Who Were The Top Variety Show Idol Stars Of 2010?

With moRe and more idol group members venturing into multiple fields of the entertainment industry other than music, the performance stage has now become too small a venue for these stars to release their overflowing, yet hidden talents.Idol groups may have received love and interest for their cute and youthful images in the past, however throughout this year, the popular trend of the ‘idol’ image slowly began to move towards the concept of ‘comedy’ and ‘honesty’.

Money Today Star News looked into this year’s most prominent comedic idol members in closer detail.

<”KKab Kwon” – Nothing more needs to be said.>

Many staff members of broadcasting companies have agreed that Jo Kwon, a.k.a ‘Kkab Kwon‘ was this year’s leading variety show idol. The leader of the 4-membered 2AM first became a semi-fixed cast member for MBC’s ‘Quiz to Change the World’, through which he gained a lot of his popularity for showcasing what is now known as his trademark facial expressions, as well as his hilarious imitations of girl group dances. It was through this where he earned his nickname “Kkab Kwon”, meaning to be “silly” or “frivolous“.

Jo Kwon was then cast as a regular couple on ‘We Got Married’ with Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-In, which received immense support from viewers as the ‘Adam Couple’. The singer was also a fixed member of SBS’s ‘Family Outing‘, which was then followed up by a fixed MC role for music program, ‘Inkigayo‘. Jo Kwon recently took on the new challenge of acting, and is currently a main cast member for MBC’s new daily sitcom, “All My Love.”

<Flower boy + 2nd generation Kim Gura, B2ST’s Ki Kwang>

Another variety show rookie that comes to mind is Lee Ki Kwang of B2ST. Ki Kwang first showed his potential comedic talents through MBC’s daily sitcom ‘Highkick through the Roof’, but his popularity only began to soar after he was chosen as a fixed member of popular variety show, ‘Hot Brothers’. It was through this show where Ki Kwang was able to break out of his typical, flower boy idol image and be accepted as the second generation Kim Gura – a comedian who is particularly well-known for his witty wordplay. Ki Kwang’s seductive “American Dance” on the show is considered to be one of Ki Kwang’s highlights in becoming one of this year’s top variety show idols.

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Following his success on ‘Hot Brothers’ came a new opportunity for Ki Kwang to cast for KBS’s weekly talk show, ‘Seung Seung Jang Gu’. Learning under veteran gagmen Kim Gura, Tak Jae Hoon, and Park Myung Soo, Ki Kwang has improved vastly in his eloquence and wit – two key ingredients which are vital for a successful variety talk show.

<The grasshopper-eating idol, KARA’s Goo Hara>

KARA’s Goo Hara is said to be one of the more notable ‘variety idols’ in the girl-group dominated variety show, KBS 2TV’s ‘Invincible Youth‘. Rather than her cute and glamorous images on stage, her free and easy personality that is displayed on the show gathered a lot more interest from viewers and fans.

During the show, Hara challenged herself in taking a driver’s licence for farm machines, and was also seen driving a rice-planting tractor machine, through which she gained her new nickname, “The Goddess of Agriculture.” To the cast members’ disgust, Hara even ate a fried grasshopper, which she described as “anchovies simmered in soy sauce.” The idol was a hot topic on popular portal sites for weeks as the  “Grasshopper-eating Idol”.

<Fixed variety show MC + Own talk show, Super Junior’s Lee Teuk>

Super Junior’s leader Lee Teuk can also be deemed as an illustrious figure in the variety show field. Lee Teuk, along with fellow members Eun Hyuk and Shindong, have a fixed corner titled ‘Teukigayo‘ on SBS’s ‘Strong Heart’, and replaced the empty sub-MC spot on SBS’s ‘Star King‘ shortly after comedian Boom left to fulfill his army duties.

His success throughout the year finally earned him an MC position for the new variety show, ‘Enjoy Today’, and is also planned to create a new talk show with three other Super Junior members, to be titled ‘Super Junior’s Foresight’.

