2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards - Winners

20's Drama Star (Male) & Hottest Star - Kim Soo Hyun

20's Drama Star (Female) - Han Ji Min

20's Movie Star (Female) - Suzy

20's Movie Star (Male) - Lee Je Hoon

20's Trendy Music - TaeTiSeo

20's Online Music - Busker Busker

20's Performance - HyunA & HyunSeung

*they didn't attend the award ceremony

20's Band Music - The Koxx

20's Sports Star - Koo, JaCheol

20's Variety Star - Han Hye Jin

20's Gag Character - Raitto

20's Style - Jang Yoon Ju

20's Global Star - Super Junior

20's Booming Star - Jo Jung Suk

Upcoming 20's - Yeo Jin Goo

20's Click - Fashion King

20's Sexiest Performance - Sistar

20s Do Dont's - Park Jin Young

Pictures credit: 20schoice twitter & MNET

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2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards - Voting Results and My Rough Prediction

The voting was officially closed midnight last night. 20 days of voting period - more than 6.6million votes and controversies in between, so who came out victorious?

20's Drama Star (Male) - Kim Soo Hyun

All nominated actors are great actors in their own ways; so I'm happy with any of them winning award in this category.

20's Drama Star (Female) - YoonA

The voting in this category was also quite competitive. Both YoonA and Ha Ji Won were neck-and-neck; even though to be honest, I prefer Ha Ji Won to win in this category. YoonA's acting has improved tremendously in Love Rain (I watched this drama and I was pleasantly surprised) but she's still not up to par with the other nominated actresses). However, because online votes contributes 50% of the overall score, there's a big chance YoonA will take home the award tonight. Han Ji Min is also a well-deserved winner, she's fantastic in Padam-Padam and so cute in Rooftop Prince.

20's Movie Star (Male) - Lee Je Hoon

I'm not a movie-person, so can't really predict the winner. Read many rave reviews about Lee Je Hoon's solid acting in this movie. His acting in Fashion King (cough.. cough...) was brilliant too!

20's Movie Star (Female) - Suzy

Suzy won the Best Rookie Award (Movie) at Baeksang this year and has swept many newcomers award in drama and movie too. Got a feeling she may win tonight. I'm actually more excited to see her joint performance with Busker Busker! With First Love concept, it's going to be a very romantic performance. 

20's Trendy Music - TaeTiSeo

I'm not into k-pop so much, but I do enjoy all these 5 nominees' songs. So I'm happy with whoever comes up victorious tonight. My prediction? It's going to be TaeTiSeo's night. The girls have been preparing for TaeTiSeo's party for tonight's award ceremony and I really want to join their vibrant fun party!

20's Online Music - SE7EN

Not quite sure about this category, but I assume this is about the online download? Or digital sales? I followed the votes closely and IU has been leading but in the end, Se7en won the poll. Please forgive me, Se7en fans, because I don't really follow him I don't really know if he has a strong online digital sales. But as far as I know IU, T-ara, Leessang & Busker Busker do. Overall, I love all of them, so happy if any of them win the award tonight.

20's Performance - Shinhwa

Shinhwa has been confirmed to attend the ceremony, so I think they will take home the award. Happy for them because they're the perfect example that even though they may not be as young as the other nominees, but they can still compete with them and won the poll! =)

20's Band Music - Guckkasten

20's Sports Star - Son Yeon Jae

20's Variety Star - Garie

Out of these 5 nominees, to be honest, I only watch Garie's and Leeteuk's variety shows. So I'm happy if either of them win the award. They're both very natural and humble. Pleasantly surprised that Garie topped the poll though =)

 20's Gag Character - Raitto

20's Style - G-Dragon

I always love G-Dragon's style so happy that he won the poll. Hopefully he'll win tonight too.

20's Global Star - Super Junior

I didn't even think that Jang Geun Suk could be in the 2nd place because of massive votings done by both ELFs and SONES. But anything could happen when fans united together to vote for their artists. My prediction: SuJu will win tonight.

20's Booming Star - Lee Jong Suk

Upcoming 20's - Kang Seung Yoon

20's Social Artist - Choi Si Won

20's Click - Who's on First

The selection criteria to decide the winner for 2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards:

Online Votes 50% + 20's Research Result 30% + Special Judge 20%

The voting results can NOT be used to predict the winners, because it only counts 50% of the overall score. Moreover, Mnet has a no show no award policy (even though they still gave awards to 2 artists who didn't attend last year).

