I resisted blogging this but eventually reality got to me. We have just 1 more day to seeing the last of JoongBo on We Got Married, and then this news hit a few days ago which announced that the Ant Couple would also be departing the show by next January. Their departure which had been coming frankly due to a lack of airtime and the familiar been there, done that syndrome will herald the end of the pioneer generation as Season 1 comes to a close.
It was revealed 2 days ago that Crown J and Seo In Young will be the next couple to depart MBC Sunday Sunday Night We Got Married. The PDs expressed, “Seo In Young and Crown J couple will film until the end of December and then depart completely. Their segments will finish airing by January.”
Seo In Young management, Star Empire confirmed the news, “Seo In Young was only supposed to film until November. But it was specially extended until December. After her filming for We Got Married ends in December, she will going to America for a vacation in January before returning home.” Meanwhile, Crown J is also understood to be heading to America in January as well to work on his music. Coincidence? Maybe. A honeymoon in America, anyone?
A representative from Star Empire added, “Seo In Young hasn’t been in good health since her Jewelry promotion and then she started her solo album promotion. It was about time that she got a break”. The PDs of We Got Married expressed, “We were worried somewhat about her (In Young) health during this while and we hope she gets a nice break this time around.”
Seo In Young and Crown J departure will mean that the “purge” of all the pioneer couples have been completed. Jung Hyung Don – Saori, Lee Hwi Jae – Jo Yeo Jeong (always never mentioned, but I WILL), Andy – Solbi, Alex – Shin Ae (twice) all left the show earlier. Kim Hyun Joong – Hwang Bo will make their final appearance this Sunday (although they completed filming in November).
With only 2 couples (Marco – Son Dambi, Hwanhee – Hwayobi) remaining on the show soon, the PDs are now actively scouting for new members to take their place. They expressed, “At the beginning of the new year (2009), 2 new experimental couples will be added. At least one of the couple will be accepted onto the show permenently if they create some interest among viewers.”
They ended by saying, “The couples from season one were on the show for 6 to 8 months and the novelty factor might have disappeared due to the length. We are considering changing it to just 3 months instead. While they are a couple, if they become unsure or are unable to hit their peak (lack of chemistry), we will make it (scripted?) in a way that they can make the decisive changes.”
I have had a love-hate relationship with the Ant couple. Hated them initially but grew to love them. Hated Hyung Don moving in with them, but grew to like the family concept somewhat. The tantrums of the witch Seo In Young, the random english of A-Town Crown J (I even bought the A! shirt), her shoes, his bling-bling (and clean shoes), his special events (Too Much rocks), I could go on and on frankly. Kinda early to say goodbye, their presence will be sorely missed.
Thinking about the past, where it was short (1 hour), simple (believable) and sweet (romantic chemistry). But it’s still only make-believe afterall.
credit: gomdorii (news translation)