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10 New And Upcoming K-Dramas To Watch In The Second Half Of 2019

25 Jul 2019 by Jasmine Ong

If you are a huge K-drama aficionado, you might have already binge-watched your fill of recent series such as My Absolute Boyfriend, He Is Psychometric and Angel’s Last Mission – Love, and are probably needing something to fill the void of your to-watch list. Look no further as we’ve compiled a list of new and upcoming shows that are guaranteed to satisfy all your drama needs. From teenage first loves to paranormal romance, here are 10 K-dramas to watch out for over the next few months of 2019.

#1 Hotel Del Luna

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Starring: IU, Yeo Jin Goo, P.O (Block B)

What’s it about: Written by the legendary Hong sisters, Hotel Del Luna follows a beautiful but fickle, greedy and suspicious female, who runs a seemingly nostalgic hotel in downtown Seoul where its only clientele are… ghosts. Because of a grave mistake she made in her past, she is made to watch over the hotel where she unexpectedly meets a young gentleman who begins working as a manager at her establishment, with no prior knowledge of its occupants despite his fear of anything paranormal.

Catch Hotel Del Luna on Viu now.

#2 Class of Lies

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Starring: Yoon Kyun Sang, Geum Sae Rok, Jun (U-Kiss)

What’s it about: What will you do to clear your name after hitting rock-bottom? That’s what a tenacious lawyer has to deal with after having his reputation ruined by a high school murder case. In order to regain his credibility as a reputable attorney, he takes on a temporary teaching position to infiltrate the school and find out the real truth behind the case.

Catch Class of Lies on Viki now.

#3 At Eighteen 

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Starring: Ong Seong Wu, Kim Hyang Gi, Shin Seung Ho, Kang Ki Young

What’s it about: Making his official debut as an actor after his stint in Wanna One, Ong Seong Wu takes on the lead role as a transfer student in this youth drama, who has to adjust to life in a new high school. At Eighteen aims to highlight the different experiences and emotions of an environment that we are all too familiar with. This drama will also mark child actress Kim Hyang Gi’s return to the small screen after four years.

Catch At Eighteen on Viu now.

#4 I Wanna Hear Your Song

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 Starring: Kim Se Jeong (Gugudan), Yeon Woo Jin, Song Jae Rim, Park Ji Yeon

What’s it about: Despite having witnessed a murder, Hong Yi Young (Kim Se Jeong) has no recollection of what happened that fateful day. Even without the knowledge to haunt her, she still suffers from insomnia. Lucky for her, she meets a pianist in an orchestra who is able to help her fall asleep every night, although he is bad at singing. With the aid of her new friend, she tries to recover her memories which could possibly lead her to the truth behind the murder.

I Wanna Hear Your Song is slated to air 30 July 2019.

#5 Welcome 2 Life

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Starring: Rain, Lim Ji Yeon

What’s it about: How would you react if you had to live a different version of your life? That’s something that powerful lawyer Lee Jae Sang (Rain) has to deal with after a mysterious car accident sends him into a parallel world. Here, he struggles to cope with the alternate version of his life where he finds himself employed as a civil prosecutor and married to a woman he had broken up with 10 years ago.

Welcome 2 Life is slated to air 5 August 2019.

#6 Be Melodramatic

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Starring: Chun Woo Hee, Jeon Yeo Bin, Han Ji Eun

What’s it about: Helmed by the director of the popular 2014 coming-of-age film Twenty, Be Melodramatic follows three women in their 30s who are best friends and are living together. What ensues is a closer look at their lives as well as the issues and romances that they experience along the way.

Be Melodramatic is slated to air 9 August 2019.

#7 Catch The Ghost

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Starring: Moon Geun Young, Kim Sun Ho

What’s it about: Making her small screen comeback in four years, Moon Geun Young is set to play the female lead in Catch The Ghost as a rookie detective on the subway police team. Due to her overflowing sense of justice and exceptional spatial perception, she tends to get herself into trouble when she reacts rashly. This spells bad news for her male partner (played by Welcome to Waikiki 2 lead, Kim Sun Ho) who ends up cleaning up her mess.