<”Plastic surgery-dol”, honest and confident charms, ZE:A’s Kwanghee>

ZE:A’s Hwang Kwang Hee’s popularity in variety shows has been spiraling upwards these recent months, and he is slowly becoming acknowledged as the bluechip of variety shows. Kwang Hee entered the variety show field as a noisy and arrogant character, which eventually led to the establishment of a new nickname, the ‘Human Beagle’.

What viewers are most satisfied with Hwang Kwang Hee is his fearlessness in breaking his idol image to show a more truthful side of himself.

For example, the idol confidently revealed on broadcast, “I fixed my whole entire face” and “I rested in bed for a whole year because of my plastic surgery.” Many viewers responded positively to his wit, leaving comments such as, “He is the next new star of variety shows” and “I could watch him over and over again and he’s still funny.”

Source: Star News

Nominees For The ‘25th Golden Disk Awards’ Revealed!

The ‘Golden Disk Awards has recently revealed their nominees for its 2010 awards ceremony, set to be held on December 9th at Koryeo University.

The awards show first began in 1986, and since then, it’s become Korea’s most prestigious awards ceremony for music. Nicknamed the ‘Korean Grammy Awards,’ the ceremony is known for its fair standards, as the committee utilizes figures from album and digital music sales only.

Due to such simplistic standards, the show is able to feature the truly successful artists that have received the love of the public each year, including the ‘indie’ or ‘underground musicians.

Check out the nominees below!

<Disk Bonsang>

Kim Jong Kook
Album: Vol. 6 Eleventh Story
Title Track: “This Person”

DJ DOC
Album: Vol. 7 Taste for the Arts
Title Track: “I’m This Kind of Person”

Lucid Fall
Album: Vol. 4 Les Miserables
Title Track: “Mackerel”

Bobby Kim
Album: Vol. 3 Heart & Soul
Title Track: “Like A Man”

Vibe
Album: Vol. 4 Vibe In Praha
Title Track: “Come Back”

Verandah Project
Album: Vol. 1 Day Off
Title Track: “Bike Riding”

BoA
Album: Vol. 6 Hurricane Venus
Title Track: “Hurricane Venus”

SHINee
Album: Vol. 2 Lucifer
Title Track: “Lucifer”

Super Junior
Album: Vol. 4 Bonamana
Title Track: “Bonamana”

Supreme Team
Album: Vol.1 Supremier
Title Track: “Step Up”

SNSD
Album: Vol. 2 Oh!
Title Track: “Oh!”

Epik High
Album: Epik High / Epilogue
Title Track: “Run”

U-KISS
Album: Vol. 1 U-Kiss Only One Album
Title Track: “Bingeul Bingeul”

Younha
Album: Vol. 3 Part. B Growing Season
Title Track: “I Broke Up Today”

Lee Sung Hwan
Album: Vol. 10 Dreamizer
Title Track: “Perfect Memory”

Lee Juk
Album: Vol. 4 Love
TItle Track: “With You”

Taeyang
Album: Vol. 1 Solar
Title Track: “I Need A Girl”

2NE1
Album: Vol. 1 To Anyone
TItle Track: “Can’t Nobody”

T-ara
Album: Breaking Heart (Repackaged)
Title Track: “I Go Crazy Because of You”

K. Will
Albm: Vol. 2 Miss, Miss, Miss
Title Track: “Miss, Miss, Miss”

<Digital Music Bonsang>

Ga-In
Album: Step 2/4
Title Track: “Irreversible”

Davichi
Album: Innocence [EP]
Title Track: “Time, Please Stop”

DJ DOC
Album: Taste for the Arts
Title Track: “I’m This Kind of Person”

Hot Potato
Album: Seesaw
Title Track: “Confession”

miss A
Album: Bad But Good
Title Track: “Bad Girl Good Girl”

Rain
Album: Back to the Basic
Title Track: “The Song That’ll Hold You Back”

