Favorite Korean Variety Shows from 2012 You May Have Missed

Idol Star Athletic – Swimming Championships

Beside Idol Star Athletics Championship, there is also another concept from the program titled Idol Star – Swimming Championship (Hangul: 아이돌 스타 육상 – 수영 선수권 대회) which was held from 2011 and 2012. This program only specializes in two sports, swimming and Athletics.

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The location used for the 2011 Idol Star – Swimming Championship is located at Jamsil Arena in Seoul, South Korea and shooting took place on January 23rd, 2011, and aired on MBC on February 5-6, 2011. In this program, there are 5 athletic events and 2 swimming events attended by participants as many as 4 men and 3 women per event. The total number of participants who took part in the 2011 Idol Star – Swimming Championship totaled 140 K-Pop idols and celebrities divided into 17 teams.

The winners of athletics and swimming are divided into 3, namely Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Winners of the 2011 Idol Star – Swimming Championship from athletics are ZE: A’s Dong-jun in 50 m running and SHINee’s Minho who won 50 m Hurdles, High Jump and 50 m Freestyle Swimming.

As for women, the winners of the 2011 Idol Star – Swimming Championship from athletics are SISTAR’s Bora and f(x)’s Luna. The female winners from swimming were Rainbow’s Woori and Jeong Da-rae’s special appearance for swimming performances.

In 2012, the Idol Star – Swimming Championship was held again at the same location and venue on January 8th, 2012, and aired on January 24th, 2012, divided into 2 episodes. In this program, there were 10 athletic events and 2 swimming events which were attended by 6 male and 36 female participants per event. The total number of participants who took part in the 2012 Idol Star – Swimming Championship totaled 150 K-Pop idols and celebrities divided into 16 teams.

The winners of athletics and swimming are divided into 3, namely Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Winners of the 2012 Idol Star – Swimming Championship from athletics are B1A4’s Baro in 50 m runs, ZE: A’s Dong-jun in 50 m Hurdles, B2ST’s Yoseob, Dong-woon and Jun-hyung in 4 x 50 m Racewalking Relay, INFINITE’s L, Dongwoo and Hoya in 4 x 100 m running, and Teen Top’s Niel in High Jump. The men’s winners from swimming were Mighty Mouth’s Shorry J and Choi Kyu-woong’s special appearance for swimming performance.

As for women, the winners of the 2012 Idol Star – Swimming Championship from athletics are Dalshabet’s Gaeun in 100 m running, A-Pink’s Bomi in 50 m Hurdles, SISTAR’s Bora, Hyolyn, Dasom, Soyou in 4×50 m Racewalking Relay, and After After School’s Kahi in High Jump. The female winner in swimming is Rainbow’s Woori.

All The K-Pop

All The K-Pop (Hangul: 올 더 케이팝) is a variety show that has a music show concept that aired on MBC Music from August 8th, 2012 to August 13th, 2013. The show has a total of 41 episodes and many K-Pop idol groups were present singing what was popular in that era.

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All The K-Pop was hosted by various hosts, such as MBLAQ’s Mir, Boom and Park Jaemin as well as Miss A’s Min and MBLAQ’s Seung-ho as one of the MC guests on the program. All The K-Pop is a popular TV program because it presents many K-Pop groups for interviews, playing games and also interacting with fans through question and answer sessions.

All The K-Pop has also set the highest record with their ratings on episodes 23 and 25 which are the most-viewed Korean videos on YouTube in 2013 and also episode 26 which reached the eighth rank. The episode also has videos with 6.7 million viewers at the end of the year with 80% of viewers from different countries.

The video from the 3 episodes presents guest stars from K-Pop idols that were popular at the time, such as MBLAQ’s Seung-ho, VIXX’s Ken, N and Hongbin, Myname’s In-soo and Se-yong, Crayon Pop’s Ellin, TAHITI’s Jisoo, GLAM’s Zinni, Nine Muses ‘Kyung-ri, Two X’s Eun-young, 100%’ s Min-woo, Sanghoon and Rockyun, C-Clown’s Kang-jun, SPICA’s Yang Ji-won, and Skarf’s Tasha.

