KPOP and me: Defending FNC’s CEO


The FNC Entertainment CEO, Han Seong Ho, has come under fire for his favor of CNBLUE and Jung Yong Hwa in particular. 
And the reason is because people are reacting as fans of Lee Hongki and FTIsland.  The comments I read stated that FTIsland was what put FNC on the map.  And that CNBLUE has made mistakes.  Jung Yong Hwa isn’t any particular greater person than Lee Hongki.  And Han Seong Ho is one biased man.  Etc, etc, etc…

Okay, so I am totally CNBLUE biased.

However, I am not Jung Yong Hwa biased. 

In CNBLUE, my eyes find Kang Minhyuk more often than Jung Yonghwa.  And Lee Jonghyun more before Jung Yonghwa.  Although I’ll admit to the boy’s talent in songwriting.  I can’t fault his acting either.  I do fault his choices of drama, though.  Because the story lines are just too… well… boring.  His personality is also exuberant.  His quick smile easy and engaging.  You see a person behind the mask that all idols have to wear.  This snake man is a consummate seducer of massive appeal.  I swear he could probably sell you Brooklyn Bridge and there will be people lining up to buy it.  Or a piece of it. 

On the other hand, there is Lee Hongki.  FTIsland’s main vocalist.  And truly, truly, Lee Hongki’s voice is incredible.  Really really nice, could probably outshine Jung Yonghwa’s in some songs.  However, Lee Hongki’s talent was never in any doubt.  Not even FTIsland’s talent is in any doubt.  Lee Hongki has presence.  He has some very powerful voice.  And he is charismatic.    
The problem came because Han Seong Ho decided to say it like it is.  If you had a company and you’re about to give it away for someone else to take to the next level, between Yonghwa and Hongki, which would you prefer?  If I was the CEO, I would trust Yonghwa with the growth of the company more than I would Hongki.  And I’ll tell you why.
Despite how the public sees CNBLUE, Jung Yonghwa holds them tightly.  Regardless of the plagiarism scandal and all that.
Jung Yonghwa had always held himself to a different standard.  Careful, almost meticulous, obsessive, a near perfectionist.  And although the leader of the group, he also wants the other three to continually grow to be themselves.  The color of their own music emerging, encouraged by a leader that will step back so as not to influence them unduly.  His own group has said that he is a great support for all three of them.  The man is the perfect example of what a leader should be.  One that will sacrifice a little to reap the benefit of a future that has a lot more. 
Hongki, more often than not, acts like a spoiled child.  Perhaps it’s only an image, but why cultivate that kind of image for yourself?  A playful, fun loving person is what I see.  There is a certain seriousness, but in truth, his leader Choi Joong Hoon is the one that creates the order in the group more than Hongki.  And the quiet leader keeps that to himself.  Hongki is the one that is known of all the FTIsland boys.  His face, his words, his actions.  But he’s not the one that keeps it together. 
If in the future, the CEO actually taps Jung Yonghwa for the position as CEO, I think that at that time Han Seong ho has thought about where Jung Yonghwa will take his company and in what kind of environment his stars will be nurtured in.  Although, I see Jung Yonghwa reaching further than the music industry.  Perhaps into the political arena.  He’d be a perfect Ambassador, I think, to the US of A.  Or Japan. 
I like Han Seong Ho, actually, for the genius of the music he’s composed.  Well, considering that the kind of musical genius I’m looking for is someone like Sting, Han Seong Ho’s ‘ballads’ are a contender for being ALMOST like Sting’s.  I have yet to let go of Sarang Bireul Tago – Love Follows the Rain – in my repertoire of music I listen to.  And just to make it more perfect, the Korean tracks for his compositions are incredible when Lee Jonghyun sings them. 
After all, to me, Lee Jonghyun’s duets with Jung Yonghwa are sheer perfection. 
Yes, yes, they’re good on solos as well, but when they blend their voices together, I feel very good listening to them. 
So, just my opinion.  Don’t roast the CEO because you’re only thinking of your idol.  It’s not about that for the CEO.  You asked between two of the most notable faces of two of his own band.  But you forget that Hongki is not the leader of FTIsland, while Yonghwa is.  Between the two, I too, would choose Yonghwa.  It’s like comparing apple pears to Mandarin Oranges.  Really. 

Had they asked the CEO to choose between Choi Joong Hoon and Jung Yonghwa, his answer may have been different. Now you’re comparing two kinds of oranges. One could be better for juice, the other for snacking, still they’re both oranges. If it was me, I’d prefer Joong Hoon. He allows his star to shine, not overshadowing Lee Hongki’s star. Even though he’s twice more handsome than the singer and that much more talented in composition and instruments. However, his hold and discipline with his group is more lax. Especially on Hongki’s mouth which, unfortunately, likes to run too far.


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