Strong Heart (TV series)

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Strong Heart
Strong Heart.jpg
The logo of Strong Heart
Genre Variety, talk show
Written by Kim Youn-young
Kim Jee-youn
Directed by Park Sang-hyuk
Presented by Kang Ho-dong (2009–2011)
Lee Seung-gi (2009–2012)
Lee Dong-wook (2012–2013)
Shin Dong-yup (2012-2013)
Starring Boom
Leeteuk (2009-2012)
Shindong (2009-2012)
Opening theme Strong Heart Logo Song by Super Junior
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 166
Producer(s) Park Kyung-deok
Jung Ik-sung
Running time 70-90 minutes
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 6 October 2009 (2009-10-06) – 12 February 2013 (2013-02-12)
Preceded by Ya Sim Man Man 2 (야심만만 2)
Followed by Hwasin - Controller of the Heart
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Strong Heart (Hangul강심장; Hanja强心臟; RRGang Sim Jang; MRKang Sim Jang) is a South Korean talk show or talk battle broadcast by SBS. It aired on Tuesdays from 11:50 to Wednesdays 00:30. It was hosted by Lee Dong-wook and Shin Dong-yup with Boom, Super Junior's Leeteuk and Eunhyuk as hosts of a special segment and regular guests along with Kim Hyo-jin, Jung Ju-ri and Yang Se-hyung, who are known as six-fixed guests. The program relaunched as a second season with Shin Dong-yup and new hosts, actress, Kim Hee-sun, and singer, Yoon Jong-shin, in February 2013.[1]


The show premiered on 6 October 2009 with Kang Ho-dong and Lee Seung-gi as MCs. In September 2011, Kang withdrew from the show following his temporary retirement from the entertainment industry due to controversy regarding his non-payment of taxes.[2][3] After hosting solo since Kang's departure, Lee announced in March 2012 that he was leaving the show. He recorded his last episode on March 15, which was broadcast on April 3.[4] Actor Lee Dong-wook and Shin Dong-yup took over as MCs, with their first episode broadcast on April 10, 2012.[5][6]

In December 2012, it was announced that the show's director, Park Sang-hyuk, left the show for an overseas sabbatical. The show's director was replaced by Shin Hyo-jung with a format changed.[7] The last episode for season one was recorded on 17 January 2013, marking this as MC Lee Dong-wook's last appearance.[8] It was announced on 15 January 2013 that the program will be relaunched as season two with a new format. Shin Dong-yup will remain as host, along with Kim Hee-sun and Yoon Jong-shin, being the first time as main MC for a variety show for Kim. The show is titled Hwasin - Controller of the Heart ("Hwashin" meaning God of Tuesday and God of Talk), with a scaled-down guest panel of four to five guests per episode; to air in mid-February 2013.[9] The new season is billed as "an honest talk show based on topics based on the opinions of viewers".[10]


About twenty guest stars tell emotional (strong) stories to make people cry or laugh. The best storyteller wins the show. Strong Heart gives viewers and fans a chance to look into the lives of stars by listening to their stories. Many stars come on the show and share stories about their hardships in debuting, strange experiences or some other funny situations that have occurred in their lives. Celebrities have also used their time on the show to try to clear up rumors. From time to time there are also less famous stars invited so that they can have a chance to share their stories. This is important as most of the time when these stories are told on Strong Heart, it is the first time they have ever been told.



List of episodes and guests[edit]







Year Awards Category Nominee Result Ref
2009 SBS Entertainment Awards Best TV Program Strong Heart Won
Netizen Best Popularity Award Lee Seung-gi Won
Best Newcomer Boom (entertainer) Won
Leeteuk Won
Eunhyuk Won
2010 SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award Lee Seung-gi Won
Netizen Best Popularity Award Won
Multiple Talent Entertainer Award Kim Hyo-jin Won
Kim Young-chul Won
Best Writer Kim Youn-young Won
Best Newcomer Shindong Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kang Ho-dong Won
2011 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award (Talk Show Category) Shindong Won
Jung Joo Ri Won
Excellence Award (Talk Show Category) Boom Won
Leeteuk Won
Excellence Program Award (Talk Show Category) Strong Heart Won
Top Excellence Award (Talk Show Category) Lee Seung-gi Won
Netizen Best Popularity Award Won


  1. ^ "'강심장' 후속, 시즌2로 출격..포맷·MC 모두 변신". Star News (in Korean). 12 January 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Star TV Host Bows Out Over Tax Fiddle" Chosun Ilbo. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16
  3. ^ "강호동 연예계서 잠정 은퇴" MBC News. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-16 (Korean)
  4. ^ "Lee Seung-gi to leave Strong Heart" Asiae. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-22
  5. ^ "Lee Dong-wook becomes new host of SBS' 'Strong Heart'" Asiae. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-22
  6. ^ Kim, JiYeon "Lee Dong Wook and Shin Dong Yeop Confirmed as New MCs for Strong Heart" CJ E&M enewsWorld. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-04
  7. ^ Ho, Stewart (27 December 2012). "Strong Heart to Undergo Format and Director Change in 2013". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Lee, JiYeon (9 January 2013). "Strong Heart to Hold Last Shoot on January 17". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Ho, Stewart (15 January 2013). "Strong Heart 2 to Be Led By Shin Dong Yeop, Kim Hee Sun and Yoon Jong Shin". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (1 February 2013). "Super Junior's Choi Siwon to be the First Guest for Strong Heart 2". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Kang, Seung-hun (31 December 2009). "Yoo Jae-seok, Lee Hyori share grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards". Asiae. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  12. ^ "2011 SBS 연예대상 '국민MC' 유재석 대상 <종합>". Poli News (in Korean). 31 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  13. ^ Lee, Nancy "Yoo Jae Suk Wins Big, Winners from 2011 SBS Entertainment Awards" CJ E&M enewsWorld. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-14

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