Cheer Up! (TV series)

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Cheer Up!
Sassy, Go Go (Cheer Up!) Promotional poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as Sassy, Go Go
Genre Teen
Romance
Drama
Written by Yoon Soo-jung
Directed by Lee Eun-jin
Starring Jung Eun-ji
Lee Won-keun
Cha Hak-yeon
Ji Soo
Chae Soo-bin
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production company(s) Cheer Up SPC
Content K
Release
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release October 5 (2015-10-05) – November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10)
External links
Website

Cheer Up! (Hangul발칙하게 고고; RRBalchikhage Gogo; lit. Sassy, Go Go) is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Jung Eun-ji, Lee Won-keun, Cha Hak-yeon, Ji Soo and Chae Soo-bin. It aired from October 5, 2015 until November 10, 2015 on KBS2 every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 KST for 12 episodes.[1][2][3][4]

Synopsis[edit]

Set at the elite Sevit High School in Seoul, the drama follows the lives of five students as they attempt to survive in a vicious environment where academic elitism takes place. Kang Yeon-doo (Jung Eun-ji) is the leader of outcast street dance club "Real King", a group of students who band together because of their poor academic performance, whereas Kim Yeol (Lee Won-keun) is the President of "Baek Ho", an elite club composed of students from the top 5 percent. When the two clubs are forcibly merged to create a cheerleading squad, the two put their differences aside for the benefit of their clubs. As they go on with their misadventures, many things happen that result in a strong and unbreakable bond. Cheer Up! is a story that aims at ordinary high school students' misadventures including love, heartbreak, pain and friendship.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Having positioned 196th out of the 200 students at her school, Yeon-doo is at the bottom of the food chain at her high school and her only friends are her childhood friend Dong-jae and the members of her street dance club "Real King." She dislikes the arrogant and self-centered students at the top percentiles of the school, namely the members of "Baek Ho," but she becomes friends with them after joining the Cheerleading Club and went through things with them. She is loyal, sassy, strong-willed, brave and is willing to put herself at risk to fight against the corruption present in her school.
The President of the "Baek Ho" club and the highest ranking student at Sevit, Yeol is the son of a wealthy father from whom he is estranged. His intelligence also makes him cynical and arrogant. His wit and cleverness allows him to see through the tactics of the scheming adults around him as he exposes them. He begins to like Kang Yeon-doo since she is the person who makes him believe in other people again.
Ranked second place in school and a member of the "Baek Ho" club, her mother pressures her to become first place in her school and get into an Ivy League university. She is focused solely on succeeding in her academia (this is shown when she joins a cheerleading club as an add-on to her academic profile), but fails to realize the importance of friendship and personal bonds between people. This causes her to become lonely, depressed and isolated and it eventually leads her to resort to manipulating the people around her in order to live up to her mother's unreachable expectations. She was good friends with Yeon-doo but after her mother kept pressuring her to be first ranked she went against Yeon-doo multiple times. In the end, she realises her mistake and becomes friends with her again.
Yeon-doo's childhood friend and one of her best friends at Sevit High, Dong-jae is a talented basketball player. Due to a traumatic childhood experience (which involves in hurting Yeon-doo), he developed a physical contact phobia. However, after getting kicked out of the basketball team, he joined the cheerleading club as well to accompany Yeon-doo. Albeit having a child-like mentality, Dong-jae becomes the first person who truly understands Soo-ah's emotional pain.
Although he is in the top 5 percent at his school, Ha-joon has an abusive father who constantly puts pressure on him to do well and resorts to violence when his son is unable to meet his expectations. As a result, he has attempted suicide on more than one occasion. Ha-joon also has anger management issues and considers Kim Yeol his only true friend. He soon considers Yeon-doo as a close friend after she helped him. He later develops feelings for her but at the end they stay good friends.

Supporting[edit]

Students[edit]

  • Kim Min-ho as Min Hyo-sik
A member of "Real King" dance club.
A member of "Baek Ho" cheerleading club.
A member of "Real King" dance club.
  • Park Yoo-na as Kim Kyung-eun
A member of "Real King" dance club.
  • Ooon as Joon-soo
A member of "Real King" dance club.
  • Jung Hae-na as Han Jae-young
A member of "Baek Ho" cheerleading club.
  • Kang Gu-reum as Kim Na-yeon
A member of "Baek Ho" cheerleading club.
  • Son Beom-jun as Cha Seung-woo
A member of "Real King" dance club.

Faculty[edit]

Others[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Cheer Up! OST
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released November 16, 2015 (2015-11-16)
Genre Pop, K-pop, soundtrack
Label The Groove Entertainment, Bridge Music, Sony Music Korea
No.TitleArtistLength
1."거북이 날다" ("Turtles Fly")Jadu3:57
2."Shooting Star"HanByul3:44
3."플라플라" ("Flower")Lizzy (Feat. Kanto)3:19
4."반칙이야 너" ("Lovely Girl")Shin Min-chul (2max)2:59
5."Cheer Up"Oh Hye Ju2:18
6."The Sassy Girlz"Choi Chul Ho2:23
7."Hold On There"Choi Chul Ho3:01
8."Sentimental Trumpet"Choi Chul Ho3:26
9."발칙하게 고고" ("Sassy, Go Go")Choi Chul Ho2:28
10."The Operation"Choi Chul Ho2:01
11."Golden Hope"Choi Chul Ho4:51
12."Less Than Nothing"Oh Hye Ju2:39
13."Happy School Days"Choi Chul Ho2:00
14."Real King"Choi Chul Ho1:35

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[5] AGB Nielsen[6]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 October 5, 2015 3.1% 3.6% 2.2% 2.4%
2 October 6, 2015 4.1% 4.7% 3.2% 3.4%
3 October 12, 2015 3.5% 3.8% 3.3% 3.6%
4 October 13, 2015 4.0% 4.4% 3.8% 3.9%
5 October 19, 2015 4.0% 4.2% 2.9% 2.7%
6 October 20, 2015 4.2% 4.2% 3.5% 3.8%
7 October 26, 2015 4.3% 4.4% 4.3% 4.6%
8 October 27, 2015 4.4% 4.8% 3.6% 3.9%
9 November 2, 2015 4.1% % 3.0% 3.4%
10 November 3, 2015 4.5% 4.1% 3.5% 3.8%
11 November 9, 2015 3.8% 4.4% 3.4% 3.7%
12 November 10, 2015 4.1% % 4.2% 4.5%
Average 4.0% % 3.4% 3.6%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015
4th APAN Star Awards
Best New Actress Chae Soo-bin Won
KBS Drama Awards
Best Supporting Actor Kim Ji-seok Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lee Mi-do Nominated
Best New Actor Lee Won-keun Nominated
Best New Actress Chae Soo-bin Won
Popularity Award, Actor Lee Won-keun Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Jung Eun-ji Nominated
Chae Soo-bin Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Won-keun and Jung Eun-ji Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Julie (September 2, 2015). "A Pink's Jung Eun Ji Returns To The Small Screen In Cheerleading Drama". KDramaStars. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jung Eunji, Lee Won Geun, VIXX's N, Ji Soo, and More Confirmed for KBS Cheerleader Drama". Soompi. September 8, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Jones, Julie (September 10, 2015). "Cheeky A Go Go Confirms Its Cast". KDramaStars. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Son, Ye-ji (September 11, 2015). "'발칙하게 고고' 시작부터 제대로 발칙한 대본 리딩 현장 공개!". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013.

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