Lee Min Ho Reigns on Chinese TV
Lee Min Ho recently starred in the Chinese TV program Happy Camp (Que Rak Dae Bon Young), which aired on January 14 on Hunan Satellite TV. The episode grabbed the top spot in viewership ratings throughout China.
Happy Campis a 60-minute variety talk show that usually features top stars. For the special episode featuring Lee Min Ho though, Hunan Satellite TV allocated 90 minutes to Happy Camp.
The episode drew in 2.6 percent viewer ratings, ranking first among programs of as many as 79 channels of 29 provinces across the country. The show brought in the highest ratings Hunan Satellite TV has seen in the last two years.
In the program, Lee emerged by greeting local fans in Jiangxia District’s dialect. Later, he showed his personable side, by jumping over hurdles and measuring his long legs with a tape measure.
He also tried to introduce Korean culture to local fans. He gave a New Year card decorated with lacquer and traditional Korean clothing, hanbok pattern and handed out bokjori ( straw rice strainers) to the audience members.
Reactions from the audience were explosive. The audience members cheered so loud, shooting was made slightly more difficult.
Even the program’s MC joked, “The cheers from the audience last 10 minutes at every word that Lee Min Ho says. The shooting might be done after he utters a few more words.”
At the end of the show, Lee said farewell to the audience, “I was so happy in China and I enjoyed the filming [of the show]. I hope I can have favorable ties with you and see you more often.” At his greeting, the audience members didn’t stop exclaiming their regret for some time.
It was clear that the local fan′s deep interest, as well as Lee′s heartfelt and sincere attitude toward his Chinese fans, were the driving force behind the high viewership ratings, and indicates a clear road to success for the new hallyu star.
Photo credit: Happy Camp