A Sibling’s Debut, Is It the Name? Or Talent?Posted: February 11, 2011
Be it Hollywood or Korea, celebrity tends to run in the family, but is it because of their celebrity connection or is it because of their talent?
A famous brother or sister may spell success for some of these sibling debuts.
Recently, JYJ Micky Yoochun‘s younger brother Park Yoo-hwan has started on the MBC drama “Sparkling,” but it is just one instance in a long line of family ties getting the OK to debut.
In 2009, the debut of MBLAQ brought two sibling debuts: 2NE1‘s Dara‘s younger brother Thunder and actress Go Eun-ah‘s younger brother Mir. The year before that, SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon‘s younger brother Kim Kibum debuted with U-KISS. Also that year, JYJ‘s Xiah Junsu‘s older brother Kim Jun-ho debuted as a singer in China. Not to mention the hot sister-brother acting team of Ha Ji-won and Jeon Tae-soo, amongst many more.
But, there is an ongoing debate whether it’s the talent or the connection getting them the big chance in the spotlight. Turns out, it’s a little bit of both.
Entertainment managers say that having a family connection does give the entertainment company more incentive to debut the sibling, because (1) there is already some inherent popularity that is tied with the already famous sibling, and (2) under the hope that siblings are alike in some ways, the zeal for success is also the key to success. From pre-debut training, management can get a hint if this quality “runs in the family.” Also, something like singing talent or love of acting can come from the environment and how the person is raised, and for siblings, usually they are raised alike.
As for the talent, fans say that you can see for yourselves that many times, the newly debuted sibling has comparable talent to sibling who debuted first.
Regardless, for celebrity hopefuls, it sure is great having celebrity family.