The surge of the Korean wave no doubt results in fans around the world searching for different platforms to indulge themselves in various K-Pop programmes. Starting this month, audiences in Southeast Asia can welcome another avenue, where they get to catch more than 200 hours of K-Pop programming, right here on MTV Asia. This new line-up of K-Pop shows are produced by SBS MTV, MTV’s South Korean joint venture network and will complement existing Korean music programmes K-Wave and K-Wave Karaoke airing on the channel. Under the “MTV K Krush” line-up, viewers can not only expect a slate of idol reality programmes such as Real Guys BtoB, Hyuna’s Free Month, and Plan VIXX Diary, they can also look forward to music shows such as The Stage Big Pleasure and The Show: All About K-Pop.
“Korean pop culture is hugely popular in Asia and fans have been telling us they can’t get enough of their favourite K-pop music bands and idols. MTV is answering their call with added music shows that allow them to watch performances by new bands, well-known artists, and rising stars from the Korean music industry while the reality shows offer a revealing look into their personal and professional lives,” – Paras Sharma, Vice President of MTV and Comedy Central Brands and Digital Media, Viacom International Media Networks Asia.
Details of the “MTV K KRUSH” line-up:
K-POP IDOL REALITY PROGRAMMES
HyunA’s Free Month
HyunA’s Free Month is a 60-minute reality show starring South Korean singer HyunA (from the girl group 4Minute and also part of the duo Trouble Maker). The show offers a candid look into HyunA’s preparations and promotional activities leading to the release of her third solo album A Talk last year.
Real Guys BTOB
Real Guys BTOB is a 60-minute reality show featuring members of the K-pop boy group BTOB where they show off their own charms through their interpretations of machismo on what it means to be a real man. This is one show Melodies wouldn’t want to miss.
Plan VIXX Diary
Plan VIXX Diary is a 60-minute reality show featuring male idol group VIXX, who showcase their honest and youthful sides as they receive a themed “mission” which takes them onto a unique adventure every episode.
K-Pop Idol Reality Programmes will air every Thursday at 4PM (WIB), 5PM (SG) and 6PM (MY).
K-POP MUSIC SPECIALS
The Show: All About K-Pop
The Show: All About K-Pop is a popular 60-minute music variety programme hosted by Park Gyu-ri and Han Seung-yeon from girl group KARA, and later hosted by Jiyeon from T-ara and Hyeri from Girl’s Day. It showcases music performances, artist interviews, talk show segments and variety games. Guests include Girls’ Generation, Beast, EXO, Infinite, Sistar, and many more.
The Stage Big Pleasure
The Stage Big Pleasure is a 60-minute music series featuring live performances from the best vocalists and musicians in Korea. Fans can expect to catch artists such as CNBLUE, Davichi, FT Island, and Lena Park, and Gain (from the girl group Brown Eyed Girls).
K-Pop Music Specials will air every Friday at 4PM (WIB), 5PM (SG) and 6PM (MY).
K-Wave is a 30-minute music programme showcasing the latest K-pop music videos every Monday to Wednesday at 4pm (WIB), 5pm (SG) and 6pm (MY).
K-Wave Karaoke is MTV’s special music programme featuring K-pop music videos with on-screen song lyrics to allow fans to sing along with the artists. It airs every Saturday and Sunday at 12.30pm (WIB), 1.30pm (SG) and 2.30pm (MY).
MTV Asia is no doubt spoiling us with this onslaught of new K-Pop programmes. What better thing to do than to start indulging in the shows now!