Jang Jun Hyeon is a self centered top musician, but after a scandal he becomes a washed up celebrity that no one wants. Jun Hyeon is given a second chance to be a musician on the condition that he trains Choe Chun Hui to be a singer. Choe Chun Hui is an addicted runner who supports her family by working various jobs. When Chun Hui's father runs away, leaving her with huge debt and two thugs on her back, she is left with no other option but to work with Jun Hyeon to become a star so she can pay off the debt and provide a stable life for her little sister. However, she can only sing trot songs, Jun Hyeon's least favorite genre of music.
Set in the world of show business, and trot music in particular, there are certain expectations. And while it manages to succeed in certain aspects, the show also fails in others.
There's the trot music that's so crucial for the heroine, but as something that boosts her confidence but also as a connection to her mother. There's great renditions of older music, made catchy for modern audiences. And there's great acting.
And...that's about it. The show then fall victim to the common tropes; a second lead who doesn't take no for an answer, the melodramatic cliches that were wholly unnecessary, the losing of focus on the main theme of music. It becomes less about a girl trying to succeed in her mother's memory and more of a common, run of the mill list of cliches.
So while there's heart, and it remains watchable throughout, the missing potential is something to mourn.
Worth a watch, but not something to go out of the way to fit into the schedule.