Straight up hon­est truth

Asia’s Got Ta­lent ’s new judge Jay Park: ‘I won’t sug­ar­coat my com­ments.’

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By GWENDOLYN NG

KOREAN-AMER­I­CAN rap­per Jay Park is the new judge on the up­com­ing new sea­son of Asia’s Got Ta­lent, a spin-off of the in­ter­na­tional tele­vised ta­lent hunt fran­chise.

Given his his­tory of speak­ing his mind – he ex­ited the South Korean boy band 2PM in 2010 for com­ments he had made about the coun­try years ear­lier – one would not ex­pect him to mince his words on the show. And in­deed he him­self has no in­ten­tion of do­ing so.

Park, 30, says: “I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to be well-man­nered and re­spect­ing. But I’m not the type to say what­ever just to be nice. You have to be real with th­ese peo­ple in or­der to re­ally help them. Su­gar­coat­ing things is not go­ing to help them.”

He was speak­ing at a press event in Sin­ga­pore last week, along­side two re­turn­ing judges, Grammy-win­ning Cana­dian mu­si­cian David Fos­ter, 67, and In­done­sian singer Ang­gun, 42.

The first sea­son’s other two judges, ex-Spice Girl Me­lanie C and Tai­wanese pop star Van Ness Wu, are not tak­ing part in the sec­ond sea­son. The new sea­son is slated to pre­miere in Oc­to­ber on AXN.

Park has had plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence suss­ing out ta­lent in South Korea. He was a judge on dance sur­vival pro­gramme Danc­ing 9 and tele­vised rap con­test Show Me The Money.

He is also a boss and men­tor to hip-hop and R&B tal­ents un­der his mu­sic la­bel AOMG (Above Or­di­nary Mu­sic Group).

A fort­night ago, he be­came la­bel­mates with su­per­star Ri­hanna af­ter sign­ing on with Roc Na­tion. He is the first AsianAmer­i­can to be signed with the man­age­ment agency founded by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z.

“It is a dream come true. I love Jay-Z’s mu­sic, how he built his brand, and moved on to the business side. It just kind of came out of nowhere. Of course I said yes,” he says.

“For them to come and pick me, an Asian guy, for the ur­ban com­mu­nity to ac­knowl­edge me as an ur­ban hip-hop artiste, it’s ground-break­ing.” – The Straits Times/Asia News Net­work

Sea­son Two of Asia’s Got Ta­lent, to be aired in Oc­to­ber on AXN, will fea­ture judges (from left) Fos­ter, Ang­gun and Park. — AXN

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