• Erialk

    I totally agree with you on brown eyed girls. The image of narsha carelessly wolfing down food like she didn’t give a damn in the world. Priceless.
    And she’s still super sexy.
    Take that as a note, other lady idols! The grosser you look in variety shows, the sexier you appear to be in your MVs. (joke)

  • http://twitter.com/Led_02 라면girl

    If you think that 2AM, Infinite  have a much more balanced dynamic where all the members are participant and full of personality, than SJ, than probably you haven’t seen smth like EHB, Full House, or Saturday Night Live Korea etc., where all of them (or almost all ) partecipated. I don’t have nothing against 2AM, but they rarely appear on a variety show as a group. Why only Jokwon, then?
    But if you see SJ, all of them, even those who doesn’t have a great sense of humor, when they are together (again, all or even half, 2 or 3 ) they are really funny. It’s not just one or two.

    • ANANAS

      Not that they aren’t funny, but they might be overshadowed. Maybe to an ELF it might not seem that way but someone outside the fandom might notice it more?

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      I think it’s only recently that SJ has started to let all the members speak…now that Ryeowook and Sungmin are running Sukira, I think they’ve been able to develop variety personalities. 

      And I don’t think EHB or Full House are good examples. On EHB, there were probably a collective five minutes of Kyuhyun, and I don’t remember much from Hangeng, Ryeowook, or Sungmin either. And Full House didn’t even have all the members.

      So I think SJ’s only shown the variety personalities of all its members very recently. :/

      • http://twitter.com/Led_02 라면girl

        If EHB isn’t a good example, what’s a good one then? considering the fact that with their number is impossible for them to be all together on a V-show. Well, of course you can’t have the same amount of funny moments from every member, from every group. Even Shinhwa , in some ep. of SB, you can see Andy less that the others, but probably because they are in the biz from more time is a little different.
        I’m not talking just as a fan, ’cause I find funny even MBLAQ, and I’m not their fan, it just a mere of fact that SJ are much better/funny than other idols.

  • ANANAS

    “For these reasons, I find groups that don’t rely so much on a sole or a handful of members in variety so much more appealing. ” 100% agree. It is just more fun and less awkward. 

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I think SHINee’s pretty good in having a balanced dynamic. I mean…they all have variety aspects in their image, I guess? Key is the diva, Minho’s super competitive, Onew’s adorkably clumsy, Taemin’s clueless (and cute :P), and Jonghyun…well, Jonhyun’s Jonghyun. I don’t know how to phrase it. But he likes attention too. xP

    Agree with Infinite. I love them on variety. Honestly, I don’t find many of the members hilarious by themselves, but they bring out the funniest in each other, I guess. They’re a lot funnier all together.

  • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    great article Jasper i was wondering about 2pm seeing as how they do variety well as well?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

    Though I adore Shinhwa,I dont think they have overall well balanced dynamic when it comes to variety shows, sure they all share the spotlight in SB and they are great but when they are on variey shows  like Radiostar for example Dongwan and Junjin dominates most of the talking. And yeah SuJu members like Yesung and Ryewook arent as prominent with others but these two guys are funny.I think it was mentioned that the company was very careful about KRY’s image not to be too funny on TV because they sing serious stuff.What I love about Suju is they help out each other when they are on shows, they are much funnier together.
    Anyway I just want to mention BigBang, who I think are good when it comes to variety I only think Taeyang is the one who could be overshadowed with the others because even TOP is hilarious.

    • noiha

      i think they’re still the most balanced ones though. more than sj, as i can barely remember anything about sungmin and ryeowook despite heckload of their variety shows i’ve watched. if you watch old shows like x-man, ya shim man man, and love letter, you’ll know that each member of shinwa understands variety well and shines with their own distinct personalities.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/R5BKARJWK7NNOXYOIUSP76YJW4 Aj

        Of course Shinhwa is the most balanced but I was just saying that for me some members shined more than the others. Anyway them being together for 13 years, they know each other very well and could make fun with each other. They’re like SuJu’s sunbae when it comes to doing variety.I saw Shinhwa being rated with their variety skills in SB, it was funny how they complained and whined about it.

  • noiha

    i always like kara since they’re a very good mood maker in shows, something that yoo jaesuk noted as well. individually the might not be the most impressive, but seeing their group variety show, even if it has boring concept, their bright on-screen personalities and responses are gold.

    shinhwa is the best, indeed. individually or as a group.

  • sakurahae

    I think the issues with suju is that different members shine in different appearances.  so as ELF, when we watch all these shows, interviews, radio shows, we are compiling the personalities of the members in our heads. so they all seem to have very big and distinct personalities to us. But maybe it doesn’t come off that way to the casual viewer.

     i think pretty much all the members have some skill with variety, but the sheer number of them makes it difficult for everyone to showcase that at the same time. 

    also, when it comes to infinite, i started trying to find the members that seemed more adept at carrying the flow of an appearance and its funny because i cant do it? if you take a member out, there’s fifty other dynamics that are fun to watch. lol. i think of all the members i focus most on dongwoo, simply because he’s the one with the “idiot” image sometimes that seems to be popular, and  i fell for it. bias alert!

    • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

      I agree but I started to love Ryewook when I watched Suju M in Taiwanese variety shows. With a smaller group, he is able to stand out more . It also does not help that they edit the weak members out. Especially Yesung, I find him missing on variety shows most of the the time. Then they show a bit of him and I’m like, Oh Yesung your here! 

      But the quiet members can balance the group out. Especially when everyone goes crazy, and they quietly watch them, with a confused look on their faces, lol. 

  • goldengluvsk2

    I do think variety-dols are counterproductive… its true some people are more open and more witty than others but if you ask me, the spotlight should be divided equally if we’re talking about groups… there are groups like 2PM, Super Junior, Infinite and Big bang -theyre effing hilarious!!- that the members know how to help out their groupmates but there are other groups that even when theyre promoting, you dont see all the members on variety or radio shows… its always 1 person that is everywhere…

  • Erisadesu

    For me it works. I learned about 2am thanks to main and I only paid attention to sea after watching kwanghee.