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'Sister's Slamdunk' hires ex-2NE1, I.O.I stars, doubles down on idol project

All News 16:58 February 08, 2017

By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Yonhap) -- "Sister's Slamdunk," KBS 2TV's all-female reality TV show, has added former 2NE1 and I.O.I members to its season two cast and will double down on its idol group project from last year, its director said Wednesday.

The late night Friday show has hired Jeon So-mi of now-disbanded project team I.O.I and Gong Minzy of 2NE1, which also officially broke up in November.

Trot singer Hong Jin-young (1st from L), former 2NE1 star Gong Minzy (C) and ex-I.O.I member Jeon So-mi (1st from R) pose for the camera at a media event for season two of "Sister's Slamdunk" held on Feb. 8, 2017, at the Time Square mall in western Seoul. (Yonhap)

Trot singer Hong Jin-young, actresses Han Chae-young and Gang Ye-won are also on board, while comedian Kim Sook and model Hong Jin-kyung are returning from season one.

"Since season one, I wanted to make a documentary on what its like to live as a girl group member in South Korea. The more we showed the behind-the-scenes story of female stars (in season one), I became more curious and that entire world seemed very different," said Park In-seok, the show directors, at a media event held in western Seoul.

"Sister's Slamdunk" first premiered on April 2016, with the first season lasting until December. It featured six female celebrities working together to achieve their personal dreams, including an idol project realized through the one-off group "Eonnies," meaning elderly sisters in Korean.

Season two will primarily focus on the ladies' idol group project dream.

Director Park believed an idol group project was a "good event" not just for professional singers but also for actresses without experience in reality or variety television.

"We're not just sticking to what worked well in season one but wanted to show viewers the variety of girl group tales that we weren't able to show in season one."

Gong and Jeon are two of the youngest cast members. But they're clearly the most experienced in idol artistry.

"Doing a girl group is about making it through difficult times together. The process of not just learning but creating dance moves myself has become a new challenge," said Gong.

When asked why she joined the gang, Jeon said it was too good an opportunity to pass.

"I don't think I'll ever be able to do a girl group with these members," she explained on her reasons for joining the show, but also added she doesn't think it will necessarily be an easy process.

Season two of "Sister's Slamdunk" is set to premier Friday on KBS 2TV.

Season two cast of "Sister's Slamdunk" pose for the camera at a media event held on Feb. 8, 2017, at the Time Square mall in western Seoul. (Yonhap)


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