So far, the following artists are confirmed to attend:
- Suzy
- Busker Busker
- Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk and Donghae
- Shinhwa
- TaeTiSeo

Special Stage:
- Suzy & Busker Busker Joint Performance
- 2PM Wooyoung's Debut Solo Performance
- TaeTiSeo Twinkling Party

Blue Carpet will be broadcast starting from 5PM KST and the ceremony will start at 7PM KST. Live streaming at http://youtube.com/mnet.

If you have twitter account, follow live tweet of 2012 Mnet 20's Choice awards global supporters in your own languages.

Hope everyone will enjoy the blue carpet and the party tonight! =)

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2012 Seoul Drama Awards - Nominees & Info

It's almost the time of the year again to vote for our favorite actor, actress and drama for Seoul Drama Awards.

Once again, korea.com will hold the popularity vote and the voting will begin on July 10, 2012 and will run for 27 days. The voting will end on August 5, 2012.

The winners will be announced on August 30, 2012.

Outstanding Korean Actor

- Jang Geun Suk
- Lee Min Ho
- Lee Seung Gi
- Kim Soo Hyun
- Park Shi Hoo
- Park Yoo Chun

Outstanding Korean Actress

- Bae Suzy
- Ha Ji Won
- Han Ji Min
- Moon Chae Won
- Han Ga In
- Shin Se Kyung

Excellent Korean Drama

- Tree with Deep Root
- Scent of Woman
- City Hunter
- Sign
- The King 2Hearts
- Rooftop Prince
- The Moon that embraces the sun
- Best Love
- My Princess
- Glory Jane
- My Husband got a Family
- The Princess Man
- Dream High

For People's Choice Award: One Actor & Actress will be chosen based on voting from Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.

To be honest, I'm in a dilemma here because all nominated actors deserve to win. So I'm still undecided who I'll be rooting for. For the actress, I'm rooting for Moon Chae Won and Ha Ji Won. For Excellent Drama: I'll be happy if Deep Root Tree / The Princess Man / The King 2Hearts win the prize.

People's Choice Award, I predict there will be very competitive votes between Asia Prince Jang Geun Suk and JYJ's Park Yoo Chun. Both have very large international fanbase. But we'll see what's going to happen next month.

So, mark your calendar, bookmark the voting page and get ready to vote!

More information about Seoul Drama Awards can be found on its official website: http://www.seouldrama.org/EN/

Source: korea.com

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Jung Yoo Mi joins Kim Hyun Joong & Nam Goong Min in Conquer the City aka City Conquest [도시정벌]

Finally the heroine for the upcoming drama, City Conquest, is revealed. She's none other than Jung Yoo Mi! I loved her in Dong Yi, not so much in Thousands Day Promise & Rooftop Prince though. So I hope she'll be able to win me back in her portrayal as a pure & innocent jewelry designer in City Conquest.

Image src: Nate

Can't wait to see her chemistry with Kim Hyun Joong & Nam Goong Min!

Img cr: Nate

Brief Synopsis

‘City Conquest’ is a drama that’s been adapted from the original comic by author Shin Hyung Bin. This new project brings together humanism and action, and it tells the story of main character Baek Mir who grew up resentful towards his father who left his mother and himself. He takes revenge against the evils of society which drove his family into destruction.

cr: allkpop

City Conquest is an adaptation of gritty racy adult Manhwa Conquer the City. I never heard nor read the Manhwa so I'm interested to see how writer Hwang Joo Ha (Emperor of the Sea, Lie To Me) incorporates the Manhwa into the dramaland. Pretty sure the Manhwa is quite racy as everytime I searched about the Manhwa, I got the 19+ warning restriction!

Brief info about City Conquest

- Kim Hyung Joong will be playing as Baek Mir who has a rough childhood without his parents and grows up to be wild, but he’s weak when it comes to love (cr: dramabeans)

- Nam Goong Min will be playing as Baek Mir's rival in love

- PD is Yang Yoon Ho who directed blockbuster & one of my favorite action-drama IRIS 

- Kim Seung Woo will be playing as Baek Mir's father Baek Seung Hyun. He will cameo for 5 episodes. I got a feeling he's one of the most important character in this drama as it's reported that he has close relationship with the President and has indescribable influence & powerful charisma. Intrigued to see the main reason why he left his family and why Baek Mir hate him so much.

- Filming will start next month in Japan once the casting is complete and it's reported they will shoot in Japan, Myanmar, Singapore, France.

- Still no news about the broadcasting station who will pick up this drama, however, this drama has already been pre-sold to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China for a total of 10 million US dollars (src: soompi)!

