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Kpopmap Charts: Top Candidates for KyuHyun’s Replacement on “Radio Star”

It’s almost time of Super Junior’s KyuHyun to take his leave of absence from the globally popular Korean talk show, “Radio Star”. But who will keep his seat warm?

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Kpopmap’s “Chart 10 Wednesday” is back as “Kpopmap Charts”! This week, we take a look ahead at the inevitable fate of Super Junior’s KyuHyun and his long standing seat among the MCs at MBC’s “Radio Star”. The popular comedy talk show is almost reaching its 10th anniversary as one of the longest running shows in Korea. With their celebration, they’re also going to have to say a temporary goodbye as KyuHyun goes off to fulfill his mandatory military duties.

Must Read : 10 Things: K-Pop Idols Enlisting in the Army in 2017

With one of the hottest topics in K-TV being about who’ll replace the 5 year-long MC-idol, take a look at our top 10 candidate picks!

 

10th – BTOB’s ChangSeop EunKwang

Everyone knows that these two BTOB duos are one of the most hilarious K-Pop idols in the industry. With their dorky ways and undeniable chemistry, they’d make a refreshing addition to the MC lineup. But these two idols have never even been on an episode of the popular talk show. Will it be possible to get them to MC without any guest appearance experience?

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9th – BLACKPINK’s JiSoo

We know JiSoo is the next generation of variety-idols to come out of YG Entertainment. She was the focus of the show when she guest starred with band mate Rose. With her quirky personality and rising popularity, she’d be an anticipated fit. But will YG let one of their rookies MC while BLACKPINK’s career is busily on its way up?

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MBC

 

8th – MONSTA X’s JooHeon

JooHeon’s had his fair share of variety show experience, but he’s never been an MC for a talk show. Even so, the idol made it clear that he wanted to be considered for the position during his guest star appearance. With his adorable dimples and carefree personality, it’d be a curious fit!

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7th – WINNER’s Song Mino

Song Mino made his mark in the variety field with his appearance on “New Journey to the West 3”. His comic personality fit well with KyuHyun on the show, so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see Mino fill in KyuHyun’s temporary vacancy.

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MBC

 

6th – BTOB’s Yook SungJae

It appears another BTOB member made the list! Yook SungJae has a unique humor to himself as he’s such a proper gentleman, but with a quirky personality. He filled in for KyuHyun for an episode once, and he surprisingly got good reviews. Will we be seeing SungJae fill in for KyuHyun once again?

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5th – BIGBANG’s SeungRi

The BIGBANG special of “Radio Star” made headlines all over the place last year, but most of the headlines involved one particular member – SeungRi. Ever the humorous character, SeungRi stole the spotlight with his naturally funny personality and his remarkable story telling skills. KyuHyun even expressed that he would love an idol who will be enlisting within 2 years to fill in his 2 year vacancy. SeungRi definitely fits the bill, but will his busy entrepreneurial and BIGBANG schedules fit?

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4th – DinDin

The rapper is more of a variety-personality these days. With his quirky humor and blunt personality, DinDin would fit perfectly as one of the Radio Star family – I mean, they’re best known for their blunt and direct questions and accusations. DinDin even offered to give KyuHyun half of his appearance fee while he fulfilled his military duties. That’s certainly an option for KyuHyun to think about!

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3rd – GOT7’s Jackson

Jackson is a character that can’t be found anywhere else. He’s very honest, very comedic and energetic to the maximum. He has a long standing variety-resume, and would be a great MC to create a relaxed and carefree environment for the show. He also doesn’t have to go to the army, so he can fill in for a longer period – if need be. However, will he be able to get along with the other MC hyungs? We’ll just have to see!

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2nd – Yang SeHyung

Ever the variety-star on the rise, Yang SeHyung is continually taking the variety field by storm with his comfortable and natural sense of humor. He’s also expressed his wishes to be considered for the position, and he’s one of the front runners in the eyes of the netizens. With his numerous guest appearance experience, we don’t doubt that Yang SeHyung would be a great fit!

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1st – Super Junior’s Kim HeeChul

We can name all kinds of names, but we all know Super Junior and “Radio Star” has a long-time relationship. ShinDong was one of the starting MCs, and KyuHyun has become one of the signature MC’s of the show. However, did you now Kim HeeChul was originally the Super Junior MC before KyuHyun took over? Before he went to the army, HeeChul ruled the seat for nearly a year. With his experience in the actual seat and his current rising reputation, HeeChul would be an obvious choice!

