On the May 14 broadcast of Yoo Hee Yeols Sketchbook, singer Ha Dong Kyun shared about his past experience as IUs vocal trainer.
Host Yoo Hee Yeol introduced Ha Dong Kyun through IUs words, The man who has given me the hardest time up to this point in life. According to what Yoo Hee Yeol said he had heard from IU, Ha Dong Kyun would critique IUs singing by saying things like, Hey, you cant sing, Your voice is weird, and Go back to Uijeongbu (Uijeongbu was where IUs family lived at the time). The audience broke out in laughter at the last statement, however, as Yoo Hee Yeol remarked that it was the most immature comment of them all.
Ha Dong Kyun tried to explain, Well, Im sure that I did say that, but it would not have been just me. Everyone used to say, If youre going to do it like that, go back to Uijeongbu.’ Ha Dong Kyun then said, Now [IU] rules Uijeongbu, and jokingly asked her, How about finding me a job somewhere in the area? In reply to the joke, Yoo Hee Yeol simply said, So shameless, before he finished by saying, I didnt know IU would become so successful. Its something to celebrate.
After performing his latest single, The Maze of Reality,” Ha Dong Kyun revealed, IU did the chorus for me. In response, Yoo Hee Yeol marveled, The only person now who can have IU do the chorus for them is Ha Dong Kyun. You should have just gone ahead and named the song after IU.
Although Ha Dong Kyuns vocal training style sounds like it was a little harsh, it does not seem to have prevented him from being on good terms with IU now.