In an article on Daum today, it is reported that World Star Rain (real name Jung Ji-hoon) has been chosen to perform the Beijing 2008 Olympic Song. The song is about "hope and courage".
What an honour for the Energizer Bunny.
Rain is currently in the States, busy working on a Hollywood movie. When contacted, Bi expressed great interest in this project.
Many will probably ask if it is apt for a Korean star to be given the honour to sing the Olympic theme song. Why not choose a Chinese singer? How about Lee Hom or Jay Chou? How come a Korean artist was chosen?
Well, i guess Rain's World Star status and charisma has won the hearts of the organizers and he has been selected. They also state that, Rain has many Chinese fans and has made a name for himself in China. Rain has been on quite a few advertisements in the Chinese market namely, Pepsi Cola, Pantech (mobile phone), DHC cosmetics and Fuma (a Chinese mainland brand). Thus organizers claim that Bi is very popular and has a huge fan base in China.
The Olympics is the most prestigious sports event which brings the entire world population in unity. Thus it will be a huge opportunity for Rain to put a stamp on his "World Star" status.
Organizers are also banking on Rain's debut into the USA market this year with his Hollywood movie "Speed Racer". The movie is scheduled for release in Malaysia on 8 May 2008.
Only five days into the new year and already 2008 is beginning to look like a promising year for hallyu star Rain.
In other recent news:
* Rain won The Best Male Singer in the 2007 Mobile Entertainment Awards.
* Rain will perform at the Lotte Concert in Busan, South Korea, 16 Feb 2008
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I think this is rubbish. First of all, Rain is a pop star, and doesn't even sing that well to begin with (sure, people may disagree with me). Second of all, it's held in Beijing, and there are TONS and TONS of better Chinese singers out there, given that the population is > 1 billion and they couldn't find ONE better singer than him? This is an utter disgrace.
And 'popularity' eh? It's SO nice to see that's the main concern of the organizers, and not quality. First they have Zhang Yi Mou doing the whole organization and now this. This is going to be great, just SPLENDID!
(Hey, who knows, maybe we can get a whole chorus of little kids singing about their "Mo Li Hua" now..!)