Jtube: Korea's Got Talent

What is it about stories like these that tear at our heartstrings?

What is it about stories like these that tear at our heartstrings?

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Comments (35)

(29) Elizabeth, June 16, 2015 3:48 PM

Very Amazing

I have see this before but every time I have I weep so much. Very humble young man spinning sorrows into beauty, may he be more blessed.

(28) asdf, June 14, 2015 7:11 PM

is there anyone whos tears stayed drie through this preformance?

(27) Sol Greenberg, January 11, 2012 4:27 PM

It talks to the heart

Wow! It's amazing what natural talent can survive. It talks to the heart. He started out, through no fault of his own, as an orphan. Like any entrepreneur, someone with a goal and determination can do anything, even if it appears like they have no control over their own lives. You can start out with nothing and end up with a fortune. You just have to have faith, take responsibility, and remember that nothing good can happen if you don't at least try. Even to one so young.

(26) ilan Braun, November 7, 2011 10:27 PM

Just amazing! A king of "ness"?

Yes, truly amazing to realize that a young guy like him who suffered much is able to reach this perfection! It was truly moving to watch him singing and the judges too! Tears of joy were abundant in the audience. I shared this video with all my friends. I wish we all could react the same way in our lives: growing and reaching higher and higher!

(25) Itty, September 19, 2011 3:42 PM


WOW!!!! That was amazing!!!! Imagine where he came from, and I am sure that wasn't the last Korea saw of him!!!!! I am sure that he will go far!!! If someone who went through SO much can aspire and make something of himself, than WE who live in America and have so much, we should aspire to greatness (spiritually and mentally) as well!!!!

(24) Lauren R., July 21, 2011 12:51 AM

Awesomely Beautiful!! Bravo!!

Amazing! ..and to think society threw away this precious soul like so much garbage. But HaShem preserved and protected him all his days until now. I'm happy for him that he was offered voice lessons. Blessings on him, he is one of those of which Torah speaks, that we should care for them. Blessings on that woman who offered to help. Shalom.

(23) Becky Schreiber, June 30, 2011 5:07 AM

Its the way He worked his way up on his own

I watched it and I cried. I felt for him. I felt his suffering. Its like watching a little child take his first few steps only more. He took a life that has thrown him only cruelty and hardship and made something out of it. He did not give up, get depressed, and or mess up. He took his life into his own hands. He followed his dream. And when you see something like that it touches you. You listen and know that Its the essence of him that is singing. Its an expression of longing and an achievement that he truly did. And after I watched him, his face deadpan due to too much suffering all I wanted to do was give him a Big Hug!!

(22) Carole T., June 27, 2011 12:59 PM


For this young man who has had such a hard life, to sing like that!! He is a phenomonen and I wish him all the luck in the world!!!

(21) syma, June 27, 2011 10:23 AM

It is so inspiring, as King David says in Psalms "Out of the depths I call you"

(20) Anonymous, June 23, 2011 10:03 PM


This young man has been given a gift from G-d, and he has come from obscurity to give this gift to the world to hear. May he be blessed for the rest of his life.

(19) PHILIP, June 23, 2011 1:04 PM

just sensational


(18) rachel, June 23, 2011 8:05 AM

not impressed

Assuming his history is true, it shows the cruelty of a nation to allow such a thing to happen. And singing beatifully is only one aspect of his personality. After being in the street for so long, what kind of traits and behaviors did he pick up?

(17) Susanna Friedman, June 23, 2011 5:14 AM

Too good to be true!

Beautiful voice! But night clubs usually don't have operatic singers?

(16) Anonymous, June 23, 2011 2:56 AM


Where did he get the money to buy the gums and energy drinks? I am sorry but I don't believe this kid is for real...much less his voice is not real either. Good lip synch..sorry for being cynical, but that's just what I see and sense.

levine, December 8, 2011 8:11 PM

who licked the red off your lollipop?

It's a live preformance not a staged tv show. your senses are a little "off"

Mel, June 25, 2012 6:11 AM

this is a cut version

the full interview is much longer and reveals some more facts. A little Jealous perhaps, are we? Or unable to believe the good in anyone? Your comment reveals alot more about you than it does about the singer. If you did a little homework about this show you would know that nothing here is staged or lip synched. It is a show designed to reveal hidden talents in the ordinary ppl who for them, this show is there only chance to get recognised.

(15) Anonymous, June 23, 2011 1:37 AM


hagit, June 24, 2011 6:35 PM


re faux - does it serve you to be cynical? if lets say it is a fake story, can you enjoy the music for enjoyment sake?

(14) Rosabel, June 22, 2011 4:31 PM

Choi's talent

Who knows the fate of the many childen in Koriea? How about in Russia, and other countries with a high poverty rate? True story or not...it's always a Blessing to find one so young with such a talent instead of languishing on drugs and drink. May G-d carry him far.

