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● AYO's Min.T and Class B's Jinni have been confirmed to be dating. This news comes at the same time that Newsound has debuted the pair's new sub-unit, 2 Namja Yeoja United (2NYU) with the mini album 200%, just in time for Valentine's Day!
● Young Ae Sook has been cast in the new drama "Hyde Jekyll, Me", a story about theme park CEO with Dissociative Identity Disorder and the park's new circus commandant who falls in love with both of his personalities.
● Happy Brand New Year by collab group NEWFAM has hit it at #1 on the music charts!
● Ahn Hye Shin, Xander, & Jin attack the charts with the #2 slot!
● Ahn Hye Shin has made her comeback as AHS with a solo album! After her long awaited comeback her songs and collaborations have slammed music charts with her unique voice at #2, #9, & #10!!
● After a world tour, ri$k has finally made a comeback with the release of their digital single Voodoo Doll!
● Polaris collapsed while filming a performance of his song "GG BE" with Class B's Jewel. He was rushed to the hospital and is expected to remain there for a few days. The rest of his promotions have since been cancelled.
It wasn't typically normal for choreographers to be featured on any sorts of variety programs unless the artist or group they were working with was being filmed. But then again, this wasn't exactly a normal circumstance. In wanting to bring even more attention to one of their male groups, 5-TRAX, before their comeback with their second album, Newsound had arranged for the group's dancer to be the focus of a new variety show. But why stop at one dancer when they could use two? Having a pair of siblings within the same company wasn't the common thing in the entertainment industry. Of course it did happen sometimes, but it was more usual that when siblings- or relatives in general- were both involved in entertainment, they worked in different companies. That wasn't the case for Heo Kyung Jae and Heo Soo Min.
Unlike her brother, Soo Min wasn't one of Newsound's idols. As a teenager she had been a trainee there, much like her older brother had, though only for a few short months before returning to Suwon. And when she did come back to Seoul and joined Newsound again, it was as a backup dancer to other artists and groups until she was old enough to be signed on as a choreographer. As a backup dancer she had seen her fair share of performance time in front of cameras or on stages, but now she stayed behind the scenes. While being signed on with Newsound, it wasn't unusual for her to work with idols from other companies from time to time (her most recent work having been with Sae Guk's famed group ri$k for their new single Voodoo Doll). But she was being given a few days off before her next job, not that this could full constitute as time off in a sense.
Newsound was really milking the use of one of their popular idols and his younger sister, who quite possibly was the company's youngest choreographer at that point though she didn't really know that for certain, but Soo Min didn't mind it one bit! All that mattered to her was that for the next few days, the pair would get to spend plenty of time together, something that- despite both being part of the same company- was more difficult with their busy schedules. Sure, there would be cameras around filming pretty much their every move, but that was a small price to pay. Soo Min was practically bouncing in her seat due to excitement as she drove to the home the pair of siblings would be spending their time in.
Before actually going to the house, the girl had needed to meet at Newsound where one of the show's PDs was waiting with a cameraman in order to film her as she drove to the right location. But before that, she had made a stop at the store first to pick up a couple of things. When all was said and done, and after she had met up with the PD and cameraman, they were off! Luckily they didn't have too far to go; while it might have been easier to send the siblings to one of the country's many mountain retreats or pensions, the PDs wanted to keep them in the city so they could be filmed within Seoul instead of just how out the way somewhere.
As soon as she had her car parked, Soo Min was out in a flash! She quickly grabbed the bag she had packed as well as the plastic bag with the other items she had purchased and immediately ran inside. Once indoors she found others on the crew of the show still setting things up, though a couple of cameras were already rolling. "Is Oppa here yet?" she asked one of the crew members, her doe eyes wide in expectation. The man shook his head and a bright smile came to her lips. "Good, I still have time!" After being shown where her room was so she could set her things there, Soo Min wandered the living space. She peeked into every nook and cranny until she had a good enough idea of the layout. The sound of the door opening made her jump and gasp quietly in surprise. But she didn't freeze for any longer than a second or two before immediate darting into the living room and hiding behind the couch. The girl very carefully peeked around the piece of furniture, watching the door with anticipation. In one hand she clutched a can of neon pink silly string, just one of many different items she had purchased in order to play all sorts of jokes on her beloved older brother. Now she just had to wait and hope that the person coming in was in fact Kyung Jae.
