Lee Ha Yi seems cool
The praises and cheers from the audience (general public) for Lee Hi comes as fast as it goes, and 17 year old Lee Hi knows very well about the general public tastes. Thus, she is welcoming 2013 even much more than anybody else.
After obtaining 2nd position in last year’s Kpop Star, Lee Hi has proceeded to sign on with YG Entertainment and released her first single ‘1,2,3,4’ during the last few months of 2012 and the single proceeded to sweep all chart rankings in Korea.
As the person being selected for “Most highly anticipated rookie in year 2013”, Lee Hi has already realized the amount of stress being placed on her, and she has felt it too.
Lee Hi will be releasing her debut album in February and she is now always in the studio practicing furiously.
Just recently, our reporter has conducted an interview with her in YG building.
“Even up till the moment my debut song was released, I still did not have enough practice time. Thus, the sudden recognition I received after ‘1,2,3,4’ being top in many charts has been quite shocking and I did not know how to react. Singing is the happiest thing ever in the world but currently, I am still an empty bowl that needs much furnishing. To be a real singer that people remembers even after my glorious days comes from non-stop upgrading and self-practicing for myself at every moment.”
The petite Lee Hi has such a charismatic gaze makes people wonder if she is really only 16 years old and this has also piqued the curiosity of the fans.
Lee Hi says: “In the television, I see many tall, slim and doll-like female singers and it makes me feel shabby. Thus, in order not to make myself feel insecure, I kept on encouraging myself by saying ‘I am the best’, and this is what I am trying to portray through my gaze when I get on stage to perform as well. I have also decided that I will connect with the audience with my gaze. Recently, I have more confidence in my gaze rather than my song…” (Laughs)
Lee Hi has a tone that is hoarse and mid-low but it gives people a sense of comfort.
Lee Hi says: “I admit that my tone is different yet it can cater to a wide audience. No matter what type of song it is, I will be able to sing my style for the song, this could be a gift sent by God.”
Lee Hi has wanted to be a singer since she was in Elementary 4th grade. When asked about who influenced her the most, she replied, “My sister”.
Her sister is now studying in a music course in the University.
Lee Hi said: “When I was young and my parents were operating a restaurant, there were about 500 CD’s in the restaurant. Everyday my sister and I will listen to the CD’s and sing along to the lyrics.” (Laughs).
Joining Kpop Star was also thanks to her sister’s strong persuasion.
Lee HI said: “My parents objected to my singing but my sister said my talent cannot be buried thus she persuaded my parents and also asked me to fill up the audition form. The truth is I am a little timid, I am always thinking that there will be another chance but whenever the chance comes, I will always back out.”
When the reporter asked about Lee Hi’s feelings in Kpop Star she said, “To be honest, I really wanted to be win but Park Ji Min has very good high notes and she also possesses a good basic foundation, thus I was satisfied that I lost to a good singer. My high notes during the competition were really weak although it has been corrected now. I am grateful for being able to be given a chance to be a singer.”
From ‘1,2,3,4’ we can see that Lee Hi loves the black soulful music.
Lee Hi says: “I would like to sing like Duffy, Adele and Kimbra with such retro type of music. My new album will also be going somewhere near this direction.”
The Lee Hi in real life looks much more slimmer compared to being portrayed in the television. It’s so much more different even when she was in Kpop Star.
Lee Hi laughed and said: “The ME in television looks fat thus I have always been exercising. A month before debuting, I have been exercising everyday for 2 hours and lost about 7kg.”
Lee Hi said: “My loyal fans are about aunties and uncles in their 40’s and 50’s. There are always about 30 to 40 adults in their 40’s coming to watch my performances, which makes me feel happy. For this year, my mission is to sing songs that will touch the heart of these group of people.”