Jane, August 12, 2011 10:18 AM

Or the United States of America?

Is it our dirty little secret that there is utter poverty for millions of our citizens? And, in a nation where there are people worth (?) $600 billion and more. A nation where the number of millionaires increases by a significant rate? And, they don't want to part with any of it in taxes to take their share of the burden? "LANGUISHING on drugs and drink," such an interesting phrase. I have to smile a sad smile.

(13) Carl, June 22, 2011 1:50 PM


A lesson for those always making excuses for their bad behavior.

(12) David S. Levine, June 21, 2011 8:32 PM

What is it about stories like these that tear at our heartstrings?

The answer to that question is that no matter how much success we who have had a "normal" upbringing have had we all wonder what we would be if we had to overcome what this young man has had to overcome. That's what brings tears to our eyes!

(11) Jay Shayevitz, June 21, 2011 8:12 PM


What is this doing in the Jewish humor, arts, and entertainment section? A nice story, but an odd choice. The kid could be lying.

(10) Anonymous, June 21, 2011 7:57 PM

such isolation and loneliness for one so young.Voice of an angel and sung with such depth of compassion which i think that this young man will have a great future.

(9) Annette, June 21, 2011 1:45 PM

another success story

As a mother 3, every success story fires me up! with gratitude to G-d always in mind, I love seeing my own kids succeeding, an extension of this gratitude continues when I see other kids succeed, jewish or not. It equates to Tikun Olam. And in a world that loves spinning on the not so good fate of others, another success story shared raises our souls. We do like and need more and more success stories. All the time. Even if Choi did not have a tale of woe in his past, this accomplishment is also good. I wish for him continued growth and success, and he should inspire thousands to come out of their own woes and find their place in G-d's hands.

(8) Anonymous, June 21, 2011 12:25 PM

We can only imagine the isolation, and the physical and emotional hardships that this young man must have experienced as a smaill boy. Why didn't any person come forward to recuse the child? Hashem gave him the gift of song so he could rescue himself. It is an incredible story that I am going to show my own children.

(7) Refoel Steinhart, June 21, 2011 12:04 PM

It's what we actually DO with our G-d given talents that counts.

A performance beyond belief with such an amazing background story! Maybe it should inspire all of us that we should realise our hidden inner abilities and use them fully to serve G-d in the best way we can. Just one particular individual's life comes to mind and that is the famous Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld who used his charismatic personality not for personal gain, but to charm, cagole and impress others to facilitate his life-saving work of the "Kindertransport" that saved thousands of Jewish lives in the Second World War.

(6) Israeli Mother, June 21, 2011 11:59 AM

What is it about stories like these that tear at our heartstrings?

We all hope that if someone with a much worse situation can come out of it with flying colors and can "make good" as they say, then we also might have a chance of overcoming our difficulties and succeeding. We instinctively want to see that every story has a good ending -- hopefully this one does as well.

(5) moshe, June 21, 2011 11:20 AM

it's "Nella Fantasia," by Sarah Brightman.

[English translation:] In my fantasy I see a just world Where everyone lives in peace and honesty I dream of a place to live that is always free Like a cloud that floats Full of humanity in the depths of the soul In my fantasy I see a bright world Where each night there is less darkness I dream of souls that are always free Like the cloud that floats In my fantasy exists a warm wind That breathes into the city, like a friend I dream of souls that are always free Like the cloud that floats (In his pre-recorded video, Choi admitted to professional vocal training when he attended a performing arts high school. The show's editors removed that statement from the video.

Chana, June 21, 2011 5:25 PM

Give him a break

So even if he attended a performing arts high school, his voice is still amazing. With trash like Lady Gaga rising to the top, someone like Choi really deserves a real break. I wish that he really does make it.

(4) moshe, June 21, 2011 11:05 AM

what do the words of the song mean

can s/o translate it to english?

(3) Anonymous, June 21, 2011 4:22 AM

GREAT !!!!

how did this young boy come out in the finals????? What a voice /what a life!!!!

(2) Anonymous, June 20, 2011 6:11 PM

I saw this video a couple of weeks ago and I thought that the young man is ok with his situation. well, maybe he's got some disorder and is kinda flegmatic. still the fact is that he's gonna make a huge career.

Anonymous, June 21, 2011 5:31 PM

nasty evaluation

The spelling of word is "phlegmatic" not flegmatic. In my opinion he is "low key" not phlegmatic. Who gives you the right to make unsolicited remarks about what you imagine is a disorder? But let us say he has one, why don't you accept him as he is without your mendacious comment? He is a talent, why not just say so?

(1) ira berkowitz, June 19, 2011 4:46 PM

i am deeply humbled

i am happy for this young man that he has survived his ordeals. i am humbled to know of his great strength. there is no way for me to count how many times i have failed to reach out to assist a person who was troubled. i was too busy pursuing my own selfish interests.


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