The Difference Between Kang Ho Dong and Insooni
Although the ‘Nation’s MC’ Kang Ho Dong and legendary singer Insooni were similarly embroiled in tax evasion scandals recently, the two entertainers, who also happened to appear on programs in competing timeslots over the weekend, seem to be heading down very different paths.
Insooni, who appeared on the September 25 broadcast of MBC’s I Am A Singer, wowed the crowd with her perfect rendition of Cho Yong Pil’s The Winter at the Teahouse.
The recording took place after reports surfaced revealing the singer was fined roughly \900 million for tax evasion in 2008, and her appearance was undoubtedly the source of much concern. Kang’s announcement to temporarily retire from the entertainment industry as well as trickling rumors that she would be leaving the program must have weighed heavily on the singer’s shoulders.
Still, the diva handled the situation like a pro and received praise for making the song her own. The other singers and even Cho Yong Pil himself showered Insooni with compliments.
But could this be attributed to her powerful performance? It appears the public sentiment has shifted in the singer’s favor, confirming once again that a singer must prove him or herself on stage.
However, this was not the case for Kang as evidenced by the entertainer’s exit from KBS’s 1 Night, 2 Days, a show he has led for five years..
All eyes were on Kang since before the September 25 broadcast of the show’s ‘Viewer Tour’ special, which marked the entertainer’s first ‘final episode.’ Producers chose not to mention Kang’s impending exit, as the viewer special had all been filmed prior to the scandal, and even steered the spotlight on Lee Seung Gi, Sung Si Kyung and Baek Ji Young.
It’s likely that both Kang and the producers didn’t want to put a damper on the much beloved special, but after the show’s broadcast, viewers expressed their disappointment through messages on the program’s homepage. ‘I can’t believe that was the last time we’re going to hear Kang Ho Dong’s ‘1 Night’,’ ‘I miss Kang Ho Dong already’ and ‘It’s more sad because he was on the show for five years and there was no special mention of his leaving.’
This is where the paths of two entertainers, one the ‘Nation’s MC’ and the other a celebrated singer, diverge. And while Kang’s quiet exit from a popular program serves to be a stark contrast to Insooni’s rebirth on the stage, they still share in the bittersweet aftermath of their mistakes.
Photo credit: MBC, KBS2