‘Chameleon’ Taeyeon Graces Her Beauty on the April Issue of ELLE Korea

Former Girl’s Generation leader Taeyeon graces the April Issue in Elle Korea.

Artist Taeyeon (30) graced the April issue of ELLE Korea showing off her everlasting beauty. The former idol’s professionalism and chameleon like adaptability is reported to have made all the different lipstick colors (pomegranate red, neon orange, bubblegum pink, ripe plum etc.) give different vibes proving her status as a ‘beauty muse’.

Who isn’t tempted to go buy those lipstick colors? Or her accessories?

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[RECAP] ‘Running Man’ Compete in the Unboxing Race

On the 443 episode of SBS’s ‘Running Man’, everyone participated in a race to gather enough funds for the unboxing auction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaivORRzWZo

The newest episode of SBS’s ‘Running Man’ had all the members in a frenzy to gather interesting objects to fund for the ‘unboxing auction’. Members were told to bring an object that you don’t use but can’t bear to throw away.

Recap

Opening scene starts off with the dongsengs making fun of Yoo Jae Suk and Ji Suk Jin for wearing similar jackets.

As each member shared what object they brought for the ‘unboxing race’, members were teased or hurt by some of the items. Interesting segments were Yang Se Chan’s protein powder, Ji Suk Jin’s clothes from the 80s and Kim Jong Kook’s limited edition CD.

Yang Se Chan brought an unopened container of protein powder he had bought at a whim for dieting. When asked if the protein powder was strawberry flavor, Yang Se Chan confirmed yes. Hilariously Haha read the label and pointed out it was actually chocolate flavor. Further telling Yang Se Chan that just because the container is pink doesn’t mean the protein powder is going to be strawberry flavor to everyone’s amusement.

Ji Suk Jin complained of his wife’s tendency to throw things away while introducing his item. Kim Jong Kook commented Ji Suk Jin should be thankful his wife hadn’t thrown him away or else. Ji Suk Jin shared he brought a meaningful item that was when he was a fashionista decades ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqOZ6GAkAkg

Kim Jong Kook’s item was Haha’s reggae limited CD box that Haha had gifted a long time ago. Haha expressed his disappointment and pointed out that CD box wasn’t even commercially sold but given to fans during one of his concerts. Kim Jong Kook stated he cherished the CD box but couldn’t really use it. Haha expressed he’s thankful Kim Jong Kook kept it until now instead of trying to sell it on a second hand website. Kim Jong Kook comments he couldn’t sell it since Haha wrote a message to Kim Jong Kook on the CD box.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGhOMfbKya4

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Once everyone had presented their item, members were divided into teams to try to exchange the items for something more expensive to gather enough finding for their mission. Hence, the members were divided using the PPL (product placement) Samsung’s new phone that now has the fingerprint reader on the front of the screen + wireless earphones chargeable from the phone.

Race to gather items

Each team tries their best to trade their items with various celebrities. Hilariously Ji Suk Jin’s clothes were traded with SF9 members. The clothes that had looked “questionable” became so fashionable when worn by the idols. SF9 members Chani and Rowoon looked ready for the stage in Ji Suk Jin’s clothes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Qmhh-74iY

Lee Kwang Soo’s figure cut out was valued at 10 cents, 2 dollars and later 50 dollars in Hwahakdong. Yoo Jae Suk was amazed at Lee Kwang Soo’s item being valued at 50 dollars even if the offer was for the buyer’s daughter (a huge fan of Lee Kwang Soo). It was funny to see Yoo Jae Suk trying to decrease the price telling the buyer its not worth 50 dollars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgIbKrrg8Ew

Kim Jong Kook and Haha sell of Kim Jong Kook’s item by comparing Bob Marley giving a CD to Michael Jackson. The show commented on how thick faced Kim Jong Kook and Haha are for daring to sell of the CD for limited edition Michael Jordan sneakers from actor Oh Chang Seok.

Ready for the auction

Each team aimed to gain the most amount of funding to use during the auction to complete this week’s episode. Unfortunately, many were disappointed to learn some of their items had lower value than expected. In the end, Yoo Jae Suk & Lee Kwang Soo ended up gathering the most funding thanks to Yoo Jae Suk’s item-electric guitar.

