A Heartbreakingly Beautiful Performance on “Korea’s Got Talent”

After surviving on the streets from the age of five to fifteen, twenty-two-year-old Choi Sung Bong moved the audience on Korea’s Got Talent with his life story on June 4, 2011. Then he began to sing and moved everyone to tears. His is an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. Let’s hope that he finds happiness and fulfillment after enduring so much suffering.

Choi’s Facebook Fan page contains a translation of Nella Fantasia, the song he sung during his audition.


In my fantasy I see a fair world,
Everyone lives in peace and honesty.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like a cloud that floats,
Full of humanity in the depths.

In my fantasy I see a bright world
Night there is less darkness.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like a cloud that floats.

In my fantasy exists a warm wind,
That breathes into the city, as a friend.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like a cloud that floats,
Full of humanity in the depths.

UPDATE: Choi Sung Bong ended up finishing second in the competition.

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4 Responses to “A Heartbreakingly Beautiful Performance on “Korea’s Got Talent””

  1. Donna Brown Says:

    I feel so honoured just to have watched this guy sing…. and overwhelmed with love for this wonderful young man and gratitude that such a sweet little boy and with an incredibly beautiful soul – and a voice to match – was not lost to this world. I wish him all the love, happiness and abundance that he so richly deserves. God bless him… and you too, Phil. Thank you so much for sharing this uplifting story… Namaste.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Well said, Donna. I too am glad he was not lost to this world.

  3. Nicke Says:

    I just checked to see what happened after that audition and it appears …
    “Choi advanced to the final of the competition, finishing second by 280 votes.” (Source: Wikipedia)
    So far I can’t find anything else about what’s happened since that final. I hope he’s smiling though… that was the thing about the audition that stood out… despite moving everyone else, he wasn’t moved to even smile.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    An excellent observation, Nicke. Given the way Choi’s childhood unfolded, I am not surprised he is so somber. I hope he finds joy in his life.

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