|Voices of||Sunny (episodes 1–31)|
Goo Ha-ra (episodes 31–58)
|Opening theme||Ready, Get Set, Go! by Peppertones|
Rockstar by Hannah Montana
|Ending theme||All About You by McFly|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||104|
|Executive producer(s)||Kim Ho-sang|
|Production location(s)||Yuchi-ri, Nam-Myeon, Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, South Korea (Season 1)|
Daebu Island, Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea (Season 2)
|Camera setup||Multi-camera setup|
|Running time||60-70 minutes|
|Original network||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||480i (NTSC) (Season 1)|
1080i (HDTV) (Season 2)
|Original release||October 23, 2009– November 17, 2012|
Invincible Youth (Hangul: 청춘불패; Hanja: 靑春不敗; RR: Cheongchun bulpae) is a South Korean variety show which aired its first season on KBS2 from October 23, 2009 to December 24, 2010. Season 1 featured seven girls (collectively known as G7) from K-pop idol groups wherein they experience how it is to live and survive in the Korean rural outdoors. It started its second season on November 12, 2011 featuring eight girls.
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The first season of the show involved Korean entertainers meeting weekly to work and learn about farming in a Yuchi-ri village in Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon Province in South Korea. This involved both agricultural work, interacting with members of an aging rural community, and competing in challenges involving agrarian or domestic tasks. As the show's popularity grew, the cast and crew began work to make their filming location a sustainable site for agritourism, enter produce in food competition, and promote environmentally conscious farming. Some of the products were sold within the local community, to the general public, or distributed as gifts.
On Friday, May 14, 2010, the PD of the show Kim Ho-sang announced that Sunny, Yuri, and Hyuna would be leaving the show due to scheduling conflicts with their respective groups' overseas promotions. Their replacements were decided through private auditions with members of other K-pop girl groups.
On May 30, it was confirmed that After School's Jooyeon, f(x)’s Victoria and Kim Sori will become the three new members of G7 on Invincible Youth. Kim Jong-min (of Koyote) also became a semi-permanent member for a month under the moniker of being a "Variety show mentor" for the new members.
On the August 27th episode, it was announced that Kim Tae-woo will be taking a temporary leave of absence due to a surgery he is to receive for his throat. He vowed to come back to the show as soon as he makes a full recovery. Starting episode 44, Song Eun-i filled in as a semi-permanent MC in Kim Tae-woo's absence. On December 8, 2010, it was revealed that Invincible Youth finished recording their finale episode. They had filmed for over one year, since October 2009.
In an interview with Star News on December 10, production director (PD) Kim Sang-ho said, "We're not discontinuing the show because of low viewer ratings. There has been a lot of conflicting schedules due to girl groups like KARA expanding their activities overseas. It was difficult to take out some of the fixed members, so we decided to end season one for now. There’s a lot of trust being placed on the worth of the Invincible Youth brand. After discussions with other producers, everyone agreed to end season one and go ahead with season two next year."
Season 1 Slogan: 청춘은 지지 않는다~ 청춘~ 불패 (Youth Don't Lose! Invincible Youth!)
