Interview: Meet The Finalists Of “Rising Legends: Season 2”

We are now in the last stage of our search for the next rising legend, with only nine out of thousands of contestants making it final round. It’s been a long journey for these nine finalists of “Rising Legends: Season 2,” showcasing their skills in singing, dancing, or rapping to the world through three grueling rounds and proving why they deserve to have the chance to be the next K-pop star. But so far we’ve only seen their performances, so before the competition ends, we interviewed the finalists to learn more about the person behind all the hard work – what inspires them, their struggles, and their dreams for the future. Here they are, the next “Rising Legends.”

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The Dancers

diamondmaknaefrances

How did you get into K-pop? My cousin introduced K-pop to me in 2009 so we could dance the choreographies together.

When did you start covering K-pop dances? I was re-introduced to K-pop in 2013 when I saw a performance practice video from BTS, who then became my inspiration. After that, I took hip hop dance classes and met a friend who made dance cover videos on YouTube. From then on, I’ve been learning dance covers on the reg.

Which choreography do you remember being really hard to learn? “Danger” by BTS was really difficult and frustrating for me at the time I learned it. It was my first time learning a K-pop dance as well as the first time dancing out of my element (I started dancing with contemporary/modern).

What was your favorite song to cover? My favorite song to cover was “Blood, Sweat & Tears” by BTS because it mixed different elements of dance and the movements just molded so well together. Even though it was hard and I had to pay attention to the little details, it was so fun. I could dance it a million times.

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? In the beginning, it was weird for my friends. Not a lot of them were exposed to K-pop, but now they’ve accepted it and have given me a lot of support. My family wasn’t too sure about it first, either, but they eventually realized how much I love dancing and now fully support me. (Thanks fam!)

Who is your K-pop role model and why? My K-pop role model is BTS because I can relate to how much frustration and sacrifices they went through to be able to get to where they are. Despite all the hardships they went through, they still remain hard-working, passionate, and humble.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with. I want to have dinner with BIGBANG to learn about their success and experiences, both as a group and solo artists. I’d like to get a private lesson from BoA because she’s such an incredible performer and knows and understands the industry. I’d like to perform with Taemin from SHINee because his stage presence is out of this world.

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. Last year, I performed with my crew, Yours Truly, at the K-Pop World Festival U.S. Finals in L.A. It was a meaningful performance to me, as our group had been rehearsing non-stop and giving it our all in that 5-minute performance. It just felt amazing to let it out on stage and hear the crowd sing and dance along with us.

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? My mom, sisters, and Yours Truly.

Any remarks for your fans out there? Thank you so much for the continuous love and support, stay litty!

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alex christine

How did you get into K-pop? In my 7th grade Chinese class, my best friend and I did a project about Henry from Super Junior. It’s all been a rapid incline since then.

When did you start covering K-pop dances? I started covering K-pop dances my senior year of high school.

Which choreography do you remember being really hard to learn? The hardest choreography I’ve ever tried teaching myself was “Danger” by Taemin. Key word: TRIED.

What was your favorite song to cover? My favorite song that I have ever covered is definitely “Shake It” by SISTAR. It was my cover debut at KCON LA 2015.

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? They are incredibly supportive and push me to do my best. My parents love to share my dances on Facebook with their friends.

Who is your K-pop role model and why? My K-pop role model is HyunA. She’s so charismatic and enchanting on stage. She’s so capable. She is hyper aware of being an independent person aside from her stage persona. People fail to realize that dances and clothes don’t define you as a person, and HyunA stands up for that statement. I adore her. Her talent is something that I aspire to achieve.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with. I would love to have dinner with Min from miss A. She has an incredible story behind achieving her dreams, and I would love to hear everything about it. I would sell a kidney to get private lessons from Taemin from SHINee. He is one of my biggest dance role models. He’s become one of the best solo artists in K-pop because of his dancing and growth as a vocalist. Performing with HyunA would be an absolute dream! She is all I aspire to be and one of my major role models, within and outside of the K-pop world.

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. When I performed at KCON LA in 2015. It was my first public performance and I was received so well. It was an unforgettable experience, and I wish that I could relive it every day.

