On the 21st of May, MBC’s "Korean Music Wave in Google" concert which was held in collaboration with Google and Youtube was successfully held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The concert was also streamed live simultaneously throughout the world on Youtube.
As the concert comes to end, all the performing artists came on stage and sang "Arirang" together. After the song ended, Leeteuk who was holding a microphone then said, "Despite the differences in language and appearance, we became one through music". However because SNSD's Taeyeon and Tiffany were the MCs of the show, some netizens criticized Leeteuk for interrupting Tiffany while she was speaking.
In response to this incident, a representative from MBC’s variety show department explained, "The criticism from the netizens is a result of misunderstanding in regards to what happened during the show. In order to sum up the concert properly, the director in charge has requested Leeteuk who has great hosting skills to do the closing for the show."
The representative continued, "The allegations that were made against Leeteuk for interrupting Tiffany from hosting were baseless. The fact that Leeteuk came on stage with a microphone showed that the closing was planned beforehand."
Leeteuk himself has also personally explained the situation through Twitter. Leeteuk said, "They (MBC) have requested for me to say a few words for the ending upon a cue after Arirang ends, (and) I'll apologize if it was wrong to do the closing upon the PD's cue on the program that was streamed live throughout the world."
TVXQ, Super Junior, Wonder Girls, SNSD, Kara, Beast, Mblaq, Sistar and f(x) were all guests of the concert. MBC’s K-Pop channel and Youtube Presents channel which streamed the concert live have recorded 190,000 comments showing overwhelming response from K-Pop fans worldwide. The concert will be broadcasted on MBC at a later date.
SOURCE: STAR NEWS
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