The first time we caught up with Arnelle “Elly” Nonon, this was back in August of 2013, and she had just won the New York Kpop Festival held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. In winning the New York competition she was only eligible to win a trip to Korea to perform at the world Kpop Festival to be held that October. When we talked to her then she was optimistic and a little dazzled about the future. Well, the next time we caught up with her, she was the world reigning solo champion of the 2013 World Kpop Festival, and she had just stepped off a 14+ hour flight from Korea that morning, as well as had just gotten off the stage at the Korea Society in New York City. She graciously sat down with us to tell us about her adventures. This is the first part or a five part series interview.

Watch her New York Kpop Festival winning performance and interview with us, back in August.

Stay tuned for the follow up segments where she talks about meeting B.A.P, hanging out with Ailee, and winning the global competition. Here is part 2.