Daesung, Yoona, and Taekyeon from top idol groups Big Bang, SNSD and 2PM are taking on Lee Seungki’s ‘Triple Crown.’
Lee Seungki received much love last year as ‘Heodang Seungki’ on KBS 2TV’s ‘1 Night 2 Days’, ‘Rough Seungki’ in SBS’s ‘Brilliant Legacy,’ and as ‘Romantic Seungki’ with his digital single album ‘Will you marry me?’
While there are many stars crossing-over into other areas, Lee Seungki is the only one to successfully conquer all three: variety, drama, and music. It just goes to show how difficult it is to do well in three completely different fields of entertainment. But in 2010 there’s a lot of anticipation for these three stars to take on the challenge of the ‘Triple Crown’ and become the next ‘Post-Lee Seungki.’
The one with the biggest advantage is Big Bang’s Daesung. For the past few years he’s grounded his footing as one of Korea’s top idol group stars with hits like ‘Lies,’ ‘Haru Haru,’ ‘Last Greeting,’ and ‘Sunset Glow,’ and has also had success with his solo album.
Daesung was also a part of SBS’s very popular ‘Family Outing’ which at one point reached past 30% viewership ratings, and was highly active in all sorts of variety programs, dominating as top ‘variety-dol.’ (t/n: variety+idol=variety-dol) With music and variety under his belt, he has been casted for the drama ‘What’s up’ and will be making his small-screen debut very soon.
Daesung’s last obstacle before winning all 3, ‘What’s up?’ is highly anticipated as its writer Song Jina has also penned the hits ‘The Eyes of Dawn,’ ‘Sandglass,’ ‘Daemang,’ and ‘Story of a Man.’ He has also received nods of acknowledgement for his performances in the musical ‘Cats’ last year, and with the decision to not be in Family Outing 2, he will be able to better focus on his acting.
If Daesung’s last task is acting, then SNSD’s Yoona’s is variety. Last December, SNSD swept various award show winnings and has dominated as today’s best girl group. Yoona also was the star of 40% viewership ratings as Jang Saebyuk in KBS’s immensely popular daily drama ‘You are my Destiny.’
Yoona’s last step before attaining the ‘Triple Crown’ is ‘Family Outing.’ Even though she was casted in ‘Family Outing’ season 2, the show’s popularity is not guaranteed based on the success of the first season alone. It’s also unsure whether she’ll be ready to throw away her image and be able to adapt to ‘real variety’ as band-mates Sooyoung, Yuri and Sunny have.
Compared to the other two, Taekyeon from immensely loved 2PM (‘Again & Again,’ ‘I Hate You,’ ‘Heartbeat’) is at a disadvantage. In addition to being casted as Jungwoo, a lead role in upcoming ‘Cinderalla Unni,’ he was also added to the cast of ‘Family Outing.’ He will have to tackle both acting and variety at the same time.
There’s no doubt Taekyeon will feel the pressure of having to digest the extremely hectic filming schedule of a mini-series while going on overnight trips to the country -side every 2 weeks. There will also be the difficulty of having to maintain a humorous image on variety shows, while in his drama he’ll be portraying a character that silently yearns for the girl he loves.
However, not all is at loss. He has already shown he’s got an excellent knack for variety in MBC every1’s ‘Idol Army Season 3’ as well as Mnet’s ‘Wild Bunny.’ He will also have strong co-stars Moon Geunyoung, Chun Jungmyung, and Seowoo in his upcoming drama, so he definitely has the potential to reach for the ‘Triple Crown.’
Translated by qvinx @ omona_prection