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Post by Nana&Kaeun4lyfe on Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:20 am

Does anyone else think this besides me? The same year Uee announces she wants to leave HV breaks apart and Pledis gets Ara and Yoonjo back. They were AS trainees to begin with so it makes sense to me.
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Post by arhat on Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:14 am

I have heard this from someone else.

Ugh, it would not be my favorite to be honest. I like the current lineup, since it is the best one so far in my opinion. It is also the lineup that first performed First Love and Heaven. Even though 9 members was the greatest amount of members After School had at any point, I think 10 would be too much.

Adding new members would mess up the songs in my opinion. Personally I think the songs were designed if not for the individual members, then for the amount of members, like First Love and Heaven are best performed with 8 members.

And adding Yoo Ara and Yoonjo may change the image slightly. I can't see After School ever performing AH! again especially since three of the original five graduated, and After School has changed its image and added up to currently 8 members. AH! is too different from After School's recent work.

But I have heard that UEE, like you said along with the news, wanted to leave, and Jung Ah may leave too. So the two Pledis Hello Venus members may end up filling the spots left by UEE and Jung Ah if it comes down to it, leaving the roster count to 8. I wonder if Yoo Ara and Yoonjo would get their own glittery outfits to perform Heaven?

This graduation concept isn't easy to accept.

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Post by intrepid on Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:56 pm

arhat wrote:This graduation concept isn't easy to accept.

The simple truth is people leave groups all the time for a variety of reasons from personal to professional and no matter how much it hurts there’s nothing we can do about it, but at least with the graduation system they can leave with grace and dignity and no hard feelings so I think that’s better than the alternative.
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Post by intrepid on Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:00 pm

Nana&Kaeun4lyfe wrote:Does anyone else think this besides me? The same year Uee announces she wants to leave HV breaks apart and Pledis gets Ara and Yoonjo back. They were AS trainees to begin with so it makes sense to me.

While After School are my bias I still like other groups as well and one was Hello Venus which I thought was well balanced vocally and quite good, this split comes as a complete surprise and I wonder why it happened.

On line Pledis seems to be getting all the blame but it was only a 50% stakeholder, of Fantagio I only know they produce online content and films and have actors on their parole, other than Hello Venus they have a boy band whose name I won’t bother to mention because I doubt anyone has heard of them and I strongly suspect nobody ever will.
I feel sad for all the girls because I doubt they had any say in the matter and seemed to be pretty close, I especially feel bad for Yoonjo and Yoo Ara because Hello Venus will go on but they now are forced out like they didn’t matter, I can’t imagine how they’re feeling now.

As to joining After School I think Yoo Ara would be a great addition and would give After School some added vocal punch plus she matches Raina perfectly in harmonies, Yoonjo is no slouch either when it comes to singing, if Jung Ah and Uee were to leave at the end of this year or early next then the timing couldn’t be better to add two very talented girls however I have my doubts this will happen.
Firstly I don’t see them being added to After School as is and ten members is too much so either a couple of things would have to happen, one would be Jung Ah and Uee graduating or Orange Caramel becoming a full time independent group and no longer attached to After School, either would be a hard pill to swallow for fans.
Honestly it’s more likely Yoo Ara and Yoonjo being formed into another separate group or Yoo Ara at least going solo or in a duet, she is far too talented to be benched for long, as to the rest of the girls of Hello Venus I sadly think they just don’t have the right sort of backing in Fantagio to come back as before which sucks because I really did like them.
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Post by Nana&Kaeun4lyfe on Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:55 pm

arhat wrote:I have heard this from someone else.

Ugh, it would not be my favorite to be honest. I like the current lineup, since it is the best one so far in my opinion. It is also the lineup that first performed First Love and Heaven. Even though 9 members was the greatest amount of members After School had at any point, I think 10 would be too much.

Adding new members would mess up the songs in my opinion. Personally I think the songs were designed if not for the individual members, then for the amount of members, like First Love and Heaven are best performed with 8 members.

