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Strong Heart picks Lee Dong-wook as new MC

girlfriday: Lee Dong-wook is going to be the new Strong Heart MC? Really?

javabeans: Him?

girlfriday: But… is he even funny?

javabeans: He’s totally funny… in roles. I’m not sure he’s funny unscripted, and hosting stuff. Has he hosted stuff?

girlfriday: No, it’s his first MC gig, ever. I did hear stories about him being the unofficial MC in the army when his unit would goof off.

javabeans: Does that count? That’s sort of a shallow pool to choose from.

girlfriday: Yeah it’s like being the star of your third grade play and putting that on your resume.

javabeans: Hey! I rocked Broccoli. No matter what Creamed Corn says. That bitch.

girlfriday: She was just jealous.

javabeans: Where’s MY talk show?

girlfriday: On the upside, Strong Heart has so many guests that all you really need to do as MC is smooth over the transitions, and maybe add a few funny asides here and there.

javabeans: That’s true. You definitely need an MC, but from the handful of episodes I’ve seen, it doesn’t seem like they command most of the attention anyway. They’re wheel-greasers, not the life of the party.

girlfriday: It was a different story when Ho-dong and Seung-gi were an MC pair, because then they really WERE the party, and I tuned in to watch their interaction more than the guests. The guests were just a springboard for them to make jokes and be snarky and bromancey. But sadly, that’s no more.

javabeans: I wonder why they didn’t add a second MC, because no matter who you’ve got, it just seems like a better idea to have a buddy to riff with.

girlfriday: I think they should give Lee Dong-wook a co-MC. With Seung-gi, it would’ve been too much Ho-dong-shoe-filling pressure, but Lee Dong-wook gets a clean slate, so giving him a buddy would be a good idea.

javabeans: Right? Give them a chance to goof off, make silly jokes, have fun rapport. Rapport is way funnier than jokes anyway, in this kind of setting.

girlfriday: Totally. They should get one of his army buddies to co-host. He’s besties with Boom, right?

javabeans: And Kim Jae-won too, along a bunch of other entertainers who all went at the same time. Do you think they’ll add a co-host? They still have time, I think. Lee Dong-wook is supposed to begin work in late March, and his first episode is scheduled to air April 10.

girlfriday: Well Boom’s already on the show, so that’d be a natural pick. They could go with a gagman or more experienced host to try and replicate the Ho-dong/Seung-gi pair.

javabeans: I thought Lee Dong-wook would just be doing serious acting roles, so I’m surprised that he’s going for variety. He always struck me as the kind of actor who wanted to go into darker, weightier fare, and surfaced occasionally in a rom-com to pay the bills.

girlfriday: Maybe the army changed him.

javabeans: This should be interesting. Maybe a little awkward.

girlfriday: Maybe a LOT awkward.

javabeans: I’m holding out hope he’ll deliver, since I know he does have pretty great comic timing. When he’s acting. It could work.

girlfriday: If not, he’s still got his abs to fall back on. Metaphorically. Literally, he can only fall forward on them.

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hahaha the picture at the end made my day xD

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I watched WR (abuse the FF button, though) because I feel indebted to Wookie for this kinda joy *click right save image to a certain folder*

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Oh, mine too!

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He, he. Totally expected the gratuitous abs pic!

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IS THERE SUCH A THING AS BEING TOO PRETTY TO MC? I get that vibe here^^

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Yeh, if he's going MC looking like that I'll tune in;)

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Peeps, I just heard about http://www.vingle.net, that is going to be a hotspot for news on K-dramas, K-pop and latest greatest Hallyu stars. Go check it out!

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I just signed up to be a beta user! I'm excited!!!

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omg me too!! hehe i like how they ll be covering a bit of everything, like music, then fashion, and even travels wow

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I saw him on healing camp, he wasn't so bad there. Granted he wasn't mc-ing but, he was charming and not stiff.

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I caught that too. His sense of humor is quite dry, and he is not very PC, so I can sort of imagine him grilling the celebs. What a waste of good abs.....maybe he can flash them occassionally as a sort of running joke....pretty please?

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Lol..this is so random. It came out of nowhere..but ok. I love Lee Dong Wook so I am a happy camper.

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Oh I will welcome any Lee Dong Wook news. Anything!

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Yes, i was surprised too when i first read the news. But, who knows... I'm not against being pleasantly surprised. He must be tired of dramas.
I didn't know he was in the army with Kim Jae Won. And talking about KJW, what is that man doing since he had his accident? Anyone knows?

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I think he only recently made a full recovery (like last month maybe?) O: Sooo probably looking over potential projects and getting love-calls,lol.

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Wow! Where's ripgal?

