HOTSHOT’s Timoteo Talks About His Close Group Of Friends And Getting To Know Ji Hansol On “The Unit”

HOTSHOT’s Timoteo recently opened up about his budding friendship with Ji Hansol on “The Unit,” as well as his close group of friends who are affectionately called “Friendship Parkas” by fans.

During “The Unit,” Timoteo had the opportunity to become friends with many other idols, but he spent much of his time with NewKidd’s Ji Hansol. He said, “Though we were both once SM Entertainment trainees, we didn’t actually have any interactions back then. Kai is the one who introduced us to each other later on because he felt like Hansol and I were in similar situations. I heard that he had been active as a dancer for a while, and we ended up on ‘The Unit’ together. Hansol is very cute and is like a baby sometimes.”

Timoteo also looked back on an emotional moment in the show, when SHINee’s Taemin had broken down in tears after seeing his close friend auditioning for the show. Saying that his friend’s tears had been a source of motivation for him, Timoteo shared that he had spoken to Taemin right after the audition. He said, “Instead of saying sweet and empty words of encouragement, he gave me realistic advice like ‘You have to do better,’ and ‘You’ve trained for a long time, so you have to do well.’ His words pushed me to work even harder to do better.”

Not only did Timoteo receive the support of Taemin, but his entire group of close friends as well. HOTSHOT’s Timoteo, SHINee’s Taemin, EXO’s Kai, HOTSHOT and Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon, BTS’s Jimin, and their non-celebrity friend Kwon Ho are well-known for their tight friendship and are often called “Friendship Parkas.” This is because they ordered parkas with a customized logo on them that signifies their friendship. Timoteo noted that it was a name given to them by fans, as they didn’t have an official name for their friendship.

He shared, “There are a lot of people who think that because we’re all famous, we probably do unusual or extravagant things together when we hang out. But none of us really drink, so we just go out for coffee together, check out good restaurants, and chat. Sometimes, we stay home and play games together. We’re all pretty introverted, and we like to form a few, deep friendships.”

Timoteo continued on to say, “None of us really treat each other like celebrities, we’re just a group of friends. I think the moment you start seeing your friend as a celebrity, you start building a wall between the two of you. We’ve been friends for over ten years, and now we’re more like family. It never feels awkward, even if we’re meeting up for the first time in a while. We plan to go traveling together when we have the time.”

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SHINee’s Key, EXO’s Xiumin, And Red Velvet’s Seulgi Call BoA To Support Her During First Live Broadcast

SM artists showed their support for BoA during her first live broadcast on Naver’s V Live.

On February 19, BoA held a broadcast for the upcoming release of her mini album “One Shot, Two Shot.” She asked fellow SM Entertainment artists for tips on how to do a V Live well and received three phone calls.

Red Velvet’s Seulgi called her first and said, “I’m watching your V Live right now. You’re doing well.” When BoA asked her about the app, Seulgi explained, “Through V Live, you can show your everyday life and get closer with fans. It’s good to do it often.” BoA admitted, “I’m confused. It’s hard to do it by myself.”

Seulgi also told her that after the group’s latest promotions, she was resting during Lunar New Year, and would be returning to work the next day. They then talked about previously promoting Red Velvet’s “Bad Boy” and BoA’s “NEGA DOLA” at the same time.

BoA said, “I was happy we promoted during the same time. I should’ve bought you something yummy, but we were both busy so I wasn’t able to.” Seulgi responded, “It was such an honor for us to promote with you. Next time, we’ll come see you.” BoA promised to exchange numbers with her and buy her food next time.

EXO member Xiumin was the second person to call BoA during her live broadcast. He expressed happiness in seeing her on TV often and brought up something he saw on her reality program “Keyword #BoA.” Xiumin suggested they get together and gather the best drinkers from each group. BoA said, “[TVXQ’s] Changmin drinks too well.”

