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On the set of SBS variety segment "Hero Girls"

2010/07/09 | 4107 views | Permalink | Source

From left, TV personality No Hong-chul, veteran singer No Sa-yeon, comedienne Shin Bong-sun, TV personality Jung Ka-eun, actress Hong Soo-ah, girl group Kara member Nicole, girl group After School member Kahi, girl group Brown Eyed Girls member Narsha, solo female artist IU, girl group T-ara member Jiyeon and comedian Lee Hwi-jae take part in a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

"Hero Girls"[tentative title] - We should have learned how to play rugby

"Everyone! Which singer are you expecting to see?" the show's emcee No Hong-chul asked Korea's national women's rugby team with an air of triumph, as if he has a joker up his sleeve as a hidden card. With boy band MBLAQ already having heated up the atmosphere with their performance, it would have been difficult to create a bigger impact on the set with just a so-and-so singer. But No's confidence was actually worth a nod of understanding. For it was none other than Big Bang member Taeyang who got called into Incheon's Songdo district on an already dark night. The problem was, the nodding reporter as well as the national women's rugby team were already looking at him. "Taeyang!", "Ah, how did you know that? Ah, you can see him". However, knowing about Taeyang's appearance beforehand does not mean that his performance would shine any less. Moreover, it surely does not pale the efforts made by the "Hero Girls" team of SBS variety show "Happy Sunday", who rushed to get Taeyang to perform on the show for the national women's rugby team.

As a matter of fact, the format of "Hero Girls" -- where a dozen female cast members are divided up into two teams and compete in a popularity contest in front of a certain group of people -- and the performance for the national women's rugby team was "a bit of a stray from the main structure", as producer Park Sung-hoon described. The female cast included [veteran Korean singer] No Sa-yeon, the big sister of the clan, as well as youngsters T-ara member Jiyeon and IU. Of course, both teams wanted to win the love of the rugby players. Seo In-young's team, who contacted MBLAQ and Taeyang for the show and mastered the dance routine for T-ara's "Bo Peep Bo Peep", cried out, "Please take notice of our hard work", while No Sa-yeon's team, who spent the afternoon with the athletes playing games and building friendships on a mud flat, stressed "Don't forget that time [we spent together]". But really, the most important thing at this moment is "giving the ladies (national women's rugby team) what they want", like the producer said.

In other words, the premiere episode of variety segment "Hero Girls" was an opportunity to cheer for the national women's rugby team, who sweat to prepare for July's world championship games in a country that has almost no infrastructure for the sport. So even if the captain of the rugby team was lucky enough to get to kiss Taeyang's cheek that day, we -- being the generous readers that we are -- shall show our dignity and just let it go. Oh, this remark is not something directed at our editor-in-chief.

Hosts of new SBS variety show [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

From left, comedienne Shin Bong-sun, solo singer Seo In-young, girl group T-ara member Jiyeon, actress Yoo In-na and solo singer IU salute during a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

IU and Taeyang [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Female solo singer IU kisses Big Bang member Taeyang on the cheek during a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

Big Bang member Taeyang [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Big Bang member Taeyang performs for the Korean national women's rugby team and female celebrities during a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

Big Bang member Taeyang [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Big Bang member Taeyang sings during a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

MBLAQ [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Boy band MBLAQ performs their song during a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

MBLAQ members Cheondung and Seungho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Boy band MBLAQ member Cheondung, standing next to fellow bandmate Seungho, hugs a member of the Korean national women's rugby team during a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

After School member Kahi (right) [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

From left, a member of the Korean national women's rugby team and After School member Kahi pose for a camera while taking a break from a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

Hong Soo-ah and Jung Ka-eun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

From left, actress Hong Soo-ah and TV personality Jung Ka-euna talk to a member of the Korean national women's rugby team while taking a break from a shoot for a new SBS variety show tentatively titled "Hero Girls" at a sports center in Songdo of the city of Incheon, South Korea on July 6, 2010.

Reporter : Wee Geun-woo eight@
Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk eleven@
Editor : Lynn Kim lynn2878@ , Jang Kyung-Jin three@
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