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HERE HERE!!!! hahahaah XD

This is totally a new thing for Wookie, but I've heard some positive reviews abt his MC stint in the army, so I'm not putting him down yet. Plus his buddy Boom is part of the show, I'm sure he'll help him ease things out.

I don't follow Strong Heart, even as a huge Seung Gi fan, but for Wookie... hmmm.. I may, if I have the time! OUT OF MAH DRAMAS arhhhh...

And thanks GF DB for that LAST PICTURE!!!

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Lolz...d abs definitely made my day if nt d fact dt lee dong wook can't do comedy !

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He can do comedy! He's not the over the top slapstick kind but he can definitely make you laugh. There were some real hilarious moments in WR and it was done tastefully...

Oh I just love this man!

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okay, you threw that last pic in to throw me, didn't you, huh?!

But that little trick/diversion doesn't mean I've forgotten what you were talking about....

now what were you talking about....?? hehehe

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I think JB and GF have fiendishly secretly signed all of us up for various psychological tests.

It's like Pavlov, only not Russian and not dogs.
Consider me a willing participant.

They were approached by a cute mad scientist who offered to create real life robots of their many,many MINES,
BUT, they had to give him access to our brains.

I am not smart enough to understand the long term side effects of these posts with their unrelated and surprise ABS, though.
Anybody?

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I'm not a willing subject! (My lawyer advised me to say that). And I wear special glasses which filters those subliminal messages anyway.
My theory:
Random abs= abs fetish women= more men in sport clubs= more women registered in those same clubs= increased sales of shower gel/hand towels/pregnancy tests. So i think i know who sponsored those treacherous tests.
Ps: I want to be a part of the mad scientist team. First choice pictures are essential for the success of the experiment.

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I can totally think and look at that last pic, it's practically screaming "I can get you pregnant!"

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Well, then I am screaming back "I will let you!"

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^Made of pure win. XD

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oh! noh! jomo has become a sasaeng fan! LDW run for your life!

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@jomo: ROFL

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The things we do for abs around here.... XD

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Get a room! ;-)

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and I will second that. He sure has enough abs to go around...and he is tall too

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Oh I can get pregnant just by looking at those ABS!

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girlfriday: If not, he’s still got his abs to fall back on. Metaphorically. Literally, he can only fall forward on them.

Hahahahahahaha this line totally made my day!

I'm looking forward to seeing how he does as an MC. I would like them to give him a buddy, and Boom would be pretty great. I don't follow Strong Heart religiously, but I do enjoy watching it.

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Ha! Me too! On another note, I'd totally be all over a dramabeans/girlfriday talk show.

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He is funny. Watched interviews with him.

I think because of his personality he's got that dead-pan/cheeky sense of humor--think Eric Forman from That 70's Show--which I like a lot. But that's just me,lol.

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o.m.g.

Eric Forman and Lee Don Wook in the same universe????? Not even close. Forman is a geek with the physique to match, while Wookie is a thinking woman's nerd with the physique that shouts, "I can get you pregnant!"

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What? Lol...Okay, but I am just saying he has a deadpan sense of humor and giving people an example of what deadpan is in case they don't know. I wasn't saying they are alike, haha.

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He was quite humorous when he was on the episode of SBS' "Healing Camp". I think that's when the PDs thought he may be a good pick for being a MC,

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Oh wow, the last picture got me nearly crosseyed.

Sigh.

But in the first picture he is really skinny compared to his army picture. Guess they were feeding him well back there.

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Maybe Strong Heart would end up to be like "those" type of shows. Y'know. The regular ol' talk show - just a few more guests at one time then having one at a time.

With Lee Dong-Wook, I see Strong Heart going into the the regular talk show area and losing it's funny.

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Strong Heart still has 3 SuJu members: Leeteuk, Shindong, and Hyukjae...so it's funny. But LDW coulld take his shirt off if things get dull.

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I fear the talk shows because the subtitles flash so fast, and then, you get the subtitles of the graphics, then the texting thingies radiating off of people's faces and the whole thing makes me feel slow and stupid.

OMG! ABS!

So, yeah.

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Behold the Abs: he could start off with a weekly shirtless segment, but, then, Korean ent-suits have no sense of humour about that!!

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Broody shower picture abs. Thatiskindafunny

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Whut? Lee Dong Wook? Really?

Let's see how he fares...

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I read about this potential hiring of Wookie for SH late last week, so I've had a bit of time to chew on it.

At first my reaction was a total WTF? PuppyEyes on the podium? He's reallly purtty, but a funny MC? Nope.
But then I had the bright idea to check out some YT BTS footage from WR - and the Wook definitely can bring the funny. Not hahahaha funny, but really clever, snarkyish humor - kinda like Seung-riri's. That's a good thing.

