9:51 am - 01/04/2013

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.”


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supplanter 4th-Jan-2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Apparently likes "black soulful music", names only white vocalists as role models. orz

(Not trying to jump down her throat or anything, but at its mildest it is at least funny....)

EDIT: although, I think one can say that an asian girl "trying" to sing "black soulful music" certainly has something in common with a white girl "trying" to sing "black soulful music".

Edited at 2013-01-04 06:07 pm (UTC)
ashiva 4th-Jan-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
I think it's the translation as Koreans call lots of music categories (hip hop, R&B, soul, etc) as black music. The translator should have just translated that part as soulful music.
laeryn 4th-Jan-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Girl I love your voice, but no, your gaze says absolutely nothing. I'm looking forward to her album, tho.
letsgonikki 4th-Jan-2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
I really love her and her music! :) excited for her new album! :)
miwa201 4th-Jan-2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
She's so freaking boring. She has no stage presence and her vocals are really shaky. I feel sorry for Jimin because she's wasted at 15& especially since she's a lot better than Hayi.

And I hate "Lee Hi" so much ugh.
benihime99 4th-Jan-2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
IA that Jimin is being wasted on 15& but what does it have to do with Lee Hi?
They're not in the same company, wasting her talent is all on JYP and him only
ashiva 4th-Jan-2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
I wish she practiced a bit less 'cause it has lately been affecting her voice kinda negatively. And it seems like they are going into good direction with her album, so I'm getting excited! And I hope YG puts her more out there (maybe to do little bit of some MC stuff, radio, variety guestings, and Immortal song 2) in order to grow her fanbase also outside those of in their 40s and 50s.

Poor Park Ji Min though JYP really screwed her up with the music direction of her debut single.

Edited at 2013-01-04 06:15 pm (UTC)
soramai 4th-Jan-2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
I like her voice.
asnindie 4th-Jan-2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
"The Lee Hi in real life looks much more slimmer compared to being portrayed in the television"

asnindie 4th-Jan-2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Anyone else think Su Pearls is dead? There were problems before with one member and since then YG has talked about SNSDYG and a male group but no sign of Su Pearls who should have atleast got something, while Hayi is getting a solo album.
hellodee16 4th-Jan-2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to her album but where the fuck is SuPearls?
Also she better make the best of all this promotion and attention cuz I'm pretty sure YG will eventually start treating her like Gummy in a year or two...
jaghatar 4th-Jan-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
how do you know YG is treating her badly? or are you just assuming

Edited at 2013-01-04 10:46 pm (UTC)
itwontchange 4th-Jan-2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
kimbra! interesting...
xredada 4th-Jan-2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
I know! I was shocked at that choice too. Great choice tho.
hugtimes 4th-Jan-2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
i haven't even read the article but she's 16?
i'm a year older than her and i look like 12 next to her :/
zombiechick815 4th-Jan-2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
So far I'm really enjoying her! 1,2,3,4 is so catchy and she seems like a cute, down to earth girl so far.

I feel really~ bad for Park Ji Min, I wonder what she's thinking now?

Also, what is Lee Hi's official stage name? Is it Lee Hi? Because sometimes I see Lee Ha Yi and I like that better, but I'm confused -_-
ashiva 4th-Jan-2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Lee Ha Yi is her actual name, while Lee hi is her stage name.
benihime99 4th-Jan-2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
I like her and what she brings to the table.
She has a great voice but she doesn't not have a charismatic gaze and she is lacking stage persona but she's very young and did not have X year of training so I'm sure it'll come with some practice.

I'm excited for her album though I was a bit disappointed by scarecrow

Edited at 2013-01-04 07:40 pm (UTC)
xredada 4th-Jan-2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
I hope this doesn't mean the end for Supearls. I'm glad she's doing well tho, 1,2,3,4 really suited her.

I like Hayi's voice but Jimin was always far superior, I think Jimin will get her time to shine in due course.
frequency 4th-Jan-2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
i think the more she performs, the better she'll get with things like stage presence. she's still young, so she still has a lot of room to grow as a singer.

i really love her voice, so i'm super excited for that album. i must admit, her being 16 makes me wonder what i've been doing w/ my life, lol.
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