Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Invincible Youth

Invincible Youth (Hangul: 청춘불패; Hanja: 靑春不敗; romanized: cheong-chun-bul-pae) is a South Korean variety show which aired on KBS2 from October 23, 2009 to December 24, 2010. The show features 7 girls (collectively known as G7) from top K-Pop idol groups wherein they experience how it is to live and survive in the rural Korea outdoors. The 7 girls initially included Narsha of Brown Eyed Girls, Han Sunhwa of Secret, Hyuna of 4minute, Hyomin of T-ara, Sunny and Kwon Yuri of Girls' Generation, and Goo Hara of Kara.
On Friday, May 14, 2010, the PD of the show Kim Ho Sang announced that Sunny, Yuri, and Hyuna will be leaving the show due to scheduling conflicts with their respective groups' overseas promotions. Their final filming will take place on Wednesday, May 19. Their replacements will be decided through private auditions with members of other K-pop girl groups, and will be revealed in early June. On May 30 was finally confirmed that After School’s Jooyeon, f(x)’s Victoria and Kim Sori will become the three new members of G7 on Invincible Youth. Kim Jong Min (of Koyote) also became a semi permanent member for a month under the moniker of being a "Variety show mentor" for the new members.
On the August 27th Episode, it was announced that Kim Tae Woo will be taking a temporary leave of absence due to a surgery he is to receive for his throat. He vowed to come back to the show as soon as he makes a full recovery. Starting episode 44, Song Eun Yi has filled in as a semi-permanent MC in Kim Tae Woo's absence. On the 8th of December 2010, it was revealed that Invincible Youth has wrapped up recording of their finale episode. They have filmed over one year, starting in October 2009.KBS 2TV’s variety program, “Invincible Youth,” will be touching viewers’ hearts once more with a second season.
Kim Sang Ho PD revealed to Star News on December 10th, “The show is not going to be discontinued. Viewers can take it as an end to season one. We will soon be seeing our viewers once again next year through a second season.”
The show first aired in October as a unique program that had various girl groups working on farms; currently, the final episode for ’season one’ is waiting to air on December 24th.
Meanwhile, the producer continued, “We’re not discontinuing the show because of low viewer ratings. There’s been a lot of conflicting schedules due to girl groups like KARA expanding their activities overseas. It was difficult to take out some of the fixed members, so we decided to end season one for now. There’s a lot of trust being placed on the worth of the ‘Invincible Youth’ brand. After discussions with other producers, everyone agreed to end season one and go ahead with season two next year.” 


Invincible Youth Members 


Cast (Hangul) Date Nicknames Notes
Nam Huiseok (남희석) October 23, 2009-December 12, 2009 Nam MC
Uncle Huiseok
Left for personal reasons
Noh Juhyeon (노주현) October 23, 2009-December 24, 2010 Village Chief
Kim Taewoo (김태우) October 23, 2009-December 24, 2010 Bear Taewoo Went on temporary leave after episode 44 in order to undergo throat surgery
Kim Shinyeong (김신영) October 23, 2009-December 24, 2010 Pig (Don) Chef
Korea's Famous Comedian

Song Euni (송은이) September 10, 2010-24 December 2010 Song Senior Temporary replacement for Kim Taewoo


Present G7 Members

Cast (Hangul) Date Group Nicknames
Narsha (나르샤) 23 October 2009 - 24 December 2010 Brown Eyed Girls Adult-Dol
Hyomin (효민) 23 October 2009 - 24 December 2010 T-ara Folding Screen or Wallflower (Byeongpung)
Naming Master
C.E.O Girl (Completely Edited Out Girl)
Han Seonhwa (한선화) 23 October 2009 - 24 December 2010 Secret White Paper
Wet Feet Girl
Blank (Baekji) Seonhwa
Air Head (Baekdu) Seonhwa
Goo Hara (구하라) 23 October 2009 - 24 December 2010 Kara Haragoo
Childish Hara/Yu Chi Hara
Goosain Bolt
Stealthy Hara
Thief Hara
Juyeon (주연) 18 June 2010- 24 December 2010 After School Clumsy Juyeon
Burdensome ("Jim") Juyeon
Dead Weight Juyeon
Victoria Song (빅토리아/송치엔/宋茜) 18 June 2010 - 24 December 2010 F(x) Wu Lin Girl
Censor Vic
Sori (김소리) 18 June 2010 - 24 December 2010 Solo Artist Vein Sori


Past members

Cast (Hangul) Date Group Nickname
Sunny (써니) 23 October 2009 - 11 June 2010 Girls' Generation Soonkyu (순규)
Ssanti (싼티)
Yuri (유리) 23 October 2009 - 11 June 2010 Girls' Generation Idol with stomach hair
Idol with smile lines
Yoochi-ri Village's Daughter-in-law
Class President Yul
HyunA (김현아) 23 October 2009 - 11 June 2010 4minute Maknae (The Youngest)
Producer Kim
Jing Jing (whiny) Hyuna


Member Pairings

  • Hyuna and Hara : Yoochi "Immature" Sisters
  • Hyuna and Sunny : Edgy Sisters
  • Sunny and Hyomin : Her "Folding Screen", SunByung Couple
  • Yuri and Hara : Night Club Sisters
  • Narsha and Taewoo : Water Mill Couple