Catch The Ghost is slated to air 26 August 2019.

#8 Strangers From Hell

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Starring: Im Si Wan, Lee Dong Wook

What’s it about: Based off the popular thriller webtoon of the same name, Strangers From Hell details the bizarre incidents that a guy encounters once he moves into a cheap apartment complex in Seoul. A bit of a first for the two leads, this drama will mark Im Si Wan’s first acting role after his military discharge and Lee Dong Wook’s first drama thriller for OCN.

Strangers From Hell is slated to air 31 August 2019.

#9 The Joseon Romantic-Comedy Tale of Nok-Du

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Starring: Kim So Hyun, Jang Dong Yoon

What’s it about: Adapted from yet another popular webtoon named Mung Bean Chronicles comes the misadventures of Jeon Nok-Du (Jang Dong Yoon), a noble man who disguises himself as a woman in an attempt to escape an arranged marriage. He goes to a widow village where he meets a spirited Dong Dong Ju (Kim So Hyun), an unwilling gisaeng apprentice who learns of his true identity and seeks his assistance to escape her fate in exchange for his secret.

The Joseon Romantic-Comedy Tale of Nok-Du is slated to air 30 September 2019.

#10 Melting Me Softly 

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Starring: Ji Chang Wook, Won Jin Ah, Yoon Se Ah

What’s it about: Making his return to screen since his long-awaited military discharge, Ji Chang Wook takes centre stage in this romantic-comedy about a man and a woman who voluntarily participates in a project to get frozen for 24 hours, but by some mysterious intervention, wake up 20 years later instead.

Melting Me Softly is slated to air 19 October 2019.

Which K-drama are you excited to watch? Tell us in the comments below!

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Kang Daniel is back! After concluding an arduous legal battle with his former agency LM Entertainment, the ex Wanna One star has decided to strike out on his own by establishing his own one-man entertainment company – and it’s going to be all uphill from here.

Hot on the heels of his impending solo debut, Daniel is also set to embark on his long-awaited fanmeeting tour, with Singapore being the first stop followed by Hong Kong. With his monstrous popularity in South Korea and around the world, one can definitely expect his events to be on a massive scale – but for a fanmeet to be held at one of the biggest concert venues in Singapore? That’s a first.

To be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium (where Wanna One last had their final concert at), Daniel will stage his first ever solo fanmeeting at the 12,000-capacity stadium – a feat that no other K-pop act has been able to achieve. As if the announcement alone isn’t enough to get everyone excited, fans of Daniel will be thrilled to know that they will be taking home more than just a fanmeet experience. Besides performances of songs off his upcoming debut EP Color On Me, there will also be special segments prepared for fans to get upclose and personal with the idol.

That’s not all; premium gifts such as an exclusive fan and an official poster will be given out to all ticket holders, along with a limited edition Daniel EZ-Link card (strictly not for sale) for those in VIP and Cat 1. 50 winners for Cat 2, 30 winners for Cat 3 and 20 winners for Cat 4 will also be chosen through a system generated lucky draw to receive the EZ-Link card.

On top of that, fans who purchased a VIP ticket are entitled to a meet-and-greet group photo opportunity with Daniel. Cat 1, Cat 2 and Cat 3 ticket holders will also stand a chance to win a send-off party pass to end the night on a memorable note.

Oh, you’re spoiling us, Daniel!

Kang Daniel Fanmeeting In Singapore 2019

Kang Daniel Fan Meeting: Color On Me In Singapore
Date: 16 August 2019
Time: 8pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $298, $238, $188, $148, $98 (all seated)

Tickets will go on sale 27 July, 10am via www.sportshubtix.com.sg. Good luck!

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Known as probably the holy grail for all pop culture geeks, San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is undoubtedly the biggest must-attend event of the year.

