After the press conference yesterday, the actual “2010 Asia Song Festival” finally kicked off at 6 PM at the Seoul Jamsil Olympic Athletics Stadium this evening.
Hosted by UNICEF and KOFICE, the event was the first official cultural event in celebration of the G20 summit to be held in Seoul next month, with a total of 18 different groups representing Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and other parts of Asia, along with 40,000 fans in attendance.
Korea contributed the most artists (13 in total) in the lineup which include Lee Seung Chul, Rain, BoA, KARA, 4minute, B2ST, 2AM, Rainbow, Nine Muses, Ari Band, E.via, Kim Yeo Hee, Teen Top, and Eugene (host). Japanese female group AKB48 will be representing Japan, alongside China’s Jane Zhang, Taiwan’s Joe Cheng, Malaysia’s Michael Wong, and Thailand’s Bie the star.
For those who couldn’t be there due to various reasons, you can view the pictures below or wait for the TV broadcast on KBS1TV at 11pm (KST) on October 24th.
LEE SEUNG CHUL
KIM YEO HEE
BIE THE STAR
AKB48 and KARA compliment each other at the Asia Song Festival
Members of Japan’s popular girl group AKB48 recently confessed, “We have a lot of KARA fans amongst our members.”
AKB48 attended the press conference for the “2010 Asia Song Festival“, and expressed their thoughts on fellow girl group KARA. “It’s an extreme honor to be able to stand on the same stage as such an amazing group like KARA. We have a lot of fans of KARA in our group, making this much more meaningful for us.”
KARA returned with their own set of compliments, “It’s an incredible joy to be able to perform with one of Japan’s greatest girl groups. We’re thankful that they even came all the way to Korea just to perform. We will work our hardest.”
Regarding their popularity in Japan, KARA revealed, “As opposed to changing ourselves to better fit Japan, we feel like one of our greatest strengths was playing up the unique color of KARA instead. We’ll soon be returning to Japan and begin promoting a track titled ‘Jumping‘. It’ll be a fun song that everyone can follow along and dance to, just like ‘Mister.’”
AKB48 continued, “It’s an honor for us as well to be able to stand on this stage in representation of Japan. We’ll work hard to show our youth.”
AKB48’s producer, Akimoto Yasushi, commented, “KARA’s dance performance is captivating. This is an aspect that AKB48 can never follow. They are currently still improving.”
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