What I don't want to see is Boom taking up any more airtime than he does now on SH. Can't stand him - he's obnoxious to the max and just full of himself. He has a really bad tendency to take over the action of the show, interrupting guests to redirect the attention to himself.

I'm willing to give LDW a healthy chance to succeed here. I just hope his contract specifies that he has to display those cut abs at least once a show.
:)

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re:flashing abs
he's an actor not an ~idol~

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At least he can act AND he has abs ... that already puts him in the upper 5% of K-ent.

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I haven't found his match in K-ent yet.

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Yes to LDW and more exposure for him. No to Boom cos' he is really cocky compared to the other gagmen who are funny. This is based on his comments on other shows about himself.
So yay to more Wookie I can get to see him and Joo Won every week. My Korean drama universe is pretty much perfect this year. Add in a regular dose of Micky and this fangirl would think it's my Korean Utopia.

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I agreed with you on Boom. I like him before he went to army but nowdays, he is too obnoxious & over-react on everything. Dunno what happened to him, probably he is overcompensating because of the 2 years absence from ent. industry. Turn it down, Boom, you are not funny anymore.

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is that true???I've not seen him for quite a while...if that's the case..I TOTALLY want him out of the show...I take back my comment on him below...haha

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I SO agree with you, I absolutely can't stand Boom anymore.

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Yeah, I'm tired of Boom now too. All the shows he was on after he was released from Military Service showed how out of touch he is with the "funny factor". At first he was ok, but then he just wouldn't let anyone else be funny or get much air time. It seemed as if it was "ALL BOOM ALL THE TIME". It's tiring and no fun. Turn it down a notch dude. Turn it down a notch.

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TOTALLY AGREE.
when he was on strong heart pre army, kang ho dong was there to monitor him and balance out boom. but sans kang ho dong, boom is too loud and overdoing everything.

also, makes me realize that i really do miss seeing good 'ol kang ho dong. sighhhh. he truly is a gifted and comedically smart MC and host.

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Me too.. I'm tired of his BOOM Dance...

He's everywhere now..
KBSWorld... Invisible Youth 2, Birth of a family..
SBS.. Strong Heart, Star King..

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I was enjoying reading the banter, then I got to the last picture and forgot what I read. ^__^

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I think he CAN be funny but maybe it'll exhaust him a bit coz from previous interviews and me2 messages, he could be quite broody and sensitive...so I'm thinking he will not go towards the FUNNY when mcing..maybe more the Kim Eun Jeung kinda MC...and he IS getting a partner for the show...I hope it is BOOM cause he's a natural...LSG is different...he's such a good boy and definitely NOT broody, sad to see him go...and I agree with EVERYTHING SAID BY GF AND JB...that's how I see LDW...I prefer him to be mysterious and out of reach...he's cooler that way..hehehe *don't kill me fans*

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I see him as a little brother who likes to tease.

He can give very little away about himself, but try to bring out reactions from his guests. So cool works.

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I...am at a loss for words. I wanna see the episode first before I judge. And is this the trend right now? Actors going on to variety? Granted most actors were in variety shows first a long long long time ago, but I think the influx of actors going to variety nowadays is coming in huge amounts. Joowon, Seung-woo, Tae-hyun, Song Ji-hyo, Kang Sora, Jang-woo, and of course Tae-woong. I think Tae-woong kinda opened new doors for actors without much variety experience. Are they gonna overpower idols in variety, soon? Will they succeed? Hahaha!

Anyway, hurrah for Wookie! They should totally go for another variety veteran to guide him, though. Granted Strong Heart's more about the guests, but an MC should never fade in the background. Especially an MC as pretty as him.

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why not? I never thought Lee Seungi would be good at it but he is ,all he needs is Kang Ho Dong to do the rest :D

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He actually did an Army version of the sort of 1N2D. He was with Boom, Andy, and Lee Junki, I believe. He was actually funny. In that super dry and sarcastic way.

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Hee. The two of you nicely embody the concept that two good friends just having fun and making silly jokes off each other is totally the Crack!

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I didn't believe at first. I thought, may be the same name but different person.. I like him but I don't know if he is good in variety. Come to think of it, I don't remember seeing him in variety shows. But doing a full time MC gig.. he seemed the type to focus just on acting. Hopefully he gets a co-host! I would love to see his variety persona, so I'll watch it!

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You guys are just too funny! Love love the last photo!

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The last photo just made me took off my glasses, clean the lenses...just to make sure I can see clearly...lol

Now I have to read the article again..:))

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I suppose it's all a mix-mash now. No longer can actors complain about people from other fields intruding upon their 'space' lol.

