Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle: Quarterfinals

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And now it’s time for Round 3 of the Soompi K-Pop Idol Rap Battle! We’re now down to a quarter of our original contestants, and there have been some unexpected casualties along the way.

Round 2 was pretty tough. There weren’t any rappers that were outright crushed; a lot of battles were, in fact, very, very close. The biggest gap in votes was seen between BIGBANG‘s T.O.P and Block B‘s P.O, T.O.P beating out P.O by roughly 30 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, the closest round without a doubt was between Block B’s Zico and EXO‘s Tao. In the end, the difference of 0.12 percent — yes, much less than 1 percent — made Tao the winner.

Also coming as a surprise in Round 2 was the defeat of Jay Park by 2PM‘s Taecyeon, who made a comeback late in the game. Sadly, we will have to say goodbye to Zico and Jay Park for this battle, but luckily we’ve had the pleasure of Block B’s presence on music shows of late with “Her,” and Jay Park will be back soon with his “Evolution” album! Meanwhile, our last female rapper Amber has been holding her own, long after the elimination of the rest of the ladies.

Here are our remaining contestants:

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SHIN SE KYUNG TALKS ABOUT KISS SCENE WITH T.O.P

Shin Se Kyug spilled acting opposite Big Bang’s T.O.P.

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During an interview with Newsen on August 26 in a café in Samcheong-dong, Shin Se Kyung was asked about having acted as a couple with Big Bang′s T.O.P.

The actress started, “First of all, there were many things to learn from him.”

Shin Se Kyung said, “Watching him at the filming site, I could tell that he works really hard and is really detailed. I was surprised because you could just see how hard he was working. He was professional to the point of making me look back at myself.”

She continued, “So it was interesting to watch the process of T.O.P perfecting his character and made me anticipate the final outcome. In the case of my character ‘Mina,’ her relationship with ‘Dae Gil’ (T.O.P) is very important. It takes about 80% of her character. So it was important for me to have good teamwork with oppa (T.O.P) and I felt satisfied and thankful during filming.”

When asked if she felt pressured about the fans’ responses toward her kiss scene with a member of the idol group Big Bang, Shin Se Kyung answered, “Oh no, why did I do it?? I didn′t think about that at all. I guess that′s true…I probably won′t be able to sleep tonight,” before adding, “[The kiss scene] was all business. I think fans will understand by seeing me as the character in the movie.”

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TOP : SaeKyung was so mature like a noona

SaeKyung : Noona?

HaNui : Females don’t like being called Noona

TOP : Lee HaNui was like the Ahjumma (old lady) who sells Ttoekbbokki (Korean street food)

HaNaui : ….

Kwak DoWon : What did you learn from me?

TOP : Drinking..? I get to drink more often because of u *jokes*

SaeKyung : TOP dances at the movie filming set. He sweeps the floor.

TOP : *suddenly dances*

Q : How’s the melo-acting with TOP?

HaNui : It was so good. I remember when TOP was in high school

HaNui : -con- TOP is sexy and grown so well now. I’m glad to meet him again as actors

TOP : HaNui noona was a trainee in YG before. She could have become a member of 2NE1.

TOP : -con- I thought “Why is she trying to do music with that appearance?” and she became Miss Korea right away lol

HaeJin : I heard u make people feel good by dancing. I never saw though

TOP : I dance only in front of actress/girls