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Variety Screen Time: An Idol’s Ongoing Battle

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  Variety Screen Time: An Idol’s Ongoing Battle

Competition and the competitive mindset are very evident in almost all forms of Korean pop culture. Rankings, surveys, and polls are treated very seriously among fans, with relative and comparative words such as best, top, and greatest being thrown around very often. While the trend of weekly awards seems to be fading judging by Inkigayos recent decision to abolish its award systema move Music Core did years priorthe awards are still treated fairly importantly by fans, idols, and companies alike. And despite kinks in their awarding system, yearly award shows are still very revered in the industry.

In K-variety, the importance of competition is very evident as well. Games are a very essential aspect of many variety shows, with shows such as Running Man and Lets Go Dream Team (more or less) devoted to these games and competitions. There are also segments like Family Outings bedtime arrangements and even shows like Infinites Ranking King or SBSs Heroes where ranking plays a pivotal role.

On-screen, competition is already evident in variety through segments and games, pressuring its participants to do well in them. However, off-screen, variety-participantsidols especiallyalso have something to else to compete for: screen time.

The term “screen time” is one that appears very frequently in complaints of K-pop fans when it comes to live performances and music videos. Whether one member gets too much or another not enough, screen time is a very controversial topic due to the blatant bias when handling it. Generally, those that are more visually appealing are the ones that are showcased in these videos or performances as they are the ones most likely to grab attention right away, even if they arent the most talented. But because of this, idols not as visually appealing are often put in the back, and there is little they can actually do to keep themselves from being overshadowed.

In variety, while there is still bias towards more popular idols as they are the ones that bring in viewers, screen time is distributed a bit differently. Those that are amusing or funny are the ones that get the spotlight, giving more overshadowed idols time to shine. Airtime distribution in variety is a bit fairer and more changeable as those who work hard to break their limitations and grow out of their shells are the ones granted the time to shine. While this creates more opportunity, when there is more than one idol or guest present, this also creates a bit of competition.

Shows have restrictions to fulfill, and oftentimes, during recording, there is just too much footage and not enough time to show it all. As such, much of the footage is edited out during post-production, leaving only the more memorable moments and the necessities. Because of this, both cast members and guests need to stand out as much as they can in the time allotted, basically competing for time on screen.

Idols especially have to worry their screen time as they use variety shows as means of promotions. Idols often make their variety appearances slightly before, during, or soon after their promotion times to keep themselves as circulated as possible in the entertainment scene. Promoting through variety isnt as direct as promoting through a music program and actually showcasing material that can actually be sold. But keeping in mind that its often considered that idols themselves are productsmeant to be and trained to be total packages, having looks, talent and personality – it’s still an effective way to further portray idols in a positive and more relatable light.

While variety is often used to show a more relatable side of idols to existing fans, through variety, idols can also expose themselves to an audience that may not be aware of them beforehand. If they manage to perform well and charm during the variety, they may attract new fans not in their usual demographic their usual promotions cover and broaden their fanbase.

That being said however, this only applies if an idol does well in the variety he or she appears in. As fun as they may look, variety is still a business, and some companies go through a good amount of preparation to excel in this business. Some companies ask of their idols to prepare special skills or talents they can showcase on these shows, and idols prepare stories to tell and jokes to share beforehand.

Unfortunately, not all idols can excel in variety, even with company interference. While some idols like MBLAQs Lee Joon or Big Bangs Daesung are able to excel in variety by breaking their barriers and joking around, others cannot just pick up the pace right away. Some are just naturally more quiet and inclined to not contribute while others cant seem to pick up proper timing without assistance. And then there are those idols who are unwilling to break their preconceived image. However, as awkward as some may be, they still need to promote themselves as idols. They need to grab attention to them in some way lest their appearance be bland and counterproductive, but the means of doing so can be a bit messy.

In an effort to gain more screen time, one of the easiest ways idols can get attention is to take on characters. Characters basically exaggerate existing traits of an idol or entertainer, and are a gateway for consistent and attention grabbing variety. Previously the victim of constant editing, Secret’s Sunhwa had a hard time in her early days of Invincible Youth. As much as she tried and as much as she prepared, her idols peers easily overtook her. However, Sunhwa eventually gained prominence through her airhead-like character, an exaggeration for her occasional naiveté. The creation of this character allowed Sunhwa to create gags and situations that focused on her, finally getting the attention she desired.

