VIDEO: Young Ohio man captivates Koreans with perfect performance on reality singing show
It's always awesome to watch contestants unexpectedly blow judges and audiences away on reality singing shows, but when someone does it in a foreign country, and almost perfectly sings a difficult song even for a native speaker, it really can be something special to watch.
Joseph Busto is a young man from Ohio, currently studying in South Korea as an exchange student. He obviously loves the culture and even has a Korean name, Choi Jun Seob. A contestant on the popular singing show I Can See Your Voice, Joseph absolutely blows everyone away with not only his amazing voice, but his near-perfect grasp of the Korean language. And to top it all off, the song he chose to sing is one not only known for its musical difficulty, but for its deep emotional context, something considered challenging even for a Korean singer to convincingly perform.
But because Joseph is the man, he absolutely killed it, and now has won the opportunity to sing a duet with a professional singer and release the song as a digital singer. Who knows, maybe he's got a future as a star in Korea, which would be awesome. A few years back, Japan had Jero, a young African-American enka (traditional Japanese genre of music) singer, who became widely popular for his voice, and just like Joseph, his unusual grasp of Japanese language and emotion. Both of these young men are not only talented, but they're challengers, willing to do their very best in lands far away from home.
Below are videos of Joseph and Jero doing their thing. Two peas in a pod!