And adding Yoo Ara and Yoonjo may change the image slightly. I can't see After School ever performing AH! again especially since three of the original five graduated, and After School has changed its image and added up to currently 8 members. AH! is too different from After School's recent work.

But I have heard that UEE, like you said along with the news, wanted to leave, and Jung Ah may leave too. So the two Pledis Hello Venus members may end up filling the spots left by UEE and Jung Ah if it comes down to it, leaving the roster count to 8. I wonder if Yoo Ara and Yoonjo would get their own glittery outfits to perform Heaven?

This graduation concept isn't easy to accept.
They change the structure every time they add new members, so that's not new. Even when Kaeun was added and Kahi left the structure changed. If they stick to their graduation concept, I don't think Jungah will leave. She doesn't really do anything outside of AS to have a reason to graduate unless she says she wants a family or something like that. I don't think they want to go to 9 either, so probably one or the other will be added unless they graduate OC also.
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Post by arhat on Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:19 am

Yeah... I only thing see Jung Ah do is After School and related projects like Beauty Bible.

I only think she would leave as she is getting older like Kahi, and the age difference between her and Kaeun is 11 years, a significant gap for those who care, with Jung Ah in her 30s and Kaeun turning 20 this month. Personally I personally think it isn't optimal to have After School members having a wide age range from the teens to 30s or even 40s depending on who leaves. But Kahi left to have her solo career.

Graduate OC? Oh dear, I think they're perfect for After School's sexy concept especially with Heaven. I ought to get their Heaven photocards if that happens. Razz They haven't been on Beauty Bible lately. I wonder if they would add the sexy concept to Orange Caramel if they do though.

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Post by Nana&Kaeun4lyfe on Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:35 am

arhat wrote:Yeah... I only thing see Jung Ah do is After School and related projects like Beauty Bible.

I only think she would leave as she is getting older like Kahi, and the age difference between her and Kaeun is 11 years, a significant gap for those who care, with Jung Ah in her 30s and Kaeun turning 20 this month. Personally I personally think it isn't optimal to have After School members having a wide age range from the teens to 30s or even 40s depending on who leaves. But Kahi left to have her solo career.

Graduate OC? Oh dear, I think they're perfect for After School's sexy concept especially with Heaven. I ought to get their Heaven photocards if that happens. Razz They haven't been on Beauty Bible lately. I wonder if they would add the sexy concept to Orange Caramel if they do though.
Yeah I don't want OC to graduate either, at least not yet. It would be so odd without those 3 in the group. >.<

Kaeun would have to be my new AS bias. :c
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Post by arhat on Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:52 am

Kaeun isn't so bad. She's cute and sexy at the same time. I just wish Kaeun had more exposure, and for her to come back to Twitter. Not much is known about her, other than the fact she's the maknae and she's going to Dongduk Women's University, like Jooyeon, and she was in that video about how women *cough* Nana *cough* shouldn't dress sexy or provocatively.

Maybe they're deliberately witholding much information because she's new, or she's busy with both After School and actual school.

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Post by arhat on Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:43 pm

Kaeun the cute, lovely maknae with sexiness.


Kaeun being cute with Pikachu.


Kaeun dancing sexy to Beyonce's Crazy yet being embarassed by being an innocent prude, for lack of a better fitted, more euphemistic, phrase.


Starting around 5:31, Kaeun talks about how when she was a little girl, she thought the yolk of an egg was a chick. So she tried to brood an egg in her bed when she was 7. She wanted to hatch the egg and have a baby chick.


Where we meet Kaeun and see more of her cutey side, especially she was at that place where she printed cute animal designs on a mug and painted in bright colors.

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Post by intrepid on Thu Dec 04, 2014 6:56 pm

I just read the news on Allkpop that Yoo Ara has signed an exclusive contract with a new company Urban Works Ent.

The quote read: “As this contract is not with Hello Venus’s Ara but the actress Yoo Ara, fans will find a new image from her through her diverse acting activities.”

