After a gruelling few months since the auditions, the nine remaining finalists of Asia’s Got Talent (AGT) Season 3 had gathered to perform at the final showdown on 4 April, in a bid to clinch the grand prize and score exclusive bragging rights as the coveted winners.

From digital magic to contemporary acrobatics to shadow play, these talented performers never fail to impress with their unique individual skills. Before the season comes to an end during the unveil on 11 April, we sat down with the AGT judging panel David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park to talk about their final thoughts about the show, most memorable moments and more.

On their most memorable moment of season 3

Anggun: I remember the vroom-vroom guy from Malaysia during the auditions. Oh my God, I laughed so hard, I cried! I’m actually a little disappointed that he wasn’t here because he was just so funny.

David Foster: That moment when I got to go up on stage with this Japanese magician. It was really thrilling for me to watch him up-close as he did his magic because I’m an amateur act myself.

Jay Park: Well… I got some underwear flung at me by one of the contestants (laughs). Although it was part of their segment, it was nonetheless very memorable for me.

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On how they judge a performing act

Jay Park: I think that with AGT, there are so many different types of talents that it’s impossible to be an expert in every single field. So I judge based on how the act makes me feel when I’m watching it. If I’m entertained, it’s good for me.

David Foster: For me, I purely judge on what I see, hear and feel.

Anggun: At the end of the day, it’s about whether or not I’ve been touched by a performance, moved by a voice or surprised at how a dance routine has revived something in me. It’s really one of those things where I have to pay attention to when I’m watching them.

On the contestants that didn’t make it

David Foster: There’s only going to be one winner and eight non-winning acts who are going to have to make a decision in their life. “We didn’t win AGT, so what are we going to do next?” Just because they didn’t win here, doesn’t mean that they’re not going to win anywhere else. I guarantee you that out of those eight non-winners, you might just hear from a couple of ’em because they are just so good.

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On what hidden talents they would use for their auditions

David Foster: I’m an amateur magician, so I would try to do magic.

Anggun: I can imitate a snail! (Laughs)

Jay Park: I would probably wrestle a crocodile or something.

On what they would do if they won the show

Anggun: This is one of the biggest platforms in the world where we are reaching millions of people. So I think it’s a great opportunity to put my art in the spotlight and show the world what I’m capable of.

Jay Park: When I first made some money, I bought a couple of gifts for my parents because they’ve done a lot for me. So if I won, I’d keep working on my craft and focus on staying humble and grounded.

David Foster: I’ll probably use the prize money to pay one of my ex-wives (laughs). 

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On the kind of acts they hope to see in the next season

Anggun: We don’t have any comedians so I’d love to be able to see some comedians [on the show]. It’s one of the hardest things in the world to make people laugh and I think that humour is its own language. Finding that one person who has that comedic talent that can transcend culture, would be something I’m definitely going to look out for.

Jay Park: I would really just like to see a good rapper. There are a lot of great hip-hop rappers in Asia so I think it’s time to see a real solid rapper grace the AGT stage.

On advice for future auditionees of the show

David Foster: If you’ve seen the talent over the last three seasons and are afraid to enter, then you should not enter. Because if you’re fearless and really want to make it that badly, nothing will and can stop you.

Anggun: I agree!

Jay Park: I think seeing all the past contestants on the show should be something that will motivate you to work harder. If they are better than you, you’d know what the standard is and how to surpass it. It’s a sort of blueprint that should inspire and spur you, which makes the process a lot easier than those who competed without any benchmarks.

Photo credits: AXN Asia

Asia’s Got Talent Season Three Grand Finals: Results airs 11 April 2019 (Thursday) at 8.30pm on AXN!

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There’s plenty to be excited this April as the K-pop world readies a lineup of exciting comebacks for fans around the world. Amongst the list of idol acts is the highly-anticipated return of global sensation BTS with their upcoming EP, Map of the Soul: Persona.

Having just dropped their comeback trailer two weeks ago, the septet is back with another surprise teaser for ‘Boy With Luv’, which is created in collaboration with American pop singer Halsey. Dubbed by BTS stans as the collaboration of the century, this project has been a long time coming since both parties first met at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, where they showed us exactly what was it like to be #FriendshipGoals.

Although this long-awaited collaboration took two whole years to happen, fans have finally been rewarded for their patience with this partnership becoming a reality. Despite getting just about 46 seconds of visuals and just a hint of a tune, it’s more than enough for ARMYs to blow up social media in anticipation for the full music video release on 12 April, 7pm.

From Steve Aoki to Nicki Minaj to now Halsey, the boys have shown that Korean pop music isn’t just limited to Asia anymore. Together with the rapidly-growing size of the BTS ARMY, we’re pretty sure that the list of would-be collaborators will also continue to increase, ideally bringing the K-pop idol group closer to realising their Grammy dream.