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MBC

 

Chart 10 Wednesday: Male K-Pop Idols Taking Over the Musical Theatre

These 10 male idols aren’t just taking over the K-Pop stage, they’ve also ventured into the world of musical theatre and are totally killing it!

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They’re great at singing, dancing, performing, and they look good doing it. So why not take that talent over to the grand stages of musical theatre? Well, these 10 handsome studs did just that. Not only did they make a name for themselves in the K-Pop arena, they’ve ventured out into the musical territories, and they’ve received nothing but praises.

Must Read : 7 K-Pop Idol Members In Charge of Bringing In the Fans

Check out our chart of 10 male K-Pop idols who are making it big in the musical industry.

 

10th – BTOB’s ChangSeob

ChangSeob debuted as a idol of BTOB in 2012, and it took him a while but he’s finally made his debut as a musical actor. His first and only role so far is the main lead on “Boys Over Flower”. Thanks to his already-famous vocal abilities, he’s made a great first impression in the industry. He’s shown his fans a new side of himself as he becomes more charismatic and series in the musical – but we know he just can’t hide his true self!

 

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9th – BLOCK B’s UKwon

If you thought that this dance machine of BLOCK B only knew how to dance on stage, the idol performs just as well on a musical stage. He made his debut as Elvis Presley in late 2014 to early 2015. He recently returned to the stage last year for “In the Heights”.

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Brave U

 

8th – B1A4’s CNU

CNU debuted in 2011 as a member of B1A4, and made his first debut as a musical artist in 2015 with “Chess”. Since then he’s appeared in “The Three Musketeers”, and will be appearing in 2017’s “Hamlet”.

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precious CNU

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7th – BTOB’s EunKwang

EunKwang made his musical debut early on in 2013 with “Monte Cristo” and “Bachelor’s Vegetable Store”. With his famous vocal abilities, many praised him for his work. However, he focused on his career as an actor more than a musical thespian for the past 4 years. Good news for all EunKwang fans! He’ll be returning to stage this year for “Hamlet”!

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Always you

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“Monte Cristo” Musical

 

6th – VIXX’s Ken

VIXX Ken began his career in 2015 with “Chess” with a main role, and continued onto “Cinderella” in 2016 and “Boys Over Flowers” in 2017 – all main male lead roles!

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Ken Smile

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“Boys Over Flower” Musical

 

5th – VIXX’s Leo

VIXX’s Leo is another member who’s big in the musical stage. He made his musical debut in 2014 with “Full House”. He’s continued his career with “Mata Hari” and “Monte Cristo”. He received high praises for executing the high notes flawlessly in “Mata Hari”.

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Opus Leo

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“Monte Cristo” Musical

 

4th – 2AM’s JoKwon

JoKwon’s best known for taking on extravagant roles in various musicals, while performing flawlessly. He’s made his debut in 2013 with “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and continued on to perform “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, “Chess”, “On A Starry Night” and more!

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Top Star News

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“Jesus Christ Super Star”

 

3rd – HIGHLIGHT’s Yang YoSeob

HIGHLIGHT’s YoSeob launched his musical career in 2011 with “Musical Sonata”. He’s been in countless amounts of critically acclaimed plays, such as “Full House”, “Zorro”, “Robin Hood”, “Cinderella” and more. He will be taking on a new role this year in “The Days”.

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2nd – Super Junior’s KyuHyun

KyuHyun’s a name you can’t leave out when listing famous musical idols. He’s started his career in 201 with “The Three Musketeers”, where he played the role of D’Artagnan. Ever since, he’s been a male lead or second male lead in 7 different types of plays.

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MBC

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OSEN

 

1st – JYJ’s XIA JunSu

XIA Junsu tops our list for selling out the most seats as a K-Pop idol turned musical actor. He made his musical debut in 2010 with “Mozart!” and has put on a show every year, varying between 7 different kinds of works. He’s also won an award in the musical field every year since his very first awards as “Best New Actor”, “Most Popular Actor”, and “Ticket Power Award – Musical Actor” for his debut project. He’s working hard for his mandatory military duties at the moment, but his last work before he enlisted was none other than his popular musical piece, “Death Note”.

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“Death Note” Musical

Chart 10 Wednesday: Korean Celebrities Who Suffer Unique Allergies

Stars are super human as they shine bright on stage or on screen, except they’ve all got a kryptonite – allergies!