IU
Album: Nagging
Title Track: “Nagging (feat. 2AM’s Seulong)”

Wonder Girls
Album: 2 Different Tears
Title Track: “2 Different Tears”

SG Wannabe
Album: SG Wannabe 7 Part. 1
Title Track: “Sunflower”

MC Mong
Album: Jo Young Su All Star 2.5
Title Track: “Bubble Love (feat. Seo In Young)”

MC Mong
Album: Blue Brand Vol. 2 Trauma Part 2
Title Track: “Because It Hurts to Death (feat. Mellow)”

Yesung (Super Junior)
Album: ‘Cinderella’s Sister’ OST
Title Track: “It Has to Be You”

Lee Seung Gi
Album: Shadow (Repackaged)
Title Track: “Love Teaches Alcohol (feat. F. BaekChan from 8Eight)”

Psy
Album: Vol. 5 PSYFIVE
Title Track: “Right Now”

CNBLUE
Album: Bluelove
Title Track: “Love”

CNBLUE
Album: Bluetory [EP]
Title Track: “Loner”

SNSD
Album: Vol. 2 Run Devil Run (Repackaged)
Title Track: “Run Devil Run”

SNSD
Album: Vol. 2 Oh!
Title Track: “Oh!”

Zia
Album: Let’s Have A Drink
Title Track: “Let’s Have A Drink”

KARA
Album: Lupin
Title Track: “Lupin”

2AM
Album: Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die
Title Track: “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die”

2PM
Album: I’ll Be Back
Title Track: “I’ll Be Back”

T-ara
Album: Breaking Heart (Repackaged)
Title Track: “I Go Crazy Because of You”

4men
Album: The 3rd Generation (Special Album)
Title Track: “Can’t (feat. 美)”

<Hip-hop Award>

DJ DOC
Album: Taste for the Arts
Title Track: “I’m This Kind of Person”

MC Mong
Album: All Star 2.5 / Blue Brand Vol. 2
Title Track: “Bubble Love” / “Because It Hurts to Death”

Supreme Team
Album: Spin Off (Repackaged)
Title Track: “Dang Dang Dang”

Outsider
Album: Acquaintance: The Outsider
Title Track: “Acquaintance”

Eun Ji Won
Album: Platonic
Title Track: “Siren (feat. Mister Typhoon)”

<Rock Award>

The Rights of Men Band
Album: Because I Love You
Title Track: “Because I Love You”

Hot Potato
Album: Seesaw
Title Track: “Confession”

CNBLUE
Album: Bluetory [EP]
Title Track: “Loner”

F.T. Island
Album: Beautiful Journey
Title Track: “Love Love Love”

Come Back Madonna Band
Album: I Am Legend Part. 3
Title Track: “1 Million Roses”

<Rookie Award>

Gil Hak Mi
Album: Super Soul
Title Track: “Super Soul”

miss A
Album: Bad But Good
Title Track: “Bad Girl Good Girl”

B2ST (BEAST)
Album: Shock of the New Era
Title Track: “Shock”

Seo In Guk
Album: Just Beginning [EP]
Title Track: “Love U”

Supreme Team
Album: Spin Off (Repackaged)
Title Track: “Dang Dang Dang”

Secret
Album: Secret Time
Title Track: “Magic”

CNBLUE
Album: Bluetory [EP]
Title Track: “Loner”

SISTAR
Album: Push Push
Title Track: “Push Push”

ZE:A
Album: Nativity (Single)
Title Track: “Mazeltov”

G.Na
Album: Draw G’s First Breath
Title Track: “I’ll Back Off So You Can Live (feat. Yong Jun Hyung)”

<Popularity Award>

Ga-In
Album: Step 2/4
Title Track: “Irreversible”

Kim Jong Kook
Album: Vol. 6 Eleventh Story
Title Track: “This Person”

Gil Hak Mi
Album: Super Soul
Title Track: “Super Soul”

