Name: Kim Myungsoo (22)
Group: Infinite / Lead vocalist, Visual
Agency: Woolim Entertainment
Debut: June 10, 2010
Representative Song: Chaser, Last Romeo
Ideal Type: Someone with long, wavy hair
“Hey, I’m L from Infinite,” Myungsoo speaks to the camera before sitting down for the interview. His fingers find a pencil on the table and he can’t help but play with it, the fidgeting a sign of his anxiety. He thinks about a certain person and feels even more anxious because there’s a possibility of that person being a cast member.
“Hello there, L. Are you doing well today?” the PD politely asks. He notices Myungsoo’s uneasiness and wants to calm him down.
“Yes,” L replies with a nod.
“Good. So what’s your ideal type like?”
Myungsoo smiles to himself, automatically thinking about his crush. “She’s sweet and feminine and should be able to take care of herself.”
“What do you mean by ‘able to take care of herself’?”
“Well, she likes to stay fit and healthy,” Myungsoo clarifies.
“Can you give me an example?” the PD persists.
“N—“ L makes a sound, about to mention the girl he can’t stop thinking about, but remembers how much trouble it would mean for both him and the girl. “No one I can think of right now,” he covers.
“Hmm, I see…” The PD grows suspicious of the idol. “Well I hope you’re able to find her.”
Name: Byun Baekhyun (22)
Group: EXO / Main vocalist
Agency: SM Entertainment
Debut: April 8, 2012
Representative Song: Wolf, Growl
Ideal Type: Height about 159-162 cm
Baekhyun steps out of an elevator after reaching the seventh floor of an unfamiliar building. Someone guides him to the room where his interview with the PD of the popular dating program, The Romantic & Idol, is taking place. He inhales through his nose then slowly exhales a deep breath; he’s nervous for his solo debut on a reality show.
As he enters the room, the PD looks up from his notes and gives EXO’s vocalist a warm, amiable smile. “Come on in, Baekhyun! Don’t be shy!” he yells.
Baekhyun walks inside cautiously, letting out an embarrassed and nervous chuckle. “Hello, I’m EXO’s Byun Baekhyun.” He sees a camera nearby and waves at it with a huge yet awkward smile.
“We’re so happy to have you here, Baekhyun. How do you feel right now?”
“Nervous, anxious,” the idol replies, laughing once again.
“Aw, don’t be like that! Why do you feel like that?”
“I’ve never been in a relationship before so I have zero experience. I’m afraid my lack of dating experience will have me ending up forever alone,” Baekhyun honestly says. The entire film crew giggles in response, including the PD.
“Do you have any special talents that might attract the girls?”
“If I like them enough, maybe I’ll serenade them,” Baekhyun says, this time with confidence in his voice.
“Are you sure serenading will work? You’re all singers,” the PD jokes.
“You never know. They might fall in love with my voice,” the idol kids back.
Name: Jang Wooyoung (25)
Group: 2PM / Lead vocalist, Main dancer
Agency: JYP Entertainment
Debut: September 4, 2008
Representative Song: Heartbeat, A.D.T.O.Y.
Ideal Type: A wise girl who can come to grip with her own work positively
“Ah, welcome to the interview session, Wooyoung!” the PD cheers when he sees the handsome Wooyoung step into the room.
Wooyoung smiles, definitely feeling welcomed. At first, he is unsure of how he’ll do on The Romantic & Idol, but after garnering more experience from his on-screen marriage with Park Seyoung, he has a newfound confidence.
Before he takes a seat in front of the PD, Wooyoung looks directly at the camera and says, “Hello, I’m 2PM’s Jang Wooyoung.” He even adds a wink after waving.
“Wow!” the PD claps and cheers. “As expected of the former We Got Married husband!”
Wooyoung chuckles, lounging comfortably and casually.
“Who is your ideal type?”
Wooyoung thinks for a few seconds to make sure he phrases his answer correctly so he avoids creating any scandals. “I can’t really think of anyone, but I usually date older women,” he replies.
“So you’ll only look at the noonas here?”
“No,” he says, and then chuckles. “I’ll have to see if our personalities click. But age wise, my ideal type should be no more than five years older than me. If she’s younger, it should only be by one year.”
“Why do you like older women?”
“Hmm… I like surprising them with my maturity even though there’s an age gap between us. And I feel like they communicate better with me.”
Name: Bang Minah (21)
Group: Girl’s Day / Main vocalist, Visual
Agency: DreamTea Entertainment
Debut: July 5, 2010
Representative Song: Female President, Something, Expect
Ideal Type: A guy who has sense and listens
“Welcome to The Romantic & Idol, Minah! So glad you could join us,” the jolly PD greets the Aegyo Queen as she enters the room.
