Star Golden Bell
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|Star Golden Bell
|Genre||Reality television, quiz|
|Written by||Ji Hyun Sook
Kim Sae Hwa
Jung Yoon Hee
Lee Ji Hyun
Yang Hye In
Choi Jung Hwan
|Directed by||Han Kyung Chul
Lee Kyung Yoon
Jung Mi Young
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||311|
|Camera setup||Multicamera setup|
|Running time||Approximately 80 minutes|
|Original release||November 7, 2004– November 20, 2010|
|Related shows||Golden Bell|
Star Golden Bell (Hangul: 스타골든벨) is a South Korean variety show broadcast on KBS. A popular show, it has occasionally entered the Korean top 20 chart. The show consisted of mini-games, which have certain prize amounts. The winning celebrity is given the opportunity to ring the bell by correctly answering a riddle. If he or she is correct, the money is donated in the winner's name. All "winnings" go to a charity of KBS's choice; the last donation, in the amount of $110,000, was made on July 1, 2008. In addition to the main MC, Jun Hyun-moo (전현무), there were two additional hosts, Kim Je-dong (김제동) and Lee Chae-young (이채영), who were either in charge of administering games or were challengers competing against the celebrity contestants. Star featured 5 lines of 4 people each (the lines named after each Korean character) which had various celebrities from music, film, television, and musicals. The last line ("Bell") contains regularly appearing celebrities.
In April 2009, it was announced that the show would be undergoing a spring overhaul, with main host Ji Suk-jin (지석진) and MC Oh Jeong-yeon leaving the show. Their replacements are host Jun Hyun-moo and actress Lee Chae-young.
Since the beginning of the show, Star Golden Bell has evolved from single line challenges (games involving one team at a time) to group line challenges (games involving the lines going against each other), although it has since moved to a mixture of game types. Star Golden Bell has four "stages" of gameplay in which celebrities can win money to donate. At the end of the first three stages, three contestants were picked to play the fourth stage in order to win the pot.
As of April 2009, the show features four main stages after a lengthy introduction of the various guests; each stage win adds money to a pot that can be "won" at the end of the game. The first features Nicole from Kara playing a version of a word guessing game with each line; due to her relative inexperience with the Korean language, the segment has become popular among viewers.
The second segment was a fill-in-the-blank guessing game, in which the lines compete against each other to find missing characters in a set of four words, which reveal a new word or term. Each win results in guests winning food prizes. The next segment determines the potential "Golden Bell" ringer in the form of a matching game, in which the guests have to match various objects to each other, an example being singers with their hit singles. Unlike its initial version, the game is open to any guest. Currently, the second segment consists of a dictionary game, in which MC Hyeon Mu and MC Chaeyeon give hints to each line in order for them to guess the word. In the first hint, the two MC's act out a scenario, many of which have Hyeon Mu wearing ridiculous wigs and various other outfits. If the line does not guess the correct word, they move onto a second hit, for a smaller dollar amount. This time, a dictionary definition is read. Previously, the positions of the first and second hints were switched. If the word still has not been guessed, a third, less-valuable hint is given, in which the consonants of the word are shown.
The final segment, which has remained unchanged, has the winner of the third segment answering a difficult riddle or trivia question. If the question is answered correctly, the amount in the pot is deposited into the donation pot. If the question is answered incorrectly, the day's amount is lost.
Since its debut, the show has undergone many cast changes, as Lee Hyuk-jae, former anchorwoman Noh Hyun-jung (who married in mid-2006 and moved to the United States), newscaster Park Ji-yoon, Yoon Soo-yeong, Oh Jeong-yeon, and Ji Seok-jin have all left the show as of April 2009. However, Ji Seok-jin made a comeback to the show to replace Kim Je-dong, who left the show after 4 years as MC of the program.
After a long journey, the show officially aome to end on its 311th episode because of the low rating. The show was replaced with another program with a similar concept, 100 Out of 100 (백점 만점), also known as Oh My School!.
- 'Star Golden Bell Challenge' Gives 110,000 dollars to Community Chest. KBS. July 7, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008.
- Yang, Seung-joon. 전현무·이채영, '스타골든벨' 지석진·오정연 후임 MC 발탁 (Jeon Hyeon-moo, Lee Chae-yeong Chosen as Successors of Ji Seok-jin and Oh Jeong-yeon for Star Golden Bell). EDaily. April 16, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
- '눈높이를 맞춰요'에 눈을 맞추는 이유 (Match My Eye-Level Segment's Reasons for Meeting Eye-Level). OhMyNews. April 2, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
- (Korean) Star Golden Bell Official Site