Spanning a total of five days, the annual extravaganza is always packed full of celebrity sightings, exclusive panels, exciting first peeks and of course, some jaw-dropping reveals. From the grand reveal of Marvel’s Phase Four to The Walking Dead movie, here’s a round-up of all the big announcements that dropped this past weekend at SDCC 2019.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 4

Defined as the hall where mind-blowing announcements and appearances are made, the venue lived up to its name when Marvel Studios made their epic phase four reveal at the legendary Hall H. A total of 10 new titles were unveiled and added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – namely Black Widow, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Eternals, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, What If…Hawkeye and Thor Love and Thunder.

In addition to the already thrilling news of the day, fans at the panel were treated to some major star power when familiar faces from the respective titles made an appearance on stage, including a reveal of the star playing the brand new female Thor, Natalie Portman.

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The Witcher

The trailer of Netflix Original series The Witcher was released during the title’s panel at SDCC, where fans were given a first look at the live-action version of the monster slayer Geralt, played by Henry Cavill. Based off Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novel series that sparked the popular video game of the same name, this series will take ardent fans of the franchise on a visionary journey alongside Geralt as he rights some of the world’s biggest injustices.

IT: Chapter Two

One of the most talked-about horror movies slated for release this year, IT: Chapter Two continues to impress and build anticipation when they showed off an early look at the brand new full-length trailer, along with three never-before-seen extended scenes – which only proved just how much this production has upped its inventive scares since the first film.

Snowpiercer The Television Series

If you’re a fan of the comic book series or the standalone film that came out in 2014 with a rather talented ensemble helmed by Chris Evans, you might be happy to know that a television series is set to make its debut in Spring 2020. As it’s not a remake of the film, this series will still stay true to the essence of the original Snowpiercer vision, which focuses on the remnants of humanity who survive in a train that circles the globe.

His Dark Materials

Perhaps as one of the most highly-anticipated television series co-produced by BBC and HBO, His Dark Materials is author Philip Pullman’s trilogy of young adult fantasy novels which gave us the 2007 film, The Golden Compass. The new trailer of the latest iteration of the books introduces Logan’s breakout star Dafne Keen as the female lead Lyra – accompanied by a star-studded cast of characters including James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson. Though there’s no definitive release date of the series at SDCC, they did tell fans to expect it in late 2019!

Steven Universe: The Movie

Following the announcement made back at SDCC 2018, fans of the animated series are finally given a closer look of the film with a trailer that teases a new threat arriving in Beach City, forcing the Crystal Gems and Steven to take action. Though not much details are revealed, a release date has been confirmed for 2 September on Cartoon Network.

The Walking Dead

It seems that Comic-Con has become quite the platform for major departure announcements since Andrew Lincoln. This year, the panel announced the exit of the katana-wielding Michonne, played by Danai Gurira, from the wildly popular Walking Dead franchise. Despite the sad news, the panel still ended on a rather positive note with the premiere of the season 10 trailer, as well as an exclusive teaser for The Walking Dead movie which will be released exclusively in cinemas.

BONUS: That awkward Game of Thrones panel

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One would think that a packed hall will always be a good thing, but that wasn’t the case for the Game of Thrones panel, which was ridden with bad juju. It would have been a productive discussion about the controversial end to the series if the creators and show runners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, hadn’t decided to pull out of their scheduled appearance mere days before Comic-Con opened.

To make matters worse, the remaining cast members of the series were still scheduled to appear and were left to defend the ending after a very awkward opening about acceptance from a Comic-Con representative. In spite of the gentle reminder to be courteous to the members of the panel, it seems that fans were really not here for it. Still seemingly unable to accept the abrupt change in character arcs, the packed hall collectively booed Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who played Jamie Lannister) when he attempted to defend his character’s death. Yikes!

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Meet The Final Top 11 Members Of Produce X 101's New Boy Group, X1!

