What if our local celebrities, like Nathan Hartono and Charlie Lim, gained K-Pop stardom?
Could Singapore be the next K-Pop talent hub?
Last Thursday, electronic company Elektromotive Group Limited announced plans to venture into the money-making business that is South Korea's entertainment scene.
After buying over more than half of South Korea's Dream T Entertainment, Elektromotive Group will be renaming itself to Arion Entertainment Singapore. They also shared plans to set up an office based in Singapore.
Dream T founder Lee Jong Suk told Youth.SG: "We're open to existing stars teaming up with [Dream T] to go to Korea, and we're keen on finding new talents from Singapore and sending them over to Korea [to hone their skills]."
DREAM T ENTERTAINMENT CURRENTLY MANAGES POPULAR KOREAN ARTISTES,
SUCH AS GIRL GROUP GIRL'S DAY (PICTURED).
That got us thinking. Will we be seeing our own Singaporean acts becoming K-pop stars in the future?
Here's a list of our crazy predictions.
1. Nathan Hartono
After a three year hiatus, Nathan released his music video for 'Electricity', which had over 289,000 views on YouTube.
Since his return to music, the 25-year-old singer has been making waves in Singapore and around the region after coming in second place in Sing!China.
Having already experienced a "comeback stage" like many other K-Pop groups , such as Big Bang, EXO and BTS, he's the perfect candidate to be our next oppa (a Korean term used by fans to address male idols)!
NATHAN EASILY PASSES OFF AS A K-POP STAR, DON’T YOU THINK?
PHOTO CREDIT: NATHAN HARTONO
And, he's more than ready to play your dreamy army-boy-turned-singer role.
He recently starred in Can You Not?, a web series by local YouTube channel Tree Potatoes, and has acted in a couple of productions, including 2012's Spring Awakening, over the years.
No kidding, this guy just stole our heart-ono, and he can sing in three languages: English, Mandarin, and Bahasa Indonesia.
In a nutshell, he sings, he dances, and he acts. What more do we need from this red dot heartthrob?
2. The Sam Willows
The Sam Willows put us on the music map when they first debuted in 2012. Could they do it again in the K-Pop scene?
For those who are new to the K-Pop scene, some K-pop groups feature members with "superpowers", such as telekinesis and time control.
One example, K-Pop boy band EXO, whose music videos featured members gaining superpowers, had over 50 million views on their debut song, 'MAMA'.
EACH EXO MEMBER HAS A SPECIAL "SUPERPOWER".
PHOTO CREDIT: EXO TOWN
If superpowers are such a big hit among K-Pop fans, maybe The Sam Willows could jump on the bandwagon with their own set of powers.
How about the power to start up any train that has stopped for a brief moment? Or the power to warn Singaporeans when their mobile data limit is about to burst? The possibilities are endless!
THEY COULD NOT ONLY BE K-POP STARS, BUT ALSO SUPERHEROES.
When the time comes, will they step to the challenge to be our next K-Pop star? We hope they will say yes!
3. Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim
With their respective talents, singers Charlie Lim and Joel Tan (aka Gentle Bones) could be a refreshing addition to the saturated K-Pop scene.
With their soulful songs about love and existential crisis, we can imagine them singing to thousands of screaming and crying fan girls.
WE THINK THIS COULD BE THEIR DUO'S NEW LOOK.
PHOTO CREDIT: DRAMA FEVER
Since both Charlie and Joel are in their early twenties, they will easily appeal to the younger crowd of millennials and will still be doted on by older members of the community.
It would also be cool to see these two staring on Korean reality shows.
If Singapore ever decides to hold our own version of Survivor, we may get to see what the boys are really like outside their musical personas. #score
COULD YOU IMAGINE THEM STARRING ON THESE REALITY SHOWS?
PHOTO CREDIT: ONE TV ASIA
Call it wishful thinking, but we hope we might live to see K-Pop stars having their roots in Singapore!