Battle of the Girl Groups, The Last Fight, 'Acting'
By Staff Writer | July 11, 2012 12:01 PM EDT
This year, the battles between idol groups are heating up. The last half of this year will be the battle of acting. There have been many idol group members making appearance in dramas for a while now. However, this half of the year, there will be many girl group members making appearances in dramas.
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T-ARA members have gone all out in the drama world this year. Member Soyeon will be acting for the first time in the KBS drama, "Haeundae Lovers." Eunjung will be acting in the SBS drama, "Five Fingers," as the main role. This will be her 4th drama appearance. Hyomin will be acting in the MBC drama, "One Thousandth Man." T-ARA has recently come back with their new album and is competing with many other girl group teams. The members are competing with each other in the drama world as well.
Female duo Davichi member Kang Min Kyung will also be appearing on "Haeundae Lovers" with Soyeon from T-ARA. miss A member Suzy has already been in the movie, "Introduction to Architecture" and is currently in the drama, "Big." f(x) member Sulli will be appearing in the SBS drama, "To the Beautiful You" and A Pink member Son Naeun will be in "Dae Poong Soo."
Girl groups are now competing against their group members with their new acting challenges. Girls' Generation member Yoona and Yuri competed with each other in their dramas which raised the viewer ratings significantly.
This same situation will continue to happen with all these new girl groups coming out in dramas.
An official stated, "Idol group members have been training for acting for a while now. These groups that have all had acting training will continue to appear in dramas. It will be interesting to see the battle between members in their respective dramas this year."
Usual girl groups have always used the sexy, cute and charismatic concept. This makes it harder for them to stand out. The term 'idol' tends to become short-lived as many girl groups fame dwindles amongst the top star groups. Going into acting has helped many groups get their name known to the public. Older generation idols such as Sung Yuri and Hwang Jung Eum have kept their popularity this way.
One agency official stated, "It's hard to keep a sexy and cute image for a long time. I order to show a variety of images, girl groups take on acting as a way to keep their image fresh and new."
Recently, acting managements have been reaching out to idol groups as they are now becoming the hot new icon in the acting industry.
Girl groups in dramas are also raising the viewer ratings because they are giving the audience a fresh new face and an interesting sight. Their target audiences are mostly teenagers as most of them were fans of their music before they started acting.
Most of the new dramas that are to release soon are during summer vacation. This allows many teenagers to watch the dramas and thus increase the viewer ratings.
Sometimes, being a singer did have its negatives. Being a rookie actor, many audiences did not like their awkward acting. They believed that because they are singers, they shouldn't be acting.
A drama official stated, "What we know for sure is that if an idol member appears in a drama, the viewer rating increases drastically. It also helps in spreading the drama internationally."
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