Each team used the funding from their items to buy the boxes at the auction. From a total of 50 boxes, 10 boxes were reported to have a cellphone that contained clues to completing the mission. Each team gambled on which auction item would have a cellphone for completing the mission. Not surprisingly, Yoo Jae Suk & Lee Kwang Soo had the advantage since their team had the most funding. Ji Suk Jin caused everyone to be exasperated when he kept increasing the bid. Ji Suk Jin would call out the highest bid followed up increasing his bid again for no apparent reason. All the members asked why he would increase his bid when he doesn’t have any competitors.

Winner of this week’s episode

Team Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Kwang Soo successfully bidded for boxes that had clues for completing the mission. For winning the mission, Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Kwang Soo were told they could pick any of the remaining boxes to take home. If it had a cellphone, it was theirs to take.

Losers

Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Kwang Soo ended up picking a box with jump rope and an empty box respectively making them the winners but also the losers of the episode. All of their hard work resulted in receiving neither prize nor punishment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogd6OBJuiDQ

Special notes

Songs from Queen and BTS were used a lot in the background. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCP6B46smF0

Actor Oh Chang Seok parodied Kim Jong Kook when he is working out. According to Oh Chang Seok, Kim Jong Kook remarks “Its so tasty” when he’s lifting weights. Kim Jong Kook is said to be commenting “his work out is feeding his muscles.”

Opinion

This week’s episode felt rather bland compared to other episodes. ‘Running Man’ ratings have been on the decline in the recent years but comparing this episode to the most recent episodes, this one was not entertaining as the past ones. There were definitely some funny moments throughout the episode but it didn’t feel especially enjoyable. 

Check out what happened in previous episodes: Episode 439, Episode 441, Episode 442

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MBC’s ‘Radio Star’ Did Not Edit Out Cha Tae Hyun Amid Gambling Scandal

Cha Tae Hyun who has currently cancelled all activities in the entertainment industry was reported to not have been edited out on March 20’s episode of MBC Radio Star.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1hZRkyErS0

On March 20, OSEN reported MBC aired their newest episode of ‘Radio Star’ which had not edited out MC Cha Tae Hyun at all. MC Cha Tae Hyun, also known for being a member of KBS’s ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ was in a scandal last week for illegal gambling alongside ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ member Kim Joon Ho.

Once news broke of the actor- entertainer’s gambling scandal, Cha Tae Hyun declared he would halt all activities to reflect on his actions. Interestingly, while KBS had to put their show ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ on an indefinite hiatus, MBC’s ‘Radio Star’ decided to not make any changes to reflect on Cha Tae Hyun’s scandal. What do you think about ‘Radio Star’s decision?

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[RECAP] MBC ‘I Live Alone’ Struggles Without MC Jun Hyun Moo

The first episode without MC Jun Hyun Moo aired on March 15 where all the cast members struggle without their leader.

Brief background on MBC’s I Live Alone

MBC’s entertainment reality TV program, I Live Alone has been airing every week since March 2013 where cast members and guests view and comment about the current episode. Known for having popular guests (e.g. idols, actors) appear on the show in addition to the hilarious scenes from the cast members, I Live Alone is recognized to be one of the most popular variety shows in Korea. Even MBC’s Omniscient Interviewing View can be said to derived from this show. Former MC Jun Hyun Moo became familiar with his girlfriend model Han Hye Jin while filming on this show in 2017. The couple announced their breakup and temporary leave from the show last month.