|1||None||The members are woken up and driven to Idol Village. The members gather in their new home where they meet each other and establish rules for their village. The members put on a performance for the rest of the village before being assigned various farming tasks. Narsha & Hyomin are assigned to pick beans, Sunny & Sunhwa are assigned to clean a hen house, and Yuri, Hyuna & Hara are assigned to build a latrine. After completing their tasks, the members gather in their home and make phone calls to their family members.|
|2||None||The members compete in a talent contest to determine which members will be completing which tasks. Narsha & Hyuna are assigned to collect Ginko nuts, Yuri is assigned to pick peppers, and Sunny, Hara, Sunhwa & Hyomin are assigned to build a hen house and a fence. The members come together at their home to eat dinner and to make phone calls to their families.|
|3||None||The members continuing making phone calls from the last episode and then go to sleep. Sunhwa, Narsha, Hyomin & Yuri are assigned with apple picking and Hara, Hyuna & Sunny are assigned with fixing their fence, burying kimchi pots and getting food for the G7 supper.|
|4||None||The members present the items they will be bartering with to get food at the market. The members are tasked with selling apples at the market to see who the most popular member is. The members then gather at their home to eat dinner.|
|5||None||The episode starts with Yuri leading the other members in a yoga session. The members then participate in a legging splitting contest to see who can stretch out the farthest. The members make kimchi with the women of the village and then deliver kimchi to the elders of the village. The members then gather at their home to talk about their experiences visiting other parts of the village.|
|6||Minho (SHINee)||The members visit Road Lee to help him pick fermented beans. Minho picks his ideal girl from G7 and helps the members with the fermented beans. Sunny, Hara & Minho pick mudfish to make soup for the group's dinner. Hara, Hyomin & Sunny babysit an infant and help the child fall asleep.|
|7||None||The members receive a calf for their village and learn how to take care of it. Narsha, Sunhwa & Yuri deliver a television to an elder who Narsha had previously befriended. Sunny, Hyomin & Hara are assigned to build a stable for the calf and Narsha, Sunhwa & Yuri are assigned to plant garlic. The members compete in a quiz. to determine who owns the calf which Sunny wins. The members then visit various homes in the village to help students complete their homework.|
|8||None||Yuri completes her second yoga class. The members receive their first hen and guide it into the new hen house. Yuri, Hyuna, Sunhwa & Narsha are assigned with making tofu and Sunny, Hyomin & Hara are assigned to make steamed buns. The members gather in their home to eat the steamed buns and to play a game to assign members to make bean sprouts.|
G8 members included Girls' Generation's Sunny and Hyoyeon, Amber (f(x)), Suzy (miss A), Bora (Sistar), Yewon (Jewelry), Ko Woo-ri (Rainbow), Jiyoung (Kara). Lee Soo-geun, Ji Hyun-woo and Boom served as MC's. Sunny is the only returning member from Season 1, although Hyoyeon, Jiyoung and Bora were guests during the previous season.
Prior to the airing of the April 7th episode, multiple news reports were released confirming that cast members Lee Soo-geun, Ji Hyun-woo, Amber and Woori will be leaving the show. Season 1 cast member Kim Shin-young returned as an MC starting from the April 14th episode.
It was then later revealed that Sunny would also be leaving the show. As she was the only member from season 1, they agreed that she would stay on with season 2 until the program became somewhat stable. She left the show after the July 7th episode. Comedian Lee Young-ja was cast afterwards, starting with the July 21st episode.
Invincible Youth 2 stopped airing in mid-November due to scheduling conflicts with the cast members as well as low ratings. The final episode was filmed November 7 and aired on November 17th.
Season 2 Slogan: 청춘이여 영원하라! 청춘~ 불패 (Youth is Forever! Invincible Youth!)
Invincible Youth members
|Nam Hee-suk (남희석)||23 October 2009 – 12 December 2009||Nam MC
