Since most music shows are broadcasted live, it is important for the MC to be articulate and ready for improvisation. These traits just might be the reason so many celebrities rise to stardom after being music show MCs.
Here is a list of actors and actresses who have been music program MCs in the past:
Rising star Kim Min Suk gained attention after appearing on “Descendants of the Sun,” and later starred in numerous dramas including “Defendant” and “Because This is My First Life.” Previously, the actor was an MC of SBS’ “Inkigayo” with TWICE’s Jeongyeon and her sister Gong Seung Yeon.
Actor So Ji Sub had been one of the four major MCs of MBC’s “Music Core” back in the day, when the program used to be called “Music Camp.” So Ji Sub’s career took a positive turn after his career as a music show MC, starring in hit productions such as “What Happened in Bali” and “I’m Sorry I Love You.”
“Goblin‘s” Gong Yoo is another past music show MC. Gong Yoo had been the MC of “Music Camp” from January 10, 2004 to July 3, 2004. After his MC position, Gong Yoo starred in SBS’s “Hello My Teacher” as the lead character for the first time, and became one of Korea’s biggest stars after starring in “Coffee Prince.”
Song Joong Ki
Song Joong Ki became an MC for “Music Bank” in August 2009. He danced to 4Minute’s “Hot Issue” for his first broadcast and still gets reminded about that dance. Following his MC gig the actor acted in dramas like “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” “The Innocent Man,” and “Descendants of the Sun.”
Another star, Park Seo Joon, had been the MC of “Music Bank” for two years with former SISTAR member Bora. Park Seo Joon later gained popularity through hit productions such as “A Witch’s Romance,” “Kill Me, Heal Me,” “Fight My Way,” and more.
Park Bo Gum
Park Bo Gum took over the MC spot after Park Seo Joon left “Music Bank.” The actor showed great chemistry with his partner Irene from Red Velvet. He later gained popularity through tvN’s “Reply 1988” and KBS’s “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.”
Lee Jong Suk had been the MC of “Inkigayo” along with Goo Hara and Nicole. Goo Hara and Nicole’s spot was later taken by IU, and the two MCs showed great chemistry by dressing up as Leon and Mathilda, and as snowmen.
Jun Ji Hyun
Jun Ji Hyun debuted as a cover model of teen magazine Ecole in 1997, and took the MC position on “Inkigayo” before starting her career as an actress.
Song Hye Kyo
Song Hye Kyo is another former music show MC. The actress was on “Music Bank” from May to October 2000, and started shooting for KBS 2TV’s “Autumn in My Heart” while being an MC. The drama immediately shot her to stardom.