I thought this statement a bit odd because it seem to imply a separation between Ara the singer and Ara the actor and my first thought was maybe she’s still under Pledis as a singer but all her acting activities would be handled by Urban works so I tried to find more information.

What I found was it would seem she signed with Urban Works last month and that she has indeed left Pledis, also there is no mention of her continuing her singing career just that she is now going to concentrate on acting; though that doesn’t mean she won’t sing ever again.

I’m greatly saddened by this regardless of whether she joined After School or not because she really is a very talented singer and I was hoping at the very least she and Raina would collaborate because those two sing perfectly together.

I’m also surprised we heard about this through news reports and Urban Works press statements and not Pledis itself because this is a huge loss of talent for the company.

On a side note it also brings up some questions as to why she didn’t just join Fantagio since she has prior history with them and its primarily an acting company and she could have stayed with HelloVenus, (not that I’d want that per say seeing as their comeback was a flop and I’m not digging how Fantagio is promoting them.) perhaps she not happy with either company.

That just leaves Yoonjo in limbo…
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Post by Menketi on Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:05 am

I am curious what Yoonjo will do, I don't think she would fit in After School (personal opinion) because I liked her in the original concept of Hello Venus which was cute and happy. Maybe she can debut in a more cute group.

Also I do not like the new way Hello Venus is going, they were refreshing and different from most kpop girl groups. Now they are going into the sexy concept and I do not say that is bad, but I am a bit sad about it.

EDIT: it is not that I love this new way, but it is more that I really liked their old concept and liked that they stayed in that old concept. But either way they can pull it off and I wish them all the good luck
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Post by Nana&Kaeun4lyfe on Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:18 am

Menketi wrote:I am curious what Yoonjo will do, I don't think she would fit in After School (personal opinion) because I liked her in the original concept of Hello Venus which was cute and happy. Maybe she can debut in a more cute group.

Also I do not like the new way Hello Venus is going, they were refreshing and different from most kpop girl groups. Now they are going into the sexy concept and I do not say that is bad, but I am a bit sad about it.

EDIT: it is not that I love this new way, but it is more that I really liked their old concept and liked that they stayed in that old concept. But either way they can pull it off and I wish them all the good luck
There's rumors of a Pledis girl group, so she might get put in there if it's true.
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Post by Babbitkpop on Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:57 pm

I'm not sure that she might be added to the rumored Pledis girl group but there's always a possibility. Maybe there's a chance Pledis might create a sub-unit with her and maybe AS members since she's already been in the public eye. Maybe a E-Young, Kaeun and Yoonjo sub-unit or a duo. I think its a good way to let any of them get recognized a bit more! The possibilities are endless! Smile I just hope we get to see her soon!
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Post by Menketi on Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:27 pm

Babbitkpop wrote:Maybe a E-Young, Kaeun and Yoonjo sub-unit or a duo.

That would be awesome.

I hope they do let her talent shine because she has a really nice voice, it would a pity if it would go to waste.

I am curious what this rumored girl-group will be.
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Post by Babbitkpop on Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:20 pm

I am also really curious as to how this group will be! I'm very excited to see any new addition to the Happy Pledis family! I hope its not a cute concept, nor sexy, nor quirky as I feel AS and HV did that already but who know it can work!
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Post by intrepid on Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Menketi wrote:I am curious what Yoonjo will do, I don't think she would fit in After School (personal opinion) because I liked her in the original concept of Hello Venus which was cute and happy. Maybe she can debut in a more cute group.

Also I do not like the new way Hello Venus is going, they were refreshing and different from most kpop girl groups. Now they are going into the sexy concept and I do not say that is bad, but I am a bit sad about it.

EDIT: it is not that I love this new way, but it is more that I really liked their old concept and liked that they stayed in that old concept. But either way they can pull it off and I wish them all the good luck

I also preferred HV previous concept but I really don’t like calling it “cute” because it was sexy too and also had edgy feel to it.

