First Bang Chan, then Jee Seok-jin! Korean starssing Yeng’s ‘Ikaw’

By Mikoy Fernandez

Last March 12, 2023, Bang Chan of the K-Pop group Stray Kids gave their fans a surprise when he performed his own rendition of Yeng Constantino’s mega hit song “Ikaw” during the second day of their two-day stint in Manila. Multiple clips of the performance were uploaded online, capturing the special moment from different angles all across the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Just a few days ago, another Korean star gave the Pop rock Superstar’s hit another rendition to remember dearly — Comedian Jee Seok-jin.

South Korean comedian Jee Seok-jin is a star best known as a cast member of the popular “Running Man” series. He and his fellow Running Man stars were in the Philippines for Running Man’s “A Decade of Laughter” which was held on April 1, 2023 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Yu Jae Seok, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, Song Ji Hyo, Jeon So Min, ang Yang Se Chan were also present at the much-awaited show.

Like Bang Chan’s rendition, fans of the show also uploaded multiple clips of Jee Seok-jin’s solo performance online from different angles across the arena.

The fact that two Korean stars chose to sing Yeng’s song which dates back from 2014 (almost a decade ago) proves that the song is arguably becoming a true and timeless OPM classic. One could also say that it’s become one of those Filipino hit songs that have managed to transcend language barriers. Bang Chan even mentioned after his performance that when he was looking for a song to sing for their Filipino fans, he thought “Ikaw” was a really good song to sing.

As of April 3, 2023, “Ikaw” has already amassed 131 million views on YouTube and 62 million plays on Spotify. The song is still available to stream for those who want to remind themselves why two Korean stars made an effort to learn and perform a song dearly loved by millions.

Credit to the Jmaya Vlogs YouTube channel for the Jee Seok Jin video performance and credit to Trekkin The Stars YouTube channel for the Bang Chan video performance.

Jee Seok-jin thumbnail photo credit: Vernon Chan

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