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Most of us mere mortals have it. Allergies! Although they seem invincible in their blinding beauty and glowing aura, Korean stars also suffer the wrath of allergies. Ever wondered who suffers what kind of allergies on an everyday basis? Check out our chart of 10 Korean celebrities who suffer from unique allergies.

 

10th – SNSD’s TaeYeon

TaeYeon is allergic to nuts. Whenever fans and staff prepare lunchboxes for the SNSD members, they always makes sure that there are no nuts in TaeYeon’s food.

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9th – Min KyungHoon

Min KyungHoon started being allergic to shellfish when he got older. As a young child, he loved eating any types of seafood. However, he is not longer able to enjoy it because of his sudden allergy.

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Hidden Singer

 

8th – HIGHLIGHT’s KiKwang

KiKwang is also allergic to shellfish. Even if he gets a whiff of it in the air, he begins to itch all over his body. Fans were worried for the idol when he appeared on “Laws of the Jungle” and was exposed to shellfish.

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7th – JYJ’s XIA Junsu

XIA Junsu has a hard time in the spring because of his allergy to pollen. Whenever he goes out to enjoy the flowers, he begins to have an uncontrollable fit of sneezes.

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WITHXIAH

 

6th – SISTAR’s DaSom

DaSom is allergic to the fur of animals. All of the SISTAR members love animals, but she is the only one who can’t raise a pet in the house. Whenever she’s exposed to animal fur, she starts breaking out on her skin, can’t breath, starts sneezing with a runny nose and more.

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5th – Lee MinJung

Lee MinJung is allergic to cucumbers, much like popular idols like Jessica, Onew, BaekHyun, TaeMin and more. She’s unable to digest cucumbers, so she eats basically any food except that.

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4th – SF9’s DaWon

DaWon is allergic to raw fish. This rookie’s known for his healthy appetite, but whenever the group goes to eat sushi, he sticks with cooked sushi, rather than raw sashimi.

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Youre Da One

 

3rd – Sang Hyuk

The actor, Sang Hyuk, is allergic to apples! His throat closes up anytime he eats an apple. In order to prove it, he ate a piece while filming “Real Men”, causing the staff to pull out their emergency kits. He said it was the first apple he ate since his last one 25 years ago.

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2nd – NU’EST’s MinHyuk

MinHyuk is allergic to sodium. During a music video shoot, the director chose to use salt instead of fake snow. When the salt touched his skins, he broke out in hives. All of his close ups for that music video was shot from the left, because his whole right face was swollen.

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1st – INFINITE’s SungGyu

Believe it or not, SungGyu is allergic to metal! SungGyu’s known to have sensitive skin, but whenever he comes in contact with metal, his skin starts swelling and breaks out in bumps. His coordinators have to carefully plan out his outfits to avoid any types of metal on his skin.

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Chart 10 Wednesday: Most Unique Composer Nicknames by K-Pop Idols

It’s no lie that so many K-Pop idols are talented composers and producers, but did you know these 10 hide in humility behind these unique nicknames?

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So many K-Pop idols are given the opportunity to explore their talents as composers and producers. We see many idols’ names marked proudly on the credits for various albums. They compose for their solo albums, group albums, and even albums of other artists. But did you know that some composers are harder to find because of their composing nicknames?

Must Read : Ranking of 8 K-Pop Idols Who Made the Most Money as a Composer

Here’s our chart of the 10 K-Pop idols with the most unique composer nicknames.

 

10th – WINNER’s SeungYoon

SeungYoon’s composer nickname is “Yoon”. He just took the last letter of his name to create his composer nickname. His most recent works include the entirety of WINNER’s latest album, “Fate Number For”.

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9th – 2PM’s Jun.K

Jun.K’s composer nickname is “Jun.K”. You may think this isn’t a nickname at all then, but Jun.K was first known as JunSu. He composed as Jun.K before he legally changed his name. He now promotes with Jun.K as his stage name.

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8th – INFINITE’s Hoya

Hoya’s composer nickname is “HoBakGoGuMa”. It literally means a type of sweet potato, but it starts with the same letter of his name. His name was chosen by his fans for his solo track, ‘One Day’.

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7th – EXO’s ChanYeol

ChanYeol’s composer nickname is “Loey”. The name comes from the last letter of his name Yeol. If you spell it backwards, it becomes the cute name of Loey!

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6th – SHINee’s JongHyun

You see JongHyun’s name in tracklist credits, so you’d never know that he has a composing team called “We Freaky”. The group is comprised of the idol and his closest friends. They composed many of SHINee’s very own songs together.

