Taetiseo and After School's Uee Step Down as Music Program Hosts
In a series of shake-ups on popular K-pop music programs, both After School member Uee and Girls' Generation members Tae Yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun (aka their sub-unit Taetiseo or Girls' Generation - TTS) will step down from their respective hosting duties. While promoting a single, K-pop stars have their weekends booked appearing on these music programs. Many have a champion crowned at the end of each broadcast with artists (and their fans) eagerly eyeing to be named the top act for that week.
Uee, member of popular girl group After School, is famous not only for her music sensibilities but her acting skills, sponsorship deals and charity work. She is stepping down from hosting Friday K-pop music program "Music Bank" on South Korea's largest TV station, KBS. The program names a winner every week based on digital music sales, album sales, broadcast time on KBS and viewer's voting. Uee has appeared as a host since late 2011 and became a permanent fixture on the show, along with actor/singer Lee Jang-woo, in January 2012.
The annoucement was only given this week, before what would have been Uee's next Friday broadcast, so the K-pop starlet was not able to give an on-air goodbye speech. Though, Uee and co-host Lee did give each other a rare hug the end of Friday's show, instead of congratulating the episode's champion, which confused viewers.
Uee will focus on her own activities including After School's comeback album, said to be released in either April or May. After School last made a splash on the K-Pop Hot 100 with their June Top 10 hit "Flashback." Uee is also in talks to become a permanent member in a new Korean variety talk show as the sole female figure.
On the other hand, Girls' Generation members Tae Yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun will be able to say their goodbyes before they step down as hosts to MBC's "Music Core" show. The music program, which did away with awarding a champion each show seven years ago, recently announced a chart ranking system would return for the upcoming April 6 episode.
The girls--who promoted as a sub-unit Taetiseo or Girls' Generation - TTS with mini-album "Twinkle" last year--have hosted since early 2012. A date has not been announced, but the girls will say their goodbyes sometime in April on the Saturday broadcast show.
The hosting gigs undoubtedly gave the trio a healthy amount of weekly exposure even while Girls' Generation was not promoting as a full group in Korea. The coveted spot may have helped Taetiseo earn the highest charting K-pop album on the Billboard 200 when the group debuted at No. 126 in May with a digital release.
Both shows are in the process of finding new hosts.
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