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Mnet 20's Choice Awards - Nominees, Info & Special Memories from last year's ceremony

The only annual Summer Award Ceremony, this year Mnet 20's Choice Awards will be held on June 28, 2012 and will be broadcast live on Mnet Youtube Channel, global.mnet.com, etc. The main ceremony will start at 7PM KST and the Blue Carpet at 5PM KST. The theme is "Do [Don’ts] Super 20’s". And the dress code is: Pool Side Party Look + Neon Color Point. I hope the weather will be good because I really want to see the vibrant & colorful red carpet fashion! Last year it rained heavily so the red / blue carpet were a bit subdued.

The MCs are still unknown (which is a bit late, isn't it? As the ceremony will be held tomorrow afternoon). Last year's MCs were Miss A's Suzy and Song Joong Ki; they announced the MCs 3 weeks prior to the ceremony. I thought I  missed out on this year's MC announcement, but as far as I remember, I haven't read any news about it.

I still remember all the fiasco and complains from this particular award show last year; that people believe that it's rigged and Mnet gave the awards to artists who could attend the ceremony. Which was not 100% true, as both IU (Hot CF Star) & Son Yeon Jae (Hot Sport Star) didn't attend the ceremony but still won the awards.

But to be honest, I didn't truly enjoy the ceremony; it was probably because of the gloomy weather & the laughable award categories. The only things I enjoyed were the Top Gear guy who magically appeared behind some of the winners when they accepted the awards and Kim Hyung Joong's The King of Pirates wet sexy performance!

For this year, thankfully they have removed the ridiculous categories!

So here are the awards categories and the nominees for Mnet 20s Choice 2012 Awards:

20's Drama Star (Male)

- Kim SooHyun
- Song Joong Ki
- Um TaeWoong
- Lee SeungGi
- Joo Won

20's Drama Star (Female)

- Shin Se Kyung
- YoonA
- Jung RyeoWon
- Ha Ji Won
- Han Ji Min

20's Movie Star (Male)

- Ryu Seung Ryong
- Park Hae Il
- Yoo Ah In
- Lee Je Hoon
- Ha Jung Woo

20's Movie Star (Female)

- Gong Hyo Jin
- Kim Go Eun
- Kim Min Hee
- Suzy
- Lim Soo Jung

20's Trendy Music

- Bigbang
- TaeTiSeo
- miss A

20's Online Music

- Leessang
- Busker Busker
- IU
- T-ara

20's Performance

- SHINee
- Shinhwa
- Ulala Session
- HyunA&HyunSeung

20's Band Music

- Guckkasten
- Glen Check
- Daybreak
- Monni
- The Koxx

20's Sports Star

- Kang Jeong Ho
- Koo Ja Cheol
- Park Chan Ho
- Son Yeon Jae
- Jung Chan Sung

20's Variety Star

- Garie
- Kyu Hyun
- Kim Joon Ho
- Lee Teuk
- Han Hye Jin

 20's Gag Character

- Raitto
- Emergency Planning Committee
- Americano
- Gaeparta
- Brave Guys

20's Style

- Go Joon Hee
- Soo Young
- Yoo Ah In
- Jang Yoon Ju
- G-Dragon

20's Global Star

- Kim Hyun Joong
- Beast
- Girls` Generation
- Super Junior
- Jang Geun Suk

20's Booming Star

- Ailee
- Lee Sang Min
- Lee Jong Suk
- Im Si Wan
- Jo Jeong Seok

Upcoming 20's

- Kang Seung Yoon
- Kang Ji Young
- Kim You Jung
- Sul Li
- Yeo Jin Goo

20's Social Artist

- Kim Jang Hoon
- Park Jin Hee
- Lee Hyori
- Cha In Pyo
- Choi Si Won

20's Click

- You got a ugly girlfriend
- Sound of the heart
- Reverse! Weird Cooking
- Who's on first
- Fashion King

Voting will close at midnight tonight KST.

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Arang and the Magistrates - BTS Pictures & Stills of Lee Jun Ki and Shin Min Ah

Is it July 25 yet? =)

I'm over the moon looking at the BTS Pictures and Character Stills of handsome Lee Jun Ki who will be playing as a magistrate and Shin Min Ah who is so gorgeous as a Ghost named Arang.

Lee Jun Ki has uploaded few character stills on his official twitter account and I believe he will have a spectacular on-screen chemistry with Shin Min Ah. Not going to predict the ending of this fantasy melo drama, because I'm scared to even think about it. A love story between a magistrate and a ghost? Only a miracle can turn the ending into a happy ending. 

In the meantime, enjoy all these gorgeous character stills: 

BTS Pictures filmed yesterday on the set of Arang and the Magistrates in Namyang-ju: 

Image Credit: Lee Jun Ki twitter and Nate

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