In just 11 weeks, Sung-Bong Choi, the manual labourer from Dae Jun has picked himself up from the depths of despair and achieved something quite breathtaking. When I think back to the first time I watched the video of Sung-Bong Choi's audition, I remember having to pause the video just before he started singing as I couldn't bear the tension! His story struck such a deep rooted chord in me that I almost feared he wouldn't be able to sing at all; that absolute silence would be projected. And after fouling up his audition he'd be shoved in a taxi and driven straight back to the streets of Dae Jun along with a crate of Bacchus energy drinks. I was happy I was wrong.
At the end I of his performance I found myself shuddering with the need to shed tears of joy, witnessing this young man become truly free. I felt a strange sense of sorrow mixed with a powerful rush of being very privileged.
But where now for Sung-Bong Choi? Is a record deal with Sony possible? Will he strive for a regular and more normal life: a girlfriend, job, house? Will he go back to the life he has now in Dae Jun, or will he just spend his time exploring with his only friend in life, music? His desire for wanting to share his song with the world is the sole reason why he is where he is today, and that ought to be the road he should stick to.