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Omg yes!!!!!!

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OOOOOO ~ OOOOO~ OOOOOO!!!! O_O

LEE DONG WOOK...?? Ah, that'd be great for us to watch him in Strong Heart & it might be interesting, of cooourse.

GOOOOOOO FOR IT!!!!

FIGHTING, LEE DONG WOOK! \^____^/

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LDW to replace beloved LSG?! my fave k-actor after another (hey, they're just a bunch of them anyways, including GY and HB).. this is greeeeaaaaaaat!!! though i must agree that having no variety experience puts me on the wary side of this update, overall i am excited... seeing this side of Wookie gives me the gooseys... dry sense of humor or not, this eye candy is worth it! (so much for the fangirl in me!) now, i can claim new Strong Heart as a fancy birthday present come April... please be funny Wookie to keep me happy!

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okay, maybe I will start watching variety shows after all!

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Ditto.. Where would I find the downloads with subtitles?

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All right, his abs talked me into it, imma watchin. Add those slept deprivation puppy eyes of his and I'll get lost in those shows.

If all else fails LDW, then flash those ABS on the show. I'll forgive every mistake you make. ^ , ^

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me with you. show abs. more abs. an ab for every epi.

I say lets give him a chance. For Wookie's Strong Heart gig, he reminds me of Kim Jong Kook in Running Man. Who would've thought that the Commander would be histerically funny? But like Kim Jong Kook, Wookie will need a co-MC to throw jokes and lines with. Imagine Kim Jong Kook without Haha (Hyungnin-Dongsaeng) , without Gwang Soo (Tiger - Giraffe) or without Jae Suk (Sparta vs Yooruce Willis).

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Hahaha! I can imagine him mucking up an adlib then recovering by flashing his abs to the audience. Whole new meaning of the "body gag" comedians do.

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Hi JB and GF.

At first, I'm like 'LDW...um??' then at the end I'm like 'LDW...YUM!' Such is the power of your posts:)

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it will totally be christmas in april if they paired Wookie with Kim Sun Ah in this hosting gig... Ok, I am a self-confessing SunWook fan. so shoot me!!! (or not, please dont shoot me.)

But really, Kim Sun Ah is really bubbly and funny from what I've seen in her reality guestings. and Wookie is sort of more moody and emo. that will be an interesting interaction to watch.

anybody with me????

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it will totally be christmas in april if they pair Wookie with Kim Sun Ah in this hosting gig... Ok, I am a self-confessing SunWook fan. so shoot me!!! (or not, please dont shoot me.)

But really, Kim Sun Ah is really bubbly and funny from what I've seen in her reality guestings. and Wookie is sort of more moody and emo. that will be an interesting interaction to watch.

anybody with me????

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I think they should put it in his Strong Heart contract to show his abs at least once every episode. What do y'all think? :-)

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This is an interesting development. He is one of my favorite actors. I wonder who's going to sub this. Strongheart episodes are hard to find subbed, unless a particular fan group subs for their bias guest.

I never imagined him MC'ing a variety show. I mean he's Hella funny in comedic roles, but on the fly? I wish him the best and can't wait to watch.

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Thank you for the ABS.
Made my day.

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I don't necessarily approve of Abs on any guy bc it doesn't appeal me; but my gosh. LDW is the only exception <3

Thank You Korea ;3

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well, if you think about it, no one really knew if Lee Seung Gi would be good either. but as we all know, he was pretty damn good. so i don't know, this man is easy on the eyes, and he looks like he could be funny...........i guess he's the ideal replacement for Lee Seung Gi. the only difference is that Lee Seung Gi had Kang Ho Dong to learn from (and Kang Ho Dong is a variety legend). so i guess we will all just have to wait and see. any whoo, good luck to Lee Dong Wook! FIGHTING!!!!

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Omo! I have never heard of Strong Heart...now I can't stop thinking about it. Or maybe its Dong Wok's abs...*sighs*...I can't decide. That picture just did me in...I can't seem to remember what I was even doing the Internet in the first place.lol

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kim sun ah should co-host with him.

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Wookie abs, I mean, Wookie is not that funny in the funny role.

I love to watch Strong Hearts. Just like Seli comments, it hard to find Eng subbed episode.

May be that 'll give him a chance to transfer to another entertainer role.

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Last picture is the best!!

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Tho I am in doubt of his MC-ing skill but am so looking forward to seeing him on screen more often. Yup i do agree with some of u.. show that abs once in a while :)) Oh well, let's gv him a shot...

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Yeah...I also think Park Boom would be a natural choice for an MC or co-MC.

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