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Superstar K3 runner-up withdraws from music scene

By Korea Herald

Published : Nov. 14, 2011 - 19:48

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Busker Busker, the three-member indie band runners-up of Mnet’s reality talent show “Superstar K3,” announced they will withdraw from the music scene indefinitely.

The group lost the top prize to Ulala Session, the vocal-oriented quartet led by Im Yoon-taek who has stage four stomach cancer, in the finale of the show broadcast live last Friday.

The indie trio had been scheduled to participate in a press interview on Monday along with three other top contestants ― Ulala Session, Twogaewol, and Christina ― but abruptly called it off on Sunday. 
Indie trio Busker Busker performs during the season finale of Mnet’s reality talent show “Superstar K3” in Seoul on Friday. (Yonhap News) Indie trio Busker Busker performs during the season finale of Mnet’s reality talent show “Superstar K3” in Seoul on Friday. (Yonhap News)

The trio announced that their last official engagement as a group was the recording of artist Lee Soo-young’s “I Believe,” on Nov. 12, which they performed during the finale of the show.

Busker Busker, formed only five months before this year’s Superstar K season kicked off, said in a statement that they need more time to think about their future as a team.

“We participated in the show shortly after we had just found ourselves as a team,” they said. “We need time to think about our identity as a team and our future, and thought it wouldn’t be appropriate to meet with the public and the press without having our thoughts organized.”

CJ E&M, the agency for this season’s top 11 contestants, said everything on the pre-arranged schedule for Busker Busker has been cancelled.

“We get a lot of requests and inquiries about Busker Busker’s future activities, but cancelled everything upon request from the band,” the agency said through a statement. “We thought their future was more important than what’s expected from them right now.”

By Claire Lee (dyc@heraldcorp.com)