[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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOIRkbV9QjQ

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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[RECAP] ‘Running Man’ Members Need to Find Faker Hiding Among The Freshmen Ep 442

On this week’s 442 episode of SBS’s Running Man, everyone is suspicious of each other being the fake freshman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETtnAL9lqU8

This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man was similar to SBS’s X-Man (2003-2007) where everyone looked for the “spy” who is completing secret missions. In this case, the cast had to find the fake freshman, henceforth returnee, hiding among the incoming students (class of 2019). Members had to correctly vote who is the returning student at the end of each round to win and avoid punishment.

Cast consisted of all 8 regular members with guests Hong Jin Young, Han Da Gam and Keum Sae Rok.

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

First round: Play various ‘OT’ games

Highlights from the first round included how the cast played the orange game, orange fart game and the Kpop game.

Orange game: Every time the “orange” was passed along, the player had to act like the orange had gotten bigger.

Orange Fart game: Suggested by Hong Jin Young, the rules are similar to the 007 game where people next to the “farting” person needs to say “oh it smells.” Whoever laughs during the game loses.

Kpop game: Everyone had to sing a song that included a keyword.

Interestingly when it was Kim Jong Kook’s turn, no one knew which song he was singing. Turned out it was his own song from 2006. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvHT2GvyGRA

End of Round 1: Returnee failed to complete the secret mission. Everyone was told the hint about the identity of the returnee, “actions and words revealing (returnee’s) age were used a lot.”

Second round: Jokgu

Members were divided into teams to determine the lunch menu. 1st place was awarded pork belly bbq for lunch. 2nd place got ramen and 3rd place received only rice and seaweed.

The secret mission for the returnee was shared at the beginning of this round, to avoid winning first place.

End of Round 2: Returnee succeeded in completing the secret mission.

Third round: Couple hoodie game

Cast was told they have to avoid being a couple with suspected returnee. Couples competed to see the words on the back of their opponent that needs to be relayed to their blindfolded partner.

Hilarious scene was when Lee Kwang Soo and Yoo Jae Suk competed. It was commented to be giraffe vs. hopper, with a reference made to Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won’s drama scene in ‘Secret Garden’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztw9DdNYJRw

As usual when Kim Jong Kook played a round with Lee Kwang Soo, the lion beat the giraffe to no one’s surprise. Lee Kwang Soo was being dragged along by Kim Jong Kook so Yoo Jae Suk later called out Lee Kwang Soo’s word to end the poor giraffe’s misery.

End of Round 3: Returnee succeeded the secret mission of saying an old popular phrase.

Winner of this week’s episode

Returnee: The returning student among the incoming students was none other than… Haha!

Loser: 3 members excluding Haha had to get punished.

Kim Jong Kook’s triangle love line

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gNxgPD9N8g

Kim Jong Kook’s choice between Song Ji Hyo and Hong Jin Young was…..Song Ji Hyo! During the third round, Kim Jong Kook asked Song Ji Hyo to be a couple with him by saying “honey.” Hong Jin Young watched the two members become a couple while commenting “they look good together” possibly marking the end of Hong Jin Young’s love line with Kim Jong Kook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weToRL-eETo

Check out what happened in previous episodes: episode 439, episode 441

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[Teaser] How Will Kim Jong Kook’s Love Triangle End on Running Man this Sunday?

On March 10, an article revealed 3 photos from the upcoming Running Man episode hinting at Kim Jong Kook’s love triangle.

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A news article released a teaser for the upcoming Running Man episode with just 3 photos and the headlines: ‘Running Man‘s Kim Jong Kook, The End of His Love Triangle with Hong Jin Young & Song Ji Hyo‘. What do you think of this teaser? Will Kim Jong Kook finally choose between Hong Jin Young and Song Ji Hyo?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ETtnAL9lqU8

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Ailee, Kim Jong-Kook, Haha and More to Hold Concert in Virginia

A slew of K-pop singer including Ailee, Kim Jong-kook, and HaHa will descend on Virginia for a one-day concert.