She praised Xiumin and described him as “the member who is in charge of drawing in new fans” and “the oldest member who has a lot of cuteness.” After hearing that he was waiting to go into the recording studio, she told him to take care of his throat and to record well.

Xiumin concluded the phone call by saying, “You are our pride. You are one of the artists I trust and watch. When you perform, I will go see you like last time. Go BoA!”

SHINee’s Key was the last phone call of the night. The two artists recently showed their close friendship on her reality show. Key commented that BoA looked burdened during her V Live and asked why she hadn’t asked him to join her. BoA replied, “No it’s because you know me too well so you can see things like that, but I’m doing well. I need to get used to broadcasting alone.”

BoA then asked him how SHINee’s concert went and Key replied that he performed well and was currently resting. “I’m proud of you, you worked hard,” she told him.

Key helped her promote her upcoming track by saying, “‘One Shot, Two Shot’ is an easy-listening track, which BoA is releasing for the first time in a while. After you listen to it once, you can’t forget the chorus. It’s that kind of song.”

The artist laughed and accused him of reading off of an article. Key replied, “I’m not! This kind of description shows up on [music programs like] ‘Inkigayo.’” She ended their conversation after asking if he ate dinner, thanking him for calling, and promising to call him after the broadcast.

BoA’s mini album “One Shot, Two Shot” will be released on February 20 at 6 p.m. KST.

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100 Idols Vote For The Best Of The Best Among K-Pop Idols

K-pop idols seem to have it all from amazing visuals to stellar singing and dancing skills. But who do the idols believe are the best of the best?

For the second consecutive year, media source Ilgan Sports surveyed 100 idols in honor of Seollal (also known as Korean Lunar New Year) and they were asked to vote in a variety of categories like visuals, variety talent, and dancing and singing skills. A total of 21 idol groups participated in the survey and they were GOT7, NU’EST W, Red Velvet, RAINZ, MONSTA X, BTS, BLACKPINK, BTOB, SEVENTEEN, Super Junior, Akdong Musician, Wanna One, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, WINNER, Taeyeon, TWICE, fromis_9, EXID, JBJ, and TRCNG.

From voting on the most handsome and beautiful idols to the greatest gamers and the idols other idols most want to collaborate with, 100 idols voted for 12 categories with interesting results.

Check out their choices below!

Most Handsome Idol

  1. BTS’s V (20 votes)
  2. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo (19 votes)
  3. SEVENTEEN’s Vernon (6 votes)
  4. NU’EST’s Ren (4 votes)
  5. WINNER’s Kim Jin Woo / SEVENTEEN’s Jeonghan (3 votes)

Most Beautiful Idol

  1. Red Velvet’s Irene (20 votes)
  2. TWICE (10 votes)
  3. TWICE’s Tzuyu (9 votes)
  4. Suzy (7 votes)
  5. Girls’ Generation’s YoonA / f(x)’s Krystal / BLACKPINK’s Jisoo / BLACKPINK’s Jennie (4 votes)

Most Comical Idol

  1. BTOB’s Eunkwang (15 votes)
  2. BTOB’s Changsub (11 votes)
  3. SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan (9 votes)
  4. BTOB (9 votes)
  5. Super Junior’s Heechul / Super Junior’s Eunhyuk (4 votes)

Best Dancing Machine

  1. EXO’s Kai / TWICE’s Momo (13 votes)
  2. SEVENTEEN’s Hoshi (10 votes)
  3. SHINee’s Taemin / BTS’s Jimin (6 votes)
  4. Super Junior’s Eunhyuk / BTS’s J-Hope (5 votes)
  5. Wanna One’s Park Woo Jin (4 votes)

