• aaangelala

    ♥ enough said

  • Ariel2003

    I love him in 1N2D, he’s character was so hilarious and he’s not afraid to make fun of himself. This show showed why he’s so successful at the myriad things that he does, he’s sheer doggedness is legendary. All of Korea knows that he’s not a great cook, how people around the world judge great cooks, these people know how to cook on instinct. Everytime 1N2D airs an episode that involves cooking Seunggi will get this look in his eyes, the best I could describe it, intense crazy like he’s after the holy grail. It scares the whole cast particularly Hodong who always beg him to experiment with everything else but not the noodles lol. After 1N2D I hear that he has enrolled in cooking class together with his mom, you could see the intense need to be good at everything is in his personality. With everything else on his plate he still felt the need to be good at this one thing even if the cameras are not rolling just because he’s Lee Seunggi.

  • alysanne

    Gaya, first of all, thank you for the gratuitous TK2H bathtub scene pic.  ;)   Second, you make a good point about his popularity riding a lot on his likability despite already being talented and good-looking.  There are a lot of talented and good-looking people in the Korean entertainment industry but having a good image is still quite different.  A good illustration of this:  You don’t get a celeb as an honorary ambassador for the national elections just because he’s popular, but because he has a good image and is perceived to be a good role model.  

    But I also agree with Young-ji, who says his popularity is a little overrated by some.  He is well-loved by a wide demographic and also has a large and very loyal fanbase, but anyone can always argue that [insert celebrity here] is more popular than he is, and they might be right. But you also can’t discount that sometimes, “The Lee Seung Gi Effect” happens. ;)

    Disclosure: I’m a fan.  :D  But you’ve made me think about how and why I first started to become a fan.  And I think I started to like him because of 1N2D, and the acting and the singing just came a little later.  We see a little more of a celeb’s personality (no matter how tailored for the show) on variety, and I just like what he shows there–his earnestness, intelligence, humor and mischief, good manners, his “sheer doggedness,” as Ariel2003 points out, and even his trademark “heodang-ness.”  And although you can see and he admits that he is conscious about how people perceive him, he likewise doesn’t seem to mind that viewers see his flaws (even if sometimes even the flaws are likable).  

    I don’t think what we saw there is all just for show, though.  The “good image” doesn’t seem to be just an “image,” but there’s more of his real persona there than not.  (He does admit that he isn’t “good” all the time.)  You can’t fake something like that for 8 years of your career, after all.  He also seems to have a good grasp of how the industry works–he knows what to show and what not to, when to speak and when not to–which is probably why you don’t hear a lot of rumors about him. That isn’t meant to sound like I think he’s faking it, but more like you have to be vigilant in an industry where you trade on both talent and image. 

    Also, I think his career is very well-managed.  Some artists wouldn’t have recovered from what happened to him back before he joined 1N2D (still a little hazy on the details, but it seemed scary for a then 20-year-old artist), but his agency went the unconventional route and they have largely been successful in managing his career since.  

    If he wants to continue on this career path, I don’t think just the “image” would do, because there are people who like just his drama work or just his music work or just his variety appearances.  It’s the image that resulted from that diversity, I think, that made him more popular, so he’ll probably have to dabble in all 3 continuously, somehow, and also to evolve.  He already did well with the new mini-album on the music front.  :)

    With all that said, I’d really like to see him tackle a different role in “The Gu Family Book” so that he can improve his acting range.  :)

    • http://twitter.com/seaseesea Janice

      There’s absolutely no doubt to me that Lee Seung Gi really does know his way around the industry. He has this quality of savvy around him, and it’s evident in the way he interacts with his colleagues and the general public (as seen on 1N2D). You can tell that he juggles friendliness with a tinge of precaution and politeness with a hint of cheekiness, among other combinations typical to that of a public personality. In some ways, I think that he is most similar to Yoo Jae Suk, and if I hadn’t known any better, I would’ve thought he’s from the fictional Yoo-line as opposed to the Kang-line.

      I don’t know what you’re referring to on what happened before he joined 1N2D (PLEASE SHARE) but I do agree that his career is very well managed; even akin to Hyun Bin’s. Both have this nationwide appeal, transcending age gropus and male and female audiences simultaneously. I’d go as far as to say that Lee Seung Gi’s pre army duty activities will probably mirror Hyun Bin’s well executed slew of activities and less of Leetuk’s in the sense that we’re sure to be peppered, but not projectile vomited on with well timed films, drama and album/singles. Army duty is a drag for us audiences, but I’m sure that when it happens for LSG, those 2 years are sure to fly by– it wouldn’t even feel like he really left us, Hyun-Bin style.

