Star King (TV series)

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Star King
Also known asAmazing Contest Star King
GenreReality television / Comedy
Presented byKang Ho-dong (2007 - 2011 / 2012 - 2016)
Boom (2011 - 2013)
Leeteuk (2011 - 2012 / 2015 - 2016)
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
Producer(s)Bae Sung Woo
Kim Jin Ho
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time75-80 minutes per episode
Original networkSBS
Original releaseJanuary 13, 2007 (2007-01-13) –
August 9, 2016 (2016-08-09)
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Star King (Korean놀라운 대회 스타킹; Hanja大會 스타킹) is a South Korean television show which first aired on January 13, 2007 on the SBS network. Star King was the first TV show in Korea to run both online and on television simultaneously. The last episode of “Star King” aired on August 9, 2016.


The show is composed of four segments:

  • Only This (딸랑 이거): featuring people with a humorous or unusual skill.
  • Train Me! (키워주세요): for contestants seeking to be famous.
  • Diet King (다이어트 킹): focusing on people attempting to lose weight. Shawn Lee, a previous winner, lost approximately 40 kg in 60 days.[1]

Viewers upload videos of unusual events and stories to the official website. People and animals with unusual talents are then invited onto the program after being selected from these videos. The audience votes for their favorite person, video or story, and prize money is awarded to the contestant who receives the most votes.[1]

Episodes typically feature people from a variety of countries, including Brazil, Mongolia and Kenya. Participants are of all ages.

Critical reception[edit]

At one point,[when?] Star King held the top spot in audience ratings of any prime time TV show on Saturday. It suffered a drop in ratings after a "fabrication"[further explanation needed][2] scandal.

Star King was originally hosted by Kang Ho Dong, a well-known MC, who left the show among the scanty tax payment controversy.

Episode Listing[edit]

Winners and Guests[edit]

  • Season 1: Grandpa Rain
  • Season 2: 11-year-old BoA (now Seunghee of Oh My Girl)
  • Seasons 3 and 4: 40-year-old Dong Bang Shin Ki
  • Season 6: 10-year-old Ballad Genius Baek Ye-rin (now a member of 15&)[3]
  • Seasons 8 and 9: 5-year-old Mozart
  • Season 16: Magic Rainbow dance
  • Season 18 and 19: Dangerous boy
  • Season 21, 22, and 23: Gugak boy
  • Season 24 and 25: Spider man
  • Season 26: Fire breathing human
  • Season 33: One legged B-boy
  • Season 34: Treasure of Mongo
  • Season 38: Blind orchestra
  • Season 39: B-boy T.I.P.
  • Season 52: MoM B-boy
  • Season 57: Super Junior Band
  • Season 62, 64, and 65: Shadow Show
  • Season 68, 69, and 70: 11-year-old drummer
  • Season 79, 80, and 81: Two-handed guitar
  • Season 84, 85, and 86: Bubble Artist
  • Season 93, 95, and 96: OIDO Family Band
  • Season 140: Bucheon Bicycle F4
  • Season 142: 7-year-old B-boy


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-08-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), 놀라운 대회 스타킹, date unknown
  2. ^ "Wayback Machine". Archived from the original on July 25, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help), 놀라운 대회 스타킹, date unknown
  3. ^ Baek Ye Rin was the 10 year old ballad genius that had appeared in SBS′ Star King in 2007. (Kim Ji-yeon and Erika Kim (September 27, 2012). "JYP Reveals ′K-Pop Star′ Park Ji Min′s Fellow Member for 15&, Baek Ye Rin". ENews World. CJ E&M Corporation. Retrieved July 5, 2013.)

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