In case you’ve missed it, here’s the first teaser video for BTS’ new track ‘Boy With Luv’ in collaboration with Halsey.

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TWICE To Return To Singapore This July For Their 2019 World Tour!

8 Apr 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

Third time’s the charm indeed: the hugely popular K-pop girl group TWICE has just announced that they will be embarking on their upcoming 2019 world tour, which will mark their third time performing on our sunny shores!

After a massively successful concert in Singapore as part of their TWICE 2ND TOUR ‘TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park series in June last year, local ONCEs can look forward to a handful of new tunes off their seventh mini album Fancy You as the girls are set to make their spring comeback this April.

According to the concert poster that was released through their official social media accounts, TWICE will be kicking off their tour in Seoul on 25 and 26 May before heading off to Bangkok, Manila and Singapore in the coming months. Shortly after, the nine-member act will make their rounds in North America before coming back to Asia for one last show in Kuala Lumpur on 17 August.

Check out their full concert schedule below!

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No other details are revealed as of now, so do stay tuned for updates!

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8 K-pop Easter Eggs You May Have Missed In American TV Shows

5 Apr 2019 by Jasmine Ong

From music show performances to variety programme appearances, K-pop idols are no stranger to going on Korean television as part of their promotional activities. But did you know that they’ve also been making their rounds on the Western media? Since the Hallyu wave’s international reach, the world of Korean pop has been steadily turning into a global domination – and American TV has been quick to embrace the phenomenon by including K-pop references in their series. Here are eight great scene-stealers that you might want to catch up on.

#1 Family Guy

Who would have thought that K-pop would make an appearance in an animation? Created by Seth MacFarlane, the Emmy-nominated Family Guy did a special Korean-themed episode in their 14th season named ‘Candy, Quahog Marshmallow’, where Peter Griffin (Seth MacFarlane) discovers that one of his best friends Quagmire, had actually been a Korean soap star. This leads them to South Korea, where they encounter their first K-pop experience through the viewing of a real-life version of SISTAR’s music video for ‘Touch My Body’.

#2 Glee

Probably one of the hottest shows before the series finale in 2015, Glee is known for pushing boundaries with its storyline and reintroducing the modern generation to an incredible discography that includes music from all kinds of genres. Being a champion of diversity, it’s no surprise when K-influences are included in the mix. In a scene from the eighth episode off their fourth season, Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr), who is a member of the New Directions, can be seen teaching his fellow choir mates the basics of dance with a little help from BIGBANG and their hit song, ‘Fantastic Baby’.

#3 Lucifer

As the title would suggest, this series is about the devil himself – Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) – who is a nightclub owner and doubles up as a detective consultant for the LAPD. Their surprising K-pop connection came in the 13th episode of the third season when Lucifer had a very meta moment with SHINee’s ‘Lucifer’ that was used during a fight scene. It should also be noted that this isn’t the first time the team behind Lucifer has used Korean pop songs in their series as CL and BIGBANG’s T.O.P have both been featured before!

#4 NCIS New Orleans

While most people would argue that the demographic for NCIS New Orleans might be slightly older, it seems like the writers of the series has just proven us wrong with their very up-to-date K-pop references. The eighth episode of their current season saw Hannah Khoury (Necar Zadegan), a K-pop savvy NCIS agent, using her knowledge on NCT Dream to break the ice with a high-schooler she’s trying to interview. Despite her seemingly wrong pronunciation of the members’ names and a far-fetched scenario of hanging out with the boys in Busan, we still give the show an A+ for effort.

#5 Selfie

In one of the wittiest ways of K-pop portrayal in mainstream American television, the short-lived sitcom Selfie gives a somewhat honest representation of how non-Koreans often assume a Korean reacts in real life. In the fourth episode, we see one of the young characters who’s a budding DJ get asked to cut short his play time for bed. But instead of packing it up, he dedicates a song – which happens to be the catchy K-pop banger ‘Bar Bar Bar’ by Crayon Pop – to his Korean-American guardian Henry Higgs (John Cho). Despite his sarcastic retort to address the suggested stereotype, it’s hilarious how he couldn’t resist bopping along to the addictive beat.

#6 Silicon Valley

Understanding just how big of a draw BTS is in America, cable network HBO decided to use the septet’s widely popular track ‘MIC Drop’ as the official trailer song for the promotion of the fifth season of Silicon Valley. While the boys aren’t exactly audible enough to be instantly recognised, ARMYs around the world are quick to spot the familiar beats as well as the iconic lyrics of “Haters gon’ hate, players gon’ play” at the end of the trailer.

