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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.

EXO-L's target popular Instagrammer for exchanging follows with Chanyeol

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EXO-L's target popular Instagrammer for exchanging follows with Chanyeol

Some individuals left, "I think this persons do no longer need brains. They so loopy and stupid. When you followed by a noted person, may not y'allstick to back? In any case I would like to say @lilymaymac I love you, I willat all timestoughen you and so sorry," "I'm EXO-L too. Yet I feels shy since thea phase of our fandom," and, "Don't be unhappy Lily ❤️ I admire you and do not care about some crazy persons."

High college tries to lend a hand loners with some suggestion and fully fails

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High college tries to lend a hand loners with some suggestion and fully fails

The measure this is causing the maximum controversy is the only at the very top, which reads, "Reflect on yourself to determine why you are being ostracized."

Some of the opposite preventative measures read, "Don't react too aggressively or hunt down a fight," and, "Wait for the time to pass."

Netizens who found outthe object commented, "These are strategieswhich are as well asa long way from being realistic," "I don't understand howthey willarrange the scholars who are being ostracized with that attitude," and, "It's irresponsible suggestionthat do not have the victims' emotions into account."

Lee Seung-gi's photo in army uniform has been revealed

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On February 11th, the professionalwebsite online of the Korea Army Practising core posted a collection photo adding Lee Seung-gi along side other trainee infantrymen who enlisted same day.

In the photo, Lee Seung-gi sports a V signalwhilst smiling brightly in an army uniform. His heartwarming good-looking face did now not change.

Lee Seung-gi enlisted on February 1st via Nonsan Korea Arm Training Center. After he has completed his five week basicdefense force training, he's going to serve his active accountability for 21 months.

Daebak is as beautiful equally his 4 sisters

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Daebak is as beautiful equally his 4 sisters

Lee Sujin, the mum of baby Daebak these days uploaded an image of Daebak photoshopped with girly wigs. At the aspect of the image she playfully wrote, "I'm Sorry Daebak."

This Solo Functionality From EXO’s Kai Will Take Your Breath Away

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This Solo Functionality From EXO’s Kai Will Take Your Breath Away

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEXO Kai, the noted ‘Dancing Machine’ steals lovers hearts with his primal and robustlevel presence, and charismatic dance moves. And this solo functionality in specificwas once known for making fans breath catch in their throats.  

Kai doesnt know the that means of maintaining back on stage, he's the king of exhibitinguncookedskill and pastime for performing. Take a glance at our 10 Fierce Pictures of EXO Kai The Dancing Machine!

The famous ‘Dancing Machine’ steals fans hearts with his primal and powerful stage presence. Here are 12 moments captured of him on stage displaying his raw proficiency and passions for the art!

Imaginary Cat Charms with an easy Story

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Imaginary Cat Charms with an easy Story

Grouchy as Bok-gil turns out on a day-to-day basis, she and Jong-hyun proportion an unbreakable bond. They discovered their way to every other for the duration of a in particular bleak moment in their lives—Bok-gil used to be a stray kitten living in a garbage dump, susceptible and unable to fend for herself because she changed into raised as a domestic pet, while Jong-hyun was reeling from the unexpected suicide of a close primecollege friend and crush, Jung Soo-in (Mamamoos Solar). The intensity of Bok-gil and Jong-hyuns dating is shown in plain but striking moments: a close-up on them taking a look at one another without a word, or a fit cut from teenage Jong-hyun lifting infant Bok-gil out of the unload to the prevailing Jong-hyun hugging Bok-gil after he left her alone at domestic on a stormy night.

Although Imaginary Cat hits the mark in the portrayal of Jong-hyun and Bok-gils relationship, it's miles unfortunately not without noticeable flaws. It forced in a superfluous love triangle between Jong-hyun, Na-woo, and Wan-lee (Choi Tae-hwan), Bok-gils veterinarian who occurs to be Na-woos friend from heart or high college (it wasnt made very clear). The affection triangle was not very important to the plot in any way, and on most sensible of this, it was slightlyadvanced because Wan-lee handiest had a minor role.

In fact, Imaginary Cat could have even done without the budding romance between Jong-hyun and Na-woo. Their relationship is meant to be a new starting for Jong-hyun, an indication that with Bok-gils help, he has completed closure relating to Soo-ins abrupt death.

Kim Jae Joong Delivers Track Whilst Serving Army Duty

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Kim Jae Joong Delivers Track  Whilst Serving Army Duty

(Photo : Spy) JYJ singer and actor Kim Jae Joong is also serving his two-year crucialarmy duty, yet hes controlled to bring new song and treat some Japlovers to a full-length concert functionality without ever leaving his navy base.

The singer released his 2nd full-length solo album, No X on February 12, in addition a music video for some of the tracks, Love You More, which used to beprior to now released in January.

He recorded all the album before enlisting on March 31, 2015. It will have tohad beena hectic time for Kim as his closing drama Undercover agent too wrapped up in March 2015.

Park Shin-hye, Girls' Generation Kwon Yoo-ri and Choi Soo-young to get maintain of Carrier Award at convocation of Chung-Ang University

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According to Chung-Ang University, Park Shin-hye, Kwon Yoo-ri, Choi Soo-young will gained the Service Awards all through the convocation of the Art Faculty of Chung-Ang University, which might be held at CAU Art Middle at 2 PM on February 15th. The award is to respect their a hitfulfillment as artist ambassadors for the university.

Netizens surprised at the the real height of Red Velvet’s Irene

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Netizens surprised at the the real height of Red Velvet’s Irene

There are many celebrities and idols with such just right proportions that we think they are taller than they in truth are. Because thereputable summitprintedby way of their agencies don't appear to be credible, fanatics and netizens have no ideathe real altitude of idols.

Koreaboo has accrued reactions from Netizens who commented at thecustomary article from our Korean source. The underneath comments are the maximumneatly liked comments at the time of this text being published.

79 / -10 I know that she is shorter but you posted all thefootage amongst her legs spread aside or folded.. tsk tsk There are rather a lot ofokimages taken on the similar day but you select to post other pictures

Shin Hye Sun began acting to satisfy a particular actor?

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Shin Hye Sun began acting to satisfy  a particular actor?

The MCs addressed her with a rumor they heard that she have become an actress so asto peer Won Bin. She replied, "I had such a lotamusinggazing the drama 'Autumn In My Heart' when I used to be in fundamental school. He got hereavailable in the market and I totally fell for him. I could not watch Television if Won Bin was popping out and stuff."

When asked how she would feel if she were given to do a film or drama with Won Bin, Shin Hye Sun said, "I must make it calmly, of course. If I display that I actually like him too much, he would feel burdened."