KBS World Radio listeners, it's Samuel!
My mini-album titled "SIXTEEN" is out! I hope you all enjoy it!
Here is a question from Gabby Jung from Bulgaria.
Finally your solo debut! Congratulations! How do you feel?
(Samuel) Making my debut at 16, I'm just happy to be able to sing and dance in front of all of the great singers and groups who came before me. I'm also happy to have the opportunity to sing and dance in front of my fans and most of all, I'm just happy to be able to stand on stage once again in front of you all to show off what I've got.
This is from English section listener Yuli Yoo.
What is your favorite song from your debut album? What did you want to become a singer?
My favorite song from my debut album is "Sixteen." It's my favorite genre of music and I can sing and dance at the same time, so it's a lot of fun. I wanted to become a singer when I was around 8 or 10. I saw a YouTube video of Justin Bieber's "Baby" and loved it. I sang the song over and over all day. My mom saw me doing that and told me to audition, which I did and I passed. After passing the audition, I came to Korea and was cast on the streets and now I'm promoting "Sixteen."
This is from Eman of Tunisia.
Who was the first person who discovered your talent? What do you think is the secret to your popularity?
My mom is the first person who discovered your talent. She is the first person that I showed my dancing and singing to. I want to tell her thank you and I love you. The secret to my popularity...I think the reason why the fans give me a lot of affection and love is of course there is the skill and professionalism that I might show on stage, but there is also the cuteness of a 16-year-old.
This is from Arab section listener Kazuha Shōkōjo and Levia Calolina of Indonesia.
Tell us about your Produce 101 experience and a moment that you can't forget.
What I experienced through season 2 of Produce 101 was the fierce competition and the need to survive. I also felt that it won't be easy to realize my dream to become a singer. The moment that I can't forget is when all 101 trainees came together to dance "Pick Me."
This is from Indonesia section listener Esti Purwanti.
What do you think you gained and learned from taking part in a reality idol group survival show?
Taking part in a survival program helped me to shed my nervousness on stage and I learned to have fun not just on my own but with the audience. I also feel like my skills have improved and most of all I gained a lot of new fans.
This is from Rasnawati of Indonesia.
Who is a role model that provides a lot of musical inspiration?
I really like Chris Brown and Justin Bieber so I get a lot of inspiration from their works and I study their performances on stage through video.
This is French section listener Angélique Gmn's question.
You grew a lot taller in two years, didn't you?
I didn't think I would grow so much in two years and I'm getting nervous I might hit 2 meters in height. Because of my height I feel like I take up a big portion of the stage and I don't feel shy about standing on stage alone.
(staff) How much did you grow in two years? How much more do you want to grow?
(Samuel) I was around 158 cm about two years ago but now I'm 175, so I grew a lot. When I wake up, the angle that my mom looks at me is different for me every morning, too. I just want to grow until 182. I think 182 looks the best.
This is from Tourech Balqis of Algeria.
There are a lot of older sister (noona) fans who like you, Samuel. Does that make you uncomfortable?
No, it doesn't. I like the fact that it's one more person who has interest in me and my music. Just because they are older doesn't make me feel uncomfortable.
This is from Lilis Widarti of Indonesia.
You left a memorable impression trying your best and not giving up despite difficulties. What gives you the strength to not give up? Can you give us a tip?
Since debuting with "Seventeen" and even before while training, the strength that kept me going was the support and love that I received from the fans. The messages, letters and support that I received from each and every one of you are all incredibly encouraging.
This is from Naziad of Mauritius.
If you left a video message for yourself 16 years into the future, what would you say?
To Samuel of the future. I am currently 16 and you are now 30. I don't know what you are doing right now, but I hope that you are healthy and trust that you have grown into a true artist who loves music. I also hope that you are showing your fans who are rooting for you the music that they empathize with and enjoy. See you later when we are thirty! Bye!
Hi, this is Samuel. I'm thankful for all of my overseas fans. Thank you so much for your love and support. I promise to work hard to grow and develop further, so I hope you will keep a lookout for me. KBS World Radio listeners, this has been Samuel! Until we meet again, good bye!