ Generation, Hyoyeon remains humble at heart, aspiring to marry early and placing priority upon starting a family, into which she could place the same passion, devotion and love she has unceasingly dedicated to her work. And when her kids question her about her past, she would tell them with utmost pride:

“I wouldn’t feel embarrassed about being a Girls’ Generation member. For me, I think I would feel proud thinking ‘I was in Girls’ Generation’. These days too I always think, when I have kids, I’ll show them my videos proudly and say, ‘This was your mom! The person with her bangs waving around prettily, that’s your mom!’”

Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon: Aspiring mother

Behind Hyoyeon’s charming smile and witty jokes burns a passionate desire and love for dancing. There are many things that define Kim Hyoyeon, but her love for dancing is what truly sets her apart from the rest, and is the language she speaks when she steps on a stage to perform. Between the lines of her earth-shattering popping, fluid waving and precise locking, we catch glimpses into who Kim Hyoyeon really is – what defines her as a person and as a professional entertainer, and what gives her the strength and resolve to push harder in achieving her dreams.

Recently, Hyoyeon was given the opportunity to participate in the second season of ‘Dancing With The Stars’, where she and her partner Hyungseok dazzled the judges and audience week after week with their stunningly precise and breathtaking synchronized routines to the tunes of the rhythmic Cha-cha and the flamboyant Paso Doble. Hyoyeon has a reputation for being underappreciated and underrated, with the rest of the members usually being preferred for opportunities such as DJing, emceeing and acting. DTWS2 was her chance to shine; to show that she truly had what it took to accomplish something extraordinary on her own, without the fans’ and critics’ biases toward other members to carry her through.

But this opportunity was also her biggest challenge yet. Despite her inexperience with ballroom dancing, which was in great contrast to her Hip-Hop background, Hyoyeon worked extra hard with the help of her partner, practicing through the night to prepare for the show despite having endured tiring, day-long schedules just before. That Hyoyeon was able to beam with such energy and smile so brightly for the cameras despite having survived upon little to no sleep was really nothing new – it was just another day as a member of Girls’ Generation; proof of their professionalism and sheer determination.

A day before the finals, Hyoyeon proceeded straight to practice after returning from an overseas concert at 2am, pushing through to 5am before allowing herself to rest. That the duo was able to produce such rich and impressive routines and be on par with professional dancers who have had extensive experience in ballroom dancing is testament to Hyoyeon’s unwavering passion, fighting spirit and dedication to her work, and humility in accepting that she was striving to master something new to her, and the only way she could do that was to work hard and depend on the help of her partner, Hyungseok. Through it all, through the few hours of sleep and punishing practice schedules on top of those she’d had to attend with Girls’ Generation, Kim Hyoyeon had truly made a name for herself in the industry as not only a talented dancer, but as someone with impeccable work ethic and who repeatedly pushed herself beyond her physical limits in pursuit of the greater dream. She hadn’t participated in DWTS2 as an idol – but as a dancer.

In an interview with Osen, the producer of ‘Dancing with the Stars 2′ revealed, “Hyoyeon is a person who changed my perception of idols. She’s working hard despite her ridiculous schedule. It made me think, ‘They are Girls’ Generation because they work so hard.’ (Translator’s note: the producer is saying that Hyoyeon lives up to Girls’ Generation’s reputation for always working hard.) Not only is she good at dancing, but she really is respectful to her seniors and livens up the atmosphere on the set.”

Ballroom dancer Hyoyeon: a new dimension to her phenomenal Hip-Hop background

Aside from DWTS2, Hyoyeon is also a permanent member of the ‘Invincible Youth 2′ cast, where idols experience the simple, back-breaking life of farming and living away from the city. Despite the tiring work and sometimes less-than-appealing activities, it is clear that Hyoyeon puts her best into everything, right down to smiling for the camera and having fun while her hair soaks up the same mud that the rest of her body is caked in, as she reaches down into the ground to catch octopi.

But beyond the stage and the powerful dance moves, beyond the practiced smiles and careful words as the world watches on, when everything is said and done and the girls retire to their homes or the dorm and remove the glitzy clothes and heavy makeup, Kim Hyoyeon becomes the group’s mother. She cooks and cleans, trying to live what passes for a normal life in relative solitude, before they are once again thrust out into the real world to do what they do best: to win over the hearts and minds of people across the planet with sincere words, pure hard work and love for the very people who claim to hate them – and they’re getting better at it every day.

Despite her success and how far she has come all these years, Hyoyeon remains true to her dream, clutching it close to her heart to remind herself of what is, what was, and what is to come, just like how she did during her trainee days as she wondered if she would ever follow in her seniors’ footsteps and earn the right to debut. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The next time we fall down in the pursuit of the things we love and wonder if getting back up again is worth all the pain and hardship; the time and uncertainty, we need only remember Kim Hyoyeon’s deep-seated passion to fulfill her dreams and her sprightly zest for life, and realize that if we can find it in ourselves to put in the same dedication and determination, we will one day be standing in her position: at the halfway point of the mountain of life, looking down at all the things we once thought were impossible, but have now achieved.