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? I would invite my parents and friends to my debut stage. They’re my support system. I would also invite my high school theatre & choir teachers, my college theatre professor, and all of my past dance teachers, because they’ve helped shape me into the performer that I am today.

Any remarks for your fans out there? Thank you so much for you love, support, and kind words, Beasties. I’m proud to be your internet mom, and I am so genuinely blessed to have all of you to lift me up. You all are irreplaceable.

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Anson

How did you get into K-pop? I got into K-pop around mid-2009 when I heard the group called SS501 from the “Boys Over Flowers” drama. I started to search up more groups like Super Junior, TVXQ, etc.

When did you start covering K-pop dances? I did my first K-pop dance cover in late 2010 or early 2011.

Which choreography do you remember being really hard to learn? I was more into boy dance groups before, so I was more used to boys’ choreography. Since I had a girl K-pop dance group during high school, they liked to do girly movements. The first girl’s dance I learned was Girls’ Generation’s “Oh!” I didn’t know how to be cute. It was a tough time for me to get into the moves and how to perform it.

What was your favorite song to cover? BLACKPINK – “As If It’s Your Last”

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? My friends and family feel like that’s another “Anson” when they watch my K-pop covers. They feel like it is a hidden me and they really like how I perform and show my personality/skills through the videos.

Who is your K-pop role model and why? Taemin (SHINee) is my K-pop role model. I appreciate his hard work to become a better artist. He improved all the way in his career. No matter in dance or vocal covers, he does an excellent job!

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with.
Dinner with – G-Dragon
Private lesson – JYP
Perform with — HyunA

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. I did with a cover with my K-pop dance crew friend when she visited Vancouver this June. It was a quick cover. We just learnt it for 3 hours, but the video turned out really good! I realized that dance depends on your determination and passion!

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? I would invite my parents, MissG5 (my high school dance crew), and also my best friends!

Any remarks for your fans out there? Vote for me, Anson!

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Singers

Ysabelle

How did you get into K-pop? I was introduced to K-pop by my sister. She’s a really big fan of 2NE1 and she showed me one of their songs. Then we watched “Lollipop,” where I was introduced to BIGBANG. I’d say the first song that hooked me into Hallyu was BIGBANG’s “Haru Haru.” I’ve been in love ever since.

When did you start covering K-pop songs? I initially started covering Korean drama OSTs about a year ago. Then I started covering K-pop songs I liked. I especially like making English covers.

What song/choreography do you remember being really hard to learn? “Without Words” from the K-drama “You’re Beautiful” was probably one of the hardest, as it was the very first Korean song I attempted.

What was your favorite song to cover? My favorite song to cover was “Wake Me Up” by Taeyang.

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? Most of my friends appreciate K-pop, so they’re pleasantly surprised when they see my covers popping up on their recommended list. Because I started to cover the songs in English, my family started to enjoy the songs too.

Who is your K-pop role model and why? My K-pop role model would be Taeyang from BIGBANG. It’s been amazing to see him grow as an artist over the years. Every time he releases a new song or album, you can really feel his passion and heart seeping through the words and music. I’ve had the opportunity to see him in concert recently, and his energy and presence were so much more intense — just world class. He loves his fans, and after meeting him, I also confirmed that he is as kind as he is talented. I hope to at least be half as incredible an artist as he is.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with. I would have dinner with BTS, because why wouldn’t you want to dine with seven classy, talented, and quirky boys. I would get a private lesson from IU to learn the secrets to her insane falsettos. And lastly, I would perform with Taeyang because it would make my life to sing “Eyes, Nose, Lips” with him.

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. I can never forget when I sang about three weeks ago, at Taeyang’s concert. I had the insane opportunity to sing my English cover of “Wake Me Up” when I was invited to one of Young Bae’s White Night tour locations. My audience used to just be my camera. I couldn’t believe I sang in front of thousands of people. My family was there, and Taeyang, a legend I look up to, was right behind me as I sang. The feeling of being up there, and just singing my heart out, trying not to faint from nerves, was incredible. I don’t think I could ever forget it, even if I tried.

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? I may just be redundant at this point, but I would invite Taeyang, with my family in the front seats.

Any remarks for your fans out there? Thank you so much to the old and new fams who passed by and stayed. I’m eternally grateful for all the support and all the love. I only hope to give as much love back.

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Lars

How did you get into K-pop? The first K-drama I’ve ever watched was “Boys Over Flowers,” and I fell in love with the OSTs. I went on YouTube to find the songs and stumbled across Girls’ Generation’s “Mr. Mr.” Immediately, I was hooked. I started to listen more to K-pop and eventually fell in love with it.

When did you start covering K-pop songs? I started singing K-pop songs early 2015 (around February).

What song do you remember being really hard to learn? I never really expected to love a music genre that I can barely speak or understand, and so, in my opinion, the first K-pop song I tackled was the hardest for me to learn, which was “Miracles in December” by EXO.

What was your favorite song to cover? “No Makeup” – Zion.T or “Peter Pan” – EXO

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? They find it very interesting that I can sing in Korean but can’t speak, understand, or write fluently.

Who is your K-pop role model and why? EXO’s Do Kyung Soo. Other than Girls’ Generation, EXO was the first ever group I followed and loved. Although Xiumin was my bias in the beginning because of his quiet nature, D.O.’s vocals captivated me, and eventually I payed attention to him a lot more. He’s my singing role model and the person who inspires me to be a better version of myself. He encourages me to be a better singer/performer and find what I want to be in the future.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with.
Jessica Jung – dinner date
Park Chanyeol – private lessons
Do Kyung Soo – PERFORM WITH!!!!!

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. When I was 15 years old, back in 2013, my sister and I were given a special pass to audition for America’s Got Talent (AGT). So basically the pass let us skip through the waiting line; we were escorted straight to the judges. It was my first time performing in front of people, and although my sister and I didn’t make it to live shows, it was definitely an unforgettable moment of my life. It also encouraged me to improve and be a better singer.

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? EXO’s D.O.

Any remarks for your fans out there? Hope you guys like my entry and hopefully I’ll receive all your love and support! Thank you for getting me this far! This has totally been one of the best experiences in my life, and you were all a big part of it! Grand winner or not, this experience has helped me open up more and realize what I really want to be in the future!

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silv3rt3ar

How did you get into K-pop? I got into K-pop in middle school 8+ years ago because one of my friends showed me BIGBANG’s “Haru Haru” and “Lies” (they’re still some of my favorite songs from BIGBANG today). From there, I got into TVXQ, SHINee (they were rookies back then ahh), and I got sucked into the K-pop world ever since. I’m now helplessly in love with so many groups haha (BTS, SEVENTEEN, Wanna One, EXO, NCT 127, DAY6…)

When did you start covering K-pop songs? I started covering K-pop songs back in the beginning of high school (my first cover was uploaded in October 2011)! I had seen some collaborations where each person covered a group member’s lines, and I really wanted to try it out. To join the collaborations, we had to send in a cover for an “audition” to get a part, so I’m pretty sure that’s how I got started. Good times.

What song do you remember being really hard to learn? EXO’s “MAMA” was quite difficult to sing. I used the instrumental of B.A.P’s Yongguk’s song “I Remember” because I had seen a remix of the two songs and was inspired to make a cover. Learning the lyrics wasn’t really an issue, but the song has a lot of ad libs and higher notes. My strength isn’t in powerful high notes, so a really difficult part was the high notes in the transition from the bridge rap into the last chorus. It was still really enjoyable to cover and honestly really satisfying to finish the cover. It got me out of my comfort zone and helped me practice something I wasn’t used to!

What was your favorite song to cover? Ahh this is a tough one because I really enjoy making all my covers! One of my favorites is probably BLACKPINK’s “Playing With Fire.” It was super fun to cover because the song suits my range really well. I find that a lot of girl group songs are too high for me, but BLACKPINK songs always seem to suit my range! Because of that, I was able to sing confidently and I had a lot of fun practicing my “attitude” of singing with that cover as well, since I used the original instrumental!

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? I generally keep it quite low key. My family thinks it’s really awesome. None of them are into K-pop, but my parents are really proud and love sharing it with their friends and my extended family haha! My friends… really like making fun of my username (I made it in, like… 6th grade and for some reason didn’t make a new one when I started uploading videos haha), but they all think it’s really cool and are really supportive!

