In the cutthroat land of K-pop, it’s survival of the fittest. With new groups popping up every other day hoping for a shot at stardom, it can be tough for fresh faces to get their turn in the limelight – even if they have the makings of the perfect K-star. Which is why it’s inevitable that some of these underrated acts and yet-to-debut trainees would resort to participating in reality competition programmes in hopes of getting their names out there. 

Hot on the heels of post-Produce 101 hype, the month of October introduces a new crop of survival shows broadcasted by KBS, JTBC and Mnet – namely The Unit, YG Entertainment’s MIXNINE and JYP Entertainment’s Stray Kids. Ahead, we give you a rundown of everything you need to know about these upcoming survival programmes.

The Unit

What it’s about: KBS’ answer to Produce 101, this idol rebooting programme aims to give K-pop underdogs a second chance in the spotlight. If you thought Produce 101’s competition for the ‘centre’ position was hardcore (war flashbacks, anyone?), The Unit will see all 126 contestants vying for a spot in the ‘centre group’, with the top contender bagging the coveted ‘centre of the centre’ title. After 14 episodes, nine males and nine females will promote as separate unit groups for seven months.

Why you should watch it: Apart from boasting a solid panel of mentors – Rain, HyunA, SHINee’s Taemin etc. – we’re also looking forward to the performance of notable participants such as Boyfriend, HOTSHOT, DIA and former SM Rookies member Hansol. These folks have plenty of potential to make it big, but it’s a pity people tend to ignore that fact. Here’s hoping they’ll be able to get the recognition they deserve through The Unit!

When it’s airing: 28 October 2017

MIXNINE

What it’s about: MIXNINE runs in an uncanny vein to The Unit, and understandably so as the upcoming JTBC audition programme is helmed by former Produce 101 and Show Me The Money producer Han Dong Chul. Joining forces with YG papa, MIXNINE follows Yang Hyun Suk as he searches for budding talents from various entertainment labels, which will lead up to the debut of an all-male or female lineup.

Why you should watch it: Although The Unit has been stirring up a fair amount of hype thanks to its established roster, MIXNINE’s ensemble isn’t one to be belittled either. Besides Produce 101 alums Heo Chan Mi, Park Woo Dam and Woo Jin Young, you can also anticipate the appearance of talented rookie acts such as KNK, LOONA, Dreamcatcher and more. 

When it’s airing: 29 October 2017

Stray Kids

What it’s about: After the success of Sixteen which birthed trending girl group TWICE, JYP goes full steam ahead with yet another survival programme for his upcoming boy band. But instead of pitting the members against each other, the goal is to work together as a team and eventually make their debut without leaving anyone behind. Is it too early for us to start rooting for OT9?

Why you should watch it: These boys may be young, but they’ve certainly got the chops to impress. One look at the hella addictive music video for ‘Hellevator’ – which chalked up a whopping four million views before the show even started airing – had us convinced this budding supergroup’s bound to go far.

When it’s airing: 17 October 2017

Which of these K-pop survival shows are you looking forward to the most? Comment down below!

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Joe Jonas And Sophie Turner Are Engaged!

16 Oct 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Aww! After a year of dating, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have announced on Instagram their decision to get hitched! 

Wedding bells are in order for Hollywood’s new ‘it’ couple. In matching Instagram posts at the same time, Sophie Turner – of Game of Thrones and X-Men fame – and DNCE frontman Joe Jonas shocked the world when they posted a photo of her engagement ring with cut-to-the-chase captions.

 

I said yes.

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 The announcement might come as a surprise to some, since the couple were only spotted hanging out since November 2016, a little less than a year ago. Joe had came off a freshly healing breakup with Gigi Hadid then, but seemed to quickly move on as he and Sophie were photographed around Europe together as she followed his band on tour, with rumours of their dating status fast swirling . In contrary to most other famous couples, the fab duo have rarely posted photos of each other since confirming their relationship and have mostly avoided walking red carpets together. Perhaps that’s their little secret to keep their romance alive?

 

I said yes.

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Following their good news this week, Sophie’s role as Sansa Stark on TV’s Game of Thrones has made fans excitedly joke that Joe is now the “King of The North” while Joe’s band DNCE and brother Nick Jonas expressed their congratulations on social media. Even Joe’s ex-flame Demi Lovato chimed in on his Instagram post, sweetly commenting “HUGE CONGRATS!!!! Soooo happy for the both of you!!!!”

We wonder what this means for their wedding – is it gonna be Game of Thrones themed? Will the Jonas Brothers make a comeback as the wedding band? Will they have wedding cake by the ocean? We’re getting excited just thinking about the possibilities and we aren’t even invited! For now, we’ll just leave this adorable photo of the couple trolling the papparazzi together here for your #couplegoals inspiration.

