[Recap: The Romantic & Idol] The Final Selection and a New Beginning
It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for as the fate of the idols will finally be revealed on this episode. This also means it’s time to say goodbye to the lovebirds whom we’ve been living vicariously through these last few weeks, but there’s no time to be sad because there is a whole new set of idols, whom we meet in this episode as well, waiting to fall in love.
But first things first! Curious to find out who ends up with who? Read on!
The boys are on their way to meet the girls for the final selection round, and everyone is sad that the trip is coming to an end.
“It’s already the last day,” says Mir. “I’m really sad.”’
“It’s a really sobering feeling,” adds JB.
Meanwhile, the girls are also en route to the final selection location, and Seung Ah reflects on what she’s learned through this experience, saying, “I thought if our tastes matched, everything would match. I didn’t know what love was.”
“It doesn’t go the way your heart wants, and it doesn’t go the way you think [it will],” says Jei.
Before the final selection, the idols are asked if they’ve made their decision, and Jun.K says, “The more I see her, the stronger her cute charms become and she has aegyo.”
Pan to Hyejeong, who says, “But now that it’s the end, I don’t know. No one tried to appeal to me during that short time..”
Mir, on the other hand, seems to be surer of the outcome, saying “I have some confidence this time. [It may be] in vain, but I really feel confident. She gave me assurance.”
The same goes for Ji Hyun, whose destiny, we all know, has already been set. “There’s nothing we’re really curious about with you,” says one staff member.
“Hurry, Ji Hyun nuna,” says Hyung Sik. “It’s so embarrassing being by myself. I’ll see you later.”
“Connections can come from anywhere,” says Jei with a laugh. “Who knew things would turn out this way?”
“I was really interested in the beginning but I think my heart has changed a lot,” says Seung Ah.
When asked if he has made his decision, JB says, “No, I don’t think I tried my best. I got scared. I don’t think I was faithful to my heart. I am really sad, but [I realized] I can’t be like that. I don’t think who I choose is important at this point.”
So now we know how the idols feel, and it’s time for the big reveal. But first, let’s go over the rules of the final selection.
The boys will walk up to each girl together, and they have 10 seconds to either choose to stay or move on to the next girl. The ball is then in the girl’s court, where she can either accept whoever stays behind with a hug or decline with a handshake.
First up is Hyejeong, who says she kept going back and forth between Mir, whom she went on her first date with, and Jun.K.
The boys awkwardly approach Hyejeong, who is standing in a grassy field, and are given some time to say a few last words.
Jun.K says, “I think of the three nights, four days, we were together for two nights and three days. I had a good time.”
After more awkward laughs, the staff member begins counting, and by the end of the 10 seconds, Jun.K is the only one who remains as the other boys take off.
Before we find out whether Hyejeong feels the same way about Jun.K, we cut to an earlier interview, where she says, “I’ve only gotten to know him a little, so I suddenly felt really burdened. [I thought] Am I weird? But after midnight [Truth Room], I think everything fell into place. “
Back in the field, Jun.K has his arms confidently raised, and by the end of the 10-second count, Jun.K has his arms wrapped around Hyejeong. They part for a second, before Jun.K says, “It’s cold, right?” and goes in for another hug. Classic Jun.K, seizing every opportunity.
For the first time, the couple is interviewed together, and the staff member asks if they knew they’d end up together. Jun.K says he knew for sure earlier in the day, while Hyejeong says she knew after their talk in the Truth Room. Rewind to their middle school moment in the Truth Room, where Jun.K asks Hyejeong, “Do you like me?” before saying, “I like you, too.”
Jun.K then says that the Truth Room talk didn’t give him assurance because Hyejeong appeared hesitant when answering “Yes.”
The couple is asked whether they thought their time together was romantic (weird question, but we digress) to which they respond enthusiastically in the affirmative.
Next up is Seung Ah, who revealed in last week’s episode that Mir, whom she went on a date with after the necklace shuffle, is her final choice.
At this point, from what we’ve seen on the show thus far, the chances of Seung Ah leaving Jeju Island with a partner are very slim.
“Nuna, there’s really only one person,” says Mir, puzzling Seung Ah. “After making my debut, [you’re the only] nuna I’ve told my worries to. You’re truly like a mom.”
How…sweet. Mir has reverted to his class clown self, and Seung Ah is once again the butt of the joke.
Seung Ah, however, laughs it off coolly, saying “Okay, you’re right. I had a good time. Being with you was refreshing, and I couldn’t tell where the time went. Even though we bumped heads, it was fun.”
It’s JB’s turn to say a few last words. “We talked…it was really fun…”
This is going just great.
“It was nice because we were able to talk,” continues JB. “And I’m really thankful, but a big part of me is also really sorry.”
