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The variety show is a staple of South Korean entertainment.  A far cry from the westís idea of the genre, which runs closer to the old Ed Sullivan show; with a host, a lot of guest acts, and skits and songs in between.  South Korean variety features everything from heart-to-heart talk shows, to raucous games and contests, to BIG BROTHER-style reality programming.

Two of the creators behind one of Koreaís most successful varieties, RUNNING MAN, have produced BUSTED!, a new show that pits teams of celebrities against each other to solve a mystery.  BUSTED! is produced in partnership with NETFLIX to be seen in 190 countries; a first for a South Korean variety programme.

In an exclusive for THE DIVA REVIEW, South Koreaís King of Variety, Yoo Jae-suk {유재석}, his RUNNING MAN partner, Lee Kwang-soo {이광수}, and Oh Sehun {오세훈} of K-Popís globally popular supergroup, EXO, sat for a hilarious  and reveling chat with LMD about co-hosting BUSTED!, its new fun and challenges, and their feelings about meeting so many new fans around the world.

Dig it!

 

BUSTED!

Sehun, Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Kwang-soo

 

The Lady Miz Diva:  What made BUSTED! different or special compared to other variety programmes?  What made each of you want to be involved?

Lee Kwang-soo:  First of all, I was cast in RUNNING MAN.  The producer of RUNNING MAN, who gave me the opportunity to be in RUNNING MAN, told me there was a new, fun project, and I was offered the opportunity, and I love being with Yoo Jae-suk, as well.  

It was a great team, and I was really thankful.  Itís also a new challenge, and I thought that I would really be able to have fun with it.  Thatís why I joined the project.

Sehun:  When I first heard about this project, there are great, talented, more senior actors and entertainers, and I could really work with them, and so I really wanted to work on the project.  

And itís also Netflix, right?  Itís in 190 countries; thatís a massive audience, and being able to participate in that, it was an honour for me, personally.

Yoo Jae-suk:  I agree with what everybody else said, and I would just like to add on to that that I think the reason that I chose this programme was because of its newness.  Itís new.  Itís something that I havenít done before.  And I canít say that itís completely new; there are aspects of other things that Iíve done, but theyíve put that together in a new way.  And the 10 episodes that have been put together -- for me, Iím even curious as to how the 10 episodes look.  

We chose it because it was new for us, and we donít know if the viewers are going to feel the same newness.  Weíre curious as to how the viewers will respond.

 

LMD:  That actually leads into my next question.  Because BUSTED! is being seen by a worldwide audience, thanks to NETFLIX, are you a bit apprehensive that there might be aspects of the show that international viewers might not understand?

LKs:  Now, there are a lot of viewers watching it, and I think was a burden, but it was also something that we looked forward to; the great opportunity.  

Now, when we were shooting and being detectives in the episodes; for me, I wasnít really thinking about the global viewership, or that concern.  I thought, ĎLetís just have fun!  Letís just have fun amongst ourselves, and Iíll do my best.í  I thought that naturally, youíll see us having fun and working hard, and then theyíll really enjoy that.  And we hope that weíll be able to share that spirit.

Sehun:  This is the first time Iíve been in a variety.  And to the viewers, thinking if they would have fun, would they enjoy it or not; to be honest, I didnít even have the wits to think that far.  

I just thought, these are all more senior hyung -- theyíre older brothers, theyíre my big brothers, right?  I just didnít want to be a burden on them.  That was my intention; I didnít want to ruin things for them.  They were great; they made me feel nice and comfortable, and I was able to do well in the shots, and that was great.

YJs:  As you mentioned, that was something that I didnít consider; that just because itís fun for us, it doesnít mean itíll have the same global appeal, right?  But if you think about it on the flipside -- letís say thereís something really fun in the US, or another country; itís not a linguistic thing -- even if we donít speak the same language, we think that itís fun.  

So, thatís what we believe about BUSTED!:  We think itís fun for us, and itís something that we are certainly wishing and hoping for; I hope that it will be fun for the global audience.  Thatís the attitude that we had, and we tried to make it as fun as possible.

 

LMD:  Well, we know from RUNNING MAN that Mr. Lee is known as the King of Foul PlayÖ

{All laugh}

YJs:  You got it right!

LKs:  No, thatís a misunderstanding!  Iím not that way!

 

LMD:  Iíve seen RUNNING MAN.

Sehun:  {Laughing} Yeah, youíre right.

 

LMD:  Amongst the three of you; what crime-solving skills are you bringing to BUSTED!?

YJs:  Kwang-soo doesnít have any skills!

LKs:  Iím the brains!

YJs:  Hey, you donít know what youíre saying.  She saw RUNNING MAN, you canít be the brains!

LKs:  You see, you see?  Okay, you saw RUNNING MAN, so I guess you know who I am.  Personally, I want to be a bit different from RUNNING MAN, as a detective.  I want to show you the detective side of me, and youíll be able to see that in these episodes.  And Diva, you can look forward to that, I can guarantee that.  And donít be too surprised at how great I am.  Thatís it!

YJs:  You see, you see?  Sheís laughing!

 

LMD:  Iím not saying anythingÖ

YJs:  Yep, thatís right.  Thatís the best answer; donít say anything.  Itís not even not worth responding to.

 

LMD:  Sehun, as a member of EXO, you appeared on RUNNING MAN with Mr. Yoo and Mr. Lee, and INFINITY CHALLENGE, and other shows since the groupís early days.  You mentioned how great you felt to have them with you as you became a first-time host with BUSTED!  In all those years having known them and worked with them as a guest, you seem to have a close relationship with them.  I wonder how those men have changed, or your relationship with them has changed since you met them years ago?

Sehun:  Itís a very difficult question.  As a member of EXO, now you can see the real side of me.  I donít think before, you had a lot of opportunity to see the real me.  There was always a script.  There was always a concept that I had to fit:  I had to sing, I had to dance according to that concept, but thatís not the true me, right?  

Now, if you look at BUSTED!, you can see the real me as Sehun, and I think thatís something that you can look forward to.  And the reason I was able to be real was because of these big brothers, and they were really able to allow me to be myself.  I hope that the global audience will be able to see a new side of me.

YJs:  You can really look forward to Sehun.  There are great things that youíll see in him.  I really like Sehun.

 

~ The Lady Miz Diva

April 30th, 2018

 

With many thanks to the staff of NETFLIX for their kindness and excellent arrangements, and to interpreter Mark, for his amazing skills.

 

 

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Photos

Exclusive photos by Mr. Seung Jung

Stills courtesy of  NETFLIX

 

 

 

 

 

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