Idols are in the middle of evolving. Saying that an idol only needs talents and good looks are already from the past. Having witty responses and personal talents in variety shows aren’t enough either. More and more idols are now heading towards the MC-ing positions, becoming the ‘MC Idols’ who receive a lot of attention. Successful examples include Super Junior’s Kim Heechul, SHINee’s Onew, Beast’s Kikwang etc.
Heechul should be the most successful one out of all the MC idols, with his clever mind and quick reactions. Even before debuting as a Super Junior member, Heechul started his career by hosting for Show Music Tank. Not long after debut, he switched to hosting for SBS Inkigayo. He also hosted his very own SBS radio show, Youngstreet, with Park Heebon until it stopped in the middle of 2006. He also continued being the host to Korea’s largest official concert Dream Concert from 2008-2010. It can also be said that he created history.