Ella Koon diagnosed with Bell's Palsy; cannot move right side of her face
Yesterday, Ella Koon and Fiona Sit attended a grand opening function for a brand's concept store in Central. During the function, Ella seemed to have a lot on her mind, and had no expression when taking photos. Until someone beside her reminded her, she forced a smile. At one point, she was also seen tearing. Her assistant handed her a tissue to wipe away her tears, then Ella pointed to the right side of her face and explained: "I cannot move this side of my face right now, it started last week. At first, we thought it was a stroke, so scared. My boyfriend accompanied me to see a cerebral doctor, the doctor said there is a problem with one of my cranial nerves, I can't even blink!" She also explained that her eyes teared just now because of the cameras' continuous flashes, but she strongly said: "I'm OK!"
After seeing the doctor, Ella confirmed she is diagnosed with Bell's palsy. She said: "I've done tests and checked that it's the 7th cranial nerve that has a problem. I am now taking high doses of steroids and using eye drops, but at night when I sleep, I have to use surgical type to cover my eyes; otherwise I can't close them and can't sleep." She continued: "The doctor asked if I don't rest enough, I said no, but maybe because I had a cold and a fever, the virus entered my cranial nerves. Also, there were some unhappy family matters lately, so I've been feeling anxious."
Difficulty pronouncing words using lips
Asked if her condition now is looking good? She said: "It's alright, because it won't take your life. I am keeping with my doses, my voice has gotten better, but I cannot pronounce words that need use of my lips. When I speak, I have to move my muscles with force, so the muscles in my head often hurt. The doctor said some people are able to move again in one month, and recover fully in 3-6 months." She also praised her boyfriend: "He always accompanies me to the doctor, and takes care of me at night. This time let me have a deep realization, you don't know what happens in life tomorrow, need to treasure your life!" Fiona, who was also at the event, expressed she didn't know about Ella's condition, so she will give her her respects later. She also revealed that her own health is not so great and said: "There is a problem with my health too, so I have to see two doctors long-term, one is an Indian treatment doctor and the other is a Chinese medicine doctor I have to regularly fly to Beijing for!"
TaeTiSeo 'Holler' at fans with their second mini album
The lovely sub-unit of Girls' Generation, TaeTiSeo, have released their second mini-album, 'Holler', and these ladies do not disappoint!
They bring their power vocals to give fans goosebumps, while simultaneously wanting to make you want to jump up to dance and sing along to their upbeat dance tracks, and then mellow down to the soothing songs also piled into 'Holler'.
Their MV is still currently MIA, but in the meantime check out the tracks through the playlist below!
Tiffany wants to be acknowledged as a good singer and recalls her audition on 'The TaeTiSeo'
On the September 16 broadcast of OnStyle's 'The TaeTiSeo', the members showcased their determination in preparing for their comeback. Tiffany particularly expressed her excitement as well as her desire to be acknowledged as a good singer.
During the second mini-album 'Holler' recording, Tiffany met with the producer to sing her parts. As shown in the clip above, the producer gave Tiffany tips on her singing and also expressed that he was satisfied with her work. However, Tiffany shared that she wished the public would compliment her on her singing more often. She explained at the 1:15 mark, "Visual performance is important, but more and more, I want to hear, 'ah, she sings well as expected."
On the same episode, Tiffany showed that she was a very passionate singer. When asked to describe her ideal kind of song, Tiffany stated, "My song is the kind that heals."
When asked about her audition experience, she shared, "I auditioned with Christina Aguilera's song and I sang it not too long ago. But I suddenly teared up. I thought to myself, 'Ah, this was how I felt at that time,' and received a lot of consolation as I cried." Upon recalling this, Tiffany began to tear up once again and became flustered when she realized that she was crying on camera.
Tiffany certainly takes pride and care in her singing career, from the moment of her heartfelt audition to her successful K-Pop idol days even now. On the same episode, Tiffany revealed her jam-packed, tight schedule, saying to the camera, "If you look here (gesturing to the schedule), we have breaks, but we don't actually rest. Even during our breaks we have work." She added, "When we're performing on music broadcasts we're really busy. We don't have time to rest."
Despite this, Tiffany appeared happy to be coming back to the stage as a TaeTiSeo member, showing that she really is a singer who loves what she does.
Zhang Li Yin continues the story from 'Agape' MV starring Victoria and Tao in a new teaser video
Zhang Li Yin's back with another teaser video, this time for a song called "Not Alone". It seems we'll see the story line pick up from where it left off in the music video for her previous song "Agape", which was released back in August.
Her previous video drew a lot of interest with the intriguing story line acted out by her labelmates EXO's Tao, f(x)Victoria, and SM C&C actor Song Jae Rim. It seems the new MV will be continuing on to answer some of the questions left unanswered in the "Agape" MV.
All 9 Girls' Generation members renew their contract with SM Entertainment
All 9 members of Girls' Generation has renewed their contract with SM Entertainment.
Starting from their debut in August 2007, the girls had a 7-year contract with SM Entertainment. However, it's now been revealed that all 9 of the girls already renewed their contracts last month before their contract's expiration.
SM Entertainment and the girls came to an agreement on all their contracts. Unlike when the girls first signed the contract as just-debuting artists, SM Entertainment negotiated the contract to fit the members' needs as well, and there will be no problems for the girls to promote for the next 3 years.
An insider said, "All of the Girls' Generation members finished their contract extension early on. After the girls finished group promotions in the first half of the year, now they're all busy with unit promotions. Also, it's important for the girls and the labels to keep the contract a secret. This is why the girls didn't really talk about the renewal and kept promoting naturally."