Regular cast members: Park Narae, Gian84, Lee Si Eon, Sung Hoon, Henry, Hwasa

Commenters on this week’s episode: Park Narae, Sung Hoon, Lee Si, Gian84

Recap

The opening scene shows only Park Narae and Gian84 in the studio. As the 2 members worry how they will carry on the show, cut to Sung Hoon and Lee Si Eun joining them to offer some support during this crisis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffr40IdlEQo

This week’s episode showed ‘The Idiots’ minus Henry in Hong Kong. The 3 men explore a market where maknae Kian84 goes a little crazy buying various things. All the commentators back at the studio ask Kian84 why he suddenly bought so many things given he’s known to be a scrooge. According to Lee Si Eun, Kian84 recently bought a used car that had 200,000 miles very cheaply. But within a week of buying that used car, it broke down so now it’s in a shop called ‘I’m sick’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKTa2Is52qI

Heading to accommodations

After shopping and eating at the market, the ‘3 idiots’ head to their accommodations for the night. Lee Si Eun aka Captain Idiot is responsible for making the reservations tells his brothers to look forward to the ‘Iron Man Room’. Amid everyone’s expectations, the room turns out to…not be themed out in ‘Iron Man’ .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oGFUZ0KwLE

But instead cute and lovely room for princesses aka Disney princesses theme!

Lee Si Eun apologizes for his confusion, apparently when he made the reservations he got his english words mixed up, “Iron Man”, “prince and princess.” The 3 idiots look at the 2 princess beds and try to decide who’s going to sleep on the floor. Hence, the pool battle commences. 

Gian84 tries to copy everything Sung Hoon hyung does since its cool, Sung Hoon gets challenged to various games in the pool. Not surprisingly, Sung Hoon wins (former professional swimmer).

Park Narae is astonished at the mix up asking Lee Si Eun to regurgitate the chocolate he just ate. Apparently the staff of the show were really worried with two people no longer present, they gave the commenters chocolate for the first time ever to get some energy.

Park Narae struggles as the new MC

From the beginning of this episode, Park Narae tries her best to fill the empty space left by Jun Hyun Moo. Unfortunately, even when Park Narae says something that’s sort of common sense, the other commentators aren’t able to react since they don’t know what’s the correct answer to everyone’s disappointment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5muJIsO0YQ

Throughout the episode, MC Jeon Hyun Moo is even more greatly missed. Especially when the 3 idiots decide to drink before going to bed, they all display their funny sense of humor struggling to order in broken english. Hilariously Park Narae becomes confused with what’s the right phrase since there’s no one to rely on. Trying to order, ‘The idiots’ go through all the difficulty of ordering alcohol and snacks then Lee Si Eun tries to add an order of “toothpaste” to everyone’s astonishment at what he’s trying to say. (Lee Si Eun clearly doesn’t know what he was trying to order.)

At the end, Kian84 comments back at the studio “we’re close to being cancelled, we need to get our game together since 2 people left the house.”

The cast members are clearly trying to end it on an optimistic note, promising the remaining fun part of Hong Kong segment- preview shows all the idiots gathered together including Henry! And – Jessi’s guest segment!

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Park Bo Gum Captivates Fans in Hong Kong

Park Bo Gum captivates 5000 fans in Hong Kong during his Asia tour .

On March 16, Park Bo Gum met 5000 fans at the Hong Kong Asian World Expo during a fan meeting event ‘Good Day’. The actor greeted fans by explaining the title of his tour ‘Good Day’ and played a never before seen video of his daily life. Park Bo Gum is reported to have further charmed his fans with individual gifts that has his autograph.

Park Bo Gum delighted fans by specifically performing a song in the city’s native language in addition to serenading with various songs. Many were impressed to see the star’s dedication in preparing for each fan meeting during his hectic schedule.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viKF85cgwpg

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Actor Joo Won Teases Fans of Upcoming Return to the Screen?

Actor Joo Won greeted fans for the first time after completing mandatory military service.

On March 18, actor Joo Won greeted fans for the first time after completing his mandatory military service on Naver V Live. Joo Won reported for military service in May 2017 and was released on February 5, 2019.  The actor stated “I lived well during my service (in the army). I safely completed my duties. I missed and yearned for you. It’s amazing how time flies.”

He updated fans on his future plans with “I had a photoshoot for my profile picture today, I am still reviewing scripts. Thankfully many have shown interest for my return.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBMbW5zSQto

Joo Won’s last role was a scholar in SBS’s ‘My Sassy Girl’ (2017) prior to his enlistment. Who’s excited for the talented actor’s return to the screen?