      • alysanne

        I’ll have to dig into the pre-1N2D thing a bit more; I just heard about it via old discussions among other fans.  But it had something to do with his musical career.

        I also find him a little more similar to Jae-suk than Ho-dong when it comes to how he handles variety, but I guess he’s just been associated with Ho-dong for so long.  Not that that’s a bad thing.  ;)  In his Running Man appearance, I kept saying he did what any student of Ho-dong would do, with a hint of the influence of Eun Ji-won. LOL.  ;)

    • Paradoxical

      I don’t really think his popularity is inflated that much, but it’s a bit different…  Is he the most popular singer in the nation?  No, same with acting and MCing, but it would be hard to find someone who is so popular with nearly any age groups and with both genders.  I do think the media likes to exaggerate his actions and give him titles (the whole crown prince/emperor thing) that are borderline absurd, but his popularity is very real and lasting. 
      I agree about the image thing.  It’s not really his image.  It’s just who he is and he’s pretty open about not being as perfect as people make him out to be.  Doesn’t mean many listen to him though.  ;)

      • alysanne

        Okay, on hindsight, I think what I wanted to convey about his popularity is that it IS different.  I agree with you.  :)

        And also about the titles and media exaggeration thing.  It’s a good thing he’s smart about how he handles these.

  • meow

    <3

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

    Lee Seunggi is ridiculously popular and will properly continue to be so for many year to come. I love him as a singer, but I loved him more in variety shows because that’s where I discovered him. He was that noona-loving singer kid who was in “X-Man” back in the day, being good-naturedly teased by Yoo Jaesuk, Kang Hodong, etc. He was the kid who was a horrible dancer, yet was game enough to make his bad dancing a running gag in the show. Then he branched out as an actor and “My GF is a Gumiho” will forever be in my top 5 fave dramas of all time.

    He’s made a career out of being the “most desired son/son-in-law” in Korea. He’s likable, he’s smart, he’s good-looking enough but not TOO good-looking to be intimidating. He can sing. He can act. He can be goofy and dorky in variety shows. He’s the rare triple threat that can be in dramaland, idol/singer land, and variety land. Now that he knows he can do well in any of those fields, it’s great that he’s focusing on his singing career again. :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/F74BSPATMDB5P253RBZUH5YXYY ayikgauhnurita

    I love everything he does. wether it’s acting,singing or variety, he makes it goes perfectly and enjoyable. since his base is as a singer, i want him to keep acting either as he grows to be an older each times. i really love the roles he played so far and besides playing as a spoilt brat turns good, perhaps we want to see him play such as a pathetic guy someday, don’t we?^^

  • bellalas

    Did you know he barely skips a class for his undergraduate degree? Like many, I agree that his career is well managed, despite known for his urmm ‘unique’ sense of fashion and hairstyles, i believe the company has done a very good job in managing his schedules. From attending school, acting, variety, charity etc i always admire the dedication and focus he gives in a project, not that i’m saying others dont but he is, different, to me atleast. He’s perfectly imperfect and yes, i’m one of those girls who wants to bring him home to meet my parents.

    • alysanne

      Oh, dear. The hair and the fashion. LOL. It’s a polarizing topic among fans, but what everyone agrees on is despite the occasional missteps in those, he still manages to pull it off by the way he carries himself and this positive aura he exudes. :)

      • Gaya_SB

        I’m curious, now: what would you say is his worst outfit?

        • alysanne

          Oh dear. I’m hard-pressed to think of a particular outfit right now, but in general, I guess those that just aren’t age-appropriate for him?  Something that makes him look so much older than he is.  The folks in the fan-sites refer to it as “ajusshi styling” by his cody. XD

  • http://twitter.com/milkteanlsg90 Boo Jia Min

    What are your thoughts on Lee Seung-gi?
    Well… I love love love~~~ him!!! <3
    He is the most ideal and perfect guy a girl can ask for~

    Which piece of work by him do you love most?
    I love his singing and acting the most! I love his singing style: very sincere, warm and touching~ especially his live performances which are even better than the sounds from the albums!
    I became his fan because of his cute, adorable and comedic acting in "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho". Honestly, before I came to know him, I dislike "idols" acting cute but Seung Gi oppa totally changed it~ His cute actions are just so lovable and likeable that I beg for more~ :D
    And I love his crying acting! His eyes are so expressive and his tears heart-breaking that they never fails to make me cry together and for him…

