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Boy band MBLAQ member Mir, comediennes Shin Bong-sun and Jung Ju-ri and child actress Kim Su-jung take part in a shoot for cable channel MBCevery1’s reality program “Idol Show” at a restaurant in Seoul, South Korea on January 12, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]

“Oh, don’t call him uncle, it’s oppa!” child actor Kim Su-jung, who had been sitting primly in a tall chair, cuts in angrily in response to the show hosts’ remarks. Then Mir, the only designated “oppa,” or older brother, of the bunch, starts fiercely putting on (what he believes are) sexy dance moves in his seat, repaying Su-jung for expressing her affection for him. They call themselves “chic-dols” but boy band MBLAQ is really a bunch of “naive-dols”. The minute they step into the playground laid out by the producers of “Idol Show! Season 5”, they throw themselves into competition right away and forget all about maintaining a certain image. The sight makes the show’s two hosts — Shin Bong-sun and Jung Ju-ri — burst into uncontrollable laughter, not to mention the producers and writers. And it is very hard not to laugh when Lee Joon — who had previously met Su-jung on a different television program but failed to grab her attention during the taping — starts defending himself up against the suspicious eyes the moment the camera stops rolling. “I talked to her a lot too!” he cries out.

But toward the end of the shoot, the uncontrollable laughter naturally changes into heartwarming “motherly smiles”. Seung Ho, who was not feeling well and did nothing but laugh during the shoot, sneaks up to a piano and belatedly attempts to showcase his charms. Lee Joon kneels on the floor to be on the same eye level with Su-jung and sends an adorable apology her way saying, “Su-jung, I’m sorry I startled you before.” Seeing Mir, who acted so wildly throughout the shoot, gather together and hand over to the crew a bunch of props which were used for the shoot is close to seeing a twist at the end of a movie. Producer Lee Yoon-hwa compliments Mir by saying, “Oh! A well-mannered man!” and Mir, feeling a bit embarrassed, responds with an unidentifiable laugh which sounds something like “kehonghonghong”. Let us keep our eyes on this show every Wednesday evening and see if these naive-dols and their chicer-than-“chic-dols” producer will be able to make yet another cable TV history.

Reporter : Yoon Hee-Seong
Photographer : Chae ki-won
Editor : Lynn Kim, Jang Kyung-Jin
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