Heejun Han

Heejun Han(known asHan Hee-junin Korean name order; Hangul: 한희준; April 20, 1989) is a South Koreansinger from Flushing, Queens , New York , who finished in ninth place on the eleventh season ofAmerican Idol .He signed with Polaris Entertainment in 2012.In 2013, he applied for third season ofK-pop Star, passed the audition,and reached the Top 6.

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 Heejun Han's Early life

He has spoken of suffering from emotional depression and credited the children that he worked with for helping him to recover from his illness. He has also said that the children motivated him to audition forAmerican Idol.

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 Heejun Han's Acting career


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 Heejun Han's Music career

2012:American Idol, post-Idoland future projects[edit]

Han auditioned for the eleventh season ofAmerican Idolin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a performance of Michael Bolton 's version of the song, " How Am I Supposed to Live Without You ". His audition brought Jennifer Lopez to tears, and Steven Tyler stated "I think you are really great. I think you could be an American Idol". He received a golden ticket and advanced to Hollywood , Los Angeles , California .

Han performed the same song, "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You", for his first solo performance in Hollywood and was put through to the next round. He then formed a group with Phillip Phillips , Richie Law and Jairon Jackson for the Hollywood group performance, under the name, "M.I.T." ("Most International Team"). The group had issues during the preparation of their performance, as Law insisted that the performance would "do it in his own way" and refused to accept the suggestions given by the other group members. They performed " Broken Strings " by James Morrison featuring Nelly Furtado and despite the judges not being satisfied with their performance, they were put through to the next round as the judges believed they deserved a second chance. Han was put through to the next round once again after his second solo performance in Hollywood.

Han went to Las Vegas and performed " I Only Have Eyes for You " by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, with Phillip Phillips , Neco Starr and Jairon Jackson. He was put through to the final Las Vegas round as one of the Top 42 contestants. During the final Las Vegas performance, he performed " New York State of Mind " by Billy Joel and was put through to the semi-final as one of the Top 25 contestants of the season. During the semi-finals, he performed " Angels " by Robbie Williams and was one of the five highest male vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13 thus becoming the first ever male contestant of East Asian descent to do so. He was the first Korean American to make the finals ofAmerican Idol. Previously Paul Kim (season 6) and John Park (season 9) had become semifinalists.


EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice " How Am I Supposed to Live Without You " Laura Branigan N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" Laura Branigan N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance " Broken Strings " James Morrison ft. Nelly Furtado N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second SoloNot aired N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs from the 1950s
Group Performance
" I Only Have Eyes for You " Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler N/A Advanced
Final Judgment Final Solo " New York State of Mind " Billy Joel N/A Advanced
Top 25 (13 Men) Personal Choice " Angels " Robbie Williams 11 Advanced
Top 13 Stevie Wonder " All in Love Is Fair " Stevie Wonder 9 Safe
Top 11 Year They Were Born " Right Here Waiting " Richard Marx 3 Safe
Top 10 Billy Joel " My Life " Billy Joel 8 Bottom 31
Top 9Their Personal Idols SoloA Song for You Leon Russell 4Eliminated
TrioThe Lady in My Life / Rock with You / P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
with DeAndre Brackensick & Joshua Ledet
Michael Jackson 8
  • ^Note 1When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Han was among the Bottom 3 but declared safe second, as Erika Van Pelt was eliminated.

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 Heejun Han's References

  1. "Toonaripost". Toonaripost. 
  2. "아메리칸 아이돌 설문 1위, '코리언' 한희준 인터뷰 (American Idol Popularity Poll Leader 'Korean' Heejun Han Interview)". OhMyNews. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. "‘K팝스타3’ 한희준, 1회만에 폭발적인 인기 "한국의 제이슨므라즈!"". Chosun-entertainment. 2013-11-30. 
  4. "'American Idol' star in the making: NYC's Heejun Han makes final 24". Daily News (New York). February 23, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  5. Shen, Maxine (January 27, 2012). "Three local contestants are reported to have made it to 'Idol' semifinals". New York Post. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  6. "Happy in his own Skin". News Strait Times. September 30, 2012. 
  7. "IMDB West 32nd". November 22, 2007. 
  8. "Heejun Han: After the Elimination". March 29, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  9. "Heejun Han Will Be Stopping By". 
  10. "President Obama Keynotes APAICS Gala". 
  11. "American Idol Live tour kicks off in Detroit". USATODAY.COM. 
  12. "Dixon Han say Idol Tour Fun But a Test of Faith". Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  13. "American Idol's Colton Dixon and Heejun Han". Soul Check TV. August 18, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  14. "K-Pop Festival 2012 in New York: Success! Next Year: Take-Over in Wall Street?!". Kpopstarz. September 1, 2012. 
  15. "Heejun Han To Sing God Bless American". The Real Dirty Mets. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  16. "Kim Hyung Ho concert 2012 in LA and New York:". http://beforeitsnews. September 23, 2012. 
  17. "Korean Thanksgiving Festival Performance". 
  18. "Han performs national anthem.". Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  19. "Kollaboration finale performance". 
  20. Fred Bronson (July 23, 2013). "'American Idol' Alum HeeJun Han Enlists Rapper Pusha T for New Song, Video". Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. "Heejun Han from 'American Idol' starts fresh on 'K-Pop Star 3'". allkpop. November 24, 2013. 
  22. "Han Hee Jun Marvels at Girls’ Generation Tiffany’s Glowing Beauty". Soompi. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 

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