Winner of MBC’s ‘Great Birth 2’ to give prize money to his mother
Last Friday, Koo beat Bae Soo-jung in the final round and received 300 million won ($265,000). The 22-year-old earned 56.9 points from the judges after singing Kim Gun-mo’s “I’m sorry,” while Bae was close behind with 54.6 points.
Koo was a promising football prospect before a serious injury ended his career. He was named the most
valuable player at the 2006 Suwon International Youth Club Football Championship and managed to make the U-17 national team roster.
After a back injury ended his football career, Koo began delivering food for restaurants. His life contrasted sharply with Bae’s, who graduated from the London School of Economics and works as an accountant for a major firm in England.
“I want to give all this money and be good to my mother,” Koo said after winning the event.