Who is your K-pop role model and why? My K-pop role model is BTS. They have an amazing stage presence, and they have such lovely personalities as well. I saw them grow from debut to where they are now, and it’s honestly so inspiring to see how they’ve developed. Something that always stood out to me was how their songs often talk about societal issues, personal development, and more. For example, being the super sentimental person I am, their “Most Beautiful Moment in Life” series (花樣年華) really touches my heart. 花 is flower, 樣 is likeness, and 年華 is a period of time. So essentially it’s a period of time like a flower, or a time to grow and blossom and explore who you are.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with. I would love to have dinner with Park Jihoon! He’s my bias in Wanna One, and I’d love to chat with him and just get to know him better.
I would want a guitar lesson with Jae from DAY6! I’ve only taught myself the basics, but he’s had a lot of experience. He’s super talented, and I also feel like he’d be super fun to hang out with. I would love to perform with Jungkook. I’ve done a “duet” cover of “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” where I used his cover, but I cut out the parts that were originally Selena’s and sang them instead. I really love how it turned out, and a lot of people seemed to like it as well! I really love the way he sings and how smooth and emotional his voice is, and I feel like it would be a lot of fun to perform with him, no matter what song.

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. This isn’t a performance of mine, but back in the summer of 2014, I visited extended family in Taiwan and EXO’s Lost Planet in Taipei happened to be taking place while I was there, so I was able to go to the concert (my first K-pop concert ever). At the end of the concert, the fans planned to sing “Don’t Go” right after EXO left the stage and right before the encore stage. I clearly remember that we sang the chorus of the Chinese version of the song. There was no background music — just the voices of the fans, and it was absolutely beautiful.

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? Of course, my family (my parents and siblings), but also a couple of my lovely friends who love K-pop as I do (you know who you are heh).

Any remarks for your fans out there? Thank you. With all my heart. As cheesy as it sounds — truly, the only reason why I’ve gotten to where I am now is because of you guys. I get tired out from being a student, but when I make music it really allows me to de-stress and just do something I love. The fact that I have you all supporting me means the world to me, so thank you so much!

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Rappers

Changm1061

How did you get into K-pop? Since I’m Korean, I’ve always listened to K-pop, but the songs that actually got me into K-pop and made me want to be a rapper were BIGBANG’s “Haru Haru” in 2008 and G-Dragon’s “Heart Breaker” in 2009.

When did you start covering K-pop songs? After listening to “Haru Haru” and “Heart Breaker,” I started to memorize G-Dragon’s and T.O.P’s verses in BIGBANG songs. Then, in 2011, I thought to myself, ‘why don’t I write my own lyrics instead of copying,’ so I first started with just rhyming off beat, and then when I slowly felt more comfortable rapping on beat, I started doing mini performances in front of my parents and started getting my friends into rap too.

What song/choreography do you remember being really hard to learn? I used to love BIGBANG’s “Stupid Liar,” especially G-Dragon’s rap in the song, but it was so hard to memorize and rap it at the time, so I remember getting angry at myself for not being able to do it. Once I memorized the lyrics, I was rapping that verse all the time and felt extremely proud of myself.

What was your favorite song to cover? Favorite song to cover has to be “Stupid Liar” by BIGBANG because I put in so much time memorizing the lyrics, but my favorite song to cover with my lyrics is my version of “Officially Missing You.” I wrote that after watching A Team perform it on “WIN: Who Is Next,” and that was the first cover rap I wrote that had a beat.

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? My family is very supportive with me wanting to be a rapper; first they said ‘yeah, if you get the opportunity, go for it,’ but now, after seeing me working so hard trying to become a better rapper and me challenging myself, they are looking for opportunities for me and helping me achieve my dreams. Same with my friends: they are all very supportive towards me wanting to become a rapper. First, I was afraid to tell my friends. Most of them don’t listen to K-pop and they are mostly non-Koreans, so I really didn’t talk about it until Rising Legends started. Once I did, I was surprised to see my friends all being supportive.

