University of Rochester

Rochester Review
November–December 2012
Vol. 75, No. 2

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KOREA BOUND: Brian Shin ’15 of Temecula, Calif., is spending part of this fall in Korea, where he’s competing on KPop Star, an American Idol-style reality television competition. Chosen from a pool of nearly 400 people during auditions in New York City, the international relations and Asian studies major charmed producers with acoustic guitar renditions of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” and Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” After Shin passed the first round of auditions in New York, producers from the show traveled to the University to capture a slice of Shin’s life on campus. Contestants on KPop Star sing or dance, hoping to land a coveted contract with one of Korea’s three largest record labels.