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Hwang Bo: "Thoughts on dating after seeing Son Tae Young and Kwon Sang Woo on cable t.v."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008




Hwang Bo, after watching the Son Tae Young- Kwon Sang Woo couple on a cable channel program said that dating was enjoyable.

Hwang Bo, who appears on a cable program with Kim Chang Ryeol, said it was fun watching her waiting on the program every week. Hwang Bo also said that seeing Son Tae Young and her future partner (Kwon Sang Woo) watching the program together made her feel that dating was enjoyable.

Not only Hwang Bo, but another guest on the program mentioned that she bumped into Son Tae Young and Kwon Sang Woo at a restaurant and had an interesting time talking about their program. MC Kim Chang Ryeol's comment saying to take Kwon Sang Woo as an experiment to try out, made Hwang Bo say that it was dangerous to do so with a couple who is about to get married.

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"New Couple Confirmation for We Got Married Thanksgiving Special"

September 4, 2008 by coolsmurf




Choi Jin Shil
’s brother, Choi Jin Young (38), will partner Lee Hyun Ji (21) who recently released her new album “Kiss Me Kiss Me” as the new make-believe couple for MBC “We Got Married” Thanksgiving Special on 14th September.

The concept for them is to see how they overcome the age difference. If you thought the 9 year gap between former couple, Lee Hwi Jae (37) and Jo Yeo Jeong (28) was big, wait till you experience the difference of 17 years with this new addition to the program. The 120 minutes (2 hours) thanksgiving special will be splitted into part 1 and 2 with the new couple featuring in part 1.

The new make-believe couple will appear only on the special. Should one of the existing four couples (who will remain till the end of the year) exit the show due to circumstances, they are high probables to replace them.
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Andy is now the “Romantic Guy”,
Thursday September 4, 2008 Korea




Andy
from Shinhwa, the once self proclaimed “Shy Guy,” has transformed into the “Romantic Guy” due to the ever popular show “We Got Married” (he is ‘married’ to Solbi of Typhoon).

Riding this popularity wave, the Shinwa member has decided to hold his first solo concert, with the title of “Shall we fall in love?” (loose translation of “사랑할까요?), on September 6 at 7:30 pm and 7 at 6 pm at Domart Hall in Seoul.

Andy has recently been spotted at Ewha Womans University for a fan signing on September 1, 2008.

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"Can Hyun Joong become the second Won Bin?,"
Wednesday September 4, 2008 Korea




Joong is a man who is 180 cm tall and is a type B. He is also a man who loves swimming and basketball.

In the past, if stars like Ahn Jae Wook, Cha In Pyo, Won Bin, Jang Dong Gun, Eric as well as others were the major focus of the male celebrity syndrome, then Hyun Joong can be seen to be the new emerging successor.

Although he made his debut as a singer, there is already a raising possibility of seeing him as an actor, one who belongs to the group of the new generation, handsome young men trend.

Hyun Joong made his first acting debut in a KBS sitcom and has recently been participating in MBC's WGM as the Lettuce couple, where he displays his honest side. In WGM, all the emotions received such as affection and others not so savory is also portrayed through his eyes.

Now, it is not a time to think of him as a singer, but as a newly emerging actor. Although he may still be lacking as an actor, if he follows in the footsteps of Eric, and takes acting as a new challenge then he can be on the path to success.

This alone is of course insufficient for him, he will also have to be able to grab the attentions of the people through his charisma and popularity. However, for Hyun Joong who has already had experience as an actor, if he puts in the effort and time, being in a drama for the first time wouldn't be difficult for him.

Before, having a star as a newbie was a large issue, especially in dramas where ratings were concerned. Moreover, similar characters to that in dramas ensured successes and these characters also caused effect to the Hallyu wave.

Hyun Joong can be seen to have an advantage due to his popularity in Japan as well as Southeast Asia due to his activities with his group SS501. Especially in the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango, there are plans to offer him a part as one of the main roles in the drama, and if all goes well, his start in a promisingly successful drama can be anticipated.

He already has a loyal fanbase, and there is a growing fanbase of older female fans as well as male fans. Hyun Joong can also be said to have no antifans at all.

Will Hyun Joong not set being a singer aside and try acting? Regardless of the advantages of remaining solely with SS501, if he is given the chance to act in a starring role and become the next Won Bin, then he should grab the opportunity without any hesitation.

However, with acting there will also be criticism, but this can be overcome with hard work. Is there an actor who can perform excellently right from the beginning? Even Eric who couldn't act, found his success when he took on a starring role that had a character which suited him.

As now is a time where new faces are needed in the drama scene, if Hyun Joong stands in the center, the emergence of a new syndrome can begin. Even if Hyun Joong leaves WGM in the future for the sake of his future challenges, if he continues learning to act then the results for his achievements can be expected.

