In preparation of the Fall broadcast in Korea, variety shows are looking for a ‘for-sure’ person. Kim Jong Kook, who was released from military service last May, and Lee Sung Jin, who was released just recently on 12th September, are the two who were especially prominent in variety shows before enlistment.
Kim Jong Kook’s casting as a regular member of SBS’s “Family Outing” is almost a definite certainty. Representatives from various broadcast stations said, “It’s a true fact that many shows are eyeing Kim Jong Kook. Moreover, because of his past image in variety shows, there were talks of him joining the cast of ‘We Got Married’ and that he would play a major role in other real-situation variety shows. I am understand that many variety shows have contacted and kept in touch with Kim Jong Kook in order to cast him on their shows.”
Kim Jong Kook should be happy with all the love calls he’s been getting but he’s also in a difficult position. He rose as a star rapidly through KBS ‘Dream Team’, MBC ‘DongGeoDongRak’ (Living Together Enjoying Together) and SBS ‘X-man’. Because of this, he’s in a situation where it’s difficult for him to choose just one program. He should also be mindful if he goes on SBS ‘Family Outing’.
Lee Sung Jin has also been getting many love calls (from variety show PDs) recently. There are big expectations of his wit and power (in future shows).
A KBS variety show representative said, “When we turn on the TV set, we see the same person appearing again and again. That is evidence of his/her popularity but now the idea has changed. We are always looking for new people and it is precisely this point that stars who have returned from the army are in (meaning the newly returned stars are seen as ‘new’) demand.”
Kim Jong Kook and Lee Sung Jin are seen as the blue chips of variety shows; people are paying close attention to what variety program shows they will make their return in. Yeah for Kim Jong Kook. Yeah for Lee Sung Jin. Bravo!!!
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