Featured image: Entertainment Weekly

Do you ship Jophie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 

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Singapore’s obviously a place Bruno Mars likes because the ‘Versace On The Floor’ crooner is returning to our shores for his 24K Magic World Tour come 18 May next year!

Last performing here in 2014 on the Moonshine Jungle World Tour, Bruno Mars is making a pit-stop here in Singapore for his critically acclaimed 24K Magic World Tour next year. Fans can definitely expect dazzling performances of chart-topping hits like the groovy ‘That’s What I Like’, and soulful ballads like ‘When I Was Your Man’. 

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Bruno Mars The 24K Magic World Tour In Singapore

Date: 6 May 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 7pm 
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Ticket prices: (Standing*) $298**, $248 (Seated) $348, $288, $248, $168 (prices exclude $4 booking fee)
Public on-sale date: 19 October (Thursday) at 10am
Ticket sale: from www.sportshubtix.sg, hotline +65 3158 7888, Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets.

Featured image: Yahoo

What’s your favourite Bruno Mars tune to jam out too? Let us know the comment section! 

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Is that you Taylor Swift?! Turns out, our favourite celebrities have their very own doppelgängers, and their uncanny similarities are equal amounts of freaky and amazing. Would you be able to tell them apart?

Taylor Swift VS April Gloria

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Nope, that isn’t actually Tay Tay. Meet April Gloria, the cosplayer that bears an uncanny resemblance to the ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ songstress without even trying. From Taylor’s red lips to her signature cat-eye, and even her shaggy haircut, April’s got Tay’s mug down to a T! 

Ariana Grande VS Jacky Vasquez

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With a twinning level so high even Ariana’s own cousin couldn’t tell them apart, Ariana Grande and Jacky Vasquez share a penchant for high ponytails, cat-winged eyeliner and long lashes, and have similar doll-like features – right down to Ari’s famous dimples. If you’d also like to look like the ‘Dangerous Woman’ diva, 20-year-old Jacky recommends learning how to achieve Ari’s signature pony tail, makeup style and camera poses. 

Ed Sheeran VS Ty Jones

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Turns out, there’s another ginger Teddy on planet Earth, but it seems like looking like a carbon copy of Ed Sheeran hasn’t been a bed of roses for 22-year-old Ty Jones. As the self-proclaimed “Ed’s Evil Twin” shared in previous interviews, the striking resemblance had brought him perks like TV gigs and even a hangout sesh with Ed himself, but it did have some drawbacks when it came to his love life. For example, Ed’s fans would constantly approach Ty for photos (which quite annoyed his ex-girlfriends), and he had to also re-evaluate potential dates to discern if they were only being with him because he was the “next best thing” to Ed. Thankfully, all this hasn’t affected Ty’s love for the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ singer, and he describes meeting Ed as “the highlight of all this”. 

Katy Perry VS Francesca Brown 

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Constantly being mistaken for Katy Perry ever since the songstress released ‘I Kissed A Girl’ back in 2008, actress Francesca Brown reportedly struggled at auditions because of their resemblance. In the end – after attempts at changing up her look didn’t work out thanks to Katy’s ever-evolving style – Francesca accepted a job offer as a Katy Perry impersonator and the rest is history! Perhaps she could double up as Zooey Deschanel too? 

Emma Watson VS Meghan Flockhart

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 We know what you’re thinking, but no – Meghan Flockhart’s resemblance to Emma (and Hermione) doesn’t have anything to do with Polyjuice Potion. Funnily enough, Meghan only realised how similar they looked after dressing up as Hermione for Halloween – since then, she even had to dye her hair in efforts to minimise the “intense” Emma Watson compliments from fans. Consider us Stupified!

Zayn Malik VS Burak Deniz

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The Internet has been seeing quite a few Zayn dopplegangers as it is, but Burak Deniz, a Turkish actor who has appeared in the Turkish version of Pretty Little Liars and Shameless is the most famous (and hottest) one yet. Who even knew that the chiselled bone structure was even replicable on anyone else?!

Gigi Hadid VS Iza Ijzerman 

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If you thought Gigi Hadid looked similar to her sister Bella Hadid, then one look at Dutch model Iza Ijzerman would have you wondering if Gigi actually had a secret twin – especially since they’re both the same age. And it looks like they favour similar beauty styles; tousled blonde waves and minimal makeup that show off their gorgeous features. Wouldn’t it be freaky if Zayn, Gigi, Iza and Burak went on a double date? 

