STOMPer YouOnlyLiveOnce wrote in to commend two female RJC students who turned down a lucrative offer to become K-pop stars -- just so they can complete their education.
Stephanie Lee and Symone Oei, both 17, were offered the rare opportunity for a ticket to stardom after piping other hopefuls to it at a local K-pop talent audition in December 2010.
In an interview with RazorTV, Stephanie cited the offer, and having to drop out of school for it, as a 'big step' and decided to reject it as 'looks can't last. So if anything happens in the future, I will need something (an education) to fall back on.'
The girls also revealed that they had joined the competition not because they were K-pop fans -- Stephanie and Symone are, ironically, not fans at all -- but because they did a similar dance cover in a school competition and thought they'd try to replicate it in the audition.
They also have a Youtube channel that has garnered over 2,000 subscribers and more than 1.3 million video views.
After watching the interview, STOMPer YouOnlyLiveOnce wrote:
"I'm a little surprised by the collective decision made by Stephanie and Symone in turning down the offer to be groomed into potential K-pop stars.
"Not everyone gets the opportunity to live their dreams and experience the journery towards stardom so for the two girls to turn the opportunity down must not have been easy.
"Having said that, they did also mention the need for a proper education just in case things don't work out and I salute them for putting some thought into their future.
"Plus, they also mentioned that being K-pop stars wasn't their dream so it may not really have been them throwing their dreams away."
RJC girls put studies before K-pop stardom (Stephanie & Symone Pt 1)
So Cool (Stephanie & Symone Pt 2)
STOMP is preparing the videos and will post them here as soon as they are ready.
Check out the gallery below for screenshots from their dance videos and studio interview with Razor TV.