An 11-year-old little girl had made Bang Si-hyuk fell in love with her at first sight because of her incredible skills.
After the success of Mnet’s Superstar K, MBC produced an audition program called Birth of Great Star. Although the show made it after season 1, the viewership ratings gradually decreased to the bottom in the following seasons, causing the program and the participating talents to be forgotten.
However, there were contestants who left a deep impression on the viewers, even though they were not the winners. Among them, there was an 11-year-old little girl that Bang Si-hyuk fell in love with her at first sight because of her incredible skills. Since then, 9 years have passed, she has grown up and recently published her current situation. Let’s see how the girl is now!
That girl’s name was Kim Jung In, she was an 11-year-old primary school student at the time. Kim Jung In was praised by the judges for singing Josh Groban’s songs one after another without any technique. In particular, Bang Si-hyuk said, “I got goosebumps. I can only say that it’s a natural sense of rhythm,” and became a fan of her talent.
Kim Jung In passed unanimously but didn’t make it in the end. On one stage, because she was so nervous, she made a mistake from the beginning: she forgot the lyrics, causing the stage not only hard to start but also be paused. The second performance was perfect. However, the first mistake was ‘fatal’, so she got eliminated.
Although he personally eliminated this young talent from the show, Bang Si-hyuk surprisingly released a family-themed song with Kim Jung In in May 2011. The song gained huge popularity. Since then, Kim Jung In has entered Seoul Arts High School and won No. 2 in the 31st and No. 1 in the 32nd Korean Vocal Competition, and won No. 1 in the Sungjeong Music Competition and the Hanmi Music Competition.
Kim Jung In has a wish to heal people in a hard time with music. In 2020, she entered Seoul National University’s Technical Department of Vocal. Last August, she announced she had become a college student through YouTube.
On the official YouTube account of Seoul National University’s football club “Green Terrace,” a video titled “The current status of Kim Jung In, the kid from Birth of Great Star” was uploaded. In the video clip, Kim Jung In appeared and said, “I’m playing the role of a manager of the football team with two friends.“
The video shows her daily life, such as shopping with her friends or having fun at the club MT. Netizens who watched the video expressed their welcome to her news after a long time, such as “I can’t believe that the little girl is already an adult,” “I wasn’t the only one getting older,” and “It’s impressed of you that you went to Seoul National University.”