“Yeah, we’ll still see each other,” says Seung Ah. “At the broadcast stations.”
“Because it’s not like we won’t be seeing each other,” adds JB.
The break up talk isn’t the most awkward conversation in the world, apparently. The break-up-when-you-were-never-actually-together-to-begin-with talk trumps all.
Hyung Sik says a few words as well, then it’s time for the boys (read: JB) to decide whether they want to stay or move on. The staff member counts to 10, and Hyung Sik takes off as Mir follows closely behind.
Seung Ah smiles awkwardly, then her eyes widen in shock as she glances up, saying “Seriously?! Seriously?!” to JB, who has stayed behind.
“Daebak. This is crazy,” says Seung Ah, who has a huge smile on her face. “Seriously? You’re lying.”
“I have no idea,” says JB. “I really have no idea.”
“What is this?” says Seung Ah.
“Are you playing around right now?” says Seung Ah with tears in her eyes.
“We can see each other again and talk some more,” reasons JB. “I got a little scared, and to be honest, our relationship is still just comfortable, but it’s not like there aren’t opportunities.”
JB continues, “I thought a lot last night, and I think this is the result of my thinking.”
We’re surprised by JB’s decision, but we’re also questioning the motives behind his sudden change of heart at this point and his argument isn’t all that convincing.
One staff member even asks, “Isn’t the fact that [you chose her because] you’re more sorry, cruel? Was your choice based on sympathy?”
“More than feeling sorry, I saw more potential.,” says JB. “I saw the potential and made my decision.”
Call us cynical, but isn’t he essentially saying he chose Seung Ah because he knew the outcome would be positive (read: Choosing Seung Ah guarantees he won’t leave the island alone) Excuse us as we get a little Oprah on this boy, but love is not some risk management case, JB! Ugh.
“What are you going to do about your concrete-hardened heart?” asks the staff member.
(Pause. Did anyone else find this question extremely dramatic and hilarious?)
“I think it’ll crack. I’m sure it’ll crack gradually,” answers JB. “It’s not like I’m certain that I can crack it, but I went with and trusted nuna based on one thing, potential.”
Seung Ah is still sobbing from the shock, and JB says, “Why are you crying? Now I feel bad.”
Oh, now you feel bad?
“I feel bad too,” says Seung Ah between sobs. “I misunderstood you the whole time. I thought you really hated me. “
We’re beginning to feel frustrated with Seung Ah, whom we think has become blind-sided by JB because we’re not fully convinced his feelings are genuine. But it’s time for Seung Ah to make her decision. Not before she lets out one last wail and yells, “You should’ve treated me better. You should’ve treated me better when we were together.”
But wait, what about Mir?
Seung Ah acts as if she doesn’t know what to do before she sneaks up behind JB and gives him a back hug (yes, that back hug - the one thing JB refused to do on their date).
Of JB’s change of heart, Seung Ah says later, “In that moment, I felt touched and betrayed. You know that feeling. I was thankful too. All these thoughts ran through my mind. I think JB really is a bad boy.”
The more couples, the merrier, but this one doesn’t sit very well with us for some reason.
Alas, there are two more damsels awaiting their Prince Charmings, so we move on to Jei.
“I always get nervous in those moments where we have to make a decision,” says Jei. “All eight of us have gotten close, so I shouldn’t be nervous, but because it’s the finale, I’m nervous.”
Mir and Hyung Sik are on their way over to dramatic violin sounds, when Mir spots Jei and suddenly stops in his tracks. Mir, apparently weak in the knees, crouches down in the field.
We think it’s safe to say Mir won’t be cracking jokes about his mama this time.
They finally reach Jei, and after Hyung Sik says a few words out of courtesy, Mir says, “Thank you for bringing out a new side of myself.”
We all know Hyung Sik has other places to be, so he takes off, while Mir remains. No surprise here.
It’s Jei’s turn to decide, as we’re reminded of what Mir said during his interview. “I have trust. She’s going to pick me. I think I’ve seen a new side to myself.”
After a long dramatic pause, Jei walks into Mir’s arms, and another couple is born!
“I’m at a loss for words. I really didn’t know my heart,” says Mir. “Thankfully, it’s a happy ending.”
Mir then leaves a message for Jei, saying, “I don’t look my best right now, but thank you for choosing me. I worried a lot, [thinking] ‘What do I do] and I couldn’t sleep. But thank you for liking me, and it was romantic.”
“I only saw him playing around, so I didn’t think he could be serious,” says Jei. “But I think I saw a lot of his serious side while on our dates. I liked him more after seeing those sides.”
And, we’re officially three for three.
Ji Hyun is the last idol left, and she says, “I’m a little nervous.” But that doesn’t mean she’s lost confidence. “To be honest, I don’t think I thought even once that he wouldn’t come.”
Meanwhile, Hyung Sik is quickly making his way over, but he doesn’t think it’s fast enough because as soon as he sees Ji Hyun he picks up the pace and runs towards her, causing Ji Hyun to laugh.
After some small talk, Hyung Sik says his final words. “In my heart, I’d like to be your final choice, and over the three nights and four days, we made a lot of good memories and I think I was able to have good feelings.”
“I had fun too, and I had fun going on dates with you,” reciprocates Ji Hyun.
Hyung Sik and Ji Hyun tell the staff that they’ve made their decisions, and Ji Hyun goes in for a hug…as Hyung Sik stands there like a lump on a log.
That might have been the most awkward hugs we’ve ever seen, but, nevertheless, congratulations are in order for the fourth and final couple!
“Were you 100 percent sure that Hyung Sik would come to you?” asks a staff member.
“Yes, 101 percent,” says Ji Hyun. “I think when this airs, I’m going to be getting a lot of calls.”
“I think it’s going to feel like a dream,” says Hyung Sik, when he thinks about returning to the real world.
When asked if the two plan to keep in touch, Hyung Sik says with a sly grin, “No comment.”
So, that’s a yes. Moving on.
As the couple walks off hand-in-hand, Hyung Sik says, “Since the necklace broke, I’ll buy you another one.”
“No…yeah?” responds Ji Hyun, causing the couple to break into laughter.
“You were secretly hoping,” says Hyung Sik.
The couples have finally regrouped and after freaking out upon learning that Seung Ah and JB are a couple, all of the boys turn into Hyung Sik clones, grabbing blankets and jackets left and right to cover up their partners, who are shivering in the cold.
The idols then huddle around for one last hurrah before they have to head back to Seoul, and we can finally close the book on this chapter of The Romantic & Idol as snap shots of the idols during the trip scroll across the screen like a high school graduation slideshow.
So, the first batch of idols are four for four on The Romantic & Idol, but will the next group have the same luck?
Remember, we’re on reality TV time, which means there’s no time to waste and a whole new set of idols are already on standby, eagerly awaiting for their shot at love on the show.
We’re back in Seoul, where we’re introduced to the new idols, and G.Na takes the hot seat first.
“I haven’t dated in a really long time,” says G.Na. “My agency told me, ‘You need to date. It’s time for you to feel love again.’ [You know how] agencies usually prevent [idols from dating]. This is what you call a twist. They said, ‘Your time to love has come. The fire in your eyes has burned out.’ I want to feel my heart flutter through this program.”
Jewelry member and Hyung Sik’s label mate, Yewon, is introduced next, and she shares, “I heard [from Hyung Sik] that everyone did it for real, so I thought, ‘At this rate, I could get married.’”
“So you’d probably like to go abroad,” says a staff member.
Yewon gets excited just thinking about it and says, “If we go abroad, I’ll seriously get married.”
On which male idols she has an eye on, Yewon says, “The BTOB members stand out” before naming the boys she’s particularly interested in, saying “Hyun Sik, Min Hyuk and…”
Before she says the final person, a staff member cuts her off and says, “You don’t have to say the last part,” causing Yewon to freak out, saying “Did I get caught?”
Next, we meet Spica member Ji Won, who coincidentally was supposed to be in a girl group with G.Na prior to her debut.
“Our agency doesn’t care at all,” says Ji Won on entertainment company B2M Entertainment’s dating policy. “They give us a lot of freedom, and I think Lee Hyori sunbaenim has an influence on [the company] not being restrictive.”
On which male idols have caught her eye, Ji Won says, “I think that person is really cute, U-Kiss’ Kevin? B2ST’s Du Jun. That person is really cute…[BTOB’s] Il Hoon? Someone like [Big Bang’s] Daesung would be nice too. I think I’d like everyone.”
Yes, we think so too.
Eunyoung of Two X, the rookie girl group signed under the same label as MBLAQ, rounds out the female idols.
On what label mate Mir said of his experience on the show, Eunyoung shares, “[He said] ‘It was really fun. I’ve been on TV for four years, and I haven’t been on a program that is as fun as this. I really didn’t want to come back.’”
“Are there times when you want to date?” asks a staff member.
“When we’re in the car traveling between schedules, and I’m leaning against the window with my earphones in,” responds Eunyoung. “I feel like I’m going to cry,” causing the staff members to laugh.
We know that feeling all too well, Eunyoung.
Now that we’ve gotten to know the girls a little better, it’s time for them to meet each other for the first time.
G.Na is unable to make the first group meeting, and the other girls ask, “Is it only the three of us?”
The producer tells the girls the fourth idol is G.Na, and the other idols sigh in defeat.
Yewon says, “Ah, she’s really tall, and her body…”
When they’re told she’s currently out of the country, Yewon jokes, “Get someone else. Should I call some people I know?”