Idol you most want to collaborate with

  1. IU (9 votes)
  2. TWICE (8 votes)
  3. BTS (7 votes)
  4. SEVENTEEN’s Woozi (6 votes)
  5. BLACKPINK’s Rosé (5 votes)

Best Idol Gamer

  1. Super Junior’s Heechul (14 votes)
  2. VIXX’s Hongbin (12 votes)
  3. Wanna One’s Park Ji Hoon (9 votes)
  4. B1A4’s Gongchan / SEVENTEEN’s Wonwoo (8 votes)
  5. TWICE’s Mina / B.A.P’s Youngjae (7 votes)

Male Idol With Hottest Body

  1. Wanna One’s Kang Daniel (12 votes)
  2. MONSTA X’s Shownu (11 votes)
  3. MONSTA X’s Wonho (10 votes)
  4. BIGBANG’s Taeyang (6 votes)
  5. SHINee’s Taemin / EXO’s Kai / EXO’s Sehun (5 votes)

Female Idol With Hottest Body

  1. HyunA (14 votes)
  2. AOA’s Seolhyun (11 votes)
  3. TWICE’s Momo (7 votes)
  4. BLACKPINK’s Jennie (6 votes)
  5. EXID’s Hani (5 votes)

Idol Who Looks Even Better In Real Life

  1. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo (12 votes)
  2. Red Velvet’s Irene (7 votes)
  3. TWICE (6 votes)
  4. TWICE’s Jihyo / BLACKPINK’s Jisoo (5 votes)
  5. Oh My Girl’s Jiho (4 votes)

Most Fashionable Idol

  1. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon (29 votes)
  2. BLACKPINK’s Jennie (9 votes)
  3. Block B’s Zico (7 votes)
  4. Sunmi / SEVENTEEN’s The8 (6 votes)
  5. JBJ’s Kwon Hyun Bin / Wanna One’s Lai Guan Lin (4 votes)

Best Idol Vocalist

  1. BTOB’s Eunkwang (10 votes)
  2. SEVENTEEN’s Dokyeom (8 votes)
  3. Wanna One’s Kim Jae Hwan (7 votes)
  4. Taeyeon / IU (6 votes)
  5. MONSTA X’s Kihyun / GFRIEND’s Yuju (5 votes)

Idol You Most Want To Get To Know

  1. BLACKPINK (7 votes)
  2. IU (6 votes)
  3. BTS’s V / BTS’s Jungkook / TWICE (5 votes)
  4. BTS / Red Velvet’s Irene (4 votes)
  5. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon / BIGBANG’s Taeyang (3 votes)

Do you agree with their choices?

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February Boy Group Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has published February’s results for brand reputation rankings among boy groups!

The Institute analyzed 123,332,307 sources of data from January 9 to February 10 in the categories of participation, media coverage, communication, and community awareness.

BTS topped this month’s brand reputation rankings with a total score of 19,433,248. Wanna One followed up in second place with a total score of 14,886,529, while iKON came in third place with a score of 8,441,289.

A source from the Institute revealed that BTS was highly associated with the keywords “Golden Disc,” “Billboard,” and “Grand Prize (Daesang)” as they came in first place this month.

The top 30 rankings are as follows:

  1. BTS
  2. Wanna One
  3. iKON
  4. EXO
  5. BIGBANG
  6. INFINITE
  7. SEVENTEEN
  8. JBJ
  9. SHINee
  10. BTOB
  11. Super Junior
  12. WINNER
  13. Shinhwa
  14. GOT7
  15. 2PM
  16. NCT
  17. SECHSKIES
  18. VIXX
  19. Block B
  20. NU’EST W
  21. B1A4
  22. Highlight
  23. ASTRO
  24. MXM
  25. MONSTA X
  26. BEAST
  27. TRCNG
  28. TVXQ
  29. RAINZ
  30. VAV

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SHINee’s Key Proudly Shows Off Jonghyun’s Album


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SHINee’s Key has nothing but love for his groupmate Jonghyun!

On February 2, Key posted a sweet photo alongside the caption, “A precious gift that just arrived from Korea. Hyung, I love and miss you so much. Do everything you want to do. #Shinin’ #Before Our Spring.”