Ailee, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Skull, Wheesung, and Huh Gak will take the stage at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax County, Virginia on April 6. The venue seats around 8,000 with seats ranging from $39 at the low end to $475 for VIP tickets. However, with the price, there are also several privileges.

If fans dish out for the almost $500 tickets, they will get CDs signed by the singers, T-shirts, glow-in-the-dark cheering sticks, singers’ postcards, and travel agencies’ discount coupons. Additionally, tickets can be bought offline at top travel agencies in Annandale and Centreville in Virginia and Ellicott City and top travel agencies in Maryland.

 

 

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[RECAP] Someone Challenges Kim Jong Kook on Ep 441 of ‘Running Man’

On this week’s 441 episode of SBS’s Running Man, someone directly challenged Kim Jong Kook!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix_JMCN5msw

This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man had the members in a frenzy to find the identity of “honeybee” who kept eliminating the members at every round. The first member eliminated from the start of the show was none other than Kim Jong Kook. The reason was for “bullying other members by intimidating and using your muscles.”

Cast consisted of all 8 regular members with some guests during one of the rounds. One of the guests was actress Lee Bo Young who appeared as a spontaneous guest during one of the segments.

Spoilers

The “honeybee” turned out to be…. more than 1 person! In the end, it was revealed to be the 3 maknaes- Lee Kwang Soo, Jeon So Min and Yang Se Chan. As all three members sought revenge against their older sister and brothers for giving them a hard time.

Potential suspects throughout this episode were Kim Jong Kook, Ji Suk Jin and Yoo Jae Suk. However, towards the end of the episode, members finally realized it was the youngest members based on clues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1bx74DAY8o

Winners: The maknaes won against the other members when Lee Kwang Soo survived until the very end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrHr3Qm-4G4

Losers: Members minus maknaes lost so the winners each chose a person to get the punishment. Coincidently, everyone chose the same member so Yoo Jae Suk had to get a spanking 3 times.

Check out the summary of episode 439: Mukbang race!

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“Honey~” Kim Jong-Kook Shocks Cast When Talking to Song Ji-Hyo

Singer Kim Jong-kook seems to have warmed up to his new loveline on SBS’ “Running Man.”

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Kim Jong-kook left the “Running Man” set in shambles, not due to his brute strength, but to a word he said while filming. On the most recent episode of the show, the producers sent the cast on various missions around Seoul to gather the most money by the episode’s end.

At one point in a betting house that the producers created, members Haha, Song Ji-hyo, Yang Se-chan, and Kim Jong-kook found themselves simultaneously working with and against each other to for more money. Taking on a challenge involving the pop-up pirate game, the lucky ace of the cast won on her first try leaving her with an excess of funds that she could give to the other members.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_3czFOlGcA

In an attempt to sway her decision, Kim approached Song and surprised everyone by calling her “honey.” Cast and crew alike broke down in laughter and shock at the singer’s unexpected comment. Even Haha, who has approached the new loveline between Kim and Song enthusiastically, couldn’t hide his surprise and embarrassment (and satisfaction).

 

 

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[Opinion] The Satisfying and Disquieting Use of Loveline Entertainment

A couple of weeks ago SBS’ long-running entertainment variety show “Running Man” officially introduced a new loveline — an on-screen romance — between two members. While entertaining, it is also disquieting to see people forced into a romantic construct that is not of their making.

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Lovelines, the real or faux on-screen romances on Korean entertainment programs, are exploited by both cast members and producers to jump-start interest, provide fan service, and to open a slew of possible entertaining moments notable enough to wind up in the news and trend on search engines.

This kind of entertainment goldmine is especially viable if the participants are attractive and eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. One network, in particular, has become proficient in honing in on popular would-be couples and banking in on the fan-led fantasies.

SBS is behind the massively popular “Monday Couple” of rapper Gary and actress Song Ji-hyo born during the first years of “Running Man” and later capitalized on the viable connection between Kim Jong-kook and singer Hong Jin-young on “My Little Old Boy.”