Shinhwa Broadcast

As K-Pop fans, many already know about one of the most legendary boy groups, Shinhwa. The idol group consisting of Eric Mun, Lee Min-woo, Kim Dong-wan, Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin, and Andy Lee has a very long history in K-Pop and they even still can be considered successful with their joint activities and their respective solo activities.

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Shinhwa had one television program that had a total of 65 episodes and lasted from March 17th, 2012 to the last episode which aired on December 8th, 2013. The variety show hosted by the seven members is titled Shinhwa Broadcast (Hangul: 신화 방송) aired on JTBC. Shinhwa Broadcast had four different seasons. Some of them also invited K-Pop groups and also famous artists as special guests.

Shinhwa Broadcast Season 1 has a total of 32 episodes which began airing on March 17th, 2012 to October 21st, 2012. The theme of Shinhwa Broadcast Season 1 is ‘Channel’ where MC Jang Dong-hyuk is one of the MCs of this program. Shinhwa Broadcast Season 2 has a total of 17 episodes which began airing on October 28th, 2012 to February 24th, 2013. The theme of Shinhwa Broadcast Season 2 is ‘Tutorial’ where Shinhwa members try tutorials privately, such as acting as a villain, ballet, and cheerleading.

Shinhwa Broadcast Season 3 has a total of 32 episodes which began airing on April 7th, 2013 to June 16th, 2013. The theme of Shinhwa Broadcast Season 3 is ‘Mother’s Touch Cooking Competition’ where Shinhwa members try new concepts to learn secret recipes and cooking techniques from each one of their mothers.

Shinhwa Broadcast Season 4 has a total of 10 episodes. The theme of Shinhwa Broadcast Season 4 is ‘Small Legends Found By Shinhwa’ where Shinhwa members come to visit several community places and they head to a dog shelter called Nature’s Angels to tend to abandoned dogs who have experienced physical and mental abuse. In this last season, the Shinhwa members did not hesitate to walk the dogs, bathe them, and even clean the dog’s cages.

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On December 27th, 2013, Shinhwa Broadcast team’s production issued an official statement regarding the program’s cessation because some members, such as Kim Dong-wan wanted to focus on their acting career and Andy Lee, who was involved in online gambling and was banned from appearing on television shows, resigned from this program. Therefore, Shinhwa Broadcast officially stopped airing with a total of 65 episodes.

The Human Condition

The Human Condition (Hangul: 인간 의 조건) is a variety show from South Korea that has 4 seasons and started being broadcast on November 17th, 2012. The concept of this program is a social experiment on humans amidst technological advancements and social issues in the middle of the community.

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In The Human Condition, there are 6 actors who will be followed by cameras throughout the day and show how they carry out their activities. This program also has one theme with life without cellphones, television, and internet where the cast members will be in the dorm for 1 week and survive without these facilities.

 

In the first season, there were many different concepts from the episode The Human Condition which presented cast members from singers, announcers, and comedians, such as Park Seong-ho, Heo Kyung-hwan Yang Sang-wouk, Kim Jun-ho, Jeong Tae- ho, Kim Jun-hyeon, Dynamic Duo’s Gaeko, Jo Woo-jeong, and Kim Ki-ri. The Human Condition Season 1 has a total of 92 episodes.

 

In the second season, the program presents new cast members from male actors, models and singers, such as Kim Jae-yong, Hyun Woo, Yoon Sang-hyun, Eun Ji-won, Bong Tae-gyu, and Heo Tae-hee. The concept in this second season is growing close, books, getting to know more about their country, and a lot more. The total episodes of The Human Condition Season 2 are 12 episodes.

In the third season, the new cast members present at The Human Condition are female comedians, such as Kim Yeong-hui, Kim Shin-young, Shin Bora, Kim Ji-min, Kim Sook, and Park Soo-young. Unlike the previous season, The Human Condition Season 3 only has one theme, namely urban farmer with a total of 25 episodes.

In the fourth season, new cast members present at The Human Condition are male chefs, singers and comedians, such as Jeong Tae-ho, Yoon Jong-shin, Choi Hyun-seok, Jeong Chang-wook, Park Sung-kwang, and Jo Jung-chi with the theme of living with senior citizens.