20 Jul 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

First came I.O.I, then came Wanna One and IZ*ONE – and now their hot-blooded successors are poised to shake up the K-pop world as the next big boy band to watch. Meet X1.

After a gruelling three-month long journey for 101 young hopefuls, the fourth season of Mnet’s hit survival reality franchise Produce X 101 had wrapped up on an emotional yet heartwarming note. There were cheers, tears and hugs as the final 11 members of the K-entertainment behemoth’s new boy group project, X1, were finally unveiled to the public. A whopping total of 14,988,884 votes were cast during the grand finale on 19 July (that’s equivalent to more than one-fifth of South Korea’s population – let that sink in), which would eventually determine the final lineup of the Top 11.

Unlike the previous seasons, the temporary group will be promoting under an extended contract of five years – two and a half years will be spent exclusively on group promotions, while the other half will involve activities in the members’ respective companies. That’s pretty much the contractual lifespan of any other K-pop act, so it’s safe to say fans can have plenty of content to look forward to in the coming years.

Without further ado, here are the winning boys of Produce X 101 who will make their long-awaited debut as X1.

#1 Kim Yo Han (OUI Entertainment) – 1,334,011 votes

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There’s really no doubting the popularity of the nation’s centre. Since coming in first during the first round of rankings, the OUI Entertainment trainee has successfully won over the hearts of viewers with his impressive vocal and rap skills. Despite only having three months of experience as a trainee, the former taekwondo champ has shown tremendous improvement throughout the show – proving that he’s certainly worthy of the crown.

#2 Kim Woo Seok (TOP Media) — 1,304,033 votes

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It was a nail-biting moment for Wooseok, who notched the runner-up spot after going head-to-head with Yohan for the centre position. Known for his smooth vocals and top-notch visuals, the UP10TION member now has a second shot at debuting and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented lad!

#3 Han Seung Woo (Plan A Entertainment) — 1,079,200 votes

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Having risen in popularity thanks to his powerhouse vocals and charismatic stage presence, the VICTON leader is no doubt an important addition to the group. Plus, with his brilliant leadership skills, we couldn’t think of anyone better to lead the team than Seungwoo.

#4 Song Hyeong Jun (Starship Entertainment) — 1,049,222 votes

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He may look cute as a button, but don’t be fooled by his baby-faced charms – this cutie from Starship Entertainment has some sick moves! Having taken charge of the choreography in class X previously, we think Hyeongjun has a pretty good chance of being one of the main dancers in X1. Oh, and did we mention he’s totes adorable?

#5 Cho Seung Youn (Yuehua Entertainment) — 929,311 votes

Produce X 101 Cho Seung Youn

A true triple threat, this all-rounder UNIQ member can go from belting out the highest notes to spitting rapid-fire rap verses in a snap. Besides his idol prowess, Seungyoun is also well-known in the field as a songwriter and producer – his most notable body of work being ‘It’s Okay’ from Chinese reality survival show Idol Producer.

#6 Son Dong Pyo (DSP Media) — 824,389 votes

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As the centre boy of Produce X 101’s official theme song ‘X1-MA’, this young but tenacious trainee from DSP Media is a force to be reckoned with. Having showcased his versatility in pulling off various concepts – from oozing major cuteness in ‘Pretty Girl’, to killing it on stage with his powerful performance of ‘Believer’ by Imagine Dragons – there’s really nothing else Dongpyo can’t do.

#7 Lee Han Gyul (MBK Entertainment) — 794,411 votes

Produce X 101 Lee Han Gyul

At first glance, Hangyul may look like your typical bad boy thanks to his chiselled looks and aloof image, but he’s got a mischievous side to him that makes him all the more endearing – which is why it’s of no surprise that the chap managed to charm his way up the ranks, deservedly so.

