How are music show MCs selected?
In the K-pop scene, there are currently six well-known Korean music shows that feature idols, including SBS’s “Inkigayo”, KBS’s “Music Bank”, SBS M’s “The Show”, “Show! Music Core” by MBC, “Mnet “M Countdown” and “Show Champion” by MBC Music.
One of the oldest traditions of Korean music broadcasts is the presence of celebrities as MCs. Over the years, this has included veteran actors, rising stars, and mostly idols.
In fact, appearing on a music show is considered a rite of passage for many young artists, and fans always eagerly await their favorite idol/actor’s turn.
Over the years, these shows have had legendary MCs (hosts) like Minho from SHINee and Yubin from Wonder Girls, actors Park Bo Gum and Irene from Red Velvet, SungHoon from ENHYPEN and Wonyoung from IVE, and more.
The biggest role of MCs in a music show is to greet both viewers and K-pop idols with their beaming smiles, and they are also responsible for warming up performers in front of their stages.
The MCs are important because they give all the energy to both the audience and the artists present.
Being an MC can also be a way for lesser-known artists to become known and thereby gain popularity by drawing attention to their band or their work.
Some MCs may also be more popular to increase show ratings.
But how are these MCs selected?
According to a music show manager:
“We are looking for an MC who can show the color of the program well. The biggest criterion is whether the audience likes it or whether other singers can present fresh and varied stimuli well. »
Another music show manager said:
“We select them by thoroughly examining whether they have the right energy to deliver music and also considering their animation skills. »
With every new MC bringing something new to the show, fans always seem to fall in love with MCs, proving that music shows know how to spot talent!