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5th – Wonder Girls’ YeEun

YeEun’s composer nickname is “HAT:FELT”. It’s pronounced literally ‘hat-felt’ and it’s a play on the word Heartfelt. She shortened the word Heart to Hat to mean both Heart and Hot. She wanted her name to mean sincerity as well as passion and hotness. She also uses this name for her solo work.

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4th – GOT7’s YoungJae

YoungJae’s composing nickname is “Ars”. It’s pronounced as a full word and not just the letters A-R-S. He composed GOT7’s ‘HEY’, which he got hate from his members for making it in his high vocal key.

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3rd – GOT7’s JB

JB goes by “Im JaeBeom”, “JB” and “DEFSOUL”. The first is his full legal name, JB is his stage name, and DEFSOUL is his hidden composer name. “DEFSOUL” is a combination of sticky+weary+sexy.

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2nd – BTS’s Suga

Suga’s composer nickname is “Agust D”. The name is a combination of his stage name Suga and his underground rap crew, Daegu Town. You take Suga backwards to get Agus, and add the initials of Daegu Town backwards to get Agust D!

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1st – HIGHLIGHT’s Yong JunHyung

The idol with the most composing nickname and experience has to be Yong JunHyung. He often goes by his full name as a composer, but he also goes by “JOKER” and “GOOD LIFE”. The first belongs just to him, but “GOOD LIFE” is a composing team he created with his good friend Kim TaeJoo.

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Chart 10 Wednesday: Pre-Debut Part Time Jobs by Busy Bee Celebs

These busy bee Korean celebrities worked their butts off at part time jobs before they were given a chance to debut.

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The road to stardom is hardly a road full of flowers. You must go through extensive training for over years, while living off of little to no pay. In order to pursue their dreams, many Korean celebrities started off at the bottom of the food chain – part time workers (aka. alba).

Must Read : 10 Things: K-Pop Idols’ Pre-Debut Audition Tapes

You probably never knew these 10 stars went through so much before they made their first step towards the stardom status.

 

10th – Ken of VIXX

Before his debut, Ken worked at a hamburger join for over 9 months. He was so famous that girls came to eat at the restaurant just to see him. They say that on his last day, the restaurant was flooded with his fans… this was all before his debut!

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9th – Jung WooSung

Can you even imagine this Adonis statue working part time that doesn’t involve the luxury life? Jung WooSung worked at a cafe before his debut, and just his presence brought in a ton of female customers.

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8th – YuJeong of Brave Girls

YuJeong worked at a cafe before her debut. Four years ago, she even met the original members of Brave Girls while working at the cafe. Who knew that she would debut as a Brave Girls herself?

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7th – ChoA of AOA

ChoA was a busy bee not just as the leader of AOA, but even before she knew of her AOA fate. She recently revealed that she raised over 5 million won a month while working as a part time employee at a tele-marketing company.

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6th – WooHyun of INFINITE

He may look like he was born with a silver spoon, but WooHyun worked hard for his chance to debut. He even applied for a motorcycle license so that he can work part time as a delivery boy for a Chinese restaurant. He also worked as a model for a small shopping mall.

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5th – HyeRin of EXID

HyeRin even worked part-time after her debut. When she first debuted with EXID, the group was doing terribly. In order to help her members, she secretly started working part time at an ice cream store. When SolJi heard of this secret years later, she cried for her younger member’s devotion to the team.

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4th – SECRET’s HyoSung

HyoSung worked at a coffee shop, ice cream shop, and a jjajangmyun restaurant. She said she was popular among the customers while working at a cafe.

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3rd – Kim TaeRi

Before she made her name known through the movie “Handmaiden”, Kim TaeRi did multiple part time jobs, such as at a fast food joint, cafe, convenience store and more. She used to sell soy milk at markets, when a cafe owner asked her to come work as a barista thanks to her good looks. She also modeled for a Samsung ad for Kim Yuna.

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2nd – Ryu JunYeol

The trendy star started off working as a delivery boy, catering server, convenience store clerk, waiter at a Korean BBQ place, package deliverer and more. His most memorable job was working at a goods store at a SHINee concert!

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1st – SoJin of Girl’s Day

SoJin tops our list mainly because she’s the iconic part-time experienced idol that comes to mind first. In order to financially support her dream to become a singer, she would practice during the day and work two part times at night. She worked everywhere from bars to tele-marketing companies. She says the most difficult job was putting stickers on socks. She worked so hard that she even fainted from the lack of nutrition and rest.

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