|Left for personal reasons|
|Noh Joo-hyun (노주현)||23 October 2009 – 24 December 2010||Village Chief
|Kim Tae-woo (김태우)||23 October 2009 – 24 December 2010||Bear Tae-woo
Immature Fool Of Yuchiri
|Went on temporary leave after episode 44 in order to undergo throat surgery|
|Kim Shin-young (김신영)||23 October 2009 – 24 December 2010||Pig (Don) Chef
Korea's Famous Comedian
|Song Eun-i (송은이)||10 September 2010 – 24 December 2010||Song Senior||Temporary replacement for Kim Tae-woo|
|Narsha (나르샤/박효진)||23 October 2009 – 24 December 2010||Adult-Dol
|Brown Eyed Girls|
|Hyomin (효민/박선영)||23 October 2009 – 24 December 2010||Folding Screen
CEO (Completely Edited Out)
|Sunhwa (한선화)||23 October 2009 – 24 December 2010||White Paper
Wet Feet Girl
|Hara (구하라)||23 October 2009 – 24 December 2010||Haragoo
|Sunny (써니/이순규)||23 October 2009 – 11 June 2010||Soonkyu
|Yuri (권유리)||23 October 2009 – 11 June 2010||Class-President Yul
Yoochi-ri Village's Daughter in Law
|Hyuna (김현아)||23 October 2009 – 11 June 2010||Maknae
Jing Jing (Whiny) Hyuna
|Kim Sori (김소리)||18 June 2010 – 24 December 2010||Vein Sori,
|Victoria (빅토리아/송치엔/宋茜)||18 June 2010 – 24 December 2010||Wu Lin Girl
|Jooyeon (이주연)||18 June 2010 – 24 December 2010||Clumsy Jooyeon
Dead Weight (Jim) Jooyeon
|Boom (붐)||12 November 2011 – 17 November 2012||Min-ho
Gotta Get That
|Ji Hyun-woo (지현우)||12 November 2011 – 7 April 2012||Hyung-tae|
|Lee Soo-geun (이수근)||12 November 2011 – 7 April 2012||Uncle Soo-geun
Lee Soo-geun 2NE1
|Kim Shin-young (김신영)||14 April 2012 – 17 November 2012||44 Shin-young|
|Lee Young-ja (이영자)||21 July 2012 – 17 November 2012||Mom (Eomma)|
|Hyoyeon (김효연)||12 November 2011 – 17 November 2012||Hyoding (Kid Hyoyeon)
|Yewon (김예원)||12 November 2011 – 17 November 2012||Laminate
Fish Market Aunty
|Bora (윤보라)||12 November 2011 – 17 November 2012||Bosain Bolt
|Jiyoung (강지영)||12 November 2011 – 17 November 2012||Jigoo
|Suzy (배수지)||12 November 2011 – 17 November 2012||Nation's First Love
King Feet 285mm from Gwangju
|Ko Woo-ri (고우리)||12 November 2011 – 7 April 2012||Granny||Rainbow|
|Amber (엠버/유일운/劉逸雲)||12 November 2011 – 7 April 2012||Eunyoung
The Rising Star in Farming
|Sunny (써니/이순규)||12 November 2011 – 7 July 2012||Soonkyu
List of special guests
|Episode Number||Airdate||Guest stars||Notes|
|Episode 6||November 29, 2009||Minho (SHINee)|
|Episode 10||December 25, 2009||Go Se-won
Son Hoyoung (g.o.d)
Im Seulong (2AM)
|Episode 18||February 19, 2010||Heechul (Super Junior)
Nicole Jung (Kara)
Hyoyeon (Girls' Generation)
|Episode 19||February 26, 2010||Roh Yoo-min
Shindong (Super Junior)
|Replaced Kim Tae-woo who held a concert in the United States|
|Episode 20||March 5, 2010||Lee Kye-in||Episode also featured the cast from the documentary Old Partner|
|Episode 22||March 19, 2010||Sooyoung (Girls' Generation)||Replaced Yuri who could not participate due the swine influenza|
|Episode 23||March 26, 2010||Sooyoung (Girls' Generation)
|Episode 24||April 9, 2010||Koo Jun-yup|
|Episode 26||April 30, 2010||Ham Eunjung (T-ara)
Kim Jong-min (Koyote)
|Ham Eunjung replaced Hara who did not appear due to Kara's sponsorship promotions in Thailand|
|Episode 27||May 7, 2010||Lee Joon (MBLAQ)
|Episode 29||May 21, 2010||Cast Gag Concert||Referred to as "Gag 7" in reference to "G7"|
|Episode 30||May 28, 2010||Cast Gag Concert||Referred to as "Gag 7" in reference to "G7"|
|Episode 36||July 9, 2010||Secret
Shin Ji (Koyote)
|Surprise guests for G7's Special Army Concert|
|Episode 37||July 16, 2010||Sunny||Special invitation for G7's trip to Japan|
|Episode 38||July 23, 2010||Sunny||Special invitation for G7's trip to Japan|
|Episode 39||July 30, 2010||Jung Myung-hoon
|Episode 40||August 6, 2010||MBLAQ|
|Episode 41||August 13, 2010||MBLAQ
Lee Seok-hoon (SG Wannabe)
|Summer Vacation Special|
|Episode 42||August 20, 2010||Yuri||Special invitation for G7's Farm Products Exhibition|
|Episode 43||August 27, 2010||2PM
Lizzy (After School)
JeA (Brown Eyed Girls)
|Replacing Hara and Victoria who were absent due to their respective group's promotions in Japan|
|Episode 44||September 10, 2010||Karam (The Boss)
|Episode 48||October 8, 2010||Park Gwang-hyun|
|Episode 51||October 29, 2010||Sunny
|1 Year Anniversary Special, Part 1|
|Episode 52||November 5, 2010||Luna, Sulli, Krystal (f(x))