But while characters or personas are pretty easy ways for idols to get attention, there are drawbacks to using them. As they are only exaggerations of an idol or entertainer’s personality, they are mistaken to be the behavior of the entertainer in real life which is simply not true. Following Invincible Youth’s finale, Sunhwa voiced her dissatisfaction of her airhead character multiple times as it didn’t always put her in a positive light.

Another way for idols to set up situations for themselves is through love lines or through another sort of relationship with a cast member. The Monday Couple definitely helped then variety newbie Gary gain prominence and later confidence, and while Big Bang’s Daesung already has the outgoing personality perfect for variety, his Dumb and Dumber relationship with Yoo Jae-suk definitely help him hone his variety skills.

Again using Invincible Youth, T-aras Hyomin was also another member that suffered from lack of attention as she was awkward in front of the camera, leaving her idol peers to outdo her. However, she soon paired up with more popular and more experienced Sunny of SNSD. Through this relationship, Hyomin was able to break out of her shell and grow with Sunnys help, and their coupling provided some of the show’s more hilarious moments, definitely helping Hyomin in the long run.

On the minus side, love lines and cast relationships can only go too far before it becomes too scripted. The infamous Yoona and Taecyeon love line, which was used to distinguish the two from the more experienced gagmen, is often blamed to be one of the main causes of Family Outing 2’s failure, as it looked too scripted and had too much focus on it.

In the end of the day, as I said before, variety is still a part of an idol’s job. As fun as it may seem to be, like any other job, it requires lots of preparation, effort, and sacrifices that have to be made to get the job done. Variety is very beneficial to an idol, but for them to take advantage of these benefits, they need screen time first. But with limited time, for them to get screen time, idols need to work in a competitive, take-charge mindset, once again adding to the competitiveness that revolves around K-pop.

New K-Pop Team IBI Set To Debut With Participants Who Failed To sign in for IOI

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New K-Pop Team IBI Set To Debut With Participants Who Failed To sign in for IOI

Program Produce 101 has these days debuted group IOI with members who made it to the head 11. Millions of audience voted for their favourite trainees so as to lend a hand them make debut. Even if majority of the votes created those 11 members of IOI, millions of lovers were also disappointed at the similar time as their favorite trainees were left outdoor of the head 11.

SEVENTEEN and Two times Destroy Into Billboard’s Best 10 Global Albums Chart

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SEVENTEEN and Two times  Destroy Into Billboard’s Best 10 Global Albums Chart

SEVENTEEN and Two timesDamage Into Billboards Best xInternational Albums Chartkminjungee Might 3, 2016 0 K-pop is as enjoyed every bit ever worldwide!

SEVENTEEN ranks 3rdposition for their first full-length album, Love Letter. The album already set records when it used to be the most sold album all through the week of April 25. It also changed into in the tip 20 on 15 other countries primary iTunes album chart, just a day after its release.

Meanwhile, TWICE is 6th place with their 2nd mini album Page Two. The album has been receiving much love from enthusiasts everywhere, dominating song charts both in South Korea and across Asia. The music video for their name track Cheer Up even surpassed 1,000,000perspectives in lower than 24 hours.

Watch: UP10TION Reenacts Noted “Song-Song” Couple Reunion Scene From “Descendants of the Sun”

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Watch: UP10TION Reenacts Noted “Song-Song” Couple Reunion Scene From “Descendants of the Sun”

Watch: UP10TION Reenacts Noted Song-Song Couple Reunion Scene From Descendants of the Sunkminjungee Would possibly 4, 2016 0 On Could 4, UP10TION were visitors on OnStyles GIBUTIQUE, where members Kogyeol and Gyujin sing their own praises their acting skills!

They are asked to reenact the instant Kang Mo Yeon (played by way of Song Hye Kyo) and Yoo Si Jin (played by Song Joong Ki) reunite after a year of separation in Descendants of the Sun. The team of workers eventideready a camouflage jacket to constitute Yoo Si Jin.

