A South-Korean variety show started in 2011. It is one of the longest-running shows to air in Japan on satellite TV. Weekly Idol airs every Wednesday at 7:30 PM KST on the channel MBC M. Genie Pictures, the show’s production business, was bought by FNC Add Culture on January 15, 2018, then FNC Add Culture was acquired by SM Entertainment on May 18, 2018, and renamed SM Life Design Group.
This show invites Korean Idols (Individual artists and Groups). It is a wholesome show which includes interviews, games as well a talent display. During the first season of Weekly Idol, the show was hosted by comedian Jeong Hyeong-don and rapper Defconn. MBC Every1 stated on February 22, 2018, that both hosts would be leaving the show.
Former Roo’ra member Lee Sang-min, as well as comedians Yoo Se-yoon and Kim Shin-young, were chosen to host the show’s second season, which premiered on April 11, 2018. On November 21, 2018, it was reported that all three hosts, current producers, and crew would be leaving the show in January 2019 and that the program would be restructured.
On December 18, 2018, it was revealed that comedians Nam Chang-hee and Jo Se-ho, as well as ZE:Hwang A’s Kwang-hee, would be the new presenters for the show’s third season. The third season premiered on January 9, 2019.
Then on February 12, 2020, it was revealed that Jo Se-ho and Nam Chang-hee will step down as hosts, and that special MCs will be hired to assist Hwang Kwang-hee in presenting each show, beginning with the programme on February 19 and ending with the episode on April 15. On April 17, it was revealed that Super Junior’s Eunhyuk will join the regular MC cast with Hwang Kwang-hee beginning with the April 22 show.
Segments are included in every episode
- Introduction of the Guests: The members introduce themselves and send their hopes for the upcoming segments.
- The hosts ask fans’ questions as well as their requests for the guests. It’s like an interview session, particularly for the fans’ curiosity. The guests also fulfill the fans’ requests.
- In this segment, the idols perform a series of songs and dance covers.
- A modified section for a member of Fromis 9 to sing a cover of an English song. This is one of the few situations when the set’s backdrop changes to purple to match the group’s representative color.
Every episode runs for approximately 45 minutes, including all the segments mentioned above.
Some segments include Before (Season 1 & 2 of Weekly Idol)
Prior to “Idol of the Week,” Weekly Idol only featured one part, “Real Chart! Idol Self-Ranking,” in which idols were asked to rank each other on various issues. This was eventually replaced with “I Wonder If You Know,” in which hosts featured idols Ilhoon (BtoB) and Bomi (Apink) predict one of two answers about idols provided to them, with food as a prize.
This segment was replaced by “Weekly Food Tasting,” in which hosts Hayoung (Apink), Mina (AOA), and N (VIXX) perform missions to win meals. The second section was “Idols Are the Best,” in which the featured idols, Jackson (Got7), Jooheon (Monsta X), SinB (GFriend), and Dahyun, were assigned various duties (twice).
On February 22, 2017, a brand-new segment of “Masked Idol: Your Name Is” was released. In this, masked idols compete against one another; the winner gets to take off his or her mask and promote himself or herself and/or his or her group, while the losers must attend the contest the following week with one new masked idol.
Previous Weekly Idol Episode: Season 3 Episode 190
On Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, Episode 578 of the whole series of Weekly Idol was released. That is Episode 190 of Season 3 of Weekly Idol. In this episode, the guest group was The Oneus, a K-pop idol group formed by RBW with six members; Ravn, Seoho, Leedo, Keonhee, Hwanwoong, and Xion.
As usual, the show started with the introductions of guests that were Oneus members, and a small segment of conversation took place between the MCs and the guests. Then, about 3:30 minutes later, we got to see Oneus perform a dance cover of their latest song, “Same Scent,” released just 2 days ago.
After their performance, the question & answer segment started. When half of the Episode finished, Oneus performed a series of singing segments, including the songs ASWE (A Song Written Easily) of Oneus, STUPID LOVE of Supernova, and BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS by BTS. It was a beautiful segment with Oneus hitting the high notes like nothing.
In the ending segment, we were shown Oneus playing the song and choreography of the song and were supposed to dance to them.
Release Date for Weekly Idol Season 3 Episode 191
The next episode of Weekly Idol is going to air on September 14th, 2022, on MBC M at 7:30 PM KST and on MBC Every1 at 12:00 AM. And is going to have CIX as the Guest Idol group, which is a five-member South Korean boy band formed by C9 Entertainment in 2019, consisting of Jinyoung, BX, Seunghun, Hyunsuk, and Yonghee.
Where to stream
For Korean fans, it will be easily available on Television channels MBC M and MBC Every1 at the time mentioned above. But for international fans, some alternative is required. And there is a solution to this issue; Weekly Idol is available on Viu as well as Netflix with English subtitles. You just have to have a subscription to any of the mentioned platforms, and you will be able to stream Weekly Idol.