Amazing Story and Performance of a Contestant in a Korean Talent Program-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded YouTube video link about a
young South Korean man named Sung-bong Choi, who auditioned for the
popular Korea's Got Talent television show. When asked about his
family background he told judges that he ran away from an orphanage after
being beaten and grew up living in the streets. He then proceeded
to surprise everyone with his operatic voice.
The Truth: According to a
June 7, 2011 Time Magazine article,
"Sung-bong Choi has the voice — and a grim Oliver Twist-ian
childhood story— to become the next talent sensation."
The video of his audition has rocketed him to international fame on the World
Wide Web and people all over the world are sharing this story with
friends and family.
During the interview,
Choi told judges that he grew up alone in the streets
of South Korea for ten years after running away from an orphanage at age
five. He survived by selling energy drinks and chewing gum and
said that he
slept in streets and public rest rooms for ten years until he began
working as a manual laborer. He melted hearts and even brought one
judge to tears as he sang Sarah Brightman's “Nella Fantasia.”
The Time Magazine
article also said there there was some controversy about his formal
training and it was later discovered that he attended a high school
specializing in the performing arts. The performer disclosed
this information to the judges and the studio audience but that part of his story
was edited from the broadcast.
Youtube Video of Sung-bong Choi
on Korea's Got Talent
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet: