Rags to Riches – Korean Orphan Artist – Sungbong Choi -Video with 16 crore+ Youtube views
Sungbong Choi was born in Seoul, and was abandoned at an orphanage when he was three. He ran away from the orphanage to escape physical abuse, took a bus to Daejeon, and started living in the red light districts.
|Born||February 18, 1990
Seoul, South Korea
|Genres||Vocal, Popera, Classical crossover|
|Labels||Sony Music Entertainment, Bongbong Company|
Korea’s Got Talent
On 6 June 2011, Choi’s performance of Ennio Morricone’s “Nella Fantasia” on Korea’s Got Talent moved judges and audience members to tears. He introduced himself as a manual laborer who had made a living selling gum and energy drinks for ten years. All three judges, Kolleen Park, Jang Jin and Song Yun-ah, were impressed with his vocal talent. Choi advanced to the finals of the competition, finishing second by only 280 votes.
Choi’s performance clip was posted to YouTube and triggered a worldwide Internet sensation, receiving praise from pop stars Justin Bieber, BoA, Jung-Hwa Um, several hundred thousand fans on Facebook and also political figures including South Korea’s former president Lee-Myung-Park. One version with English subtitles has triggered international press interest and a worldwide view that Choi was “the next Susan Boyle”. The video itself has received over 161,187,117 views as of September 19, 2016, and the number is still rising.