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WGM: "Choi Jin Young- Lee Hyun Ji, WGM's new couple"
Thursday, September 4, 2008




Choi Jin Young and Lee Hyun Ji will appear on WGM as a couple. The both of them will be appearing in the Chuseok special of WGM.

The WGM special will be a 120 minute broadcast and the first part will consist of new couples. Choi Jin Young and Lee Hyun Ji will be one of the couples featured in the special. The both of them have already finished filming in an apartment in Seoul. However, it is undecided as to whether this couple will be able to continue as a regular couple.

The production team plans on keeping the current couples on the show till the end of the year, however should there be a change in the current system, then it is likely that a couple from the Chuseok special will be given priority for consideration as regular cast of the show.

The regular cast of WGM, Hyun Joong- Hwang Bo, Andy- Solbi, Crown J- So In Young and Alex- Shin Ae, will be featured in the second part of the special whereby they will participate in a Speed Quiz in the studio.

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Hyun Joong+ Hwang Bo: "The little groom who has a phobia for bugs and the walking tool wife's difficult farming village experience"
Friday, September 5, 2008




For the couple to whom everything is a competition, will morning exercises be no different for the both of them? The 50 meter runoff between the Lettuce couple! Who is the winner? Hyun Joong and Hwang Bo who help a grandmother who lives alone with farming- after working hard under the hot sun, it's time to have a break. However, at that very time a bug flies towards Hyun Joong! What will his reaction be?

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"2 More New Make-Believe Couples Announced for We Got Married Thanksgiving Special"

September 5, 2008

Following the announcement of Choi Jin Young and Lee Hyun Ji as the new make-believe couple for MBC “We Got Married” thanksgiving special on 14th September, the PDs have sprang another surprise. Two more couples will join them with Hwan Hee pairing up with Hwayobi and Son Dam Bi with Marco[model].



The concept for Son Dam Bi and Marco is their cultural difference as the latter was born and raised in Argentina. Hwan Hee and Hwayobi meanwhile are of the same age and so they are technically expected to be less awkward with each other and be casual like friends. But with Hwayobi known for her eccentic behavior, anything goes and something surprising might happen.



The three new couples will appear in part 1 of the “We Got Married” thanksgiving special. The PDs explained that they will appear only for that special and are backups, meaning that should any of the four existing couples exit the show, one of the three new couples will step in as their replacements. Currently, the four existing couples have committed to the end of the year.

There’s also a possibility that one of the couples might become permanent depending on the viewing ratio and the reaction from fans after the broadcast.

The original 2 hours special has been extended to 160 minutes as a result.

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"Alex Chu & Ariel Lin have a good relationship,"
Friday September 5, 2008 Taiwan




Famous Korean variety show - “We Got Married” s dream lover Alex will, as a newcomer, take his first solo album “Romantic Ability” into Taiwan. Taiwanese idol drama queen Ariel Lin, not only personally wrote a recommendation, but also translated his main song “If It Was You” into Chinese for him. Alex was very touched and expressed: “If I get the chance, I will definitely cook her one of my specialties, as a thank-you gift.”

Holding a 6-year title for male “Clazziquai” singer, Alex has never properly sung a song with lyrics. On his 30th birthday, he finally released his first album and his career is about to face a huge change. The first half of this year, due to his participation in reality shows such as “We Got Married”, not only allowed him to rise in fame throughout Korea, but he also became the dream lover for many Korean girls.

To release this album, Alex has asked to resign from “We Got Married”, however, once he has finished with all the recording for his album, he will return to the show. Since the show, Alex has not only become one of the most welcomed newcomers, but his name has been linked with “romantic and comfortable new male star.”

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"160 minute WGM Chuseok special"
Friday, September 5, 2008




MBC is currently organizing a 160 minute Chuseok special of WGM.

The presentation of the special which is to be aired on the 14th will be done in such a way so as to provide viewers with a fresh and fun feel.

New couples will be introduced for the first part of the special. The cast lineup includes Choi Jin Young- Lee Hyun Ji, Hwan Hee- Hwayobi and Marco- Son Dam Bi.

Sunday Night's Kim Gu San PD said that although the couples are to appear only for the Chuseok special, they do not rule out the fact that should there be any changes in the current lineup, the new couples will first be considered as regular cast for the show.

The current couples will be participating in the second part of the program, whereby they will have a talk quiz and couple games, promising interesting content.

*Credits: JoyNews24*
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Alex, "I Love ~", new MV!

Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:44 pm by soyboy01




Alex making cute, funny faces...



Alex performed his second title song off his 1st solo album "My Vintage Romance" on Sept. 4 for Mnet. He sang "I Love", which is an endearing song with a beautiful string arrangement that showcases Alex's lovely vocals. The romantic guy stood in the middle of a candle-lit heart on stage, looking oh so adorable!

