The Amazing Story and Performance of a Contestant in a Korean Talent Program-Truth!
Summary of 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.
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.
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.