Jiwon adds, “Isn’t it over if you don’t show up?”
But the show must go on, and the producer proceeds to ask the girls a few more questions.
He asks Yewon, “Did Hyung Sik give you any advice?”
“Yes, to take it seriously,” says Yewon.
“Mir sunbaenim said the same thing,” adds Eunyoung.
One of the writers then jumps in and says of Hyung Sik and Mir, “Those two took it the most seriously,” causing the girls to laugh.
Yewon then spills that the idols from the first show still see each other, saying “I called him, saying ‘What are you doing? I heard you’re taking a vacation, where are you going?’ And he said, ‘I’m going to a get-together.’ So I asked, ‘What get-together?’ And he said, ‘You know, The Romantic.’”
When asked what they were most curious about, Yewon says, “The male idols.”
We then segue into meeting the male idols, and FT Island’s Jong Hun is up first.
“In the midst of feeling lonely, I heard about the filming and thought it’d be a good opportunity,” says Jong Hoon on how he came to be on the show.
“How many times have you dated since being in FT Island?” asks the staff member.
“Yes. I’m honest.”
“What do you do about fans who are against you dating?”
“I don’t think I’d care,” says Jong Hoon.
“Are there any female idols you’d like to be on The Romantic & Idol?”
“The two girls from Reply 1998,” says Jong Hoon. “[A Pink’s] Eun Ji and [Jewelry’s] Yewon.”
Well, he has definitely come to the right place.
Hyung Sik must have sold the other ZE:A members on the show because Kevin is the next male idol we meet.
Kevin says that Hyung Sik is all smiles these days. “But seriously, when someone learns what love is, he changes.”
When asked if he’s nervous at all, Kevin says, “Yes, it’s no joke.
Next, we’re introduced to BTOB’s Minhyuk, whom Yewon name-dropped in her interview, and he shares that it’s been about a year and half since his last relationship.
“Since every day is the same, and I get stressed, I think that’s when I want to date,” says Minhyuk before adding that he likes girls like A Pink’s Jung Eun Ji.
The final male idol is rookie idol group VIXX’s leader N.
“Someone pure and can play the violin. Someone who’s good at playing instruments,” says N of his ideal type.
N then mentions Girls’ Generation (SNSD)’s Seohyun.
Okay, now we totally get his type.
Now that we now a little bit about the idols and their ideal types, it’s time for them to learn how they will be matched for their first dates.
The idols will be shown four romantic ‘first encounter’ scenes from a drama or a movie, and they have to pick which one best suits their taste.
First, the idols are shown a scene from Japanese drama Hard to Say I Love You, where the characters meet on an overpass.
While the girls can’t hide their embarrassment, Jong Hoon says the woman in the drama is one of his favorite actresses.
“I think I’d be embarassed to meet like that in real life,” says Min Hyuk.
The second scene is from film Sex and the City 2, where Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw, spots John Corbett’s character in a crowd.
This scene proves even harder for the girls to handle, while the boys look on with blank stares.
Sex and the City tends to have this effect on men.
The producer then explains that the idols that choose this scene will have to find each other in the crowd by calling one another.
“That seems fun,” says Min Hyuk.
The third scene the idols are shown is from My Lovely Kim Sam Soon, which was shot on the Namsan stairs.
The final scene is from Korean drama A Thousand Days’ Promise, where Kim Rae Won’s and Soo Ae’s characters run into each other at an art gallery.
“I think that will be the most awkward [encounter],” says Jong Hoon.
So the characters and the scenes for real-life romances to bloom have been set, and all we have to do now is wait for the drama to play out on screen.
The first chapter of this show definitely took us on a roller coaster ride of emotions, and in addition to finding it hard to believe that it′s over, we′re amazed that all of the idols have managed to couple up by the end.
Admittedly, we′re still slightly bothered by JB′s sudden change of heart - not because we don′t want all of the couples to end up together but because we wonder if JB is being honest with himself or just letting his loneliness get the best of him.
The fact that Seung Ah gave in so quickly after how much he hurt her doesn′t make us feel any better about the situation either.
The Seung Ah and JB pairing proved to be the biggest twist in the finale, but the other idols didn′t pull anything crazy at the end, winding up with the partners we expected they would.
Now, all we have to do is wait for some paparazzi shots to confirm that these idols are actually dating in real life. Just kidding, sort of.
This episode may have been the finale for the idols we′ve come to enjoy watching these past few weeks, but it also marks the beginning for a new batch of idols, and we′re excited to see what the second chapter has in store.
From the sexy G.Na to the cute, girl-next-door Yewon, the new girls cover the whole spectrum of charming women, but we′re more interested in getting to know the boys more and what love will do to these idols.
Part two, here we come!
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