Weekly Idol

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Weekly Idol
Weekly Idol poster.jpeg
Promotional poster
Genre Variety
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
Production
Location(s) Seoul, South Korea
Release
Original network MBC Every1
Original release July 23, 2011 (2011-07-23) – present
External links
Website www.mbcplus.com/weekidol

Weekly Idol (Hangul주간 아이돌; RRJugan Aidol) is a South Korean variety show, which airs Wednesdays, 6PM KST, on MBC Every1, MBC's cable and satellite network for comedy and variety shows. The show is hosted by comedian Jeong Hyeong-don and rapper Defconn. The set is often referred to as B3 (basement level 3).

Segments and corners[edit]

The main segment of the show, called "Idol of the Week" (Korean: 금주의 아이돌), features idol groups as the invited guests, and usually consists of several featured corners, whose presence vary from episode to episode:

  • Random Play Dance: the staff plays any songs that had been promoted by the guests randomly. A song usually stops at a random point or changes to another song while the guests must dance with the proper choreography for each song. It can also be shuffled from the same song, or songs from opposite gender (boy groups dancing to girl group songs and vice versa).
  • Profile Verification/Rewritten Profile: the guests comment their profile cards with the hosts, verifying or voluntarily proving the info before them.
  • Win Against Idol: the guests play a game together with the hosts. If the guests can beat the hosts, the winning side will get the special prize and the losing side will get the physical punishment from the winners.
  • Grill Idol: the guests must correctly answer some questions from the hosts; if they get the question right, they can eat the grilled pieces of Hanwoo beef that are prepared by the staff.
  • DoniConi Idol Call Center: a special call center is prepared for one week before the recording of an episode, and the fans can personally call in and leave messages for the idols; some messages are then revealed to the idols during the recording.
  • 99 Seconds Challenge: the guests need to succeed a certain mission during a ninety-nine-second relay.
  • X2 Speed Dance Challenge: the guests must dance to one of their songs in double speed.

During these corners, the talk is usually held without too much formality. An annual year-closing episode, Weekly Idol Award, started on December 31, 2011. In this episode, the hosts usually review the corners and the appearances from the guests that were featured in the latest year.

Before "Idol of the Week", Weekly Idol had only one segment, "Real Chart! Idol Self-Ranking", where idols were asked to rank each other on different topics. This was later replaced by "I Wonder If You Know", where hosts, featured idols, Ilhoon (BtoB), and Bomi (Apink) guess one answer out of two choice given to them about idols, with food as prize. This segment was replaced by "Weekly Food Tasting", where hosts, featured idols, Hayoung (Apink), Mina (AOA), and N (VIXX) complete mission to win foods they want. The following segment was "Idols are the Best", where various missions were given to the featured idols, namely Jackson (Got7), Jooheon (Monsta X), SinB (GFriend) and Dahyun (Twice).

A new segment was introduced on February 22, 2017, "Masked Idol: Your Name Is", where masked idols compete against one another: the winner has the chance to remove his/her mask and promote himself/herself and/or his/her group, while the rest have to attend the following week's contest alongside one new masked idol.

Host[edit]

Current[edit]

"Idols Are the Best" corner[edit]

Recurring Guest cast[edit]

Note: Some occasions, Jeong Hyeong-don and Defconn instead appear as the featured guests ("Hyungdon and Daejun") with their host position replaced by various guest hosts.

Guest hosts[edit]

Idol Relay System[edit]

Following Jeong Hyeong-don's hiatus from broadcast activities beginning Episode 227, a system was introduced in which idols with whom Hyeong-don is close to would take turns co-hosting the show in his place.[3]

List of episodes[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Episode Air Date Featured guests Remarks
284 January 4, 2017 BIGBANG
285 January 11, 2017
286 January 18, 2017 Shinhwa
287 January 25, 2017
288 February 1, 2017 PENTAGON, VICTON, MOMOLAND Super Rookie Special
289 February 8, 2017 NCT 127 With BIGBANG extras
290 February 15, 2017 Bolbbalgan4
291 February 22, 2017 Cosmic Girls Masked Idol: Shownu (Monsta X), Seungjun (KNK), MJ (Astro), Dawon (SF9)
WINNER: MJ
292 March 1, 2017 Lovelyz Masked Idol: Shownu (Monsta X), Seungjun (KNK), Dawon (SF9),
Seungwoo (VICTON)
WINNER: Shownu
293 March 8, 2017 GFriend
294 March 15, 2017 GOT7
295 March 22, 2017 HIGHLIGHT
296 March 29, 2017 Special Appearance: KNK
297 April 5, 2017 Monsta X Masked Idol: Seungjun (KNK), Dawon (SF9), Seungwoo (VICTON),
Hongseok (PENTAGON)
WINNER: Seungjun
298 April 12, 2017 Oh My Girl Masked Idol: Dawon (SF9),
Seungwoo (VICTON), Kuhn (UP10TION)
WINNER: Seungwoo
299 April 19, 2017 EXID Masked Idol: Dawon (SF9),
Kuhn (UP10TION), Dayoung (WJSN)
WINNER: Kuhn
300 April 26, 2017 Hyungdon and Daejun 300th Episode Special
Special MCs: Heechul (Super Junior), SinB (GFriend), Hani (EXID),
Ilhoon (BTOB)
301 May 3, 2017 WINNER
302 May 10, 2017 CROSS GENE, SF9
303 May 17, 2017 Twice
304 May 24, 2017
305 May 31, 2017 Triple H Masked Idol: Dawon (SF9), Hongseok (PENTAGON), Dayoung (WJSN),
Sungjin (Day6)
WINNER: Sungjin
306 June 7, 2017 iKON
307 June 14, 2017 Astro Masked Idol: Dawon (SF9), Hongseok (PENTAGON), Dayoung (WJSN),
Shin (Cross Gene)
WINNER: Shin
308 June 21, 2017 Seventeen
309 June 28, 2017 Apink
TBA TBA BLACKPINK

References[edit]

  1. ^ Varsos, Kat. "Doni Is Returning To ‘Weekly Idol’". officiallykmusic (in ENG). officiallykmusic. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kim, Hyun-jeong. "'주간아이돌' 잭슨·다현·신비·주헌, '아이돌is뭔들' 합류". XSportsNews (in Korean). XSPORTSMEDIA. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kwon, Ji-yeong. "정형돈 하차 '주간아이돌', 아이돌 릴레이 MC체제 확정". OSEN. OSEN. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 

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