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.
It's been a long while since we heard fromHeejun Han, the former 'American Idol' contestant that stole hearts with not only his voice but his sense of humor. But news has come that while we've been immersing ourselves in the busy world of Kpop, Heejun was preparing for a debut of his own, signing wi…
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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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.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||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 Solo||Not aired||N/A||Advanced|
|Las Vegas Round|| Songs from the 1950s|
|" 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 9||Their Personal Idols||SoloA Song for You||Leon Russell||4||Eliminated|
| TrioThe Lady in My Life / Rock with You / P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)|
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|With laughter or with tears|
|Man In Love|
|Sarangnori (사랑놀이; Love Play)|
|Pieona (피어나; Bloom)|