    And would you like to see him take on a different kind of acting role?
    I am quite confident that I would love any roles that he takes~ haha~

  • http://twitter.com/milkteanlsg90 Boo Jia Min

    What are your thoughts on Lee Seung-gi?
    Well… I love love love~~~ him!!! <3
    He is the most ideal and perfect guy a girl can ask for~

    Which piece of work by him do you love most?
    I love his singing and acting the most! I love his singing style: very sincere, warm and touching~ especially his live performances which are even better than the sounds from the albums!
    I became his fan because of his cute, adorable and comedic acting in "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho". Honestly, before I came to know him, I dislike "idols" acting cute but Seung Gi oppa totally changed it~ His cute actions are just so lovable and likeable that I beg for more~ :D
    And I love his crying acting! His eyes are so expressive and his tears heart-breaking that they never fails to make me cry together and for him…

    And would you like to see him take on a different kind of acting role?
    I am quite confident that I would love any roles that he takes~ haha~

  • leahtaro

    Thank you for this Lee Seunggi post. :)
    As much as I have my k-pop biases that changes every single time, Lee Seunggi is forever my Korean entertainer crush that will never change in my lifetime (I think). I discovered LSG in 2008 because of 1n2d, but I did my part as fan to watch how he was from his debut in 2004 (`Because you`re my woman“ phase, Xman days, etc.) until 2008 and we have been together since then (heh….)
    I do disagree that his popularity is overrated though, because popularity is quite subjective depending on what level of popularity we are talking about here. What is “popular” for some might not be “popular” for me. Yes, he`s not the greatest actor the level of Lee Byung Hun or Won Bin, nor the best singer, nor the best MC the level of Kang Hodong and Yoo Jae Suk, but he is popular enough to be recognized by the majority of the public. For a 27-year-old guy with 8 years in the biz circle, I think it is safe to assume he is indeed popular. That popularity came in his hard work in every area of being a celebrity, his good image  that is not his image anymore, it’s just LSG being himself, and his good track record that Koreans love to see.
    Also, what solidified me as a Seunggi fan is his dedication to his studies despite his crazy schedule as the star LSG. Finishing college with a degree non-related to his craft as an artist in 4 years, the same time duration as a regular student, is beyond CRAZY. It’s commendable to every degree possible. A smart, well-rounded guy can do nothing wrong in my eyes. Before he entered his Masters in media production, he also did his Masters in International Trade, his undergraduate major, but he didn’t finish it because he is missing a thesis.
    Anyway, I can go on and on forever why I love this guy.
    Bless this post!

  • http://twitter.com/fiey_ra fiey ra

    Thanks for this article. It serves as a great summary and insight on Lee Seung Gi. One thing I have to disagree though regarding: 

    “Lee Seung-gi, while good at what he does, does not derive his fame from acting, variety or singing itself, though the latter did help him break into the industry in spectacular fashion; he finds his fame in being the extremely likeable guy that could do all these things and not suck at them.”

    While I agree that people like him more because of his real-life persona and how he’s an amazing guy who excel in everything he does, I must say that without good content he wouldn’t be popular either. 

    Some people start to like him because of his music, some others start to like him because of his drama, while the rest may start liking him from his variety. To say that his works or talent do not influence his popularity is a little fat fetched IMO. 

    Other than that, I mostly agree with everything you said :)

    • Gaya_SB

      I agree that it does sound rather absolute, what I said regarding the content and persona: he definitely has produced some really good stuff over the years, but I feel like that it sometimes takes a backseat with relation to his image. 

      Thank you for your thoughts, though; I’m glad you enjoyed the exchange!

    • Gaya_SB

      I agree that it does sound rather absolute, what I said regarding the content and persona: he definitely has produced some really good stuff over the years, but I feel like that it sometimes takes a backseat with relation to his image. 

      Thank you for your thoughts, though; I’m glad you enjoyed the exchange!

  • http://twitter.com/fiey_ra fiey ra

    Oh, to answer your question, I can’t really pick which work by him I like the most. 