The Rights of Men Band
Album: Because I Love You
Title Track: “Because I Love You”

Davichi
Album: Innocence [EP]
Title Track: “Time, Please Stop”

DJ DOC
Album: Taste for the Arts
Title Track: “I’m This Kind of Person”

Hot Potato
Album: Seesaw
Title Track: “Confession”

Lucid Fall
Album: Vol. 4 Les Miserables
Title Track: “Mackerel”

miss A
Album: Bad But Good
Title Track: “Bad Girl Good Girl”

Bobby Kim
Album: Vol. 3 Heart & Soul
Title Track: “Like A Man”

Vibe
Album: Vol. 4 Vibe In Praha
Title Track: “Come Back”

Verandah Project
Album: Vol. 1 Day Off
Title Track: “Bike Riding”

BoA
Album: Vol. 6 Hurricane Venus
Title Track: “Hurricane Venus”

Rain
Album: Back to the Basic
Title Track: “The Song That’ll Hold You Back”

B2ST (BEAST)
Album: Shock of the New Era
Title Track: “Shock”

SHINee
Album: Vol. 2 Lucifer
Title Track: “Lucifer”

Psy
Album: Vol. 5 PSYFIVE
Title Track: “Right Now”

Seo In Guk
Album: Just Beginning [EP]
Title Track: “Love U”

SNSD
Album: Oh! / Run Devil Run
Title Track: “Oh!” / “Run Devil Run”

Super Junior
Album: Vol. 4 Bonamana
Title Track: “Bonamana”

Supreme Team
Album: Supremier / Spin Off
Title Track: “Step Up” / “Dang Dang Dang”

Secret
Album: Secret Time
Title Track: “Magic”

SISTAR
Album: Push Push
Title Track: “Push Push”

CNBLUE
Album: Bluetory [EP] / Bluelove
TItle Track: “Loner” / “Love”

Outsider
Album: Acquaintance : The Outsider
Title Track: “Acquaintance”

IU
Album: Nagging
Title Track: “Nagging (feat. 2AM’s Seulong)”

SG Wannabe
Album: SG Wannabe 7 Part 1
Title Track: “Sunflower”

F.T. Island
Album: Beautiful Journey
Title Track: “Love Love Love”

Epik High
Album: Epik High / Epilogue
Title Track: “Run”

MC Mong
Album: All Star 2.5 / Blue Brand Vol. 2
Title Track: “Because It Hurts to Death” / “Bubble Love”

Yesung (Super Junior)
Album: ‘Cinderella’s Sister’ OST
Title Track: “It Has to Be You”

Wonder Girls
Album: 2 Different Tears
Title Track: “2 Different Tears”

U-KISS
Album: Vol. 1 U-Kiss Only One Album
Title Track: “Bingeul Bingeul”

Younha
Album: Vol. 3 Part. B Growing Season
Title Track: “I Broke Up Today”

Eun Ji Won
Album: Platonic
Title Track: “Siren (feat. Mister Typhoon)”

Lee Seung Gi
Album: Shadow (Repackaged)
Title Track: “Love Teaches Alcohol”

Lee Seung Hwan
Album: Vol. 10 Dreamizer
Title Track: “Perfect Memory”

Lee Juk
Album: Vol. 4 Love
Title Track: “With You”

ZE:A
Album: Nativity (Single)
Title Track: “Mazeltov”

G.Na
Album: Draw G’s First Breath
Title Track: “I’ll Back Off So You Can Live”

Zia
Album: Let’s Have A Drink
Title Track: “Let’s Have A Drink”

KARA
Album: Lupin
Title Track: “Lupin”

Come Back Madonna Band
Album: I Am Legend Part. 3
Title Track:”1 Million Roses”

K. Will
Album: Vol. 2 Miss, Miss, Miss
Title Track: “Miss, Miss, Miss”

Taeyang
Album: Vol. 1 Solar
Title Track: “I Need A Girl”

2NE1
Album: Vol. 1 To Anyone
Title Track: “Can’t Nobody”

2AM
Album: Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die
Title Track: “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die”

2PM
Album: I’ll Be Back
Title Track: “I’ll Be Back”

T-ara
Album: Breaking Heart (Repackaged)
Title Track: “I Go Crazy Because of You”

4men
Album: The 3rd Generation (Special Album)
Title Track: “Can’t (feat. 美)”

Fans can vote for their favorites on the official website until December 6th.

