4:44 pm - 02/01/2018

New show "Idol Moms" shows why mothers are true star makers

There were times when young K-pop wannabes had to confront parents who were unsupportive of their seemingly rugged dreams. But with K-pop’s recent global success, the situation is now vastly different, with mothers of idol hopefuls standing firmly at the forefront of raising their kids to be the next K-pop stars.

To deliver such a message, “Idol Moms,” Lifetime Korea’s new reality show co-produced with S.M Entertainment, focuses on the lives of such young K-pop wannabes and their mothers, who fully support their children’s dreams and even act as their managers. Inspired by popular American program “Dance Moms,” which centers on interactions between young wannabe dancers and their mothers, “Idol Moms” follows the progress of five youngsters, Yeom Da-hyun, Kim Nae-oh, Jung Jae-woong, Lee Hyun-jin and Yoo Chae-young, as they go through intensive trainings and missions to sign up with major entertainment agencies, with the help of their proactive mothers. The children, most of whom are elementary students, were selected through competitive auditions.

Singer Kangta, formerly a member of K-pop boy group H.O.T. and a current board member of S.M., will serve as a host and mentor, while two of S.M.’s top trainers -- renowned vocal trainer Jang Jin-young and popular dance trainer Kim Tae-woo -- will train the participants.

“Those contestants, they have amazing mothers. And I think having such supportive mothers is a strong competitive edge for young K-pop wannabes. I’ve also been a trainee in the past, and parents used to oppose our decisions. But the culture has changed now,” said Kangta during a media conference for “Idol Moms” in Seoul on Tuesday, also attended by the children and their mothers.

In the world of K-pop, it has long been viewed that agencies, which pick out young talents and ”manufacture“ them into idols through years of rigorous training, held significant influence over any individual power. What has been shown to the public mostly are trainees struggling with their cutthroat schedules under the watchful eyes and tight supervision of agencies. But program director Park Seung-ho said he wanted to shed light on the roles of mothers, who fiercely jump into the star-making game, and their conflicts with their children in the process. In the program, mothers strictly manage their children’s health and diet plan, as well as their schedules.

“Unlike other audition shows, our program’s focus is not on competition. Rather, it aims to show how ‘Hallyu’ is created in intricate and difficult procedures. And mothers are ‘heroines’ in this show. We hope to depict how mothers and their children take their first step in dealing with the complications of making their kids into stars,” Park said.

The program director said the mothers hail from different backgrounds, including a former super model, and some of them enjoy dancing even more than their children.

Park also emphasized that he hopes the program avoids being called a commercial program for recruiting young participants and repressing their free will.

“I know some could have a critical view of the show for featuring young children, but all of them are starring in the show out of their own will. And we hope viewers will see the program’s keyword ‘family’ and its warmth,” Park said.

Viewers will also get a peek into S.M.’s systematic training systems in “Idol Moms,” which will feature other big name artists from the agency.

“Idol Moms” will air its first episode on Lifetime Korea, a channel launched by US-based global content company A+E Networks last year, on Thursday at 8 p.m. KST. It will also air in about 30 other countries through Lifetime Asia.

source: KPopHerald
goshipgurl 2nd-Feb-2018 01:27 am (UTC)
so basically a program about stage moms
topismine 2nd-Feb-2018 02:00 am (UTC)
Dance Moms of Korea? I may check out an episode or two
gigabytexx 2nd-Feb-2018 03:33 am (UTC)
I’m surprised to see Kasper there, he looks nothing like in instagram.
But despite it’s being produced by SM, the kids are shown being dance-trained with BTS songs lmao
timetobegin 2nd-Feb-2018 07:48 am (UTC)
Great, another show about offensive stage parents. I guess the only reason Somi's dad isnt there is because the show os SM produced?

Edited at 2018-02-02 07:49 am (UTC)
ssehun 2nd-Feb-2018 10:10 am (UTC)
urrrgghh watched the show for a bit yesterday evening and i felt bad for the kids while they auditioned. kangta tried to be nice and temper the comments he gave, but the other 2 trainers were too harsh, imo, especially since these are kids who are 10, 11 years old with limited or no training. (one kid was a kid idol, which i didn't know was a thing until yesterday evening)

idk i think the worst part was when one of the kids was auditioning, and you could tell she wasn't into it AT ALL she had no life while singing whatsoever and the mom was in the back hanging her head and i'm like hot damn mother!!

yxerin 2nd-Feb-2018 04:03 pm (UTC)
don't. we don't need to watch while children get their souls crushed by the idol industry n their obsessive mothers
gigabytexx 2nd-Feb-2018 07:34 pm (UTC)
Most of the mothers said that they're following what the children want. One mom even said that she thinks her kid has no talent and is not really excel at something, but when her kid said she wants to be an idol, this mom agreed to join the show because she wants to see if her kid really has a talent in this field. Otherwise the kid should just stop and pursue something else.
Another mom also said to her kid "You will be trained for 7 hours a day, can you take it?" I mean, at least she shows concern. I didn't really see the mothers being obsessed or anything in this show (compared to mothers in Dance Moms), maybe there's one or two mothers that actually have obsession to train their kids, but in this first episode everything seems quite normal for me.
yxerin 4th-Feb-2018 01:31 am (UTC)
10 year olds don't have the mental capacity to make these kinds of life-changing decisions though, and kids want stuff that's bad for them all the time. idk, i just think ppl who let their kids go into this industry n sign awful contracts that last 7-10 years are not rlly fit to be parents
gigabytexx 4th-Feb-2018 08:03 am (UTC)
I dont know much about the contract thing, did they really sign that long? (in this show)

Off topic; but what you said kinda reminds me of Angelina Jolie’s daughter.....

I personally agree with parents who provide for kids who wants a lot of things, I mean if a kid wants to learn piano, or dance, or drawing etc and parents provide the tools and education for it eventhough they knew the kids might get bored quickly, i think it’s awesome. I wish my mom did the same thing because at least I can know what I’m good at, and I might be able to switch professions bec I would’ve had the basic for it. But that’s prob just me lol.
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