Get To Know More About We Got Married, TheIdol Virtual Wedding Variety Show!
Have you heard about the South Korean variety show called We Got Married? The variety show involves a pair of celebrities that mostly come from South Korea, although it has another version that takes celebrities from other countries, such as Japan and Taiwan.
We Got Married (hangul: 우리 결혼했어요) is a variety-reality show. The program used to be a segment of the Sunday Sunday Night program. The show was broadcast on Saturday 17:00 KST on MBC. First broadcast in 2008, the show paired Korean celebrities to show what life would be like if they were married, though, some couples were real-life couples who later married. Every week, couples were given missions to complete and each of the couples were interviewed to uncover their thoughts and feelings.
If you want to get to know more about the celebrity virtual wedding variety show, We Got Married, let’s scroll down and check out this article below!
Random Facts About The Show
We Got Married is a reality show that pairs many of Korea’s top artists to experience ‘virtual’ marriages. Through this program, viewers can see how these artists interact with each other and pretend to be husband and wife on television.
Featuring a virtual wedding, We Got Married offers a variety of unexpected partners. Until now, the celebrities who came from around the world, such as solo singers, idol group members, actors, models, and comedians have already joined this variety show. Combining two people from different backgrounds is one of the unique charms of this program.
Not only does it employ Korean artists, but in the special edition this event will combine Korean artists with Chinese, Taiwanese or Japanese artists. In the Global Edition, Heechul from the idol group Super Junior was paired with Puff Kuo, an actress from Taiwan.
Adding more interest to the show, every week the couple is given a mission. The missions are all related to developing virtual couple’s relationship. For example, the couple might be given a mission to find the house to become their bridal home.
The virtual couples, like Gong Myung and Jung Hye-sung, have to find a new house after they first meet and, when the couple is ready to move in, they will usually be given a pre-wedding photo mission or have to have a wedding. The missions are very interesting to watch, because it increases our knowledge about marriage traditions in South Korea.
First Airing and First Couples on the show
We Got Married held their first broadcast in 2008, and the couples were paired up from hallyu celebrities. The couples had to show up as they were married, and each couple would be given a mission and also undergo candid interviews as they revealed their thoughts and feelings to their virtual wife or husband.
In the first season, there are original couples and additional couples as well, such as:
- Alex & Shin Ae (Eps 1-8, 13-34)
- Crown J & Seo In Young (Eps 1-41)
- Andy & Solbi (Eps 1-28)
- Jung Hyung Don & Saori (South Korean entertainer)(Eps 1-8)
Meanwhile, the additional couples were:
- Lee Hwi-jae & Jo Yeo-jeong (Eps 9-17)
- Kim Hyun-joong & Hwangbo (Eps 9-38)
- Hwanhee & Hwayobi (Eps 25, 29-44)
- Marco & Son Dam-bi (Ep s25, 29-44)
- Choi Jin-young & Lee Hyun-ji (Ep 25)
- Kangin & Lee Yoon-ji (Eps 39-55)
- Jung Hyung-don & Kim Taeyeon (Eps 42-54)
- Shin Sung-rok & Kim Shin-young (Ep s42, 45-54)
- Jun Jin & Lee Si-young (Eps 42, 45-55)
Check out the dates when each episode of We Got Married aired:
Other Version of the Show
They tried to make another version of We Got Married using a dating concept. The original concept should be the wedding and married life of the couples, but as of May, 2009, on We Got Married: Season 2, they changed the format after the couples were departing.
The duration of the episodes were only 60 minutes and will try another concept with more romance based on married life. The couples who were on the list of We Got Married: Season 2 would be invited to be the show’s commentators for each of the episodes, so they could share their opinions on marriage on behalf of their age group.
The new format of We Got Married: Season 2 took SG Wannabe’s Kim Yong-jun and Hwang Jung-eum, who aired on episodes 56-66.
We Got Married Global Edition
We Got Married: Global Edition is another spin-off that revealed the married life between idol celebrities from different countries, and they also had to complete missions and candid interviews during the filming. The couples were taken from South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.
