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In the half year rankings for 2011 recently posted by Twipple on their homepage, Korean artists took six spots in the Top 10. Ranking highest was JYJ's Jaejoong, coming in at #2 with 834,390 tweets, behind Japanese girl group AKB48. KARA made the list at #4 with 633,540 tweets. At #5 was TVXQ with 573,690 tweets. The 7th through 9th spots were all taken by Korean artists as well. At #7 was Girls' Generation with 490,220 tweets, while #8 and 9 were taken by JYJ's Yoochun (483,040 tweets) and Junsu (404,790 tweets).
Twipple is the Japanese version of Twitter and trending topics are usually Japanese-based. Twipple and Twitter can be synced so that what is being tweeted on Twipple can show up on Twitter and vice-versa.
On June 30th, Kenshi Hamamoto wrote on his blog, “I started to have interest (in them) since last autumn” and “After watching Kara’s ‘Mister’ PV, I found it interesting so I checked on K-pop. I was immediately attracted by SNSD when I saw them. They have great songs and PVs. Although I had no interest in idols back then, it was the first time I got into it.”
He also wrote, “Yesterday I went to the concert that I was really looking forward to. Seeing their faces from a good distance and seat, my heart pounded with excitement. All 9 of them were beautiful. Even though I’m a fan of Taeyeon and Tiffany, all of them are good because everyone has their own unique characters. I think Hyoyeon’s live performance yesterday was better than what I’ve watched on videos.”
In addition, he added, “I changed my mind the moment solo stages started. What? These are female idols. I couldn’t believe they’re from Korea. The quality was really high, each member could also perform their solo choreographies and songs well. I was speechless when great performances just kept on coming up. So this is what we called flawless. What more can we demand from an idol group. I’m starting to feel sorry for calling them idols. I thought they were something more than a female dance and vocal group.”
Lastly, he stated, “As someone who deals with music just like them, I even felt a little worried for myself looking at how much they have practiced. I couldn’t believe that 9 girls in the early 20s can do great such great things. How much time they’ve spent to produce such choreographies and songs, how much energy and health they had sacrificed for their schedules, and how much stress they’ve undergone to strive in a foreign country, the answers to these questions are beyond my imaginations”.
He also added, “I respect all 9 of them. I think they have put in many times of others’ efforts into their years of hard work. I was also motivated by this. In the future I wish to watch more of SNSD’s live performances, they are great.”
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On July 9th's broadcast of MBC's "Infinity Challenge", titled "Jo Insung Comeback Work – What Happened in Misari", Jo Insung appeared as a guest attempting to join the crew's team.
That day, Jo Insung said, "I watch 'IC' regularly; I also saw Gil's message on Twitter ('Jo Insung, are you watching?')," revealing himself as a fervent fan of "Infinity Challenge". Furthermore, Jo Insung evoked laughter by saying, "If I were at this place, Gil would not be here right now," getting revenge for the Twitter message.
Afterwards, Jo Insung went on to reveal his favorite girl group, Girls' Generation, which resulted in jealousy from Ha Donghoon (HaHa) and Noh Hongchul, who like Yoona and Yuri respectively.
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