#7 The Bold Type

Inspired by life in fashion publishing, The Bold Type follows three girls on their path to finding their own voices in a sea of intimidating leaders. As it’s a series about women, it’s only natural to include a significant female K-pop group as the accompanying music for their debut episode. BLACKPINK’s ‘Whistle’ is used in a scene that features one of the three main characters as she gets ready for a date. Unlike other shows where the music gets turned down to accommodate the character’s dialogue, you can actually hear the girls’ pristine vocals loud and clear without any interruptions!

#8 The Magicians

Described as a grown-up version of Harry Potter, this fantasy series follows a group of pop culture-savvy millennials with the gift of magic as they encounter insane surprises that challenge them at every turn. Similar to the premise of the series, The Magicians surprises with their usage of 2NE1’s ‘I Am The Best’ in a scene off the seventh episode of season two, where one of the magicians Eliot Waugh (Hale Appleman) has engaged his magical object to induce his intended targets in a dance trance.

Are there any other K-pop easter eggs we missed out in American TV shows? Let us know in the comments below!

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Technical issues are part and parcel of any show, but it’s not often you see it evolve into a completely impromptu performance between artiste and fan that kept the whole crowd going.

That was exactly what happened during South Korean pop-rock girl group DREAMCATCHER’s latest gig on our sunny island on 22 March, when the music cut off midway through their latest single ‘Piri’ due to a technical fault. Undeterred, the seven talented ladies – JiU, SuA, Siyeon, Handong, Yoohyeon, Dami and Gahyeon – continued the song without backing music, while their fans (known as InSomnias) responded by enthusiastically completing the lyrics for them.

This was just one of the many standout moments that occurred that night. The septet had been in town for the Singapore leg of their Asian tour Invitation From Nightmare City, which marked their first solo performance here after a previous appearance at HallyuPopFest 2018.

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With catchy dance hits, sultry vocals and energetic pop-rock bangers among their discography, it was unsurprising to see a packed Gateway Theatre of Singapore InSomnias – most dressed in red to match a fan support event ­– waiting with bated breath for the girls to bring the house down.

Here are some of our favourite snippets that show you exactly why DREAMCATCHER deserves their ardent following.

#1 They carried the show with ease

Some groups might need cues from their leaders or video segments interspaced between songs to prepare for their next track, but not DREAMCATCHER. In a fairly no-frills two hours chockfull of infectious earworms like ‘Good Night’, ‘Chase Me’ and ‘Over The Sky’, the group led fans through each segment energetically, barely having the time to drink up or leave the stage to catch a breather. Fans were seldom kept waiting, with the girls even introducing a special album giveaway and game segment to spice things up.

#2 They’ve got some impressive English skills

Although we’re sure the biggest of fans would try to learn Korean so as to understand their idols better, the girls also took it upon themselves to speak in English sans a translator whenever possible. Leader JiU sent a huge heart in InSomnias way with a declaration of “I love you” during ‘Lullaby’ (cue screams from across the theatre), while Yoohyeon spoke entirely in English during their final talk set despite feeling nervous about their performance.

Bonus: Chinese member Handong also spoke in Mandarin, saying “I love you” to everyone. Aww!

#3 These goth princesses can be cute too!

While DREAMCATCHER is known for their horror-esque concept, they’re just seven girls who want to have fun behind their goth princess personas. During the introduction for their recent hit ‘Piri’, the girls stepped away from their serious selves to break into impromptu dance routines, while waving at fans and prancing around the stage – definitely not what some might expect from them!

#4 Each subunit stage let the members shine

Breaking into groups of threes and twos, the girls covered some of their favourite English tracks in sub-units. SuA and Yoohyeon covered Charlie Puth’s ‘Attention’ in a beautiful duet, Dami and JiU hyped the crowd up with ‘I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo Rida, while we were asked out by Gahyeon, Siyeon and Handong’s rendition of Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’. Each part highlighted the members’ powerful vocals, and Handong, in particular, showcased her hidden rap skills. Talk about talent!

#5 They’re full of love for their fans

At the heart of it, the concert was made incredibly memorable by the sheer amount of genuine affection the girls showered on the fans (and vice versa). Sending hearts, engaging with fellow InSomnias and noticing each and every fan support project throughout the night, our queens of fan interaction were a complete joy to watch.

And fans, in turn, shared their love back. An impromptu birthday song for Handong near the end of the concert caused her to burst into tears, and the other six girls immediately came forward to give her a big bear hug in a heartwarming scene.

Fan-favourite track ‘Full Moon’ (as well as an encore of three more hits) ended off the night. We think it’s safe to say that InSomnias aptly couldn’t get a wink of sleep after the show – and fittingly so.

Psst, Teenage also caught up with DREAMCATCHER before their concert for an interview! Stay tuned for the full video on our YouTube – it’s going to be a wild one.

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