The scene starts alongside Gyujin, who is playing Yoo Si Jin, calling out to Kogyeol over the walkie-talkie, similar to in the drama. Whilst their fellow participants cant forestallgiggling in the background, Kogyeol and Gyujin remain immersed in their roles while looking their very bestto hang in their own laughter. Kogyeol even dramatically falls so as to perfectly reenact what took place in the drama. They continue on, finishing the scene with a passionate hug.

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Ha Ji Won Is A Shining Diamond For Style Taiwan

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Ha Ji Won Is A Shining Diamond For Style Taiwan

Ha Ji Won Is A Shining Diamond For Style Taiwanboxclub Might 3, 2016 0 Actress Ha Ji Won is the latest Vogue duvet girl.

Ha Ji Won was onceselected to be the canopylady for Vogue Taiwan’s 20th anniversary edition for May. She had up to now been at thecanopy for the mag for their January 2015 edition and returned as their fashion for this special anniversary printing, appearing just how popular she is in Taiwan.

Speaking of the actress, the magazine said, “She is an actress that shines like a diamond and transforms like a chameleon for every of her roles. She is a skilled actress that tirelessly experiences and works not easy for each role she does.”

Cast And Director Of “Train To Busan” Invited To Cannes Movie Festival

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Cast And Director Of “Train To Busan” Invited To Cannes Movie Festival

Cast And Director Of Educate To Busan Invited To Cannes Movie Festivalsoojji Might 3, 2016 0 The solid and director of film “Train to Busan” will walk the red carpet at the 69th Cannes Film Festival this year. Lead actors of the movie, Gong Yoo, Jung Yoo Mi, and kid actress Kim Soo Ahn, and director Yeon Sang Ho had been invited to the festival’s Nighttime Screening, and may attend the arena premier and red carpet occasionshappening from Could 11 to May additionally 22.

Director Yeon Sang Ho prior to now attended the 65th Cannes Film Festival for his animation film “The King of Pigs.” After gaining reputation for his talented story telling and visuals during the film, Yeon Sang Ho has been invited to the festival for a 2d year in a row for his first live-action motion picture “Train to Busan.” Yeon is the primary filmmaker in Korean film history to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival for movies in either animation and live-action categories. The performances of veteran actors Gong Yoo and Jung Yoo Mi along Yeons direction produced an out of this worldpaintings worthy of anticipation.

The plot for “Train to Busan” revolves around passengers who are desperately suffering to survive on a KTX train racing in opposition to Busan when a crisis hits Korea. The film is decided to premiere this summer.

Singer Dana Swiftly Finds Dating Prestige And Boyfriend

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Singer Dana Swiftly  Finds  Dating  Prestige And Boyfriend

Singer Dana RapidlyUnearthsCourtingPrestige And Boyfriendsoojji Would possibly 4, 2016 0 The Grace member and musical actress Dana published that she is these days in a relationship on MBC’s Radio Star, which aired its latest episode May just 4.

The visitorsin this week’s episode, Tremendous Juniors Kangin, Dana, Lee Seung Chul, and manufacturerCourageous Brothers, are celebrities who are known to have robust and dominant personalities.

During the display host Kim Gura comments those whocarry dogs do no longer take boyfriends. In reaction Dana states “It’s a stereotype to think that folk who like dogs don’t have meaningful others. I have a boyfriend.”  The unexpected news drew stunned reactions from fellow guest Kangin and host Kyuhyun, who are either SM circle of relatives members.

Jessi Observed Taking a look Hot’n’Tanned In Bikini

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Jessi Observed  Taking a look Hot’n’Tanned In Bikini

However, the singer has also shown that she has one of the maximum productive bodies in the industry as well, with proportions that even other celebrities envy. In fact, Jessi was oncecurrently spotted appearing off her incredibly beach-ready framecorrect in time for the summer weather to kick in.

Koreans Are Loopy Over This Tremendous Hot Police Officer

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Koreans Are Loopy Over This Tremendous Hot Police Officer

And while there are many good-looking male idols and actors in Korea, not each and everyhorny Korean guy is a celebrity. For example, a policeman has been receiving numerous attention online for his excellent looks after an admirer snapped several footage of him on duty. In fact, hes became so popular online that fanatics have even discovered older photographs of him from his beyond and shared them with other admirers.