• Aoren1703

       To be honest Variety Shows are probably my favorite thing from Korea lately. Don’t get me wrong in love my K-dramas and K-pop but to me for about the last year K-variety has been on top of my must watch list.
        My first Variety show was Family Outing. It will probably remain one of my favorites forever. Lee Hyori’s cheating and control over the boys was what got me into it but Park Yejin was/is variety gold. She was fearless when it came to catching and preparing dinner no matter if it was alive or not. Even though she was often overshadowed by Lee Hoyri I found her nasally voice and blunt personality so cute.
        After watching FO season 1 I immediately looked up more variety shows and came upon probably my favorite variety show of all time.. the orginal X Man of which Yoon Eun Hye was a semi regular of. She always played to win and often did win which earned her the title of ‘The Strongest Female’. She wasn’t afraid to wrestle with the men like Kang Hodong, Lee Minki, Eun Ji Won. She even won against most of them. She even carried Tablo (of Epic High) and Kang Hodong during one show and anyone who knows Kang Hodong knows that he isn’t light. 
        Lately though my heart belongs to Song Ji Hyo of Running Man… she hits, scratches, yells, and cheats her way to victory in a lot of the episodes. She has been named the ‘Ace’ for a reason, she’s honestly the most competitive person on the show. She would be my favorite member if it were for Lee Kwang Soo the Giraffe/Betrayer. 
        To me there is nothing worse than a useless female or male cast member/guest.

  • cherrytreexutopia

    Some of my favorite female variety characters were/are the dangyunhaji queens that reigned X Man during its airing. Lee Ji Hyun’s attacks, however scripted they may be, were always hilarious to watch because she was so blunt. Then there was Hwayobi, who appeared to be all shy and demure but once she stepped on that tape she completely transformed into a fearless creature who wasn’t afraid to defy the social expectations that limited her and give to endearing and honest answers. My favorite Hwayobi moment was when they brought up her nickname, “turtle,” and she responded with a comment on how turtles live long lives and with the question, “Aren’t turtles cute?”

  • http://twitter.com/CMinuteByMinute Cecilie A.L.

    Where’s my girl Hwangbo?

    • http://twitter.com/elaineator Elaine Ramos

      yes Hwangbo should definitely be included in the list!

    • http://www.twitter.com/veiledheart veiledheart

      THIS!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LG4WHYYJZLE3H2PSPVDUHVQ62A Leslie

    The SNSD girls are generally very good at variety. They’re all alpha females and very confident in their femininity. They’re confident enough in their status as top idols that they can discard their idol image for variety’s sake. Some stand-outs are Sunny with her fearlessness in IY and excessive aegyo; Taeyon and her ahjumma ways; Sooyoung with her natural wit; Hyoyeon and her boyish ways; Jessica and her ice princess persona; Yoona and her fish face and that spot-on Ahn Youngmi impersonation. The others are also pretty funny but I think the ones I mentioned are the ones that stand out in variety in unconventional (for an idol) ways. 

    Let’s not forget Gyuri’s absolutely hilarious goddess persona. She’s so amazingly funny when she takes on the goddess role. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOJQrvFIfds

    She’s not as famous but Soyeon’s (T-ara) also pretty funny especially about her saesang past (She gave Click B a sofa!!) and cool persona. She’s so cool that she doesn’t even bat an eye about revealing her nose insertions. She even refers to it as a “treatment” and not an actual surgery. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYgxCiuhUvw

    Lizzy is also considered a variety darling because her outgoing personality. She’s not afraid to just get out there which is pretty surprising since she used to be the youngest in After School. She used to guest in Running Man A LOT. Some even thought that she was part of the cast already. In some episodes, she doesn’t even get introduced as a guest. Her persona is more about aegyo which is typical for an idol but she’s definitely not demure or shy. She’s also not afraid to reveal her hilariously ambitious goals like becoming a national MC like Yoo Jae Suk or becoming an announcer (despite her Busan accent). 

    Min of Miss A is also pretty out there in variety with her kkap dancing. She’s the Jokwon of the female idols.

  • http://holdtheaegyo.wordpress.com/ Donna

    Gong Hyo Jin was pretty funny on Running Man recently too. She didn’t seem very concerned about her image. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

    My fave variety girls ever: Queen Hyori, General Hwangbo, Yoon Eunhye, and Seo Inyoung.

