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[4] 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

Italian English Translation
Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo giusto,

Lì tutti vivono in pace e in onestà.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.

In my fantasy I see a just world

Where everyone lives in peace and honesty
I dream of souls that are always free
Like clouds that float
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul

Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo chiaro

Lì anche la notte è meno oscura.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano.
Pien' d'umanità.

In my fantasy I see a bright world

Where each night there is less darkness
I dream of souls that are always free
Like clouds that float
Full of humanity

Nella fantasia esiste un vento caldo,

Che soffia sulle città, come amico.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.

In my fantasy exists a warm wind

That breathes into the city, like a friend
I dream of souls that are always free
Like clouds that float
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul

 

 


Abandoned in an orphanage at the age of 3, Choi said that he ran away from the institution when he was 5 years old because of having been beaten often. He lived in stairwells and public washrooms and sold chewing gum and energy drinks to survive. He also delivered milk and newspapers in addition to working as a laborer, beginning at age eight. Choi said that very bad things happened to him as a child and that he was sold to someone. However, he met a woman who ran a food cart outside a night club. She gave him the name "Ji-Sung". She also encouraged Choi to take the Korean equivalent of a GED (General Educational Development) exam so that he could complete his elementary and junior high curricula in order to enter high school.

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

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