    For acting/drama, I love King 2Hearts and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho best, 
    For songs: too much to pick, his music style is just my cup of tea. But if I have to choose, I think I love ‘Delete’ the most, from his first album. 
    For variety: I love 1 Night 2 Days! My favourite variety show ever! And Seunggi is so adorable, witty and admirable (especially when he’s able to answer the quiz questions) in that show. 

    My journey with Seunggi started like Bethany. I first discovered and started liking him through Brilliant Legacy. I searched him after that, having his songs on repeat, watching all his music videos, his variety appearances on X-man etc. I liked him more and more. And after that when I marathon his 1N2D episodes, I think that was when it turned into full-blown love haha. 

    I love him in all; singing, acting and variety equally, so I hope he will keep doing all of them. His health comes first though, and it’s wiser that he focuses on one thing at one time, so I’m fine with him leaving his variety shows. He can do that later when he meets a good project. 

    And yes to him taking a different kind of acting role. Looking forward to his coming drama! 

  • http://twitter.com/fiey_ra fiey ra

    Oh, to answer your question, I can’t really pick which work by him I like the most. 

    For acting/drama, I love King 2Hearts and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho best, 
    For songs: too much to pick, his music style is just my cup of tea. But if I have to choose, I think I love ‘Delete’ the most, from his first album. 
    For variety: I love 1 Night 2 Days! My favourite variety show ever! And Seunggi is so adorable, witty and admirable (especially when he’s able to answer the quiz questions) in that show. 

    My journey with Seunggi started like Bethany. I first discovered and started liking him through Brilliant Legacy. I searched him after that, having his songs on repeat, watching all his music videos, his variety appearances on X-man etc. I liked him more and more. And after that when I marathon his 1N2D episodes, I think that was when it turned into full-blown love haha. 

    I love him in all; singing, acting and variety equally, so I hope he will keep doing all of them. His health comes first though, and it’s wiser that he focuses on one thing at one time, so I’m fine with him leaving his variety shows. He can do that later when he meets a good project. 

    And yes to him taking a different kind of acting role. Looking forward to his coming drama! 

  • http://twitter.com/Cukeygirl Mara Joya

    I’ve seen all his dramas in which he plays the lead. You can tell his acting improve through the procession of each one. And I agree that he was the best in The King 2 Hearts. He plays his role in a very good comedic and dramatic balance. I think his personality actually comes out in all his roles. Where he is a playful person but has his serious moments. 

    I have to admit, I love him the most in King 2 Hearts and the least in Shining Inheritance (mostly because I didnt think the drama was all that). In variety, he shines mostly in 1N2D, mostly because his other co-stars are such a great cast as well and make the show better. 

    I’d like to see him have his own reality show. He naturally leads a very interesting life. 

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • tiks2011

    hey, you’re wrong in some points especially with the “content” thing… LEE SEUNG GI is versatile..and that means he has the “content”. I will not like him because of his “charisma” and image… i love him because he is an artist with SUBSTANCE…and that says everything!

  • sasasi

    “Lee’s career in its current state is driven by persona rather than content”

    I agree with you. I’m also a fan of him, I like his songs, drama, and his variety skills in 1n2d (don’t really like him in strong heart though..). but I have to admit that my amazement was more because it is Lee Seung Gi. His “Eum Chin Ah” image makes me like and appreciate him more than his ability in acting, voice, or handsome face.

  • sasasi

    “Lee’s career in its current state is driven by persona rather than content”

    I agree with you. I’m also a fan of him, I like his songs, drama, and his variety skills in 1n2d (don’t really like him in strong heart though..). but I have to admit that my amazement was more because it is Lee Seung Gi. His “Eum Chin Ah” image makes me like and appreciate him more than his ability in acting, voice, or handsome face.

  • sasasi

    “Lee’s career in its current state is driven by persona rather than content”

    I agree with you. I’m also a fan of him, I like his songs, drama, and his variety skills in 1n2d (don’t really like him in strong heart though..). but I have to admit that my amazement was more because it is Lee Seung Gi. His “Eum Chin Ah” image makes me like and appreciate him more than his ability in acting, voice, or handsome face.

  • sasasi

    “Lee’s career in its current state is driven by persona rather than content”

    I agree with you. I’m also a fan of him, I like his songs, drama, and his variety skills in 1n2d (don’t really like him in strong heart though..). but I have to admit that my amazement was more because it is Lee Seung Gi. His “Eum Chin Ah” image makes me like and appreciate him more than his ability in acting, voice, or handsome face.