Former Politician Still In the Running for Korean Talent Show

Ex-politician Kang Yong Suk

As koreaBANG reported earlier this year, ex-national assembly member Kang Yong-suk auditioned for the TV programme, ‘Super Star K’, which is the Korean equivalent of the X Factor. While at the time his decision to audition was largely seen as ridiculous, perhaps he was more serious about his potential career path than the public thought. It turns out, he did not get eliminated right away: he made it to the third round, where he faced a panel of celebrity judges. Though we have yet to discover whether Kang’s last audition was successful, netizens have been very vocal about his tenacity in the pop world. Many find the news about him reaching the third round hilarious, likening him to ex-Presidential candidate Huh Kyung-young who is never shy of showing his creative side.

From Nate:

Kang Yong-suk auditioned for the third preliminary for ‘Super Star K’ Season 4

Ex-Rep. Kang Yong-suk is once again gathering attention for participating in the third preliminary round for ‘Super Star K’ Season 4.

According to several people associated with the show, on August 13 Kang auditioned for the Seoul regional preliminary, which is the third round before the show started. He made it past the first, second preliminary.

One of the associates of the show said ‘When Mr Kang applied for Super Star K, we didn’t think he would do well. But we’re all surprised that he’s making it straight through to the third preliminary.’

An online website disclosed Kang’s picture as he waited for the audition with a name tag, ‘Kang Yong-suk’ on his torso.

At the first preliminary of the show, contestants send ‘UCC video’ to be evaluated and they get to meet the judges at the second round with their name tags that includes an array of random alphabets and numbers. Seeing the name tag on the picture of him, Mr Kang seems to have made it through to the third round.

Kang Yong-suk singing at a noraebang

Kang Yong-suk’s auditon video

This is particularly interesting because at the third preliminary, the contestants get to meet celebrity judges. The Seoul preliminary judges were Lee Seung-cheol, Baek Ji-young, and Gil.

Since Kang has been known for his ‘unfiltered’ remarks, it should be an interesting scene to see him being in a weak position, hearing harsh comments. People start asking about what song he sang, whether he did well, and what the judges said to him.

However, a staff member of the show declined to answer questions about Kang’s progress: ‘The episode didn’t even hit the air, I cannot confirm how far he has made it.’

Meanwhile, ‘Super Star K’ Season 4 will air at 11PM on August 17th, following the opening ceremony on the 15th that wraps up the whole preliminary auditions of the show at LA, New York (US), Sydney (Australia), and one of the military bases in South Korea.

Comments from Nate:

김영애:

What is wrong with this guy….

방미희:

ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke He’s even funnier than Huh Kyung-young ke ke ke

박서경:

Is he gonna sue the judges when he gets eliminated?

박병준:

This ajossi’s life must not be boring.

강석호:

I’m going to sue in 60 seconds.

이종철:

Honestly, I think he’s pretty cool. Who could be as care-free as he is? And although he seems eccentric now, he helped a lot of poor people when he was a lawyer. The Grand National Party tried to politically assassinate him, yet he couldn’t care less. I hope he keeps on driving his own life.

김현준:

*sigh*………. Why did I pay taxes?

박민주:

I heard he has a lot of debt. I feel sorry for him.. Way to go, mate!

전서현:

Huh Kyung-young + Kang Yong-suk could make a hip-hop duo like Deux! Who am I, and where am I! [Deux is a K-pop idol band from early to mid-90s. This comment refers to one of their song.]

박주상:

Kang Yong-suk should release a digital single like Huh Kyung-young did: Look at my eyes, you’ll get sued. Look at my eyes, you’ll get defamation charges. Call my name; you’ll be arrested for impersonation. Sing my song; you’ll get copyrights infringement charges. Call my name three times in a day; eventually, you’ll get sued. Don’t be shy. Do it Right Now![parodying Huh Kyung-young’s song]

최소영:

He was so good during a university debate. He surely graduated from Harvard. [He went to Harvard law school.]

이상미:

You’re a man of will ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke ke

정세현:

How freaking funny it would be when he stands awkward among 20-something kids, singing in a group. ke

이선기:

He’s the man of the house. What’s in his mind doing this nonsense..

김설:

When you don’t make it through the audition, are you going to sue them?

장충석:

Whatever.. This is a free country..

강수진:

Lee Seung-cheol says, ‘You are not as motivated as you were when you were suing around. You’re not going to the next round.’

나국현:

Will power!

김남기:

He’s going to sue them when he’s sent home.

김호영:

Don’t comment on this article. You’ll get sued.

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  • glenn

    Oh well, at least politicians are finally embracing their true careers…

  • 참을 수 없는 존재의 가벼움

    The former lawmaker’s participation in the famous entertainment is quite intriguing.
    He was at the center of several incidents, including his remarks on the dark aspect involved with becoming a female broadcaster–sexual relationship to a powerful guy that he said was inevitable in a successful career buildup.

    After failed to take the governing Saenuri pary’s ticket for a parlimentary seat, he didn’t run in the April election.

    Has he acquired a new taste for the entertaining talent? or Does he have any message to send to the public by taking part in the show? Why did the cable television network allow him to come into the show? just for an effective marketing stragegy?

    How do celebrity judges, experts for the entertainment, make a comment on his performance, which is yet to be known? Will they assess him as they will do other participants?

    All of these points will be revealed when the cutain is pulled up for the show.

    But one thing is clear: whatever motivation he has, he will have low chance of going into politics by demonstrating his performance in front of the public.
    The attempt to capitalize on the public’s attention would fail because the dependence on capriciousness of the mass is risky for any serious prospective politicians.

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