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'I am cute in real life'
by Jocelyn Lee

SINGAPORE - Forget Gangnam Style. Have you heard of the Gwiyomi phenomenon?

On YouTube, there are thousands of videos of people miming to the Gwiyomi Song with a series of "cute" hand gestures.

"Gwiyomi" means a cute person in Korean slang.

Even K-pop superstars like Super Junior and Girls' Generation have performed excerpts from the song at their concerts.

The woman behind the Gwiyomi Song is a 23-year-old former part-time waitress named Hari, who was in town last Monday to promote the song.

"I was really shocked by how wellreceived the song was, as I didn't know it would be so big. For now, I am enjoying the attention," said the singer through a translator.

"My favourite rendition so far is by a Korean policewoman performing the cute gestures in her uniform. It left the deepest impression on me."

Hari explained that the words and gestures were already around when her producer decided put the words to a melody.

"The producer is my neighbourhood friend. He thought of me when he came up with the idea to make it into a song as he feels that my vocals are suitable for the cute image that the song was trying to portray," Hari said.

"He called me and asked if I wanted to record the song with him and I agreed. I never expected it to be such a phenomenal success."

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(Photos: ST, TNP, Youtube)



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