“Choi’s voice simply astounds, proving that you really never know who has an amazing talent.” Okay, you may have heard about this story already, and perhaps seen the video. What no one can deny is that Korean Song-bong Choi does have an amazing voice, and most of his personal story is tough and heart-rending to hear. But, as is sometimes the case with these talent shows in various countries, the singer’s story is not as straight-forward and upfront as presented on TV. Choi, for example, didn’t just walk off the street from his day laborer’s job and start pumping out opera-quality vocals. He attended a high school for the performing arts, where he received vocal training. This fact was conveniently edited out of his conversation with the judges he spoke to on Korea’s Got Talent. Not a huge controversy, but enough to give us pause yet again when considering how seriously to take TV talent shows. (Huffington Post – Hard-luck Korean Songbird) Additional details about Song-bong Choi from TIME Newsfeed: Korean Singer Had Training.