Starring in variety shows, dramas, and other TV programs through the small screen are one of the best ways for idol stars to connect with their fans. For this reason, it has become a big phenomenon to be a guest on the popular variety shows. This is also the reason for the increase in idol singers gaining popularity through starring in various TV shows. There are also many idols starring in dramas while maintaining their base profession as a singer.
Sports Seoul recently surveyed 100 idol group members, to see who the best ‘idol actor/actress’ and ‘variety idol’ was for the first half of 2011. Through this survey, the public was able to see the idol’s talent and skills shown in other areas rather than just performances on stage.
Best of variety, MC… Best ‘variety idol’?
The top variety show program of 2011, chosen by idol singers, was MBC’s ‘We Got Married‘.
Male and female celebrities are chosen and paired to play a part in a virtual marriage which is more than enough to stimulate interest from the idol stars. Curiosity also plays a big part in the attention since fellow idol stars such as, T-ara’s Eun Jung, 2PM’s Nichkhun, f(x)’s Victoria and other idols are currently starring in the show. Idol stars who picked ‘We Got Married’ as their number 1, showed their desires to also appear on the show stating, “It would be fun to film and date at the same time“, and “I want to experience the sweet virtual marriage life.”
KBS 2TV’s ‘Happy Sunday- 1 night 2 days‘ was also chosen as one of most popular variety shows along with “We Got Married“. Recently, ‘1 night 2 days’ aired some specials (inviting special guest stars), such as ‘Female Celebrities Special‘ and ‘Luxurious Supporting Actors Special‘. Idol stars stated, “‘1 night 2days’ is the end of all real variety shows“, “I want to make memories while traveling“, and “I want to travel all around Korea while having the cast’s support,” showing their affection towards the show.
Now, the ultimate question was, who is the best MC chosen by idol stars?
To no one’s surprise, the best MC was voted as none other than Yoo Jae Suk (39), who is currently actively hosting across 3 different networks. Idols have rated Yoo Jae Suk, who is hosting in promising shows such as KBS 2TV’s ‘Happy Together‘, MBC’s ‘Infinite Challenge‘, and SBS’s ‘Running Man‘, to have “hosting skills that keeps the flow moving” and having “sub-par excellence in the wittiest jokes“. One particular idol praised Yoo Jae Suk of being “the generous MC who also takes care of all the new stars.”
ZE:A’s Kwanghee was, chosen as the best idol to show excellence and talent in variety shows. He gave off an extraordinary vibe in different shows such as, MBC’s ‘Three Wheels‘, and SBS’s ‘Strong Heart‘. Even fellow idol stars admitted that he was gifted with the ability to succeed in variety shows. Idols stated, “He has earned the image of the ‘Blue Chip of Plastic Surgery’ on variety shows after fearlessly revealing his true self,” “He has mind blowing reactions,“ and “His blunt truthfulness is very attractive.”
The Best drama, and the best ‘idol actor’?
The top 3 dramas that stole many idol’s hearts were SBS’s ‘Secret Garden‘, MBC’s ‘Greatest Love‘, and KBS 2TV’s ‘Dream High‘. All three dramas had celebrities as their central figures.
‘Secret Garden’s’ Hallyu star, Oscar (Yoon Sang Hyun), and ‘Greatest Love’s’ top star Dok Go Jin (Cha Seung Won) stirred the hearts of the audience, especially those of the idols. Idols were also attracted and interested in appearing in these dramas because they were able to connect with the characters who were in similar situations. Idols who had voted for ‘Greatest Love’ said, “The story line was original and the protagonist was cool.” Those who had voted for ‘Secret Garden’ said, “The plot wasn’t boring,” and “In addition to both male and female protagonist’s charm, I fell in love with the OST, ‘That Man’“. Singers who rated ‘Dream High’ as their favorite said, “It was easy to connect with those with the same dream,” and “It was a drama that filled my eyes and ears with joy.”
Starring in the most talked about MBC drama, ‘Miss Ripley‘, JYJ’s Park Yoo Chun(25) was rated as the ‘best idol actor’ amongst idol stars. Last year in KBS’s 2TV’s drama, ‘Sunkyungwan Scandal‘, Yoo Chun officially took the challenge of acting and started getting critiqued as an actor. He attracted the audience’s attention with his handsome looks and impressive crying scene that was hard to find in rookie actors. Fellow idol stars said that through ‘Miss Ripley’, Yoo Chun had shown a great improvement in his acting skills. He was critiqued as “Working as a part of the cast in both dramas, he has assured his place as an actor,” and “He is composed and shows confidence in his acting,” and “He plays his part very well.”
Rankings in sectors
1. Secret Garden, Greatest Love: 67.2%
3. Dream High: 34.5%
4. City Hunter: 18%
Best ‘Idol actors’:
1. Park Yoo Chun (JYJ): 36.3%
2. Choi Shi Won (Super Junior): 34.5%
3. Ham Eun Jung (T-ara): 27.2%
The top shows/ variety shows idols want to star in:
1. We Got Married, 1 night 2 days: 32.7%
3. Infinite Challenge: 27.2%
Idols who show excellence in variety shows:
1. Kwanghee (ZE:A): 29%
2. Jo Kwon (2AM): 18.1%
3. Seungri (Big Bang): 7.2%
Best MC host:
1. Yoo Jae Suk: 41.8%
2. Kang Ho Dong: 255
3. Park Myung Soo: 10.9%
*Sports Seoul thanked Girl’s Day, Nine Muses, Dal Shabet, Rania, Rainbow, miss A, Sunny Hill, CN Blue, f(x), INFINITE, ZE:A, Jewlery, G.NA, 2PM, T-ara, 4minute for participating in the survey.Source & Photo: Nate Credit: allkpop