    I really enjoy SNSD in variety show, too. A lot of them are pretty good at them, all in different ways.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5JWLOENJVT24KU7ZTJZH3XOOXM Alexandra

    Lee hyori thats all, she’s the boss
    along with song ji hyo

  • http://www.twitter.com/veiledheart veiledheart

    Song Ji Hyo is probably one of the only reasons I’m watching Running Man atm. It’s been hit or miss lately. 

    • jesuis2

      It’s always been hit or miss (some of the early episodes weren’t that great either) and some of the funniest eps have been recent ones (the one w/ Gong Hyo-jin and the 1st ep w/ Han Ji-min are among the funniest RM has done).

  • http://marisu-dono.livejournal.com/ Marisu

    I’m completely stoked that my forever girl Song Ji Hyo is featured prominently in this article. Seriously, my girl-crush on her is borderline embarrassing. Running Man was what got me into K-entertainment, and by default Kpop. 

    While initially I was neutral about her presence in the first few episodes of RM- she blossomed into the loveable MongAce. I think it’s all down to “realness.” We’re used to seeing various female idols and actresses being revered; acting like untouchable goddesses, that the moment they stepped off the pedestal voluntarily, we began to identify with them and like them for their own sake, rather than the “star” image they cultivated.

    This therefore only serves to further highlight how the accomplishment of these women are deserved. Not only do they have to be able to stand out within a very male-dominated environment- they have to do it without losing themselves to the “traditional” role of “fragile blossom that must be adored” and thus not amongst the sea of interchangeable female guests. This is only made difficult by picky audiences that tends to be less receptive of female variety members that defies categorization.

  • black_rose45000

    “From the naturally adorable know-it-all IU to the fiery and snappish Seo In-young, there was a variety of different personalities on the show that made it work.”
    I love that show and this is one of the reasons why. I don’t get why it had such low reasons :

  • Lorna Gendrano

    The variety shows mentioned are the only K-Variety shows that I watch. The original G7 will always have a special place in my heart, and yes, all the 7 girls have improved so much in the Variety world after their stint in IY. Even the CEO girls Hyomin and Sunhwa are variety golds now. I agree that in Heroes some would be focused more than the others but the different personalities of the girls are really entertaining. Noh Sa Yeon and Hong Soo Ah’s love-hate relationship is always funny. Jiyeon & IU were adorable.

    I also feel that General Hwangbo is missing from the list. She, along with Ace Ji Hyo, Lee Hyori, Park Ye-Jin are probably the coolest girls in Variety shows ever.

    Must also mention the 6 actresses featured in 1N2D last year specially Kim Ha Neul and Choi Ji Woo. They are all so game and the actress persona definitely took a back seat. Gong Hyo Jin was funny and fierce too in her guesting in RM.

  • jesuis2

    The list starts w/ Hyori.

    Hyori isn’t just a natural at keeping the conversation going or coming up w/ a prank, but there are few that can compare to her competitiveness and there are none who can compare to her cheating ways (definitely the best hair-puller).

    “Sweet and Savage Ye-jin” is one of the few others who can keep up w/ Hyori’s competitiveness.

    1st saw Ace/Mong Ji-hyo when she guested on FO1, but she really didn’t leave an impression as she didn’t let her true personality come out as it did after the early episodes of RM.  Ji-hyo is the best when “Bad Ji-hyo” comes out.

    Gong Hyo-jin and Han Ji-min did really well on their respective guest appearance on RM – both were competitive, good w/ a witty quip here and there and weren’t afraid to let loose (HJM actually used her teeth as a weapon in the nametag-ripping game).

    General Hwangbo and Yoon-Eun hye from the X-Man days (also would include Lee Jin who was just adorkable) and Kim Won-hee (the only person who could dethrone Hyori on FO1, even if it was just for 2 episodes).

    Speaking of YEH and her “young girl warrior” persona; Suzy seems to have taken that baton – beating all comers when it comes to Korean wrestling and being teased about her appetite and having “big bones.”

    Actually like the overall cast of IY2 over the original (some people were just trying too hard in the original cast and the only really funny ones were Narsha and Sunhwa).

    Ha Ji-won kinda overdoes her “cute act” every time she is on a variety show and Lee Da-hae on RM was just boring.