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MBC’s Lunar New Year special, “Idol Star Athletics & Swimming Championships,” revealed their confirmed cast list for the swimming segment of their program.
The segment was recorded at the indoor Ilsan swimming pool on January 30th. The female division saw stars like 4minute’s Gayoon, T-ara’s Hwayoung, Nine Muses‘ Eunji and Lee Saem, SISTAR’sDasom, Dal Shabet’s Jiyul, Girl’s Day’s Yura and Minah, LPG’s Semi, Rainbow’s Jaekyung,Woori, and Seung Ah, An Jin Kyung, and NS Yoonji race down the lanes.
The male division saw SHINee’s Minho, 2AM’s Seulong, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, Dalmatian’s Daniel, INFINITE’s Woohyun and Seong Yeol, ZE:A’s Dongjun, Siwan, and Heechul, U-KISS’s Soohyunand Eli, TOUCH’s Young Hoon, Teen Top’s Niel, Lee Jang Woo, Son Ho Young, Ha Min Kwan, Kim Kyung Jin, and Marco.
Members from every team were present in support of the contestants. The recording was completely closed to the press, however, due to the controversy surrounding the segment’s potentially sexually suggestive nature. Some had felt that the swimsuits worn by the female idols could be too much for younger viewers.
MBC had responded to the issue by assuring that the contestants would wear swimsuits adhering to regulations. Sports Chosun revealed that the ladies wore black one-piece suits with shorts, while the men wore tight legging-type swim pants, along with a tank top.
A gold medalist from the 2010 Guangzhau Asian Games, Jung Darae, also made a special appearance. Speaking of special appearances, managers on-set revealed that After School’s UEE was unable to attend, despite her enthusiasm for the event.
The program is scheduled for broadcast February 5th and 6th.