New Kids on the Block--5 members
Take That--5 members
'N Sync--5 members
98 Degrees--4 members
The Monkees--4 members
Super Junior--13 members...err...13?!
You're probably wondering what's with the list of boy bands. You're also probably excited right now (come on, Take That, Westlife, O-Town--when was the last time you heard those names?) too. Take a look at my compiled list one more time. Do not rub your eyes, do not adjust your LCD monitor, the member numbers are in fact correct. There are in fact 13 members of the Korean K-pop band, Super Junior!
According to Wikipedia, Super Junior debuted in late 2005 with 12 members but about seven months later they added another person to the group, making their member count a lucky 13. One of their members is actually Chinese (hand picked from an audition of over 3000 people). Members of Super Junior have had previous roles in the entertainment industry, through various modeling and acting roles. They have been criticized for lip-synching though (aren't boy bands supposed to do this?) on a live performance TV show (remember Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live and her "acid reflux" or the ultimate lip-synchers, Milli Vanilli?)
The popularity of Super Junior is more prevalent with tweens versus older high schoolers. Through an unscientific survey of my five classes, the elementary students tend to receive my question with more enthusiasm versus the late middle school and high school students. Nonetheless, Super Junior still has 13 members (check out Super Junior's official website--get ready to be wow'd)! I wonder how much money they can really make when pay checks need to be divided 13 times, not including all the other people involved with making their music. What about singing songs? Who gets the most mic time? It must take a while to memorize the names of all the members too. You can get a head start right because here they are (in no particular order of course):
1. Lee Teuk
2. Hee Chul
3. Han Kyung
4. Yeh Sung
5. Kang In
6. Shin Dong
7. Sung Min
8. Eun Hyuk
9. Dong Hae
10. Si Won
11. Ryeo Wook
12. Ki Bum
13. Kyu Hyun
I got the idea to write about Super Junior by...eating at McDonalds! That's right, currently they have a "friend set" that includes two mini Super Junior CDs attached to the lid of your drink. Unfortunately we did not opt for this mega combo but I was lucky enough to find one CD left behind at the recycling counter--score! Here it is:
Here's a Super Junior video...so you can experience what they are all about:
This probably stems from the media, but Korean males are very...how do I say this..."intimate" with each other (remember this hand-on-thigh picture?). They are very touchy and huggy all the time. I have male students that are all over each other in my classes. They also do not hesitate to call you "handsome"...whether I'm eating barbecue, grocery shopping, or teaching, I hear it all the time. I'll have to post about that later.
Want the CD above? You have to order this set first. Only one order of fries between two people? That is just wrong!
To finish off this post, let's watch Ashlee Simpson working her magic. What's with that little leprechaun dance?: