Homeless Boy Steals The Talent Show
KOREA, July 2, 2013 - On 6 June 2011, Choi's performance of "Nella Fantasia" moved judges and audience members to tears. He introduced himself as a manual laborer who had made a living selling gum and energy drinks for ten years.
All the judges, Kolleen Park, Jang Jin and Song Yun-ah, were impressed with his vocal talent. Choi advanced to the finals of the competition, finishing second by 280 votes.
During his first appearance in replying to a judge's question on whether he had vocal training, Choi said that he studied on his own, but he would have taken master classes if he only had an opportunity. [For the competition], he just listened [to the recording of the song that he performed] and learned it on his own."
Choi's performance clip made it to YouTube and triggered a worldwide Internet sensation. One version with English subtitles has triggered international press interest and a worldwide view that Choi was "the next Susan Boyle". The video itself has almost 90 million views as of June 2013. - Wikipedia
He graduated from Daejeon Arts High School. Choi stated during the audition that he had attended the high school. He also mentioned that there were no teachers to give him vocal training at the school since he did not have the financial resources to pay for master classes.
He worked at a delivery service to earn tuition and money for lessons, but it resulted in a traumatic fall during his 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift. Choi subsequently received medical treatment at Kun Yang University Hospital. Prior to the fall, as a child, Choi had two car accidents for which he did not receive proper medical treatment for many years. When Choi got admitted at Kun Yang University Hospital due to other medical issues related to the earlier car accidents, he voluntarily performed a recital for four students who needed the financial aid for schools during his in-patient stay.
He initially considered dropping out of high school, and his high school music teacher noted that Choi was often absent from classes due to his difficult situation. Choi could not continue with post-secondary education due to his limited financial resources. Instead, he worked as a construction worker with the type of work similar to that of a day laborer.
Choi was able to track his official record with the name Sungbong Choi at the orphanage. However, this was not the name given to him by his parents. It was the name he was given by the orphanage; as a result, Choi preferred the name Ji-Sung over Sungbong.
Due to his immense TV exposure and popularity from Korea's Got Talent, Choi's background has been intensely searched and has been verified by Netizens and South Korean media. - Wikipedia
Give us your Feedback about this story!