#8 Nam Do Hyon (MBK Entertainment) — 764,433 votes

Produce X 101 Nam Do Hyon

Debuting alongside his fellow labelmate Hangyul is 15-year-old Dohyon, who will be the official maknae of X1. He may be the youngest contestant on the show, but his rap skills are not to be underestimated. Fun fact: the MBK Entertainment trainee was also a participant in MBC’s survival programme Under Nineteen!

#9 Cha Jun Ho (Woollim Entertainment) — 756,939 votes

Produce X 101 Cha Jun Ho

This Woolim Entertainment trainee’s uncanny resemblance to INFINITE’s L has gotten him plenty of attention at the start, but there’s more to Junho than his eye-candy visuals. Check out his stellar vocals in the position evaluation stage of Paul Kim’s ‘Me After You’!

#10 Kang Min Hee (Starship Entertainment) — 749,444 votes

Produce X 101 Kang Min Hee

Minhee has come a long way since his days in class X and there’s still so much room for this talented vocalist to grow. Months of hard work paid off – the Starship Entertainment trainee has finally made it into the debut lineup after taking the backseat in most of the episodes. We couldn’t be more proud!

X Lee Eun Sang (Brand New Music) – 3,164,535 votes

Produce X 101 Lee Eun Sang

A fan favourite since the start of the show, the Brand New Music trainee has been maintaining his rank throughout the competition – up till the last episode where he had to compete for the ‘X’ spot along with Lee Jin Hyuk, Kim Min Kyu and Goo Jung Mo. For the uninitiated, the ‘X’ position is the contestant who earned the highest number of accumulated votes out of those who did not make the Top 10.

The red-headed fella eventually emerged victorious with over 3 combined million votes, making him the final member of X1.

X1 will make their debut on 27 August with a debut show-con at Gocheok Sky Dome.

Who’s gonna stan? Show us some x1 love in the comments below!

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Unless you’ve been living under the sea, you should have already heard about Disney’s bold and forward-thinking move to cast R&B singer Halle Bailey of duo Chloe X Halle as Princess Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

As filming will only begin in early 2020, Disney has yet to reveal the full cast at time of writing – including the actor who would star opposite Halle as the dreamy Prince Eric. However, following the announcement of the female lead, fans have been flooding social media in a bid to champion for their ideal casting of a Prince Eric. From BTS heartthrob Jimin to British crooner Harry Styles, here’s who we think might make a good fit for the role.

Zac Efron

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In addition to having already worked with Disney, we all know Zac Efron’s prince charming material. Plus, he’s also got a set of solid vocals on him, which is evident in his roles on The Greatest Showman, Hairspray and the High School Musical franchise. To top it all off, the actor has a pair of baby blue eyes just like Prince Eric, which makes him a strong contender in our books.

BTS’ Jimin

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Probably one of the more popular hypothetical dream casting that made its round on Twitter, was Park Jimin of K-pop supergroup BTS. Given that Jimin is known for his royal-like boyish charms and dreamy vocals, it’s not hard to imagine why so many of his fans are championing for the idol to fill the role.

Shawn Mendes

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If there is anyone who seems like royalty in real life, it’s Shawn Mendes. Apart from his smoldering good looks and undeniable talents, the singer-songwriter also appears to possess uncanny physical resemblances to the animated Disney prince. From his chiseled jaw to his tousled hair, there’s just something about the ‘Senorita’ singer that screams Prince Eric for us.

GOT7’s Jinyoung

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Apart from already proving he has the acting chops since his first lead role in He Is Psychometric, fans of GOT7 would know that Jinyoung easily emits princely charms wherever he goes. Coupled with his flawless singing voice that might come in handy, we don’t see why he can’t be considered as one of the contenders!

Harry Styles

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Probably known as the front-runner to take the role, Harry Styles is reportedly already in talks to officially play Prince Eric. And it’s not surprising either as the One Direction heartthrob already has the perfect wavy locks and coy smile that will melt any girl’s heart. Plus, with Harry’s history of stylish outfits, he would easily pull of any of Prince Eric’s iconic ensembles!

Who else would you like to see as Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid? Comment down below!

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