Scandal – n., a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc. A controversy. The whole Paris Hilton sex video leak is definitely a scandal, and so is Edison Chen’s fiasco. But in Kpopdom, the word “scandal” is an entire deviation from what it exactly means.
And yes in the idol world, dating BELONGS to the category of “scandal.” ‘Coz you know… Idols are NOT humans. Or at least that’s what SOME fans think.
I’ve been meaning to do an extensive review of Mnet Scandal because I’ve been glued on to it for a while now, but I wanted to finish some of the recent episodes first. So, while I’m finishing up on the first Kpop blogger feature, let’s take a look at the whole made-for-TV scandal everyone’s talking about, shall we?
What is Mnet Scandal?
The concept of the show is pretty straightforward. For one week, a celebrity and an “ordinary person” will get to date as boyfriend and girlfriend. Both will be given a “couple phone” and at the end of the week, if they decide to take the relationship further after the show, they will exchange numbers.
Not when you’re a die-hard fangirl!
The show follows a “reality TV” format where there are no hosts, only narrations every now and then. You can’t see the cameramen following them around, which I think is a pretty clever tactic—the editing and camera angles really seem like you, the viewer, yourself is walking along with them. Pretty voyeuristic I must say. But it kind of intensifies the whole “scandal” concept.
I wasn’t able to catch the first Mnet Scandal, but I got to see a few episodes that featured RnB singer (formerly from YG) Wheesung. At first I didn’t understand what was going on. I thought I was watching some kind of drama or something. Here we get to see the diffuculty of dating a celebrity and how that celebrity handles all the attention. Wheesung himself said he’s envious of other artists who reveal their relationships to the media without worrying about their image. What’s interesting about this show is that the so-called “pretend couple” is not supposed to pretend at all. They skip the getting-to-know-each-other-first part and go straight up to being bf and gf. And that fact alone, spells D-O-O-M.
Oh hell, no. JYP/Thai prince Khunnie? Mnet was gearing up for WORLD WAR III. Prepare for bloodbaths and jealous fangirl pitchforks ready to cut a bitch.
This is actually a cute pair. I have to give the girl props for being so calm. Her friends’ reactions when they saw Khun propose to her summed it all up. They spazzed, “JACKPOT!!!” If it were me Khun would’ve ended up seriously deaf with all my screaming.
Their date was actually pretty fun. But TOO STRENUOUS for Khun. He had to go around all covered up in his hoodie to avoid being recognized. They were in Lotte world for sobbing out loud. But in the end he loosened up and took off his “disguise” and revealed to onlookers suddenly gathering around them that she was his gf. How sweet.
But perhaps… a little TOO sweet? Idunno. The problem with this kind of TV “reality” setting is that even as you’re watching, you can’t help but wonder whether they are following a script ala Family Outing. Maybe not having specific dialogues but there’s definitely some pre-knowledge of what’s gonna happen, even if it’s only on the celeb’s part.
Okay, if you watched it there’s this part where Khun and Chansung guested on a Gag show. So Khun invited the girl over. Backstage, he introduced the girl to the other show members. But while filming, one of the comedians asked Khun what kind of girl he likes. So Khun looks into the direction where his “gf” was seated. Then the comedian goes, “There’s no one here like that, is there?” Khun brings her up the stage. Seems to me like the whole scene was all set up beforehand. They can’t do an unplanned revelation in the middle of the show, can they? Surely Mnet has collaborated with that show. Idunno, maybe. Not that there’s anything wrong with that since it adds excitement to the show and gives everyone something to talk about. That, and a mild HEART ATTACK.
This photo was posted by Min Sun (sorry not sure how to spell her name)—with dire consequences of course. Naturally fangirls attacked her with anti-comments threatening her to back away from “their Khun.” Poor girl! This issue is also one of the reasons why Mnet Scandal is a “scandal.” It has the power to cause such violent reactions. It’s the kind of show that’s so bad… but you can’t help but watch it still!
Noona, please go on a date with me!
I have to say, after watching Hongki’s Mnet Scandal, his one was the most “scandalous” so far.
There’s kissing, hugging, skinship—in short, all actions prohibited by Fangirlism 101. Is this a case where they got TOO comfy with each other? They’re actually a pretty corny couple LOL. They wear “couple shirts” and do “aegyo” (being cutesy) every other minute. Their “ending date” was an all night beach trip which was pretty intimate and romantic. The girl is cute, but there was a part where she acted a little rude. In the middle of having a seafood dinner iwth Hongki a drunk guy friend called her cell phone. All was pretty harmless, until she started giggling and going “OPPA!” while Hongki was choking on a shrimp. Okay choking from jealousy. Which of course, made the girl happy. LOLWHUTT.
But most of the time, unfortunately, there were lots of awkward silence and “ohhhh” moments. Maybe Taec was shy and wasn’t as expressive as the other scandal boys—which adds to his charm. However, I feel kinda bad for the girl because she kept mentioning how Taec doesn’t show his feelings. Then again, were there any feelings involved at all?
In the end, the two made a smart decision. Unlike the other girls, Taec’s gf was the one who actually understood the whole situation and was realistic about it. Her last text message was heartbreaking: “This will be my last message using this couple phone. I will always root for you from afar…”
This fruityJo Kwon who might as well have been part of a girl group???
Okay, I’m not saying Jo Kwon is gay, but he’s just… eccentric. And I mean that in a good way. He makes for pure entertainment.
Actually Kwon is pretty manly throughout the whole week they dated. He wasn’t self-conscious, and you can tell he made efforts to make the girl feel comfortable. He always made her laugh, and even introduced her to his mom. How cute is that? For a change, this couple exchanged numbers in the end! Rumors spread, but JYP was quick to say that both just wanted to continue being friends. Tsk.
THE LOWDOWN. Mnet Scandal has like 5 patterns. (1) Boy confesses in a grand way. (2) Both send messages through the couple phone (3) there has to be a public announcement to surprise the girl (3) they go on a sweet date (4) girl sends a text message to the guy FIRST (5) guy regrets to end things because he’s a celeb and gives an it’s-not-you-it’s-me speech.
SHOULD YOU WATCH IT? NO, because it toys with people’s feelings. Not the fans, because fans should know better. But the celebs and girl friends themselves! YES, if you’re a smart fan, and because it’s a chance for the celebs to experience dating even if only it’s all pretend. American dating shows are MUCH WORSE!!
BEST MNET SCANDAL MOMENTS
1 – KHUN singing Nothing Better as a goodbye gift to his gf. There’s nothing better than that!
2 – Firecrackers + beach + watching the sunset together = SWEET.
3 – Taec introducing the girl to 2PM members. Taec cooking! JAY and his “Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti moment with Chansung. Junsu and his cookie lookalike. Wooyoung and his impromptu ssanti dance. More JAY when Taec called him for advice!!!
4 – Seeing Jo Kwon MAN IT UP for a change!
POLL BATTLE RATTLE:
WHICH MNET COUPLE IS YOUR FAVE?
WHICH CELEB DO YOU WANT TO SEE ON MNET SCANDAL NEXT?
P.S. This is the couple I want to see next! Bring on the fanfic! Okay, just kidding.
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