‘King of Singer’ Kim Jong Kook’s 2 year ‘return’ to the music and variety show world is highly awaited. Prior to serving in military service, he had appeared in many music and variety shows on SBS, KBS tv stations.
On 30th March 2006, Kim Jong Kook entered military training at the Nonsan training facility. Afterwards, he was assigned to Seoul Yongsan-goo Hyochang-dong (효창종합사회) welfare center as a welfare personnel. Kim Jong Kook will finish his military service after 2 years on 29th May.
Before he entered the military, his 3rd album sold another 100,000 copies and he participated in the variety show SBS ‘X-Man’ and KBS2TV’s ‘FC Shoot Dori’.
The fact is that the gayo (music) and broadcast industry are both very interested in Kim Jong Kook’s impending release from the military.
He debuted in 1995 as a member of male duo, Turbo. While in military service, on 13th April, 2006, he released his 4th album with the title song ‘Letter’. In 2006, sales exceeded 100,000 (108,609 – data courtesy of MIAK).
Previously in 2005, ‘Jejari Goreum (Walking In One Spot)’ which was part of his 3rd album sold 243,211 copies. He received 3 grand awards at that time. His 2nd album which included the song ‘Han Namja (One Man)’ sold 113,993 copies.
He gained many fans from the intense Turbo dance songs in the past. The unique timbre of his voice suits medium tempo songs and because of this, he has received widespread love from fans.
Before serving in the military, Kim Jong Kook along with Yoon Eun Hye garnered a lot of interest from the viewers with their ‘Supposed Love Line’ in’ ‘X-man’. He also showed his sentimental side to the public through KBS ‘FC Shootdori’.
Kim Jong Kook’s performance in ‘X-man’ and ‘Nalara Shootdori’ made the shows become the highest rated variety programs among the 3 broadcast companies.
A particular variety show program PD told Monitor Today Star News, “ Kim Jong Kook doesn’t necessarily make an outstanding specialty MC, but his reserved, polite sense is really something admirable.” He also said “Honestly at this point Kim Jong Kook is the only person with a strong point in variety show. (I think he’s saying how he feels that KJK can really carry a variety show by himself)”.
He also said “Kim Jong Kook isn’t quite the ‘pretty boy’ but he is very appealing to the female fans. They find the way he carries himself him polite and sexy. Those are definitely Kim Jong Kook’s strong points”
After his military release, Kim Jong Kook will take some time to rest before announcing the plan of his new album. However in the case of fans’ continuous demands, he will notify the fans of advance sale time for his new album.
Credit: Translated by o-cha