 

sr: Golden Disk Awards website

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Which idol group members will be most frequently seen this Chuseok weekend?

It’s that time of the year again, where family and friends all around Korea and the world reunite to spend quality time together for the upcoming Chuseok weekend, starting on the 22nd. However in the TV world, it’s a reunion of the most popular idol groups for countless ‘Chuseok Special’ episodes, which are set to broadcast throughout the entre Chuseok weekend to complement the fun familial atmosphere.

Which idol groups will be most frequently seen on these ‘Chuseok Special’ episodes?

Starting off the Chuseok-idol group weekend marathon is SBS’s ‘Star Real Video Case Idols’, where celebrity guests are split into teams A and B and battle each other in quizzes based on various videos. Super Junior’s Lee Teuk & Sungmin, f(x)’s Luna, T-Ara’s Eunjung & Soyeon, ZE:A’s Kwanghee & Dong Jun, and SHINee’s Key will be the contestants for the show.

On the 22nd is MBC’s ‘Idol Star Trot Face Off’, where viewers will be able to listen to their favorite idols singing along to famous trot songs from back in the 60s. This special episode will be comprised of 4minute, miss A, BEAST, U-Kiss, Supernova, 8eight’s Lee Hyun, SHINee’s Onew, and f(x)’s Luna.

On the same day, SBS’s ‘Fantasy Star Couple Challenge Cup’ will air, where idol members pair up as couples to compete in various challenges. 2AM’s Jokwon will be showing a new image as he couples with, not the ‘wife’ B.E.G’s Ga In, but T-Ara’s maknae, Jiyeon. In addition, 2PM’s Junho and Nichkhun pair up with Miss Korea, Kim Juri, while BEAST’s Kikwang and 2AM’s Changmin & Jinwoon reveal their hidden muscles. SHINee’s Jong Hyun & Minho, SECRET, After School’s Kahi, and f(x) are also participating in the show.

On the 23rd, MBC’s ‘Pot of Honey’ will air a special Chuseok episode for their popular corner, ‘Emperor of Alkkagi (Korean game)’, where Super Junior, SHINee, T-Ara, and Supreme Team will be battling it out.

KBS and MBC also prepared an Idol Dance Off competition for the 23rd. Firstly, KBS will kick-start it with ‘Big Star Show Dance Grand Prix’, for which the “My Ear’s Candy” duo of 2PM’s Taecyeon and Baek Ji Young will be MCing the show, and will also reveal a version 2 of their hit track “My Ear’s Candy”. Super Junior’s Shindong, 2PM’s Chansung, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, SHINee’s Taemin, 4minute’s HyunA, After School’s Kahi, F.T Island’s Lee Hong Ki, and SECRET will also be taking the stage to show never-seen-before dance performances.

On the other hand, MBC’s ‘Star Dance Idols‘ will consist of idol groups performing various dance parodies. ‘Variety Idols’ 2AM, will be battling it out with gag woman Kim Shin Young, while miss A and SECRET are set to put on a musical performance.

Despite the never-ending idol group guest lists for the above variety show specials, it is the 25th and 26th that await the mother of all idol group Chuseok Specials – ‘MBC’s ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special’, for which a grand total of 120 idol group members came together to participate in a fun-filled athletics field day (Sneak peak part 1 & 2).

So, which show(s) are you most looking forward to the most?

Stay tuned to allkpop for a weekend full of K-pop madness!

sr: allkpop