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Jung Joon Young Could Be Sentenced 7 Years & 6 Months

Jung Joon Young’s ruling for illegal filming and sharing sexual content is expected to be 7 years and 6 months in prison.

OSEN

On March 18, OSEN reports the expected sentence for Jung Joon Young is 7 years and 6 months according to the segment aired on the same day by MBC’s ‘Section TV’. On the show, Lawyer Oh Soo Jin stated Jung Joon Young’s crime of filming (body parts) without consent using cameras. In addition, based on the most recent reports of prostitution allegations Jung Joon Young could be sentenced to a maximum of 1.5x the usual sentencing.

In Korea, the sentence for sexual assault is maximum 5 years. For Jung Joon Young who could be sentenced for sexual assault, illegal filming and sharing, prostitution etc. could result to a ruling of 7 years and 6 months in prison. In addition he would be registered as an offender.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aSGQPrQq3w

Jung Joon Young was first in the headlines on March 11, 2019 after Seungri’s chatroom conversation was shared in the media. The nation was shocked and outraged at Jung Joon Young for his crimes. As of now, many people associated with the artist have declared their shock and disappointment in fear of retribution from the public.

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Couple Kangnam & Lee Sang Hwa Fell in Love on ‘Law of the Jungle’

Singer Kangnam and Korea’s speed skater Lee Sang Hwa are reportedly dating since filming their MBC ‘Law of the Jungle’ episode last year!

OSEN

There’s a new celebrity couple in the industry-Kangnam and Lee Sang Hwa. On March 17, OSEN reports the couple has been dating for nearly 6 months already. Both parties have confirmed they are dating to everyone’s surprise. Kangnam and Lee Sang Hwa first met on MBC’s ‘Law of the Jungle in Indian Ocean’ last year for episodes 334-337 after-which they soon started dating. Congratulations to the couple for going public!

Speed skater Lee Sang Hwa’s representative stated the two have been dating for the past 5-6 months and requested for everyone to watch over them as their relationship progresses.

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KBS ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ Announces Indefinite Hiatus

After Jung Joon Young’s sex scandal, 2 other members of KBS’s ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ are now under fire for illegal gambling.

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On March 17, KBS announced their variety show ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ will be going on an indefinite hiatus following Jung Joon Young’s sex scandal and Cha Tae Hyun & Kim Joon Ho’s gambling scandal. The 3rd season of KBS’s ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ has been airing every Sunday at 6:10 PM (KST), will no longer be airing or producing new episodes. That time slot will be substituted with ‘Happy Sunday, Superman is Back’.

OSEN

Previously after Jung Joon Young’s sex scandal was in the headlines, the show decided to edit out all of Jung Joon Young’s scene. However, because the format of the show made editing out Jung Joon Young’s scenes difficult, they later decided to go on a hiatus until they could film new content.

Unfortunately for ‘2 Days & 1 Night’, KBS News 9 announced members Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Joon Ho’s illegal golf gambling scandal to everyone’s shock on March 16. Reports showed the chatroom of the ‘2 Days & 1 Night’ cast members where Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Joon Ho has bragged about their winnings. Resulting in the current predicament for ‘2 Days & 1 Night’.

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Wedding Shots of Actress Gong Hyun-joo Released

Actress Gong Hyun-joo had a private wedding on March 16, 2019.

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On March 17, Jellyfish Entertainment released an official statement about actress Gong Hyun-joo’s blissful nuptials on March 16.

“Hello, this is actress Gong Hyun-joo’s agency, Jellyfish Entertainment. We would like to thank everyone who congratulated actress Gong Hyun-joo’s happy news.” The actress is said to have thanked everyone for their well wishes and promised to show her living happily (with her husband).

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The actress had a small private wedding ceremony on March 16 inviting only family and close friends. Gong Hyun-joo (35) is reported to have married a non-celebrity who is one year her senior. The actress is well known for her debut drama in All In (2003) in addition to other works like  Wedding (2006), You Are My Destiny (2007-2008), Dummy Mom (2012), Hotel King (2014) and more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Lp8f6CC9s

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