Hello Baby

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Hello Baby
Genre Variety, Reality
Created by Oyumini Arsaka
Developed by KBS World
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 95 (as of June 4, 2013)
Production
Location(s) South Korea
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time approx. 50 minutes
Release
Original network KBS
Original release June 23, 2009 (2009-06-23) – June 4, 2013
Chronology
Related shows We Got Married
Family Outing

Hello Baby (Hangul헬로 베이비) is a South Korean reality show where celebrities experience parenthood by raising children ages 5 and under. The main purpose is to see whether or not the celebrities make "good" parents.

The show already has 7 seasons, and has featured the groups, Girls' Generation, SHINee, T-ara, Sistar, MBLAQ, B1A4 and Boyfriend. With the exception of Girls' Generation's season which ran for 22 episodes, the seasons that followed all have 12 episodes each. It airs every Tuesday on KBS Joy.[1]

Format[edit]

Each season, an idol group is given an infant or toddler to take care of, allowing them to experience parenthood to an extent.[2] In the first season, Girls' Generation became 'mothers' to a nine-month-old boy. This was also the case for the boy band, Shinee, in the second season, though the child is four years old. In the third season, the girl group T-ara had to take care of three toddlers.

The past three seasons, each group had to take care of the babies on their own, with some male celebrities acting as guest 'dads' in the first season. In the fourth season, Sistar became mothers to a baby boy, with Super Junior's Leeteuk as the father.

While all of the show's seasons have different concepts, they are still similar in ways such as the 'parents' being given missions and activities to do for the day with the children.

Seasons[edit]

Season 1: Girls' Generation's Hello Baby[edit]

Hello Baby's first season premiered on June 23, 2009. With 9 members, Girls' Generation became mothers to a nine-month old boy named Cho Kyungsan.[3] In the first episode, the members are given pointers about child care before they meet the baby. Each episode, guest fathers come on the show to help. At the end of the day, the dads pick 'best mom' who is given certain privileges and a 'worst mom' who is given some punishment, usually clean-up duties. They also occasionally play games and other activities. Girls' Generation's season was well-received, and its 5th episode ranked first among cable channels in its time slot.[4] The show won 'Best Picture for Variety' at the 4th Korean Cable TV Awards in 2009.[5] It ended with a total of 22 episodes on November 17, 2009.

Season 2: Shinee's Hello Baby[edit]

The second season started on January 19, 2010, and it features the boy band, SHINee, who have to take care of a 4-year-old toddler named Jung Yoo-geun. Like its previous season, the members have to deal with daily problems with having a child, such as preparing his meals, calming him down when he cries and doing other activities such as playing with him or teaching him new words. Because the members are not always with the child, they frequently sent him videos when they are away. In the final episode, Yoo-geun is given a time capsule by his 'fathers' which he would open when he turns 21.[6] The season ended on April 6, 2010, with 12 episodes and a special episode.[7][8]

Season 3: T-ara's Hello Baby[edit]

The third season, featuring girl group T-ara, started on November 16, 2010. For several months, the group act as mothers to three young brothers named Moon Mason, Moon Mavin and Moon Maden.[citation needed]

Season 4: Sistar and Leeteuk's Hello Baby[edit]

The fourth season started on September 2, 2011. It portrays the four Sistar members (Hyolyn, Bora, Soyou and Dasom) acting as mothers and Super Junior's Leeteuk as a father taking care of a baby named Kim Kyumin (Hangul: 김규민). The season finished broadcasting on November 18, 2011.

This season is similar to that of Leeteuk's Find Mom project. It shows the process of finding the favorite mom amongst the four Sistar members. Unlike the past seasons, it was the baby who was leading the shows, not the parents.[9]

Season 5: MBLAQ's Hello Baby[edit]

MBLAQ at the press conference for Hello Baby, on January 18, 2012

The fifth season stars boy band MBLAQ as fathers of three multi-cultural children: Dayoung (Vietnamese-Korean), Lauren (Korean-Canadian) and Leo (French-Korean).[10] The season began airing on January 19, 2012 and ended on April 5, 2012 with a total of 12 episodes. Like other seasons of Hello Baby, MBLAQ had to fulfill the task as parents to meet the needs of their kids.

Season 6: B1A4's Hello Baby[edit]

The sixth season features boy band B1A4 as fathers to a couple of countryside kids, Eunsol and Hyunwoo. The concept of this season is getting to know Seoul, since all the members of the band came from the countryside as well.[11]

This season not only follows the established format of the care and growth of the children, but also unveils the members' journey into Seoul, since none of the members are from Seoul, as well as the children, who are not from Seoul either.

Season 7: Boyfriend's Hello Baby[edit]

The seventh season, starring Boyfriend, started on January 4, 2013.[1] In this season, Boyfriend are fathers to two young toddlers.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ho, Stewart (3 January 2013). "Boyfriend's 'Hello Baby' Series to Premiere on January 4". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "MBLAQ Confirmed for "Hello, Baby" Season 5". Soompi. January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "[포토엔]소녀시대의 헬로베이비, 아기와 함께 비누방울 놀이". Newsen (in Korean). June 30, 2009. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "KBS JOY <소녀시대의 헬로 베이비>, 최고 시청률 기록". The Star (in Korean). July 23, 2009. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kim Jung-bae (March 3, 2010). "케이블TV 방송대상에 `슈퍼스타K'". Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "SHINee tears up on Hello Baby season finale". Allkpop. April 12, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "샤이니 육아리얼리티 '헬로베이비' 눈물 속 종영". Newsen (in Korean). April 5, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "'샤이니의 헬로베이비', 엉뚱발랄 촬영장 뒷이야기 공개". The Star (in Korean). April 12, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/08/sistar-super-juniors-leeteuk-cast-for-season-4-of-hello-baby
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (29 March 2012). "MBLAQ's G.O. Becomes a Chef for Hello Baby". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Kim, Erika (24 July 2012). "B1A4 Members Become Fathers for Hello Baby". Mnet News. CJ E&M. Retrieved 20 November 2012.