Just a few weeks ago, the network officiated the loveline between permanent cast members Song Ji-hyo and Kim Jong-kook (the same one on “My Little Old Boy”). In doing so the networks answered the prayers of a dedicated subgroup of the show’s fans who refer to the couple as “Spartace,” a combination of their “Running Man” nicknames “Sparta” and “Ace.”

Admittedly, the episode first episode where the cast, guests, and staff seemed conspired to play up every one of their interactions was very entertaining. More than the embarrassing reactions of the Song and Kim was the ingenuity of the cast in finding ways to tease the two — including an impromptu rendition of Kim’s song “One Man.”

The most recent episode of “Running Man,” the cast was divided into two groups where they had to find and eat a cheaper dish of food than the opposing team. While simple in concept, the dynamics of each team was unique enough that laughs came easily, especially from the team that had the show’s new loveline couple in a group with Haha and Yang Se-chan.

In fact, the episode was so entertaining I decided to watch it again. During the second watch through, the interactions and reactions of the members took on a new somewhat disquieting light.

As the cast members (especially Haha and Yang who deserve an award for their work) and crew continued to bank in on the loveline between Kim and Song, it became clear that while the two took the teasing in good humor that it also made them uncomfortable.

https://youtu.be/X8xz1or9D_I?t=152

With Kim and Song having been colleagues and friends for close to a decade, the loveline appears to have created a shift on the show that the two may not have been fully prepared for. This is unlike the loveline between Kim Jong-kook and Hong Jin-young on “My Little Old Boy” and occasionally on “Running Man” where the two are placed in clearly constructed situations and understanding their relationship dynamics when on set.

Whether they do have any romantic feelings for each other or are just friends, is it okay to profit from their discomfort that may have repercussions even when the cameras are off?

This issue is connected to the broader topic of fan-service. In fictional works, it is when non-plot affecting elements are added to please the audience. In K-pop, it is when celebrities engage in behavior that is not normal for them for their fans. This can include but is not limited to such acts of physical intimacy like holding hands, hugging, and cheek kissing.

While fans of shows and groups may enjoy and even find these kinds of interactions and lovelines exciting and satisfying, it can also lead to unforeseen consequences — especially if those involved don’t enjoy it themselves.

 

 

 

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Prepare for an Intense Kpop Battle in March with MCs Kim Jong Kook & Soyou

New Kpop battle with Kpop artists from various genres like ballad, rap, rock and more will be duking it out next month on TV.

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Kpop artists will be having an intense battle for 4 weeks to find their perfect duet partner starting March 5th! The show, In Sync, broadcasted by KBS will be led by Kim Jong Kook and former Sistar member MC Soyou as 9 contestants will duke it out with their musical talent, wit, charm etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uDGmSBFdPQ

Whose excited to see Kim Jong Kook as he helms a variety show?

Additionally, it turns out former Sistar member Soyou will not only be an MC for the show but also a contestant! For those who are familiar with Soyou, nearly ALL of her duet songs have been a hit. From “Some” to “Stupid in Love” to “I Still”, there is high anticipation for lots of competition for the right to become Soyou’s duet partner!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-FhDScM_2w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yuSAdmK_mo

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Mukbang Missions for ‘Running Man’ Members on Ep 439

This week’s episode of SBS’s Running Man that aired on February 17 was another mukbang tour for the cast members as they complete missions to avoid the punishment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrJb8s9Fu_0

For this week’s episode consisted of a mukbang race between Team Yoo (Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Jeon So Min, Lee Kwang Soo) and Team Kim (Kim Jong Kook, Song Ji Hyo, Haha, Yang Se Chan). As each team sets off to quickly eat a selected food item with a small budget at each round, there were missions to try to disqualify the other team by making the opponent’s bomb to explode. Spoilers ahead!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWoUImBU4UA

Main Highlights

Love Line: One of the highlights was the continuous shipping for Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook to hold hands keeping the “love line” active for the single members. Haha and Yang Se Chan did not forget to look for opportunities to cheer “Hold hands! Hold hands!”

