Extra! Korea

January 21, 2010

(Updated) Could a Korean-American be the next American Idol?

Filed under: music — extrakorea @ 3:10 am

One of the latest people to have a successful audition into the first round of American Idol (a “Yes” from all four judges) was John Park, a Korean-American. One of the guest judges, Shania Twain, was quite smitten, saying that he has “a beautiful bottom end”* and “nice lips.” The other female judge said, “She’s right.” He already has the women swooning.

* This was ambiguous. She could have been referring to the lower range of his vocals or his ass.


The Korea Herald now has an article with some additional information about him.

Park is just one of a handful of contestants of Asian descent the top-rated show has had.

Like last year’s Indian contestant Anoop Desai, Park is also a member of his college a cappella group, called the Northwestern Purple Haze, where he sings bass.

In a recent article from the Daily Northwestern – the university newspaper – fellow members of John’s a cappella group talked about him.

“America is going to fall in love with him,” former Purple Haze member Janelle Kroll told the paper. “His voice just oozes soul. He’s the full package. He needs to be a superstar.”

It would be cool if he had a face-off with this guy, but it’s unlikely to happen.


  1. I enjoyed watching the video on Youtube. Personally, it would be great if he could show us who Koreans really are through showing his efforts on doing something,though I’m not sure if he could survive the ‘singers’ world’ in the States, or wheresoever in the world. That place is harsh indeed…I just wanna wish Mr. Park a good luck.:>

    Comment by Jeanne Kim — January 21, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    • He has talent and is good-looking, too. Let’s see how far he can go with it.

      Comment by extrakorea — January 21, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

  2. […] Entertainment Weekly ranks John Park #1 in American Idol, Season 9 Filed under: music — extrakorea @ 1:14 pm Entertainment Weekly magazine has ranked the top 20 singers from American Idol’s ninth season. (Of course, it’s still early, as only two weeks have passed.) Guess who was ranked #1? Yes, John Park, whom I’ve mentioned before. […]

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