‘Non Summit’ ratings peak
The JTBC talk show “Non Summit” won its highest national viewership rating on Monday, according to Nielsen Korea.
The 10th episode, which aired Monday on the cable channel, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, recorded 6 percent.
On the program, 11 foreign men sit on a regular panel and discuss controversial issues - whether couples should live together before getting married, for instance, or children claiming independence from their parents.
Each of the representatives hails from a different country, including China, Italy, Japan, France and the United States, and the popularity of the show has increased so much that some of the panelists have even expanded their profiles off-set.
Enes Kaya, from Turkey, and Belgian Julian Quintart were both invited as guests on JTBC’s entertainment program “Hidden Singer.” And American national Tyler Rasch made a surprise appearance on “Arguments,” another JTBC talk show about current affairs.
Others have been photographed for fashion magazines, including Woman Sense, Star, Ceci, Allure and Arena.
While there was some speculation that the program would be too similar to the 2006 KBS talk show “Misuda” (Global Talk Show), in which female foreigners discussed global issues, Yoo Se-yun, one of the program’s three hosts, brushed off those concerns.
“While ‘Misuda’ was about getting to know one another’s cultures, ‘Non Summit’ will go further to suggest what other countries can do to help solve certain problems,” Yoo said during a press conference on July 1. “It’s not merely about ‘What about your country?’ but about coming up with ‘What’s better?’ together.”
“Non Summit” airs every Monday at 11 p.m. on JTBC.
Dong-jun, Clara to carry torch
Boy band ZE:A’s Dong-jun and actress Clara were chosen yesterday to carry the torch for the upcoming 2014 Incheon Asian Games, according to local media.
They were appointed by Tissot, a Swiss watch brand and the event’s official time keeper. Clara was selected for her healthy and bubbly image, while Dong-jun was chosen for his athleticism, which came through several times on local entertainment shows, media reports say.
Dong-jun earned his nickname “sport idol” through numerous TV programs, including MBC’s “Idol Star Athletics Championship,” which aired earlier this year. Dong-jun is known to have developed his sporting prowess through years of soccer and gymnastics.
Clara has a black belt in taekwondo. She will run an estimated 200 meters (219 yards), spread from Dong District to Seo District in Incheon next Thursday. Dong-jun will follow by covering 277 meters in Bupyeong District, Incheon, next Friday.
The Asian Games, the 17th of their kind, are scheduled to launch next Friday and will last until Oct. 4, with 439 events in 36 disciplines.