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Idols are ‘supermen’ and ‘superwomen’? They want to rest too…

From drama, variety, movies, radio to public performances, the opportunities that idols see these days have increased. It has become an age where idols have to explore other areas and not just stay in one to show off their charms. And these idols will need to spend their energy in the various areas they are exploring into.

The phrase ‘one source multi use’ is just the right one to use on idols. Even though they debuted as singers, they don’t show just the features of a singer. If the stage is not ‘wide’ enough for one, one move on to look at drama, movie, theatre and musicals etc, to show more of one’s charms and talents one cannot show in just the short duration of 3 minutes on stage. In the midst of achieving that, these idols will need the strength of that of an ‘iron man’. Even though this is a chance for the singers to up their rich and fame, without the energy to do so is also useless.


Of the idols, Super Junior has many unique group activities – Super Junior K.R.Y, Super Junior T, Super Junior M, Super Junior Happy. Members Choi SiWon is also exploring into other areas like drama and movie.

Another example is girlgroup So Nyeo Shi Dae with the members doing various other solo activities, they also had unique group ‘Room mate’ consisting of members Jessica, Tiffany and SeoHyun. Member YoonA is also seen doing various drama appearances, showing various features through those appearances.

Group KARA member Goo Hara, who joined the group later, is enjoying increasing popularity through her appearance on KBS Invincible Youth previously. And GyuRi is also showing a different charming side of her through her DJ activities on MBC radio ‘ShinDong GyuRi‘s ShimShimTaPa’. SHINee member Onew has also recently taken up the challenge of musical acting.

This is one of the strategies that agencies adopt for their idols. Idols showing various charms is one of the ways to money and wealth creation for the agencies. But under the directing of their agencies, the energy of these idols will obviously run out one day. Even though we cannot say that all idols promote in such manner, but there are a considerable number of them promoting under such strategies by their agencies.

But if these idols are to take a moment to rest, they will quickly be forgotten by the masses. A music critic commented, “Nowadays, we call the way the singers promote without much rest as ‘lightning attack’. Not even talking about 1 year, even if they are to rest for a few months, they will be forgotten quickly. And to maintain their popularity, these people have to show themselves constantly on TV in various forms. Also, because of that, singers also don’t release full length album but minialbums more often as they will mean using up lesser time and costs.”

In order to keep up to speed of changing tastes of the masses and media, and as contracted under agencies, these idols are only moving in the directions told to them.

S: MyDaily

30 Responses

  1. HanKyung requested some rest many times because of stomach problems. SM said no, and now we SuJu fans miss him so much. I think SM was really stupid and selfish in his case. TT.TT

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  6. 2ne1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they haven’t been promoting for nearly a year now… cryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    BUT THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!!

  7. As fans,we are happy 2 c our fave idols exploring other aspects in the entertainment industry..It’s nice 2 c my fave idols venturing into acting,hosting and appearing in variety shows..However,i know it’s not an easy task entertaining viewers while at the same time juggling singing and other stuff as well..I hope their companies let them have proper rest as well..It’s better to hear my fave idols taking good care of their health rather then having to hear news of them injured or falling sick due 2 their super busy schedule..🙂

  8. I’m just wondering, how they can maintance the school things if they are so busy with the scedule..?

  9. & don’t forget T-ara! ;0 I think they’re working the hardest at this point with their dramas and shows, especially hyomin and jiyeon…

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  11. its the risk they shud take.. i think some idols like it this way (doing shows, cfs, etc) instead of actually singing (since some hv no talent)

  12. I think some companies feel that if their idols are gone long, then their popularity will decrease. &nd I think some idols feel the same way. Otherwise they wouldn’t be overworked.

  13. They work hard and they are definitely overworked.
    SM puts his people to work, thats what he does, and they should know that. I know I am being selfish when I say this, but I do love seeing them more! I think other entertainment companies follow the same procedures as well.

    As for YG, I love the way he handles things, he lets his people rest (for a long ass time!). But I would love it if they would come back already, cause its been like a full year (many of his artists)! I would say he spoils his ‘kids’, shoot I remember them Jinusean days. And his artists are rarely on shows.

  14. Honestly guys, they ARE over worked.. but if you ever read fans that stalk singers everyday..
    singers meet their friends, families.. hang out. They do everything they want even with their packed schedules. Need proof?
    Go read fanaccounts that “saseng” fans wrong.

  15. yeah they work a lot if they don’t there popularity will take a hit i think only YG artist can take a long rest and still be popular.

    • Agree ! Please someone tell the girls that they have rested enough ! We’re waiting for you 2NE1… BB are in Japan so we can’t say that they are inactive. BTW 2NE1TVs2 this week !!

    • Well, i will not call it a rest.
      Some of them release solo albums, tweet everything they do ( even small things became issue ), cf’s , etc. ofcourse they’d still be popular.

      THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

      • totally agree to canon…

      • Agree.

        I don’t get how people call BB or 2NE1 a rest. They constantly appeared with CFs, Variety shows, solo albums, dramas, musicals, singles (turn it up, cotton candy, please don’t go, you&i, try to copy me), random tweets to update fans.

        What u call a long hiatus from korean music scene is BoA. She barely came back for 5 years. Only that Anycall CF and perf in 2008 SBS Gayo. But Boa’s case is not a rest as well.
        It was hiatus from kpop scene.

      • Seriously, and BoA was doing whatever she was doing for her American debut which didn’t quite fail, it was just, not QUITE what Americans really want at this point, unfortunately. She was definitely studying, taking lessons in dancing and singing.

      • 2ne1 this year only have a total of 12 activities while other group fans can’t even keep track of their favorite idols 23251451 activities.

        So yeah, I think it safe to say that 2ne1 have long period of rest.

  16. Those idols are overworked, aren’t they? T__T
    Poor kids.

    By the way, I know that sookyeong only translated this article, but I want to point out that there’s no such thing as SNSD’s sub-unit named ‘Roommate’. It’s such a common misconception but actually, ‘Roommate’ is the producer for JeTiHyun’s song, just like E-Tribe or Brave Brothers, etc.

    • Yeah, I looked at that strangely as that was not what I recalled either….

      Sigh, I swear, I wouldn’t be surprised if we had idols suiciding left and right by this point DDDDDD’: ㅠㅠㅠㅠ

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