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

Interestingly when one of the missions allowed to “use a friend chance”, Team Kim decided to visit trot fairy Hong Jin Young to complete a mission. Seeing the SBS’s Ugly Duckling shipped couple Kim Jong Kook & Hong Jin Young with the Running Man shipped couple Kim Jong Kook & Song Ji Hyo, Haha made a remark that it seemed like “a American soap opera” since the love rivals were best friends.

Traditional Korean Food: As each team successfully ate a specific menu item at each mission, it was interesting to notice most of the items were expensive traditional food that were rarely affordable within the budget. Especially watching Team Yoo suffer eating fermented skate was very funny given eating fermented skate is similar to eating a spoonful of wasabi with longer side affects. Another noteworthy food clip was the chungkookjang (fermented soy bean soup) segment where team members did absurd things to make everyone laugh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9miAvesm8c

Winners: The winning team was Team Yoo, who successfully made Team Kim’s bomb explode at the end of the episode resulting in the losing team get splashed with a ladle of cold water by the winning team.

Screen Time: There was undoubtedly a lot of screen time for Team Yoo, they were extremely funny during their missions and very creative trying to succeed at each mission.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4AKLfFRc38

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[OPINION] Hong Jin-Young Solo Concert & Kim Jong Kook

On January 12, Trot singer Hong Jin-Young held her first solo concert in Los Angeles, California. Highlights were Hong Sun Young’s surprise performance, wardrobe malfunction and other exciting segments.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BskZJV1hi9l/

Korea’s Trot fairy Hong Jin-Young, held her first solo concert in LA (technically Temecula which is 2 hours away) commemorating her 10th year since debuting in 2009.

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Hong Jin Young sang all of her hit songs starting with Love Battery to set the mood followed by all of her singles like Cheer Up, My Love, Thumb Up, Good Bye etc. The concert audience consisted of a wide range of age groups from children to the elderly fans. It was a boisterous environment with lots of excitement. The stadium had a seating capacity of 3260 seats, which was filled to the max. The light sticks from the audience was mesmerizingly beautiful once the ceiling lights dimmed.

Photo of 2nd floor audience:

photos of 2nd floor audience
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Permission to take photos and videos were granted!

Generally in regards to taking photos or videos during the concerts, it is not allowed. However in Hong Jin-Young’s case, the Trot fairy gave her explicit consent at the opening of the concert. Her method to convey her permission was witty, “When you all came in, did you see the sign about not taking photos or videos?” (Hearing this all the excited fans have drooped shoulders and are slowly putting away their phones.) She continues by saying, for me you can take as much photos and videos as you want. (People are in disbelief and shocked, myself included.) Hong Jin-Young says “In fact, I look better in videos, for some reason I don’t look so great in photos,” followed by “during the concert I will strike a pose and stay still, you can take photos then so the picture comes out nice.” As a result, I was able to take photos and videos to my heart’s content to share with everyone!

Highlights of the Concert

Hong Jin Young actively interacted with fans throughout the entire concert.

Hong Jin Young made sudden poses during her performance to give the audience a chance to take her picture. It was hilarious at times when the singer would be dancing then casually stay still for a few minutes at the left or right side of the stage to give fans a chance to capture a great photo. Her intent to interact with the crowd was so strong to the point her security detail probably exasperated at the artist’s determination.

Hong Jin Young visits 2nd floor audience:

Hong Jin Young shared her intention to walk to the audience to get a chance to greet them since only the fans sitting in the front can see her. The excitement from that announcement was really amazing. When the artist started walking out while singing a song, many fans blocked her path (security was busy keeping on eye on everything at this point) to take a selfie together or to shake her hand etc. Interesting point was these fans were of various ages ranging from 20s-70s. Grandfather figures were so excited seeing their favorite singer up close that they forgot about their wives and grandchildren seeing them turn into excited fan boys. One of the fun remarks about this from some people around me was “The ride back home will be full of fights for forgetting their social dignity.” Considering Korean social norms play a significant role in Korean-American society, it is understandable that for some it can seem socially embarrassing to see important figures changing into excited fan boys in front of their beloved singer.

