Puretty 2014
If you’re a Kamilia like me then you probably know this already, but for those who don’t, I’m here to give you some bad news: PURETTY is done. Disbanded. Dead. One is studying, one is pursuing a career an actress (the bizarre-looking alien version of Hara that served as PURETTY’s flawless visual), and the remaining three are now part of the greatest talent competition since MTV’s Making The Band, The KARA Project.

The KARA Project

 

As you probably know, The KARA Project has gathered seven fresh young thangs (christened “BABY KARA”) to compete to fill the two empty spots left by Nicole and Jiyoung in Asia’s most sweet and charming girl group. The whole thing reminds me of a mix between Jewelry and Morning Musume, and I’m behind it 100%. The project is getting a lot of hate, but that’s just the usual petty negativity that’s so prevalent in the K-pop fandom. As far as I see it, any KARA is better than no KARA at all. Also, the fact that PURETTY is part of this makes it even more exciting.

For those unfamiliar with PURETTY, they were basically just a perfectly cloned version of KARA that DSP Media debuted in Japan at the height of the hallyu wave to try and cash in on KARA’s mind-boggling success at the time. They released just two singles during the time they were active — both of which were shameless KARA knock-offs, and both of which bombed on the charts like you wouldn’t believe (their second, “Shuwa Shuwa Baby,” only reached No. 116 on Oricon).

I’m not sure if I’ll ever quite get over PURETTY disbanding, but I’m relieved that they can have a second chance to slay Asia as part of KARA. I like almost all of the KARA babies though, so I really don’t care who makes it into the group as long as it isn’t Chae Won or Yoo Ji. The rest are fly (even Chae Kyung who looks like a teenage Sungah in her teaser video), but I simply cannot with the last two.

Anyway, R.I.P. PURETTY. You’ll be missed.



[Via Korea Boo]

  • Brett

    I’m really upset that Hyein left DSP because she was my favorite in PURETTY and I think she fit the best with KARA. At least we still have Chaekyung and Somin.
    I think this member change could actually help boost their popularity in Japan so I’m excited to see what happens!

    • JustJam

      Me too. She looked like mini Goo Hara plus she was the leader of the group too!

  • Johnnyyy

    I can’t believe you support “The KARA Project”… i can’t imagine how bad Gyuri, Hara and Seungyeon must feel. It’s a shame that DSP thinks they can just add random members to an already existing group. I love me some KARA but i’m not going to support this new concept and I hope they will flop…

    • Lmao they obviously know what’s going on and are on board with it. They renewed their contracts knowing Nicole and Jiyoung were probably leaving. By the time the new KARA launches the current members will only have 1 year left on their contracts and DSP Media wouldn’t be going ahead with this if it would upset the original members because then none of them will renew their contracts again

      • Johnnyyy

        If i remember correctly DSP said that they would promote KARA as a trio, they said they wouldn’t add new members and I think that’s the reason why the other girls renewed their contracts. And also I believe there were many Japanese fans protesting against the possibility of new members being added to the band (not that it matters since KARA is flopping everywhere anyway).

        • Nah they actually said that they were still deciding whether KARA would continue on as a trio or if they’d have new members I think so it was undecided

  • hwe92

    At first I thought Yooji was too young to be in the group (she’s 10 years younger than Gyuri & Seungyeon) but then I heard she competed at KPOPSTAR 2 and found a video of her… Girl is fierce.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1nBDO0EMDc
    She’s the girl with the back to the future shirt at 0:24

    • She lacks visuals in her teaser though and since KARA is one of the prettiest girl groups the new members have to be really gorgeous. Their looks are important than talent, especially since Nicole and Jiyoung were two of the weaker singers in the group to start with

  • Guest

    Rooting for BABY 3 Young Gi, even though she looks more like a SECRET replacement, and BABY 5 So Min. 2 & 5 are too much “look at me I wanna be the lipsyncing visual and turn into an actress later on”-type of girls. 6&7 visually don’t really match Kara that well.

  • Rooting for BABY 3 Young Gi, even though she looks more like a SECRET replacement, and BABY 5 So Min. 2 & 5 are too much “look at me I wanna be the lipsyncing visual and turn into an actress later on”-type of girls. 6&7 visually don’t really match Kara that well :(

  • JustJam

    On the bright side, this is actually a great opportunity to recruit some strong vocalists for KARA since everyone in Korea seems to look down on them as the group that relies more on the looks rather than talent.

  • PURETTY is still the best! <3 Shi Yoon, Chae Kyung, So Min, fighting! ☆☆☆☆☆