31 May 2014 09:15
Zelo and Jong Up: the “aliens” of B.A.P

The South Korean sextet talks about their fans, industry rivals and most otherworldly-like members during the ‘Live on Earth Singapore 2014’ press conference



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Text & Photos: Tammi Tan
Videos: Teng Siew Eng & Ng Jia Yi

Before Professor Do Min Joon charmed legions of fan girls with his dreamy alien self on You Who Came from the Stars, six other extra-terrestrial beings were poised to take over the world as scream-inducing idols.

At least, that was the concept TS Entertainment came up for their then-upcoming sextet B.A.P’s pre-debut reality show Ta-Dah, It’s B.A.P in 2012. The SBS MTV program featured Bang Yong Guk, Him Chan, Dae Hyun, Yong Hae, Jong Up and Zelo as blonde-haired beings from a different planet who invade earth and form their tough-as-nails boy band.

Since then, the boys have moved on from their introductory otherworldly image and dabbled in other styles, such as the urban badass for ‘Warrior’ and, more recently, the sunshiny hipster cutie for their impending comeback with fourth album B.A.P Unplugged 2014.

However, it seems that there are still two aliens left in their midst.

When xinmsn asked which of the members is the most alien-like during yesterday’s B.A.P Live on Earth Singapore press conference, Jong Up’s and Zelo’s names made the ballot.

“I think Jong Up has quite a cool life,” Him Chan said of his bandmate. “He can fall asleep and wake up whenever he wants to.”

As for Zelo, the group’s youngest member at just 17 years old, Dae Hyun picked him because of his unusually quick growth spurt that propelled him to a towering height of 184cm. “He has grown so much since our debut,” Dae Hyun explained. “I think that’s quite rare for somebody from this earth.”

In addition to that, Zelo’s – a.k.a the “giant baby” – belief in horoscopes, as revealed a little while later, prompted Young Jae to quip, “That’s why he’s the alien!”

Pictured above (L-R): Dae Hyun, Jong Up, Him Chan, Bang Yong Guk, Young Jae, Zelo.

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Catch the boys in action at their B.A.P Live on Earth Singapore 2014 concert tonight! Details:
Date: Saturday, May 31
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Star Theatre @ The Star Performing Arts Centre
Ticket prices: S$248, S$228, S$198, S$178 (excluding booking fee), available at SISTIC.

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