Who is your K-pop role model and why? My K-pop role model is G-Dragon because he was the one that got me into rap and made me want to be a rapper. I’m very thankful that I got into rap through his songs, because those songs sometimes helped me get through hard times and also gave me good memories. I hope to be like G-Dragon one day and spread my music to the world, helping people make enjoyable memories and when they’re having hard times, like G-Dragon did for me.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with. To have dinner with, I would definitely pick Seolhyun from AOA because she’s my all time favorite girl group member, and it would be nice to have dinner with her and get to know her. To get a private lesson, I would choose Dok2, because I really want to have a deep conversation about music with him and learn how to start from nothing and become successful. If I were to choose who to perform with, it would have to be G-Dragon, because he’s my role model and the one I really respect. It would mean the world to be able to produce a song with him and perform it in front of thousands of people.

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. I’ll never forget my first performance in Macleans Korean Night. Our team was selected to be the highlight performance, and we were all ready, but during the performance, one of our mics stopped working. I remember three of us having to rotate one wireless mic when rapping.

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? First, I want to invite my family and my friends, who always gave me support, and my family friends.

Any remarks for your fans out there? Thank you for voting for me. I know I’m not the best rapper, but I’m on my way to becoming one, so thank you very much for giving me this opportunity and giving me love and support. I feel very grateful and blessed to have supporters like you guys.

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Sonamly

How did you get into K-pop? I was 6 years old and remember my friend, who was a bit older than me, listened to SHINee. So then after that, when I got home, I did my own research. I was literally 6 and started listening and watching K-pop MVs and jamming to them. And then 2NE1 debuted when I turned seven and I loved them so much I supported them 100 percent! K-pop was such a great genre of music that I loved so much. I’ve listened to it ever since. I took a little break in middle school, but then after starting high school, I became a hardcore K-pop fan. I love the music.

When did you start covering K-pop songs? I’ve been singing and rapping and dancing since I was five, but I wasn’t serious about it until I was about 11. I didn’t really practice dance much, but I’m working hard on dancing. I’ve pushed myself and my body painfully to get it in good shape and to learn to dance. Singing is something I’ve been serious about for years; it was my first ever passion. When I performed, I felt like I was flying and my wings would never stop spreading. I started rapping when I was eight. I rapped to American artists. I’m from New York, so a lot of hip hop artists were born there, and I was able to learn a lot from growing up around there.

What song do you remember being really hard to learn? I remember trying to learn BTS’s “Cypher Pt.3.” It wasn’t super difficult, but it did put me in so much stress because I kept feeling like I wasn’t worth it, but eventually I was able to get it right.

What was your favorite song to cover? My favorite songs to cover are always CL songs. Whenever I rap to her songs, I feel like my voice complements her song well, and my confidence just boosts so high. For singing, my favorite song to cover is 2NE1’s “Lonely.” I always get emotional when I sing it, so I am able to sing it with emotion and energy.

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? I don’t have a lot of friends, but for the few I have, they are so supportive. They are the best ever, and it’s nice having them because I get lonely a lot. My mom is really supportive. She is sometimes on and off, but mostly she has faith in me. She just wants to make sure my grades are good. My dad, I don’t really know if he has an opinion on it; we don’t really discuss much together.

Who is your K-pop role model and why? CL. I’ve been listening to 2NE1 since they debuted, and she has always inspired me. I love how elegant and humble and talented she is. She always shows the fierceness in her and never lets anything stop her. I wish to one day be strong and smile and show my fierce side and inspire many people.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with. I want to have dinner with G-Dragon because he is someone I’ve looked up to since I was young. I’ve had many questions to ask him and I’ve been curious about so many things. I just wanna talk to him and ask him about his music and for tips to remain humble yet great. I want to get a private lesson from CL. As I said, she’s such an inspiration to me. I look up to her in singing, dancing, and rapping, and it’d be so great to have my inspiration just give me a private lesson. I’d have so much to learn from her. I want to perform with iKON’s Bobby. Bobby is one of my favorite male artists in K-pop. When I first heard his rap and his voice, I was so shocked and amazed and happy. He always makes me happy, and his smile is always so bright when he performs. I love his stage presence and I’d love to share the stage with him one day.

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. Once I sang/rapped to showcase a studio in an area called Flushing. I was performing 2NE1’s “Falling in Love.” The reason it is so memorable is because as the music started, it kept getting cut. So, finally, when the singing part came on, I just said ‘whatever’ and did it a cappella. Everyone was clapping and it made me so happy; I felt like my voice was actually appreciated and that life was just great. Everyone’s smile made me even more confident to continue my performance. It was so memorable I got so emotional.

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? I would invite my mom to my debut stage. From the age of 2-5, my mom left me in the country I was born in because she was poor and couldn’t take care of me. She wanted the best for me, so she left me with another family. As she came to America, she worked so hard in a variety of jobs. After earning enough, she worked really hard to get me to America, and to raise me and my brother, who was born after I came to America. My mom is such a strong woman. I look up to her so much, and I thank her for all her support. She means a lot to me .

Any remarks for your fans out there? One day when I make it I will never regret crying through all the pain it took me to overcome all my harsh obstacles. Thanks for always having my back and making me happy. Love you guys lots. Let’s get it.

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Mya

How did you get into K-pop? My sister unintentionally introduced me to K-pop. I really look up to her, so a lot of the things that she did, I did as well. She listened to major Korean artists such as G-Dragon, BIGBANG, miss A, and Girls’ Generation. I really liked the sound, so I began listening too.

When did you start covering K-pop songs? I began covering K-pop choreography and songs in 2014. Well, I started actually doing song covers in 2015, but the interest had always been there since 2014.

What song do you remember being really hard to learn? For some reason that I’m still not sure of until this day, Yezi’s “Crazy Dog” was really hard for me to learn. Looking back on it, I’m really not sure why I had such a hard time, but I just know that it was a struggle.

What was your favorite song to cover? My favorite song to cover is “Bucku Bucku” by MFBTY. That song has a really cool sound. My favorite parts to cover are Yoon Mirae’s and Rap Monster’s parts.

How do your friends and family react to you covering K-pop? My friends and family really enjoy my covers and have become really supportive of me doing them over time. I think they’ve realized that it’s not just a “weird” phase and that I have a genuine passion for dancing and music. I think this is because I don’t strictly do only covers. I create choreography and music, which they look forward to, so they’re excited when I do covers.

Who is your K-pop role model and why? My K-pop role model is definitely Kim Namjoon of BTS. He is everything that I believe an artist should be. He has definitely worked himself up from the ground, along with the rest of BTS, and become one of the world’s biggest acts. Surely, luck and timing has played some part in BTS’ success, but there’s no doubt at all that a huge majority of their success came from undying passion and unrelenting drive.

Pick three different Korean artists/idols and tell us why: one to have dinner with, one to get a private lesson from, and one to perform with. I would definitely have dinner with Kim Namjoon. I would love to talk to him personally. He seems like he would be the perfect person to have the perfect conversation with, being that he’s one of the types to think “deeper.” I would love to have a private lesson from Jung Hoseok of BTS. He specializes in hip hop dancing, and that’s something that I’ve always wanted to be good at. I’ve learned other styles of dancing, but not hip hop, and I really want to learn this style. I would choose to perform with Min Yoongi of BTS. I really love his energy on stage. It’s very cool and laid-back, but he still manages to impact the audience and leave them shaking. His songs are my style as well, so I think it would be a nice fit to perform with him on stage.

Describe one moment when you were dancing/singing/rapping that you will never forget. One moment that I will never forget is when I performed BTS member Jimin’s “Lie” blindfolded. I had practiced for hours everyday for two months before the performance, and, even still, I didn’t feel confident enough. I performed and did my best, and I actually ended up winning the competition overall! I was very shocked, to say the least. JRE even saw it, so that was pretty cool!

Who would you invite to your K-pop debut stage? I would invite my family and my best friend. Ever since I showed interest in dancing and music, these people have been my biggest fans. They’ve supported me and cheered me on even when I didn’t do my best. I believe that they’re mostly the reason why I keep going, so I would definitely want them to be there. I want to show them that their hard work paid off.

Any remarks for your fans out there? I want to thank all of my friends and even strangers who voted for me thus far. I definitely wouldn’t be filling out this very long form if it wasn’t for you all. I hope that i make you guys very proud. Thank you all so much!

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