HV new “sexy” concept is bad not because it’s sexy but because it lacks any class whatsoever; AS does sexy with class so I can see Yoonjo doing AS sexy in a way I could never accept seeing her doing the current HV’s type of sexy which is just cheap and attention seeking type of sexy which I wouldn’t call sexy at all but more a hooker concept.

At the moment I think it’s important that AS adds a new member quickly to give them time to settle in and become part of the group and let AS fans get used to them, because I fear now that Jooyeon has left that only means Uee or Jung ah leaving more likely either this year or early next and adding too many new members so close together will only put peoples noses out of joint; as Yoonjo already knows AS songs is a good singer and is good looking with experience and a following she would be a perfect new member for AS.
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Post by intrepid on Sun May 10, 2015 7:22 pm

So while visiting the Happy PI3dis.ph Facebook page there is a brief translation from Yoonjo’s Instagram thanking fans celebrating Hello Venus’s 3rd year anniversary where she also told fans not to send letters/gifts to Pledis in the future.
Also there is a post regarding a “rumour” that she is set to debut along with Ex-Bob Girl member Yujeong in GH Entertainments new 9 membered girl group.

While I’m not a person to take rumours as facts, given that the recent rumours regarding other Pledis members leaving have all turned out to be true and given that she doesn’t want her fans to send gifts to Pledis anymore suggest that at the very least she’s probably left Pledis.
If either of these things turn out to be true I’d be very sad/mad if only because she only just said in a recent interview she didn’t want to be in another girl group and was concentrating to debut as an actor; still there was also a recent photo of her in a recording studio.

It would also mean that Pledis in a little over six months has lost 4 talented members three of which are some of its best vocalists; considering that Yoonjo was initially trained to join After School the fact that there is now an opening she would have been an obvious choice to join had she not stated she didn’t want to return in a group.

I’m also confused why she would also join a company that I’ve never heard of and who’s other two music acts I’ve also never heard of rather than staying with Pledis which would seem to offer her a better career choice.
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Post by intrepid on Mon May 11, 2015 10:07 am

Just a quick update to the above news I spent a few hours trolling the internet trying to verify either that Yoonjo had left Pledis or is in this other company or/and girl group but could find nothing which should come as no surprise given that when Yoo ara left we only heard about it when her new company dropped the news of her joining and no comment whatsoever from Pledis.

I tried to tie her to the other people mentioned in this “new group” as well as they themselves to each other with no success, then I tried to tie them to Richard Garcia since Yonnjo posted a picture of her and him together in what looked like a recording studio about a week ago; it stands to reason if she’s in a new group and working with him they are too but he doesn’t have an internet footprint that I can find so I can’t tie him to anyone mentioned.

Richard Garcia if you want to know is a writer (composer/producer?) who’s worked with notably Teddy Park of Big Bang and 2NE1 fame, when I first saw the photo I had hoped it was just part of Pledis’s project of singles/duets but now I’m not so sure.

This new company she is "supposedly" in GH Entertainment seems on the face of it much like Fantagio in that it has a lot of actors and its terrible at music; it has two music groups, a girl group called Tint who are quite frankly terrible and a boy group called B.I.G who sound better but like Fantagio’s 5urprise are uninspiring at best, both groups don’t have much in the way of views and until I looked into their company I’d never even heard of them. If this company is trying to debut a third group when its already established groups are nonstarters I’m not giving it much chance of success and would think joining such a group a sign of desperation rather than a good career move.

However if Yoonjo “has” joined this company but just as an actor that would make more sense but I still think staying in Pledis would be better for her career but that’s assuming things like she wanted to stay in Pledis or if Pledis cut her loose because they couldn’t afford to keep her or didn’t have a career path for her going forward.

I guess we’ll just have to wait until some more definitive information is dropped or Yoonjo clarifies what she meant in her last post. (Just a thought, she could have meant for fans to not send gifts to Pledis’s old address but that’s a bit of a stretch)
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