Lately Kyung Jae's schedule had been a rather hectic one, in fact, he didn't think he worked this much ever in his life. 5-TRAX, while it wasn't extremely popular let, but when the boys showed up on a talk show and sang acapella they had grown immensely from when they debuted a year ago. Since the growing momentum NEWSOUND began to "pimp" out the group as Jae Kyung had called it, not that he minded. The entire reason he left Suwon was for this, and now that his darling Soo Min was in Seoul with him nothing seemed better. Even greater was the fact that the two were in the same company with one another.Whenever Kyung Jae could sneak away from practicing or anything of the sort he would track down his younger sister and bring her treats or cater to her when he was able to. There was an undying guilt that he felt for leaving her alone in Suwon for so long with their grandfather. But he felt okay doing so to help get the girl to Seoul once he was able to and to better there lives from that hellhole, all that Kyung Jae knew was that the bastard had only ever hit him.Banking on the groups rising stardom a reality t.v. show had book Kyung jae for a behind the scenes look at his family. The entire group was supposed to be filmed as a five day broadcast and this was going to be his segment. They were given mission cards and the family that completed the most mission cards would win. Of course Kyung Jae was happy to spend time with his sister, but knew he didn't want to include the old fart who made their lives living hell.Arriving to the apartment rented out to them for the night Kyung Jae pulled out his overnight bag and waved goodbye to his manager.In a few short moments he keyed in the password to the apartment room and shifted around the cameramen who were trying to get different angles of him. "Is Soo Min-ah here?" He whispered, peering through his thick rimmed glasses. The cameraman remained quiet, just filming the idol, which only confirmed Kyunng Jae's suspicion.Snickering he put his bag down, unzipping it as he pulled something out. Hiding it behind his back the older male began creeping around the house."Ohhhhh....Soo Min-ah.....come out come out...."### , TAG , NOTES , OUTFITEFFY
After just barely managing to catch sight of her brother, Soo Min was quick to draw back from her place peeking around the couch. She didn't want to be caught after all! That would ruin all of the fun. Her free hand came to cover up her mouth, to prevent any sound from escape despite the fact that she wanted to laugh. He was totally going to be taken by surprise, she was sure of it! In the meantime, she just needed to wait for the perfect moment to strike.
While she waited, the girl was only just barely able to hear Kyung Jae whispering something. What the exact words were, she truthfully had no idea, but he was saying something. Did he suspect that she was there? Or was there another reason for him to be talking in such a hushed voice? Before she could wonder about it to herself, again she heard her older brother's voice. This time it was louder as he called out for her. Shoot, he must have known that she was there! She wouldn't be able to stay hidden from him for too long at that rate.
Carefully and quietly, Soo Min looked around for any opening she had to make it over to a new hiding place. But the way the furniture in the apartment was set up, if she tried to move now when surely he would see her. She was stuck! The choreographer pulled her lower lip back between her teeth, biting down on it slightly as her mind raced. If she stayed there for too long he would find her before she could attack. And obviously relocating to a better hiding place was completely out of the question now. And that meant that the only thing she could do now was to get him first, before he found her.
Soo Min peeked out from behind the couch again, but to her surprise, Kyung Jae wasn't where she had just seen him! Uh oh. That had to had meant he was taking a look around, be it for her or just in general. She needed to act fast. The girl slowly shifted out from her little hiding place behind the couch to get a better look around. He had to have been around there somewhere.... Aha! Finally her gaze fell upon her older brother as he crept about. A mischievous smile came to her lips once she had him back in her field of vision. Springing to her feet, Soo Min immediately faced Kyung Jae, armed with playful weapon of choice which she had raised up to use. "It's about time, oppa!" she exclaimed with laughter in her voice. Without any more warning, she immediately pressed down on the button at the top of the can, spraying silly string at him as soon as she had finished speaking.