List of special guests

  • Episode 6 (2009 November 28): Minho (SHINee).
  • Episode 10 (2009 December 25): (Christmas Special) (Couple) Ko Se-won with Sunhwa, Park Hui-soon with Hyomin, Son Ho Young(G.O.D) with Sunny, Onew (SHINee) with Hara, Im Seul-ong (2AM) with Yuri , Heo Kyung-hwan with Narsha.
  • Episode 18 (2010 February 19): Heechul (Super Junior), B2ST, Yun Jung Hoon, Lee Gye-in, Nicole Jung (Kara), Hyoyeon (Girls' Generation)
  • Episode 19 (2010 February 26): Roh Yoo-min (formerly a part of NRG), Shindong (Super Junior) → Substituted Kim Tae-woo who held a concert in the United States
  • Episode 20 (2010 March 5): Lee Gye-in, the man and his family from the movie Old Partner
  • Episode 22 (2010 March 19): Sooyoung (Girls' Generation) → Substituted Yuri who could not participate due to swine influenza
  • Episode 23 (2010 March 26): Koo Jun-yup, Ock Ju-hyun
  • Episode 24 (2010 April 9): Koo Jun-yup[3]
  • Episode 26 (2010 April 30): Ham Eunjung (T-ara) → Substituting for Goo Hara, who did not appear due to Kara's sponsorship promotions in Thailand, Kim Jong Min (Koyote)
  • Episode 27 (2010 May 7): Lee Joon (MBLAQ), Jeong Jun-ha.
  • Episode 29 (2010 May 21): and Episode 30 (2010 May 28): Gag 7 (Cast of Gag Concert)
  • Episode 36 (2010 July 9): Secret and Shinji (Koyote) → Surprise guests for G7's Special Army Concert
  • Episode 37 (2010 July 16) and Episode 38 (2010 July 23): Sunny → Special invitation for the G7's trip to Japan
  • Episode 39 (2010 July 30): Chun Myung-Hoon (formerly of NRG), Ko Ju-Won
  • Episode 40 (2010 August 6): MBLAQ
  • Episode 41 (2010 August 13): (Summer Vacation Special) MBLAQ, Jiyeon (T-ara), Lee Seok-Hoon (SG Wannabe), Park Hyun-Bin
  • Episode 42 (2010 August 20): Yuri → Special invitation for G7 Farm Products Exhibition, Gag 7
  • Episode 43 (2010 August 27): 2PM, Lizzy (After School), Jea (Brown Eyed Girls) → Substituting for Goo Hara and Victoria Song who were absent due to their respective group's promotions in Japan
  • Episode 44 (2010 September 10): Garam (Dae Guk Nam Ah), Kim Young-Chul
  • Episode 48 (2010 October 8): Park Gwang Hyun
  • Episode 51 (2010 October 29): (1 Year anniversary special; Part 1): Sunny, Hyuna, Ko Ju-Won, Lee Gye-In, Chun Myung-Hoon and Kim Taewoo
  • Episode 52 (2010 November 5): (1 Year anniversary special; Part 2): f(x) (Luna, Sulli, Krystal), Song Ji-Eun (Secret), Kang Ji-Young (Kara)
  • Episode 54 (2010 November 26): Bora (SISTAR)→ Substituting for Goo Hara and Narsha who were absent due to their respective group's promotions in Japan
  • Episode 55 (2010 December 03): Taemin (SHINee) → Substituting for Victoria



These segments were/are part the show that were featured from time to time.
  • "Yuri's Yoga Class" - Yuri teaching the G7 members and occasionally Yoochiri residents various yoga poses.
  • Ownership Quiz - G7 members play a quiz game which would decide the ownership of a newly arrived animal or farm commodity.
  • "Yoochiri Queen Service" - G7 members go to the houses of various Yoochiri residents to do whatever that is asked.
  • Food eating game - A game to see who eats various food (such as radish, jajangmyun, watermelon, etc.) the fastest.
  • "Hara's Yoochi-Gag" - Hara would spontaneously make a corny joke that is usually of anti-humour variety. Also occasionally done by Hyuna.
  • "Ppong Talk (literally "joke talk")" - Members would make a joke to each other which are of ridiculous claim; such as Narsha saying she kissed village Chief Noh last night or Hyomin claiming that she is a variety show ace or the funniest member of the show.
  • Pronunciation Game - A game in which the members have to say a phrase that is difficult to pronounce the fastest. Usually with a food prize on the line.
  • "Yoochiri News" - This mock news segment featured Yuri as a main anchor with other G7 members playing the roles of reporters. It would cover the progress of various farm products in the village as well as public interests in the village. It was shown at the beginning as well as end of the episode.
  • "Taewoo's Own Proposal " - Taewoo would spontaneously come up with a suggestion in a middle of a conversation(usually involving playing a game) to the dismay of the G7 members.
  • "Gag Silmido" - During times when the G7 members concentrate on the work too much and show gets boring, Shinyoung forcefully directs the G7 members to come up with something funny. Usually involves doing an imitation or a parody.



KBS 2TV’s variety program, “Invincible Youth,” will be touching viewers’ hearts once more with a second season. It is said to return fall of 2011. Chairman Producer (CP) Kim Ho Sang, who is planning the second season of "Invincible Youth" told Star News on August 31, “Season one was a farming variety and for season two, we are gearing towards a fishing variety.” Kim CP also added, “We’re currently looking into a fishing village on the west coast.” Kim CP also added, “We chose the fishing village as the setting for the second season to show a whole new side to the girl group members. I’m anticipating for the girl group members to adjust to the fishing village and also bring a whole new joy to viewers.” In regards to recruitment, Kim CP spoke up saying, “Like the first season, the show will comprise of seven members to create G7. After season one ended, a lot of girl groups entered the music scene as we’ll have a broad range to form a group from. Currently we are in the process of recruitment.” The second season is setting its goal to enter broadcasting as a replacement for the fall edition. The only thing set for certain is the location of the fishing village on the west coast and that there will be seven girl group members participating in the show.



The ending theme of every episode is a track titled "All About You" by an English pop rock group named Mcfly, which was released on 2005 and included in their Wonderland album.

Source: Wikipedia

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