After much talk and conflict, JYJ will be participating at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
According to C-JeS Entertainment on August 20, JYJ will attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games on September 19 at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, where the members will sing the Asian Games official song, Only One.
“When JYJ was anointed as honorary ambassadors, we were promised that JYJ would perform at both the opening and closing ceremonies, but at the end of discussions, we will only be singing one song before the finale of the opening ceremony.
JYJ has fulfilled all duties as the honorary ambassadors, recording the song and participating in the music videos and commercials, as well as promotions. However, in July, the Incheon Asian Games committee revealed a list of performers for the Opening and Closing ceremonies and JYJ was not mentioned, causing C-JeS Entertainment to release a statement asking for the committee to be fair.
Earlier this month, the press conference for Incheon Asian Games took place where honorary ambassadors JYJ were not present.
The controversial “dropping” of the group in the opening and closing ceremonies led to fans petitioning the Olympic Council of Asia to conduct an open investigation on the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee’s (IAGOC) actions.
JYJ fans have started an online petition at change.org and has gathered over 16,500 signatures with over 8,000 signs still needed.
The uproar came after from the fact that most tickets sold for the opening ceremonies cost 1 Million Korean Won (or approximately $900). Many bought the tickets after expecting to see the idols performing live on stage, just as it was promoted.
Although Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu had limited promotional activities for the Incheon Asian Games for an unknown reason, the fans still bought tickets and booked flights to Incheon in support and hoped to see a live show of the boys.
According to the description in the petition: “The official tour agency of the IAGOC which is responsible for selling tour packages to foreigners, is still selling opening ceremony tickets and tour packages using JYJ’s name and thereby continuing to knowingly mislead fans and the public.”
On July 1, press releases confirmed the unilateral exclusion of JYJ in the list of performances for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The incident came shortly after the announcement of SM Entertainment’s sponsorship in the Incheon 2014 Asian Paralympic Games.
Thousands of outraged fans worldwide have signed a petition demanding organizers of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games to honor its commitment and let popular K-pop boy band JYJ perform during the opening ceremonies on September 19.
The petition was launched by JYJ fans on the Change.org website a few days ago.
In their petition, the fans are asking the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), which controls all sports in Asia including the Asian Games, to investigate the “Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee’s unilateral exclusion of JYJ from Incheon Asian Games opening ceremony.”
JYJ members were appointed as goodwill ambassadors of the games in February 2013. They have been promoting it since, even going on to record the games’ official theme, “Only One.” The group likewise filmed multiple televised commercials to better promote the upcoming Games.
C-JeS Entertainment, JYJ’s agency, earlier said that the organizing committee guaranteed the group’s performance in the opening and closing ceremonies of the games including the finale.
They were as surprised as the fans when the group was not among those lined up to perform.
More fans and supporters from all over the world are signing the petition as of press time.
To view the petition, click this link:
By: Jonathan Hicap @jonah_writer
Call to action: Open investigation into the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee’s unilateral exclusion of JYJ from Incheon Asian Games opening ceremony
The Asian Games is the most prestigious games organized by the Olympic Council of Asia, bringing together over 10,000 athletes, team officials, and technical delegates from 45 nations every four years. The 2014 Asian Games will be held in the city of Incheon, South Korea this coming September. To promote the games across Asia, the IAGOC appointed Korean superstars JYJ as honorary ambassadors to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games last February 20, 2013. In the words of the IAGOC, “we appointed JYJ as the honorary ambassador, whose popularity is well recognized all around the Asia, to encourage the rest of the Asia to know more about the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.” Fulfilling their roles for one and a half years, JYJ performed extensive promotional activities for the Incheon Asian Games, such as travelling to Guangzhou, China and Hanoi, Vietnam to put on promotional showcases. They even sang the Games’ official theme song “ONLY ONE”, being the face of the Games on promotional advertisements throughout Asia. They have likewise filmed multiple televised commercials to better promote the upcoming Games.
On July 1, 2014, however, JYJ was neither invited nor informed of the press conference that the IAGOC held, and were unilaterally dropped from the opening and closing ceremonies’ list of performers through press releases, despite several attempts by JYJ’s management C-JeS Entertainment to clarify the matter with the Committee as the Service Contract specifically included performance by JYJ on the opening and closing ceremonies. Quite surprisingly, this incident came about after it was recently announced that SM Entertainment, JYJ’s previous management company, was named a sponsor for the Incheon 2014 Asian Paralympic Games. A boyband from SM Entertainment, who had no previous connection to the Incheon Asian Games and not once promoted it will instead be performing a pop-song of their own at the opening and closing ceremonies and also appeared at the press conference in lieu of JYJ. On the other hand, JYJ, the Games’ honorary ambassadors, are barred from performing the official theme song of the Incheon Asian Games, ‘Only One’, which they sang and promoted specifically for the Incheon Asian Games. Read More →
Boy group, JYJ, suspects that they have again being suppressed by their ex-company, SM. JYJ was appointed as Incheon Asian Games honorary ambassadors last year, however they didn’t attend this Tuesday’s press conference.
JYJ’s managing agency, C-Jes, issued a statement on 1 July indicating that JYJ suffered unfair treatment from Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committees. During contract singing, the Organizing Committees committed priority invitation for JYJ to attend opening and closing ceremony performances. And also, JYJ to perform finale of the closing ceremony. Read More →
Fans of the idol group JYJ expressed their disappointment and anger over the uncertainty of whether the group would perform in the opening ceremony of the Incheon Asian Games.
The three-member K-pop group has served as a promotional ambassador for the sports festival since February 2013, but was excluded from the list of singers performing in the opening and closing ceremonies.
The list was revealed last Monday at a press conference and included other famous K-pop singers Psy, CNBLUE and EXO, an idol group from JYJ’s former agency.
Later that day, the agency issued a statement about JYJ’s absence from the list, expressing its displeasure about what it claimed was an unfair decision by the organizing committee.
Despite JYJ’s discontent, the organizing committee continued to prepare for the Incheon Asian Games, having an appointment ceremony today with actor Hyun Bin, another honorary ambassador for the sporting event.
The picture of today’s event with the actor was posted on the official SNS page of the Incheon Asian Games.
(Official facebook page of Incheon Asian Games)
Below the picture, fans of JYJ posted comments demanding the performance of their idol group in the opening and closing ceremonies.
The comments included “We want JYJ” and “Respect JYJ.” The posted replies also included pictures of JYJ and banners made by fans.
According to the local reports, the organizing committee is currently vague about JYJ’s appearance in the ceremony, saying that the details for the performances are to be confirmed in two or three weeks.
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