Quietly the older brother crept around the house, his feet bear against the wooden floors of the condo apartment he had rented for the two for the weekend filming of the show. HIs manager had spoken about a scripted series of events to keep up his image for 5-Trax, but that wasn't in Kyung Jae's personality in any way. Instead he informed his manager that the fans would love him no matter what and that he rather act natural with his baby sister rather than fake. It was impossible not to be happy when around her and there was never a dull moment between the two, case and point, they hadn't even seen each other yet and they were already planning attacks on one another.Turning a corner he couldn't see his sister at the kitchen table, altering his direction until he could hear her attempting to hold back her giggles.her delicate figure shot up like a firecracker from her hiding spot, causing Kyung Jae to jump just slightly from the action. In the same moment that she attacked him with bright neon silly string he pulled out a giant super soaker, pumping the gun at her until she was covered in cold water."YAAAH!!!" He let out a battle cry as he began to chase his younger sister, pumping the gun over and over towards her lithe figure.### , TAG , NOTES , OUTFITEFFY
Though her eyes grew wide at the sight of the large water gun he had brought along to the apartment, in all truthfulness Soo Min could in no way say that she was surprised. Honestly it would have been more shocking if he hadn't come with something to get her with like she had done as well. Even though his choice of "weapon" was far larger than her own, that didn't make the girl back down at all or change her mind. It was too late to second guess her actions now anyways, so might as well carry through with it! So she hadn't faltered in her attack of silly string, even when he had fired at her in return.
The sudden blast of cold water that struck her was still a shock however, as proven be the little shriek of alarm that left the girl when it came in contact with her skin. Somewhere in the back in her mind was the thought that she was thankful she had opted to wear a dark colored shirt as opposed to anything white or just generally paler in hue. But her main focus wasn't on that, and instead was locked in on how to gain the upper hand against Kyung Jae. Unlike her brother, Soo Min didn't have as far a range with her little can of silly string. That meant that, unfortunately for her, if she wanted to be able to coat him in the bright pink goop she wouldn't be able to stray too far from his own range of attack.
Even so, as soon as she saw Kyung Jae on the move, Soo Min bolted. Laughing happily, the choreographer ran around the room on her toes- simply finding it easier to move swiftly that way- as she tried to both dodge her brother's attacks and still hit him with her own. Oh, the apartment was going to be such a mess by the time they were done. Water and silly string everywhere no doubt; it was not a clean up she was looking forward to. But none of that mattered to Soo Min in all honesty. Thinking back, she couldn't fully remember a time when they had been able to act out and fool around like this as children. At least, not since they were young and both of their parents had been around. With all the negative that had followed, it had been hard to fool around quite as much, at least to this extent (especially after their grandmother's death when she and their grandfather eventually took them in).
But no matter what had happened, the siblings had always had each other. Kyung Jae had been the one constant in Soo Min's life, and seeing her older brother be able to smile and enjoy his own life now was precious to her. He had done so much for her, always taking care of and protecting her. And now that he no longer had to be burdened with looking after her all of the time, it was easier for to play around and be silly with him whenever they had the chance. And she took every chance she could to spend time with him! She took every chance she could to work with him and the rest of his group 5-TRAX, and even if she wasn't the choreographer working with them on any given song, it wasn't uncommon for her to sneak in to watch the boys rehearsing. Between his busy idol life and her work schedule with various groups and artists both in and outside of Newsound, sometimes watching his group's practice sessions was the only chance she got to spend some time with Kyung Jae. She had to hope that the other boys in 5-TRAX didn't mind it when she poked in and saw them all so often, but she took any chance she had to see her brother.
That was what made this show they were filming for all the more exciting to her! Even if it was just for television, it still meant a whole weekend that she got to spend with her beloved older brother without having to worry about either of them rushing off for some kind of schedule elsewhere. Soo Min was sure that they would probably be given some sort of tasks to do- that seemed to be a normal thing with these types of variety shows after all- but that was just fine! If they did, then so be it. No matter what happened, the important thing to her was that they got to spend time together and just enjoy the other's company.
Even if that meant being assaulted by Kyung Jae's water gun! Desperate to get out of his line of fire, she ducked around a corner of the room and took a couple of seconds to catch her breath after laughing so much. Soo Min glanced at the can of silly string in her hand. It was only a matter of time until she ran out of ammunition. She just had to hope that Kyung Jae would soon as well. With her free hand she pushed her now-soaked hair away from her smiling face and darted out from around the corner once again. "You're not winning that easily, oppa!" she declared. The girl sprang up, jumping onto a wooden chair to give her just that little bit of leverage against Kyung Jae. The downside of course was that she couldn't run away again as easily now, making her a much simpler target than when she had been bolting all over the place not too long before. But it at least gave her a better angle; for one she was the one taller than him and she used that newly-acquired height to her advantage as she shot off more silly string at him, laughing happily all the while. One thing was for sure, their cuts in this show were certainly bound to be the most amusing, she was sure of it!