In the photo, Key proudly holds up Jonghyun’s latest album “Poet | Artist.”

Jonghyun’s posthumous album “Poet | Artist,” which features eleven songs in total including “Shinin’” and “Before Our Spring,” has been receiving lots of love worldwide, even charting on the Billboard 200 and topping the World Albums chart.

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BoA And Key Talk About SM Entertainment’s Famous Halloween Party Costumes

In a recent episode of BoA and SHINee’s Key’s reality show, the two talked about SM Town’s epic Halloween party and their costumes!

During the car ride, the two friends got to talking about their drinking habits, with both artists admitting that they didn’t like to drink at SM Entertainment get-togethers. Key quipped, “I couldn’t drink at the SM Halloween party because of my costume.”

BoA commiserated with him, asking, “How long did it take to do your makeup?” At the 2017 SM Halloween party Key dressed up as Marge Simpson, while BoA dressed up as Mario. The party is known for its epic, all-out costumes and many fans look forward to seeing photos of the event afterward.

Key said, “It actually didn’t take that long” and BoA said, “Really? But you had to keep your eyes closed,” referring to how the makeup required him to close his eyes to show the character’s full face.

Key said, “I’m going to do something easier from now on.” But then BoA suddenly said, laughing, “Iron Man?”, a reference to EXO’s Chanyeol’s epic Iron Man costume from the same party. BoA added, “I heard he walked from his dorm [to the party] dressed like that… because he couldn’t bend his knees [to get in the car].”

She went on, “I asked Joon Myun [EXO’s Suho] why Chanyeol stayed standing all night and he said, ‘He can’t sit down.’”

But Key said, “It did everything it was supposed to do” and a clip demonstrated how it opened and closed like the real Iron Man armor.

What are some of your favorite SM Town Halloween costumes from the past?

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12 Celebs Who Bought Their Parents Houses

The road to stardom is not an easy path. Once they finally make it big, many celebrities use their earnings to express their gratitude for their parents’ love and support.

Here are 12 celebrities who gifted their parents with houses after achieving stardom:

1. Girl’s Day’s Hyeri

After skyrocketing to fame with her role in “Reply 1988,” Hyeri immediately bought her parents a new apartment twice the size of their old one.

2. Suzy

In addition to buying her parents a house in her hometown of Gwangju, Suzy also fulfilled their lifelong dream of owning a cafe.

3. Lee Hyori

Not only did Lee Hyori buy her parents a luxurious apartment, she also purchased a building as a gift for her aunt.

4. Won Bin

After making it big as an actor, Won Bin had a unique two-story house built especially for his parents. The house went on to win an architecture award in 2008 and is now a popular tourist attraction.

5. Park Shin Hye

Starting from her days as a child actress, Park Shin Hye saved up for 10 years in order to buy her parents their own restaurant.

6. Nam Goongmin

Despite being an A-list star with a storied career, Nam Goongmin still rents his home. The actor put his family first—after using his earnings to buy his parents a house, the actor went on to buy a house for his married younger brother as well.

7. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon

In 2012, Taeyeon bought her parents an apartment in the most expensive residential complex in Jeonju.

8. iKON’s Bobby

After winning “Show Me the Money 3,” Bobby used his prize money from the show to buy his parents a home in Korea and bring them back from the United States.

9. Jo Jung Suk

Jo Jung Suk, whose childhood dream was to become successful and take good care of his parents, saved up to buy an apartment for him and his mother to live in.

10. Soo Ae

When she started out as a rookie actress, Soo Ae hoped to be able to make enough money to lease a home for her parents. However, she ended up becoming one of Korea’s top actresses and was able to buy her parents a house instead.

11. Minzy

The former 2NE1 member gifted her parents with a house when she was only 19.

12. SHINee’s Taemin

Taemin purchased a home in the Cheongdam neighborhood of Seoul for his parents. Notably, fellow SHINee member Onew also gave his parents all of his earnings.

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