Home-grown Mandopop singer Derrick Hoh, 27, has come full circle in his eight-year showbiz career.
Propelled to fame by the 2005 reality singing contest Project Superstar, the boyish Hoh will be sussing out talent in the local leg of the auditions for Scoot: K-Pop Star Hunt 3 on Sunday.
The unassuming singer talks to My Paper about his own gruelling training in Seoul, his stance on plastic surgery and his successful foray into English tunes.
How does it feel to be a judge for a reality singing competition for the first time?
I feel good. Now it's finally my turn to judge others, after being judged for such a long time. (Laughs)
Coming from a similar environment, I have some idea of how this thing works. I will try to come up with my own style of judging.
What will you be looking out for in the K-Pop Star Hunt contestants?
I want to find someone who wants (to be a K-pop star) really badly. You can get someone who sings and dances really well, but you don't see the spark in his eyes.
Eventually, the contestants we choose will undergo three weeks of training in Korea; it takes a lot of mental power to get through it. I need someone with a strong heart.