We Got Married: Global Edition Season 1
- ISLAND’s Lee Hongki and Mina Fuji
- 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon and Gui Gui’s Emma Wu
We Got Married: Global Edition Season 2
- Super Junior’s Heechul and Dream Girls’ Puff Kuo
- SHINee’s Key and Alissa Yagi
Pit A Pat Shake
We Got Married: Pit A Pat Shake is another spin-off episode and took a dating concept rather than the usual newlywed life. The Lunar Year Special was filmed during this episode and featured the male celebrities Seo In-young, Crown J, Shin Ae and Alex, and the female celebrities, KARA’s Seung-yeon, After School’s Lizzy, SISTAR’s Hyorin and SECRET’s Sun-hwa.
No one knew in advance who they would be paired with and, on January 6, 2012, SISTAR’s Hyorin was revealed to be paired with Super Junior’s Sungmin on We Got Married: Pit A Pat Shake.
The other idols to paired weres After School’s Lizzy with MBLAQ’s Lee Joon. We Got Married decided to ‘remarry’ MBLAQ’s Lee Joon due to the controversy over the fact that his ex-virtual wife, Oh Yeon-seo, was dating another man in real life.
KARA’s Seung-yeon was paired with actor Lee Tae-sung as the two became a couple for We Got Married: Pit A Pat Shake, KARA fans were unamused with the unexpected couple and after seeing Lee Tae-sung as he stole a surprise kiss from her. The actor commented hilariously by saying that Han Seung-yeon’s fans were trying to kill him.
We Are In Love
Another special episode of We Got Married was aired on April 19, 2015, using the theme of We Got Married: We Are In Love. The concept was about the dating of celebrities from South Korea and China. Although the married concept wasn’t used in this episode, the sudden change took some enthusiasm from the viewers as it presented a more realistic story of romance from the couples to form the basis of marriage.
Here are the couples of We Got Married: We Are In Love from the Season 1 and Season 2:
Season 1 (2015) :
- Super Junior’s Choi Siwon and Chinese Supermodel Liu Wen
- Taiwanese Actress Ruby Lin and Actor Ren Zhong
- Chinese Singer & Actor Qiao Renliang and Actress Xu Lu
Season 2 (2016) :
- Actress Song Ji-hyo and Taiwanese Actor Chen Bolin
- Hong Kong Actor Shawn Yue and Chinese Actress Zhou Dong-yu
- Chinese Actress and Singer Li Qin and Actor Wei Daxun
Chinese Version of We Got Married’
We Got Married had a special version when it comes to pairing the couples. The two idols in each ‘marriage’ came from Korea and China. The three idols for the Chinese Version are T-ARA’s Hyomin, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and 2PM’s Chansung. We Got Married China Version was produced by MBC to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of South Korea’s diplomatic ties with China and aired as a Valentine’s Day special in China on Shanghai Media Group.
Check out the We Got Married China Version couples below!
- T-ARA’s Hyomin and BoBo’s Fu Xinbo
- Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and Lou Yixiao
- 2PM’s Chansung and Liu Yan
Controversies Behind The Show
Although We Got Married is a variety show based on a romantic and married life concept, the controversy behind it was complicated. At the end of March, 2010, We Got Married stopped airing due to a labor strike and a tragedy of ROKS The Cheonan, which caused many episodes of 2AM’s Jo Kwon & BEG’s Ga-in, and CNBLUE’s Yonghwa and SNSD’s Seohyun to be delayed more than the normal 1-2 weeks from the original schedule.
The next season, on We Got Married Season 4, other additional cast appeared, such as MBLAQ’s Lee Joon and Actress Oh Yeon-seo. Back in the day, Oh Yeon-seo was paired as a couple with Lee Jang-woo in the same drama, but MBC made MBLAQ’s Lee Joon to be Oh Yeon-seo’s partner, although in real life Oh Yeon-seo was dating Lee Jang-woo. The episode of MBLAQ’s Lee Joon and Actress Oh Yeon-seo was aired around 2012-2013 and their virtual wedding on We Got Married Season 4 was questionable due to Oh Yeon-seo’s real life relationship and led to a fan war between their fans. Oh Yeon-seo’s fans were furious and asked her to leave We Got Married Season 4.