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The set of "Steel Heart" is where heaven is

2010/02/15 | 5542 views | Permalink | Source

Hosts of "Steel Heart": Singer/actor Lee Seung-gi (left) and emcee Kang Ho-dong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

"Everyone, are you going to feel tired during today's taping? You are, aren't you?" The person who says this in the most coy yet charming way is none other than Kang Ho-dong, the main host of SBS variety show "Steel Heart". He was a former national champion in Korean wrestling and currently also plays the Knee-Drop Guru [on MBC's celebrity talk show "Golden Fishery"]. And like the male Siberian Tiger he is called, more than capable of going out far beyond Korea, his show "Two Night and One Day" is also ready to soon go on its excursion to the South Pole.

With more than twenty guests appearing on every episode, inevitably making the conversations last for over a total six to seven hours in a single sitting, the show's taping session becomes a test of one's physical strength. Hence, the host has to tend to the audience before shooting begins and Kang's partner Lee Seung-gi also greets the audience members with his generous smile. But the audience seem particularly glad to see Lee Soo-geun -- comedian and former MC of a rival variety show -- and cry out in unison "Soo-geun oppa! Great to see you!" before the taping begins. But for Lee -- who coveted Kang Ho-dong's position as show host -- such moments of glory comes to an abrupt end, lasting only five minutes as he starts to ramble during his turn to speak. Then Kang Hong-dong and Lee Seung-gi display their superb skills as hosts by keeping the conversation going and lifting up the atmosphere again.

When Lee Seung-gi joins in the romantic set-up between Yoona of Girls' Generation and Ok Taecyeon of 2PM, who have sparked dating rumors, veteran radio personality Kim Hye-young makes everyone laugh by calling the three's romantic involvement as " mating ". And with her Tina Turner-like charisma, comedienne Jung Jury -- who has publicly expressed her burning desire to "conquer one idol a week" -- is taken aback by the aggressiveness of actress Hwang In-young who says "Now that I have met Ok Taecyeon, I won't have any regrets when I die".

Then Seohyun, the youngest member of Girls' Generation, confesses an unlikely predicament saying, "There is a line in the new single "Oh!" that goes "I love you oppa [term females use in referring to an older guy]" and it makes me want to cringe when I sing it". On the other hand, bandmate Sooyoung reveals a tragedy which occurred while attempting to perform to the lyrics in a cutesy and cheesy way.

Actress Hong Soo-ah -- a.k.a. "Hong Throw" -- prepares to give a demonstration of her baseball pitch in the studio and pegs Kim Young-chul-I as her catcher. But since Kim Young-chul-I is too scared to catch her ball, Kang Ho-dong offers to take over, saying "I will be the one to get hurt". Fortunately, no one gets injured during Hong's first and second wild pitches which end up being strikes.

The show goes on; 2PM member Lee Junho, who initially acts as if indifferent to Ok Taecyeon's popularity by saying, "Popularity comes and goes like the seasons". But he then angrily shouts, "So when is it going to come to me!" and puts on a fantastic performance on the show, which might bring him even greater recognition than Ok Taecyeon. Super Junior members Eunhyuk and Shindong's performances follow and that is when Hwang In-young, satisfied with her variety show appearance which comes for the first time in a long while, cries out, "This is heaven!"

Show hosts of "Steel Heart" prep for shoot

Singer Lee Seung-gi [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Singer Lee Seung-gi prepares for a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea.

TV personality Kang Ho-dong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

TV personality Kang Ho-dong prepares for a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea.

Girls' Generation take part in "Steel Heart" shoot

Girls' Generation members Tiffany, Yoona, Sooyoung and Seohyun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Girls' Generation members Tiffany, Yoona, Sooyoung and Seohyun dance during a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea.

Girls' Generation member Seohyun [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Girls' Generation member Seohyun dances during a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea.

Girls' Generation member Yoona [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Girls' Generation member Yoona dances during a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea.

Super Junior Eunhyuk takes part in "Steel Heart"

Super Junior member Eunhyuk and 2PM member Lee Junho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Super Junior member Eunhyuk and 2PM member Lee Junho play rock-paper-scissors during a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Super Junior member Eunhyuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Super Junior member Eunhyuk participates in a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea, wearing a shirt saying "Thank You".

Idols take part in shoot for "Steel Heart"

Super Junior members Eun-hyuk (far left) and Shindong (far right), singer Lee Seung-gi (second from left) and Girls' Generation member Yoona. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]


From left, Super Junior member Eun-hyuk, singer Lee Seung-gi, Girls' Generation member Yoona and Super Junior member Shindong participate in a recording for SBS talk show "Steel Heart" on its set in Seoul, South Korea.

Super Junior members Eun-hyuk (far left) and Shindong (far right), singer Lee Seung-gi (second from left) and Girls' Generation member Yoona. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Ok Taecyeon takes part in shoot for "Steel Heart"

2PM member Ok Taecyeon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

2PM member Ok Taecyeon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

2PM member Ok Taecyeon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

 

Reporter : Choi Ji-Eun five@10asia.co.kr
Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk eleven@10asia.co.kr
Editor : Lynn Kim lynn2878@asiae.co.kr, Jang Kyung-Jin three@10asia.co.kr
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