After a hard day at work, everyone loves to come home and watch TV while enjoying a bunch of snacks. Most TV shows are aimed at making people laugh. In Korea, one of the best shows on TV at the moment is Infinite Challenge. It has been on the air over the last 10 years and has shown many changes to its format. Jaesuk Yoo, host of Infinite Challenge, is considered the best host and comedian in Korea. Outside of Korea, who do people admire on TV and who is the most loved TV host? The Sookmyung Times met three foreign students and asked them these questions.
Q1 What is the Most Popular TV Show in Your Country?
There are the more obviously ones like Neighbours and Home and Away, but at the moment Family Feud is quite popular. It’s a game show where two families compete against each other. They are given a prompt and have to guess the top answers other people gave to that prompt. For example, if the prompt was ‘Name something you would find in school,’ the families might guess ‘books’, ‘teachers’ and so on.
There are a number of popular TV shows in my country, but I think the most well-known one is Hochiak. It’s the Hokkien dialect pronunciation for 好吃, which means delicious. It is a food program in which hosts travel about Malaysia introducing the show’s audience to delicious food. Restaurants featured on the show soon became famous or more famous.
Recently, Turkey adopted the Korean entertainment show Non Summit. It’s known as Elin Oglu and it features people of various nationalities. At first the show asked guests questions about Turkey, but now it welcomes famous actors and singers as guests on episodes. Also, the program differs from Non Summit as it is now more of a live talk show and viewers are free to interact with guests by asking questions.
Q2 Who is the Most Famous TV Host in Your Country ?
There are many famous hosts, but again since Family Feud is so popular right now, people in Australia like Grant Denyer, the host of the show is famous. People in Australia usually enjoy Morning Shows, something similar to morning news shows. On these shows, the most popular host is Stefanovic, who recently co-hosted Nine Network's breakfast program, Today. Grant Denyer has also made a couple of appearances on the breakfast program, Sunrise; once as a roving reporter in 2006 and a second as a weather forecaster in 2010.
Baki Zainal. He's a Malay TV host who is fluent in Mandarin as well as English as he attended Chinese primary school. He does the travel program Step Forward, where he travels about Malaysia introducing TV views to things they can do on a domestic travel in Malaysia. He introduces environmentally friendly activities such as spending a night with the Orang Asli to experience their life in the woods. His presence boosted the ratings of the show because it was once only aired in Mandarin, but now it has a non-Chinese host.
There are two well-known hosts in Turkey. First there is Beyaz Ozturk, a famous TV host and comedian. Turkish is a very deep and metaphorical language and comedians have to be extremely intelligent to play with Turkish words. He has his own talk show that has various sketch comedies called Beyaz Show. On the show, he is very witty and uses his words very well, which makes everyone love him. The other famous TV host is Okan Bayulgen. He is famous for his sharp, sassy, and straightforward words and criticism. He once parodied the famous Turkish singer Candan Ercetin. Candan fought back by making a parody of Okan’s parodied song, so Okan again parodied Candon’s parodied song. They had a battle using parody song.
Q3 Why Do You Think People Love those Shows and their hosts?
Probably because Australian TV shows are fun and easy to watch. People feel relaxed while watching them after a long day at work. Especially, the hosts make viewers feel at ease and are often charismatic and humorous. I think most of the TV shows in Australia are pretty good, but I’d like to see more diversity in characters on bigger shows such as Home and Away and Neighbours. Just last year Neighbours was criticized by the BBC for not representing modern day Australia over tis 30 years of running, especially multicultural migration. It would be great if TV shows highlighted multicultural Australia
Hochiak is popular in Malaysia because everyone loves good food. It is always interesting to discover Malaysian delicious food. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed food and travel programs. As for the TV host, Baki Zainal is well liked and admired as it is rare for a Malay to be fluent in Mandarin and to rise to become the host of a Mandarin TV show. He is friendly and hilarious and is able to demonstrate realistic reactions. However, one of the flaws in my country is that TV shows tend to lose TV viewers fast because the shows keep showing similar food or places repeatedly. The hosts also use similar reactions and words to describe the food, which leads people to doubt whether the food is truly delicious. Perhaps they are merely acting.
I think Elin Oglu has gained popularity because it is a new and fresh type of variety show in Turkey. In Turkey, people ‘love’ comedy and on those programs, most guests speak broken Turkish to gain laughs from audiences. I remember a young Korean man in his twenties who had lived in Turkey for eight years. He was a regular guest in the show, and it was interesting to watch him because he was one of the few people on the show who spoke almost perfect Turkish. Beyaz is also loved because of his mastery of using the Turkish language. I think people love him because of his straightforwardness and he speaks the truth. Still, I would like Turkish variety shows to promote talented faces and highlight their talents instead of making jokes about them.