It’s probably comparable to this scene from Descendants of the Sun when the officers in the army turn into ardent fan boys in front of Red Velvet in the drama.

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

Hong Jin Young had to make many attempts to reach the audience in the second floor due to many excited fans blocking her path at every point. By the time she finished her walk around the venue to return to the stage, Hong Jin Young found her shoe had fallen apart and needed to take a quick break to change them. She stated it was her first time seeing this happen although she has performed on the stage so many times, commenting on how memorable it is for her.

Hong Jin Young’s shoe fell apart:

Hong Sun-Young

During the segment where Hong Jin-Young reads all the post-its prepared in advance by fans, the most remarkable one was asking about her sister.  As a result, Hong Jin Young called out her sister Hong Sun Young to the stage and the two performed a song together followed by Hong Sun Young’s solo performance. To be able to hear Hong Sun Young’s amazing vocals in person, it really reminded me of BMK in terms of her voice and singing style.

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Hong Sun Young was shy and taken aback by the enthusiasm from the audience whenever everyone chanted “encore” at the end of her songs. Unfortunately the cheers were even louder for Hong Sun Young than for artist Hong Jin Young, which were remarked by the singer.

Hong Sun Young performance snippets:

Since 2018 there have been lots of speculation and interest in whether Trot singer Hong Jin-Young and former-idol Kim Jong-Kook are (or will be) dating.

Both Hong Jin-Young and Kim Jong-Kook have expressed their chemistry with each other on screen. Many fans who have watched the variety shows when they appeared together have been wishing for the two people to really date. The crucial variety show that broadcasted their chemistry was seen on SBS’s Running Man where Kim Jong-Kook has been a cast member since 2010 with Hong Jin-Young appearing as a featured member various times. Additionally, SBS’s Ugly Ducking where Hong Jin-Young and Kim Jong-Kook are both cast members since 2018 is also memorable. Much of the public have been very supportive of these two to become a couple in real life, including myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt96L7zeK8c

I don’t think I really understood how much love and support Hong Jin-Young and Kim Jong-Kook had been receiving as an on screen item until now. It has already been established on screen to consider them to be a potential couple with the ambiguous atmosphere and hyping from the MCs. Both have been flirty on screen in various shows with the editing  building it up. This was confirmed when a compilation of those flirty scenes were played at Hong Jin-Young’s solo concert in Los Angeles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU9unDY7i3s

Towards the end of the concert, Hong Jin Young started singing any song the audience requested. Lo and behold, Kim Jong Kook’s song was requested with many people shouting for Kim Jong Kook’s One Man. The cheers when Hong Jin Young sang Kim Jong Kook’s songs one after other were the loudest cheers during this segment. People were cheering for them to date, shouting they look great together etc.

Kim Jong Kook covers:

Someone yells “Kim Jong Kook” snippet:

Freebies like light sticks were given to cheer for Hong Jin Young.

Due to many local and corporate sponsors for the concert, there were some free stuff available for the audience before the concert like light sticks, health magazines, vitamin samples and coupons being handed out with some giveaways of skin care, electronics, gift certificates, health supplements and even a grand prize of one round trip to Korea from Korean Air.

Overall everyone had a wonderful time.

Hong Jin Young’s concert was not catered to one specific age group, but for all ages. Whole families from young to old had a great time listening to Korean Trot, ballads and great song covers from Hong Jin Young. Hong Jin Young was very proactive in interacting with the audience, not the mention the unexpected appearance of Hong Sun Young, which made an unforgettable experience.

Personally, I enjoyed the concert very much and glad for the spontaneous decision to go. If it wasn’t for my friend’s acquaintance being unable to go hours before the concert, my friend and I wouldn’t have had the chance to see and hear Hong Jin Young in person. There may be many memorable parts to the concert but what I shared are what was most memorable for me. Looking back to the concert a week later, I hope there are more chances to hear Hong Sun Young perform whether with her own debut as a singer or participating in her sister’s songs. She sounded awesome and would be perfect for Kdrama OSTs.

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