Song Jieun (Secret)
Kang Jiyoung (Kara)
|1 Year Anniversary Special, Part 2|
|Episode 53||October 8, 2010||Bora (Sistar)|
|Episode 54||November 26, 2010||Bora (Sistar)||Replacing Hara and Narsha who were absent due to their respective group's promotions in Japan|
|Episode 55||December 3, 2010||Taemin (SHINee)||Replacing Victoria|
|Episode 58 (Finale)||December 24, 2010||Kim Tae-woo||Surprise Appearance|
|Episode Number||Airdate||Guest stars||Notes|
|Episode 9||January 15, 2012||Im Ha-ryong|
|Episode 12||February 25, 2012||Song Dae-kwan
|Missing Sunny and Hyoyeon due to Girls' Generation's promotions in America|
|Episode 17||March 31, 2012||2AM|
|Episode 19||April 14, 2012||Choi Hong-man||Kim Shin-young debut and missing Jiyoung but appear later in the show|
|Episode 20||April 20, 2012||Shinhwa|||
|Episode 21||April 27, 2012||Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jung-shin (CNBLUE)||Missing Jiyoung|
|Episode 22||May 5, 2012||Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jung-shin (CNBLUE)
Taeyeon (Girls' Generation)
Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls)
|Replacing Bora and Suzy|
|Episode 23||May 12, 2012||Gong Hyung-jin||Missing Jiyoung but appear later in the show|
|Episode 24||May 19, 2012||Sung Min (Super Junior)|
|Episode 25||May 26, 2012||Park Sang-myun
Hyuna, Sohyun (4minute)
|Episode 26||June 2, 2012||Andy (Shinhwa)
|Missing Sunny, Hyoyeon, Bora, Jiyoung|
|Episode 27||June 9, 2012||Joo Sang-wook
|Missing Sunny and Hyoyeon but they appear later in the show|
|Episode 28||June 16, 2012||Jo Min-ki
|Episode 29||June 23, 2012||Kang Dong-ho
Goo Ha-ra (Kara)
|Replacing Bora who did not appear due to Sistar's music video shooting in Hawaii (Hara), Dano Special|
|Episode 30||June 30, 2012||Baek Ji-young|
|Episode 31||July 7, 2012||Jo Kwon (2AM)
Lee Joon (MBLAQ)
Hwang Kwanghee (ZE:A)
|Episode 33||July 28, 2012||Wooyoung (2PM)|
|Episode 37||September 1, 2012||B2ST||Initially missing Hyoyeon but she appears later in the show|
|Episode 38||September 8, 2012||Chung Hoon
(2012 South Korea Judo Olympic Team)
|Episode 44||November 3, 2012||Taru Salminen
(Global Talk Show)
Season 1: During Season 1, a short clip of "I Can Do Better" by Avril Lavigne is played at the start of each episode. "Rockstar" by Miley Cyrus was used as an opening theme for a number of early episodes. A medley of songs by the American rock group Journey performed by the cast of the American television show Glee was used to open several of the final episodes. The ending theme of every episode is a track titled "All About You" by an English pop rock group named Mcfly.
Season 2: During Season 2 the ending theme for episode 1 through to episode 7 is "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. In subsequent episodes, the ending theme is "I Will" by The Beatles. After the cast change, it has since been replaced with promotions for PVs.
Notes and references
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- "Yahoo". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2014-01-20. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- KBS World TV (3 May 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.1 : First Day at the Idol Village~!" – via YouTube.
- KBS World TV (7 May 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.2 : Pepper harvest, building a fence & chicken coop" – via YouTube.
- KBS World TV (13 May 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.3 : Harvest Winter Apple, Call Members' Grandparents" – via YouTube.
- KBS World TV (21 May 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.4 : G7 on Farmer's Market Day!" – via YouTube.
- KBS World TV (27 May 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.5 : Let's Make Kimchi with G7 / Yoga Class with Yuri" – via YouTube.
- KBS World TV (2 June 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.6 with SHINee Minho : Make fermented soybeans & Catch mudfish!" – via YouTube.
- KBS World TV (11 June 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.7: New Calf to Raise, Calf Ownership Quiz, Plant Garlic" – via YouTube.
- KBS World TV (18 June 2013). "Invincible Youth (청춘불패) - Ep.8: Yuri's Yoga Class, Making Tofu & Steamed Corn Bun" – via YouTube.
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