Selena Gomez VS Sofia Solares 

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Sofia Solares definitely had us doing a double take when we first laid eyes on this SelGo lookalike. And with over 445K followers on Instagram, it seems like this Mexican beauty has got the Internet mesmerised too – much like Selena Gomez herself!

Kim Kardashian & Kylie Jenner VS Sonia & Fyza Ali

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The Kardashian-Jenners have more than their fair share of lookalikes, what with the part they played in changing up industry beauty standards, but the Ali sisters undeniably bear the most resemblance of the lot. Sonia and Fyza, who are based in Dubai and are rising names in the Middle Eastern beauty scene themselves, have previously denied rumours that they underwent plastic surgery to get “the Kardashian look”. They’re definitely just born with it! 

Which celebrity doppelgänger duo looks the most alike? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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6 New K-Dramas To Put On Your Binge-Watch List

10 Oct 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

Just when you thought you exhausted your K-drama supply, there’s always a new batch of shows waiting to fill up your to-watch list (but hey, who’s complaining?). From star-crossed romances to feel-good comedies to coming-of-age tales, we rounded up the most binge-worthy dramas to watch – or rewatch – right now.

While You Were Sleeping

Starring: Lee Jong Suk, Bae Suzy

What is it about? Happy-go-lucky journalist who has the ability to see unfortunate events in her dreams, meets tsundere prosecutor who tries to prevent her dreams from becoming reality.

Watch it if… you enjoy geeking out over complex plots and confusing timelines. Apart from our canon OTP, it’s also impossible not to love the chemistry between side couple Kim So Hyun and Kim Jae Ha (Page Turner feels, anybody?). Just be sure to prepare yourself for a bucketload of mascara tears.

Binge-watch on: ONE (Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823), every Wednesday and Thursday at 9pm

Girls’ Generation 1979

Starring: Bona (Cosmic Girls), Chae Seo Jin, Seo Young Joo, Lee Jong Hyun (CNBLUE)

What is it about? Set in the 1970s, there’s your average high school girl who falls in love at first sight, the pretty transfer student who becomes the talk of the town, the typical class nerd with a non-so-secret crush, and the popular jock whom all the girls are whipped for.

Watch it if… your nostalgia-lovin’ hearts have a soft spot for girl-next-door romances, teenage angst and Daegu dialects. And you’ve got a new crop of fresh faces to watch out for, including Bona from up-and-coming girl group Cosmic Girls.

Binge-watch on: Viu

Age of Youth 2

Starring: Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Park Eun Bin, Ji Woo, Choi Ah Ra

What is it about? Picking up where season one left off, follow the lives of five ordinary college students as they struggle with the growing pains of adolescence.

Watch it if… you enjoy slice-of-life fodder and sob stories with plenty of heart. Or if you’re like us and have grown attached to the Belle Epoque girls since the beginning, brace yourselves for yet another rollercoaster ride of emotions.

Binge-watch on: OnDemandKorea

Temperature of Love

Starring: Seo Hyun Jin, Yang Se Jong, Kim Jae Wook, Jo Bo Ah

What is it about? Love blooms on the web between an aspiring screenwriter and a Michelin-star chef, but can they keep the spark alive beyond their virtual dating room?

Watch it if… you’ve been itching for a reunion of the Doctor Romantic co-stars. Not to mention 40 solid episodes of eye candy in the form of leading man Yang Se Jong, actor-of-the-moment blessed with the looks and talent that could give even Park Bo Gum a run for his money.

Binge-watch on: ONE (Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823), every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.55pm

Because This Is My First Life

Starring: Lee Min Ki, Jung So Min, Kim Min Suk, Yoon Bomi (Apink)

What is it about? Two homeless single pringles – who aren’t quite ready to mingle – end up living under one roof. Housemate shenanigans and feline hijinks ensue.

Watch it if… you’re in the mood for some lighthearted romance with a side of slapstick. Bonus if you love all things furry. This also marks the actor’s first production since his return from the army, so that’s certainly something to look forward to.

Binge-watch on: Viu 

Akdong Detectives

Starring: Kim Nam Joo (Apink), Ahn Hyung Seob, Yoo Seon Ho

What is it about? Female detective teams up with two genius high school kids to form the ultimate crime-solving dream team. Also known as Mischievous Detectives or Devil Inspector.

Watch it if… you’re in need of a good laugh yet still want to indulge your inner Sherlock. Or if you just can’t get enough of the Produce 101 boys and crave for some good ol’ bromance.

Binge-watch on: V Live

Which K-drama will you be watching next? Tell us in the comments below!

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