The nickname ‘Hyoraengi’ suits her well – beneath the disarming smiles is a tiger with intense fighting spirit.

Happy birthday, Kim Hyoyeon. You continue to inspire us every day as a fighter and a dreamer who not just sits down and envisions the future you’d love to have, but who never stops chasing after it, reaching out with outstretched arms toward the dreams that with each passing day become part of your reality. Never stop dreaming. Never stop fighting. And most importantly, never stop loving.

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SM family reveals close relationship again!

August 23, 2012

The family-like close relationship of SM Entertainment’s artists were shown once again!

SM’s choreographer and performance director, Shim Jaewon uploaded a photo on his Twitter account on August 22nd with a message that read, “I hope the people I love will be happy forever. SMTOWN concert rehearsal.”

The photo was taken during the rehearsal of the ‘SMTOWN Live World Tour III’ concert, which was held last Saturday on August 18th and the photo was taken with SHINee’s Taemin and Key, Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon and Yoona, and also TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho.

The photo also showed the close relationship of SM Entertainment’s artists as they posed with smiles, clearly showing their affections to one another by standing close without any hesitation. In the center, Hyoyeon was seen with Key and Yunho hunched closely while Yoona was seen leaning near Yunho.

Meanwhile, the ‘SMTOWN Live World Tour’ concert was concluded successfully with performances by actor Kim Minjong, singer BoA, f(x), Girls’ Generation, SHINee, TVXQ, Super Junior and more.

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How to not cast invalid votes for Hyoyeon in ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′?

July 19, 2012

According to MBC on July 19th, Sooyoung who visited Hyoyeon in her practice room, voted for Hyoyeon using her family members’ mobile phones every week. However, she was sad to find out that all this while, the votes that she sent through text messages for Hyoyeon in ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ were in fact, not valid.

The reason for the ‘spoiled votes’ was due to the fact the text messages sent contained various emoticons. Only Hyoyeon’s name and her contestant number will be accepted by the voting system. Girls’ Generation members’ messages such as ‘Hyoyeon ♥♥’, ‘Hyoyeon is no.1′, ‘Dear judges, please give high scores to Hyoyeon’ were all invalid.

Hyoyeon who is thankful for the support from her fellow members said, “Nowadays, the sentence ‘I’ve cast my vote’ is the most touching to me”. She added, “Next time, it will be great if you could just write ‘Hyoyeon’ and send in the votes”, preventing further invalid votes being cast in the future.

Catch Hyoyeon’s performances in the final of ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ at 9.55pm KST on July 20th which will also feature special performances by Hyoyeon, Choi YeoJin, Psy and Kim GyuRi.


Hyoyeon dances her way to the finals of ‘Dancing with the Stars 2′!

July 15, 2012

HyoYeon has successfully entered the final stages for dancing competition reality show ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′.

On the episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ aired on July 13th, HyoYeon entered the finals along with Choi YeoJin and Park JiWoo’s team.

With her best condition, HyoYeon showed her best performance where she performed jive along with rock and roll music. Showing perfect chemistry with her dance partner Kim HyungSuk, HyoYeon made a delightful performance. Judge Song SeungHwan commented, “It’s as lively as popping popcorns” and gave HyoYeon a 9 out of 10 score while another judge Kim JooWon commented, “HyoYeon is as good as a professional dancer” and gave her a 9 as well.

HyoYeon’s second performance was a rumba performance with live singing from Luna of f(x), who turned up to show her support. HyoYeon charmed the audiences with the romantic rumba dance, which is completely different from that of jive. HyoYeon filled the stage with the skills she have gotten from training until now, which led to the judges’ comments such as “Continuous effort seems to create extraordinary” and “The line is very beautiful”.

As a result of her excellent performances, HyoYeon will be entering the finals. Considering what HyoYeon has shown in ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′, this might have been an expected outcome. Just like Kim JooWon’s comment, “Continuous effort seems to create extraordinary”, HyoYeon has tried her best for each episode and this result came from her continuous effort throughout the show.

In this episode, HyoYeon said, “I am happy to have let others know me through ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ and with that, I have reached my goal.” Girls’ Generation members are also proud of the fact that HyoYeon reached her goal.

Yuri, TaeYeon and Tiffany visited as audiences to show their support on July 13th and they watched HyoYeon’s performances wordlessly. They applauded and watched HyoYeon with their mouths wide open with expressions of pride for HyoYeon, who has become who she is through her relentless effort.

HyoYeon said, “I was able to let others know me through ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ and Tiffany told me ‘You seem to be more like yourself in the show’.”

In the show, HyoYeon has won twice. Initially, when she entered the competition, people were more interested in the fact that she is a Girls’ Generation member. However, HyoYeon has successfully shown herself not as a Girls’ Generation member but as a dancer through her endless hard work and practice.