The two darted around the room, searching for one another so that they could lay out their attack. Pumping the gun as many times as he could he began to soak his sister, almost slipping on the water as he turned around the furniture. When the two were around each other the duo could be themselves. There was no facade for the world or problems to endure, it was just a brother and sister spending time together, and Kyung Jae attempted to do his best to spoil her as much as possible. Perhaps that was also a reason he signed the contract to become an idol, so that when he made enough money he could be sure that whatever education or lifestyle she wanted would never become a problem.The girl hid, Kyung Jae letting out a boyish laugh as he watched her attempting to free herself from the clear liquid. "Yah! Soo Min-ah, you can't escape your Oppa." He inched closer slowly, creeping centimeter by centimeter until he was met with a jumping sister, landing softly on the chair.The silly string exploded from the canister, landing all over Kyung Jae's shirt. Dropping the gun he picked up his sister by his legs, keeping her on his shoulder and spinning around in a circle. "SAY UNCLE!"VIDEO EDIT:Kyung Jae: I wanted to rent a decent sized condo for my sister and I to spend time together. We grew up in a small house so it wasn't easy for us to horse around, which is probably why we always have some kind of goofy greeting with one another. We didn't plan our attacks on each other, but as you can see we think alike.::PD asks a question:Kyung Jae Well, our parents died when we were quite young and we lived with our grandparents after that. I came to Seoul first, auditioning to go into training to become an idol. Soo Min thankfully came shortly after and since she couldn't stay in the dorms with us I got her a small apartment at the time with what money I got to help support her. Soo Min has always had an amazing talent for dancing, which is the reason why she is one of the youngest choreographers out there, in fact, she's going to be working on our new album. Expect a lot of video clips of the two of us goofing off, but you will also see that when we work we are very dedicated to what we do.### , TAG , NOTES , OUTFITEFFY
Having heard her brother's warning, she knew it would only have been a matter of seconds until he had reached her hiding place around the corner to attack her with his water gun again. So she had needed to act faster and her first thought had been to get just that slight height advantage that came from jumping up on one of the chairs. Soo Min kept her finger pressed firmly against the top of the silly string can, squirting out the pink substance at her brother until it started to come out in shorter spurts as the contents inside grew less and less in amount. Finally the silly string stopped coming out altogether and her eyes grew wide in alarm.
Shoot! With her silly strong gone, Soo Min was left completely defenseless against Kyung Jae. There had to be something she could do still though! The dancer looked around quickly for something, anything else that she could use to get her brother back. So focused on this was she, that she completely missed it when he had lowered his own "weapon" entirely and approached her. But then all of a sudden she felt her feet lift off of the chair as he picked her up by the legs. "Yah oppa!" she exclaimed in shock. Immediately the girl squirmed around as he spun about, laughing and flailing in his hold (though she took care not to accidentally hit or kick him).
He wanted her to be the one to surrender, was that it? She wasn't giving up that easily! "Never!" she told him between her little fits of laughter. Instead Soo Min continued to squirm about, trying to get free of her own accord instead of giving in so he could let her down himself. So long as he had her over his shoulder, though, it made some things easier. It was clear to her after her initial attempts that she wasn't going to be able to just squirm out of his hold and be free, so instead her fingers found his sides and started to tickle him. He was going to put her down one way or another, she would make sure of that!
Soo Min: It's really exciting, getting to do something like this. Between our busy schedules, Oppa and I can't always spend a lot of time together, but now we'll get to have all sorts of fun! Most of time right now when I get to see him, it's with the rest of 5-TRAX. Which is okay, but I miss spending time with just Oppa too. And now everyone can see what he's really like! (she laughs)
PD asks what she means about what her brother is "really like".
Soo Min: Oh, I was just teasing. Kyung Jae-oppa is a really good person. He always looked after and took care of me when we were kids. We couldn't always play around and by silly like we can now, but he always made me feel loved. After he became a trainee I decided to do the same so I could stay near him. It was really great, but I had to leave after a few months to take care of our grandfather. When I came back to Seoul again later, Oppa helped me get an apartment and helped support my until I could take care of things on my own better. Now that I'm older he doesn't have to be burdened with taking care of me so much, and I really want to do my best to help give he and the rest of his group a great image for their fans so he can be happy and successful.