Saturday, June 25, 2011

IU and Luna to perform on Inkigayo!

Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. But Hurray!

Friends are people that support each other in times of hardship, spend time with each other for fun, and are like each other's family. Idol stars' busy schedules prevent many of them from developing a normal life as they would following a typical route of regular school attendance and continuing their education. It is in schools that many young people make most of their friends, for that is an area that people frequent often and therefore socialize the most. Idols, trained and constantly shuttled to and fro to accommodate their busy schedules, often do not attend school, or if they do attend school, are often absent for extensive periods.

How, then, do idols find support within their peers? Of course, idols may depend on their families to always be their bulwarks, but often idols grow close to their group members. Often times, members of idol groups will display their closeness and affection towards their groupmates. It is also often stated that idols feel like their groupmates are some of their closest friends.

Yet, not all idols may enjoy the luxury of having a group to bond with. The path of a solo artist is inherently a lonelier road to travel, as there is usually little opportunity for the star to interact with others of the same age and field unless there is a broadcast scheduled with other idols -- and even then, there is no guaranteed time to interact, as filming must be taken seriously. For artists like IU who walk in the spotlight alone, the nature of their work would seem to indicate a somewhat solitary lifestyle.

However, it has become a trend of idol stars to make friends with those also of their birth year, and one such friendship is that of IU and Luna of f(x), both born in 1993. The two young girls have often been the topic of conversation for their unusually close bond, as they have appeared on official broadcasts and on personal outings together displaying their friendship, as shown through fantaken captures of IU and Luna playing together last year at Lotte World and the highly publicized variety show that featured Jiyeon of T-ara, IU, and f(x)'s Luna on one episode. In a more recent display of their friendship, Luna appeared as a guest at IU's first official fanmeeting to surprise IU. During the fanmeeting, fans took many photos capturing IU and Luna playfully joking around.

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One of the more popular images that fans expressed interest in was a capture of Luna and IU happily singing to each other. Fans remarked that they wished very much that the two would officially stand together on a stage and perform together, as the two not only regard each other highly in the eyes of a friend, but also in the eyes of respect for a likewise talented singer.

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Delighting fans, IU and Luna released news this week that they would come together and create a special stage on this week's Inkigayo. Inkigayo will highlight several artists in special stages: 2AM's Jo Kwon will perform "Let's Go Traveling" with Girl's Day; MBLAQ is supposedly preparing a remix of their debut song "Oh Yeah" and one other track; Kim Hyunjoong and Heo Youngsaeng will perform "Twist King"; G.NA and Wheesung will sing "In Summer"; and f(x)'s Luna and IU will perform the song "Festival". While collaboration stages are undoubtedly important for any artist, for singers like IU and Luna, special performances such as these not only showcase their stage performance capabilities but also give them opportunities to spend time together doing the thing they love most--music--together.

For these two artists, the upcoming Inkigayo stage will be one that will prove memorable to them not only as professionals but also as friends.

Credits: Asterik@koreaboo
Source: iheartfx and weheartiu

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