Al-Shin is LOVE!

Alex - I Love (Sept. 4, 2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI6V_UH7WX0
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[MV] Alex - I Love
(He looks so cute in it!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcjZGovFVo4
Credit: ayoepan

Lyrics (English Translation)
Alex's second MV : Saranghao (사랑하오)

Close your eyes, this night where your heart skips,
Please receive my heart that whispers closely to your ear,
this passionate heart

I love your two bright eyes,
May I live inside them?
Two hearts filled by the midnight blue sky,
Hold my hand and tell me you won't change,
You're beautiful, The night only us two spend together
Please catch my heart that faints at the sight of you
Will you accept this somehow awkward promise?
This passionate heart

I love your two bright eyes,
May I live inside them?
Two hearts filled by the midnight blue sky,
Hold my hand and tell me you won't change,
The many people who rub shoulders past me and in abandon,
The beautiful, sweet touch of our lips
I love your two bright eyes,
Will you let me live in them?

Two hearts filled by the midnight blue sky,
Hold my hand and tell me you won't change,
That your heart has not changed,
Tell me while I hold you in my arms~


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"We Got Married Ep 24 Summary + English Softsubs"
September 7, 2008 by coolsmurf


Was anticipating a lot today. After watching this, I was feeling kind of unsatisfied, something was lacking. I just realized that the interaction between the couples are most important to this reality show and the babies might be cute, but it became a hindrance to seeing them interact with each other. Their interaction was reduced to flashes not continous like the previous week.



Crown J, Seo In Young and Alex, Shin Ae couples started the episode rolling. They reacted with total disbelief and shock after reading their mission envelopes. Their mission was to take care of children for one day. Someone came in first to test them and give them an impromptu lesson.

Crown J and In Young got a girl while Alex and Shin Ae got a big shock when identical babies came through their doorway, they actually got sets of twins. Now Crown J tried his best to coax the baby girl who kept crying when faced with the ant and the witch, must have been scary. But slowly, the baby girl stopped crying as In Young just kept applying her “magic” touch with her warm hug. When it was time to change diapers, In Young came to the fore and did a good job again, now who doubts that she can be a good mum?



They then finally have some success in making the baby girl smile by blowing bubbles and eventually, the baby girl fell asleep after a tiring day with her “parents”. Crown J and In Young finally have some time to themselves as they amused themselves silly by playing with the baby toys.

The quadruplets that Alex and Shin Ae were really adorable. One of them kept crying and the other infants just watched on without a care. Alex and Shin Ae looked really flustered initially, not knowing what to do really. But gradually, they grew into their role, doing the normal things that any parents would do. But four kids are really a handful, while Shin Ae was busy handling one, Alex was changing diapers for another, the other two without any supervision just started making a mess, spiling the milk all over the water cushion. It was cute to see the kids reaction when Alex started playing the song and then the usual polaroid picture taking. I think the PDs wanted to test them with quadruplets.



The excitement level just died down a little for me when it moved on to Andy, Solbi and Hwang Bo, Kim Hyun Joong. The first couple went to a farm and did some hard labor. The latter went to a village or something to take care of some elderly women. Nothing too spectacular here, not much couple interaction.



Thanks to the awesome muish, the entire Episode 24 is now subbed. Download the softsub at megaupload or sendspace or usapload. Do not EDIT them. Download the entire episode off Clubbox (884mb).

We were given a preview of the three new couples for next Sunday “We Got Married” 160 minutes special with scenes of Choi Jin Young - Lee Hyun Ji, Son Dam Bi - Marco and Hwan Hee - Hwayobi. Although that was it, but please remember that they will only appear in part 1. You will still get your regular four couples in part 2 of the thanksgiving special on 14th September.
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I just don't understand why people are being such haters. Just let it be. It really is just a show, and yeah if they do end up together, so what! It's his and her life! They can do whatever they want with it. I'm enjoying this show and so thousands of others, so people need to stop saying all those things. Don't they have some kind of moral or respect. They just don't like the fact that HB gets to touch HJ in my opinion.
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I just don't understand why people are being such haters. Just let it be. It really is just a show, and yeah if they do end up together, so what! It's his and her life! They can do whatever they want with it. I'm enjoying this show and so thousands of others, so people need to stop saying all those things. Don't they have some kind of moral or respect. They just don't like the fact that HB gets to touch HJ in my opinion.



oh, it's just what the life of being a famous peep in a society just like kwon sang woo and his bride-to-be... i've heard there was a bad rumors 'bout it.... the fans we're sooo very mad of hearing bout the news of it but at the time goes by... maybe, the korean fans finally see and accepted it slowy...