Remember to tune in for the exciting finals of ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ this coming Friday!


Lee Minwoo: I thought of Hyoyeon as the second BoA

June 21, 2012

On the June 22nd’s episode of MBC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′, Hyoyeon’s audition videos, as well as testimonies by her seniors will be revealed.

During the interview with the program’s production staff recently, Shinhwa’s Lee Minwoo was asked if there is a girl group that he pays most attention to and he said, “I’m a fan of Girls’ Generation and Hyoyeon particularly, as she is really good at dancing since she was young, I thought of her as the second BoA. Therefore, I’ve been paying attention to her with great interest.” He added, “It’s good to see that Hyoyeon is now living her dream.”

Besides Lee Minwoo, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk who went through his trainee days along with Hyoyeon said, “As Hyoyeon is really good at dancing since she was still a trainee, she stood out among the 100 trainees. I too, looked for Hyoyeon and learned dancing from her,” acknowledging Hyoyeon’s dancing ability.

Be sure to catch this entertaining episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ at 9.55pm KST on June 22nd.


Who’s next to cheer for Hyoyeon on ‘Dancing With The Star 2′?

June 16, 2012

With members of Girls’ Generation cheering for Hyoyeon in ‘Dancing With The Star 2′ every week, audience are starting to wonder who hasn’t showed up yet.

On the recent episode of ‘Dancing With The Star 2′ aired on June 15th, Jessica appeared to watch Hyoyeon’s performance while Sunny and YoonA visited last week. Jessica also posted photos with Hyoyeon on the group’s official website.

Besides that, not only did Tiffany visit and cheer for Hyoyeon when she visited previously, she also took photos with the other contestants in the show.

The members of Girls’ Generation that came to cheer for Hyoyeon, not as a singer but a dancing contestant, are Jessica, Sunny, YoonA, SeoHyun and Tiffany. It is still a question whether SooYoung, TaeYeon and Yuri will visit to cheer for HyoYeon in the remaining episodes.

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Park JiWoo snapped a photo with Hyoyeon and Seohyun

June 2, 2012

Dance sports exponent Park JiWoo met up with Hyoyeon and Seohyun.

On June 2nd, Park JiWoo tweeted, “Another happy moment at ‘Dancing With The Stars’..kkkk… I was really excited”. Along with the tweet, Park JiWoo attached a photo of himself with Hyoyeon and Seohyun.

The photo was taken at the set of MBC ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ where both Hyoyeon and Park JiWoo are participants of the show. In the photo revealed, the shy-looking Park JiWoo was smiling as Hyoyeon and Seohyun put their hands on both of his arms.

On June 1st’s broadcast, Hyoyeon and her partner Kim HyungSuk performed Jive. During their performance, Tiffany and Seohyun were at the set to show their support for Hyoyeon.


TaeTiSeo’s special goodbye stages featuring Sooyoung and Hyoyeon

June 1, 2012

Sooyoung and Hyoyeon will be appearing along with Girls’ Generation – TTS for their goodbye stages.

On June 2nd, Sooyoung and TaeTiSeo will have a special performance of ‘OMG’ on MBC ‘Show!Music Core’. Hours after Sooyoung’s appearance on ‘Music Core’ was announced, fans were thrilled with another piece of exciting news. Hyoyeon too, will be performing ‘OMG’ with TaeTiSeo at SBS ‘Inkigayo’ which will be aired on June 3rd.

A few weeks ago, TaeTiSeo mentioned that they would recruit Hyoyeon as a member of their unit. It seems that their wish to have Hyoyeon performing with them is coming true soon. Along with ‘OMG’ which is an electronic retro pop song, TaeTiSeo will also be performing ‘Twinkle’ at both of their goodbye stages on MBC ‘Show! Music Core’ and SBS ‘Inkigayo’.

During its one-month promotion so far, TaeTiSeo’s ‘Twinkle’ had won ‘Triple Crowns (3 wins in a row)’ on major music programs such as MBC Music ‘Show Champion’, Mnet ‘M!Countdown’, KBS ‘Music Bank’ and SBS ‘Inkigayo’.

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Why did Tiffany shed tears for Hyoyeon?

May 25, 2012

Tiffany was moved to tears by Hyoyeon’s performance on MBC ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′

Last week, Tiffany visited Hyoyeon at the set of ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ to cheer her on. Before the live performance, Tiffany, who went to meet up with Hyoyeon told the production staff, “I cried while watching Hyoyeon’s dance performance on TV”, indicating the huge effort that Hyoyeon has been putting in for the program.

In the upcoming episode, footages of Tiffany and Hyoyeon behind the stage will be revealed.

Tiffany said, “Hyoyeon is participating in ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ recently. With her amazing dancing skills, it will be great if Hyoyeon could perform Rumba that matches well with our song.”

Be sure to catch Hyoyeon in MBC ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′ at 9.55pm KST on May 25th.