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"Ratings"
Monday, September 8, 2008




Sunday variety show lineup.

TNS Media: Nationwide:


3. 해피선데이 (Happy Sunday) KBS 2 - Delicious Quiz, IMC, 1N2D 18.3%
5. 일요일이좋다1부 (Good Sunday Part 1) SBS - FO 16.4%
7. 일요일일요일밤에1부 (Sunday, Sunday night part 1) MBC - WGM 13.1%
12. 1박2일 (1N2D - Re-Run) - 9.9%

Seoul:
3. 해피선데이 (Happy Sunday) KBS 2 - Delicious Quiz, IMC, 1N2D 18.5%
5. 일요일이좋다1부 (Good Sunday Part 1) SBS - FO 16.5%
7. 일요일일요일밤에1부 (Sunday, Sunday night part 1) MBC - WGM 13.3%
18. 1박2일 (1N2D - Re-Run) - 9.5%

AGN Nielson: Nationwide:

4. 해피선데이 (Happy Sunday) KBS 2 - Delicious Quiz, IMC, 1N2D 16.6%
5. 일요일이좋다1부 (Good Sunday Part 1) SBS - FO 15.3%
10. 일요일일요일밤에1부 (Sunday, Sunday night part 1) MBC - WGM 12.2%
13. 1박2일 (1N2D - Re-Run) - 10.2%

Seoul:

4. 해피선데이 (Happy Sunday) KBS 2 - Delicious Quiz, IMC, 1N2D 16.9%
5. 일요일이좋다1부 (Good Sunday Part 1) SBS - FO 16.1%
7. 일요일일요일밤에1부 (Sunday, Sunday night part 1) MBC - WGM 12.6%
19. 일요일일요일밤에2부 (Sunday, Sunday night part 2) MBC - Changes the Wolrd Quiz 9.8
1박2일 (1N2D - Re-Run) - below top 20 <9.7%

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KBS and MBC Starts Cracking Down on Variety Shows?

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Following the unfortunate crackdown of their variety shows on video sharing websites like Youtube, Veoh, etc by SBS International back in July 2008, it appears that KBS America and MBC are also starting to lay claim to their variety shows with crackdowns of their own which begun just 3 days ago.

“We Got Married” was licensed recently on Crunchyroll and access to it is now denied. If you notice, it did not specify who the license holder is, probably because it didn’t want to suffer a backlash. According to Youtomb website, standyary who used to upload “We Got Married” on Youtube got her account suspended not too long ago thanks to a copyright claim from MBC.co.kr.

The same goes for KBS variety shows which is being acted on by KBS America, Inc. and has affected htruc who used to upload “1N2D” on Youtube but her account has been suspended three days ago. Better start saving clips from Youtube now just in case it spreads to other users whom I am not naming.

Some have opted to private their videos or rename the videos cryptically, for example “We Got Married” becomes “W.G.M”. I don’t see how it is going to work in the long-term because sooner or later, all it takes is for one video to be spotted by one of their copyright snitchers and the rest is history.

So where does this all lead to? One of my Korean friends told me that tv shows were all free to watch in Korea back in the good ol’ days. Until one day, SBS started charging a fee for their archived shows. KBS and MBC soon followed suit. This crackdown on variety shows is following the same pattern.

There should be no complaints really since it’s their videos and by right the copyright belongs to them. But what are we normal users that don’t live in Korea to do? They don’t sell the variety shows with subtitles and not even the unsubbed ones by any chance. Have you ever heard of anyone selling variety shows like these at all? Dramas are copyrighted because they do sell them with english subs legally but variety shows? There’s KBS World which broadcasts to most of the world including Singapore but not all their variety shows are subtitled. MBC America and SBS Intl. only broadcasts in limited areas.

They could try learning from music companies like YG Entertainment, JYP Entertainment or even MNet who uses Youtube as a platform to reach out to the masses. There is a ready platform, why don’t they make use of it?

The landscape has changed drastically in any entertainment industry today. To become a popular star, appearing in variety shows and presenting another side of you will greatly improve your chances. Fans these days wants to know their idols more in terms of what they do, think, etc. Just being able to sing well doesn’t really make you popular. If you think this is just restricted to Korea, think again. Kim Jong Kook is known by someone like me in a far-away country because he appeared in Xman. The same goes for other celebrities.

Taking Seo In Young as an example, she can sing well but she only enjoyed moderate success. But factor in the success of Jewelry’s “One More Time” plus her appearances on “Seo In Young KAIST” reality show and of course “We Got Married” this year, her popularity has grown in leaps and bounds.

Enjoy what’s still left before it’s all gone, people!

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As long as there are still subbers, I will make sure there are ways for people in this group to be able to view the show, let's try to cheer up lol.
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