“Hello, hello,” Minah tells each person she sees, bowing politely.
“Alright, Minah, could you introduce yourself please?” The PD doesn’t waste any time.
“Hi, I’m Girl’s Day’s Vitamin C, Minah!” the idol says, showing off her popular eye-smile that seems to capture all the male fans’ hearts, including the PD’s.
“What brought you to our show, Minah?”
“I just turned 21 recently so I think I’m at the right age to date,” she admits.
“What’s your ideal type?”
“I like guys who listen well, like EXO’s D.O.-ssi.” As soon as the girl realizes what she had just confessed, her face turns a bright shade of red. She begins to giggle out of embarrassment. “Omo, what did I just say…”
“You’re an EXO fan?” The PD founds this situation amusing.
Minah, in response, nods shyly. “Yes, they’re talented performers and also very sweet in person.”
“Ah, so do you hope D.O. ends up on the show?”
“Oh, she wants me. Oh, she’s got me,” Minah sings D.O.’s solo from EXO’s hit song, Overdose, before bursting into laughter.
Name: Kim Taeyeon (25)
Group: Girls’ Generation / Main vocalist, Leader
Agency: SM Entertainment
Debut: August 5, 2007
Representative Song: Gee, Genie, I Got a Boy
Ideal Type: One who’s humorous and has good skin
Taeyeon scrolls down her Instagram feed, liking pictures that her friends have posted. She sees a picture of her group mates, Hyoyeon and Seohyun, having a wonderful time together at the park and immediately likes the post, commenting with a heart to show her love for the two idols.
A man walks inside the room she has been patiently waiting in, introducing himself as the PD for The Romantic & Idol. He and Taeyeon shake hands and take their seats. He asks the idol to make an introduction to the camera. Taeyeon responds with a nod.
“Hello, I’m So Nyeo Shi Dae’s leader, Taeyeon! Nice to meet you,” she states, smiling and waving. She displays her natural cuteness well.
“So, Taeyeon, why did you want to be on our show?” The PD begins the interview.
“A few of the girls in So Nyeo Shi Dae have begun dating, and they encouraged me to give it a try,” Taeyeon responds seriously.
“You’ve never dated before?” This piques the PD’s interest.
“Not seriously,” she says. “Many men have confessed to me before, but I couldn’t return any of their feelings. No one believes me when I say I’ve never been in love before.”
“What’s your ideal type?”
“I like someone who is very youthful.” Then, to make it sound like she’s not a cougar, she adds, “Not youthful as in age, but youthful in attitude and personality. I can be childish a lot, so it’d be refreshing to date someone who’s just as childish—if not more—as me.”
Name: Im Jinah (22)
Group: After School / Visual
Agency: Pledis Entertainment
Debut: January 15, 2009
Representative Song: First Love
Ideal Type: Guys who have pretty eyes when they smile
“Yay! Nana!” The PD cheers in excitement as soon as he saw Nana’s lovely face.
“Hello, I’m Nana from After School and Orange Caramel!” she greets and bows, flashing the entire film crew her winning smile.
The PD and Nana sit down at the conference table.
“Ah, Nana, we’re so excited to have you on the show.”
“Yes, yes. I’m excited to be on here as well.”
“Is there anyone in particular you’d like on the show?”
Nana giggles to herself at this question because she already has a person in mind. “I really like Seungho from MBLAQ and Nickhun from 2PM, but he’s already taken.”
Nana can’t help but burst into laughter, covering her face from embarrassment. “Sorry for saying that, Tiffany-sunbaenim!” she quickly apologizes, her face beet red. “I hope I didn’t create a scandal!”
The PD and the film crew laugh with the embarrassed idol, which made Nana feel a little bit better after her reckless confession.
“Do you think you can end up with the one you want?” The interview proceeds.
“I don’t really know,” the idol admits. “I don’t have any experience in love or dating so I might find out I actually suck at it.”
The crew, once again, laughs.
Name: Son Naeun (20)
Group: Apink / Lead dancer, Visual
Agency: Cube Entertainment
Debut: April 19, 2011
Representative Song: NoNoNo, Mr. Chu
Ideal Type: Someone who is honest and has a manly personality
Naeun takes a seat in the conference room, ready for her first interview as a member of The Romantic & Idol variety show. She’s unsure of how she feels at the moment, mainly because it has been a while since she has dated. The only person she had really dated was her former husband from We Got Married, SHINee’s Taemin. A small smile forms on her face as she recollects the memories of her married life.
“Hello, Naeun! Are you ready for your interview?” the PD asks as soon as he enters the room. He sits opposite of Naeun.
“Yes,” she replies.
“Great! Before we get started, could you please introduce yourself?”
Naeun looks directly at the camera, switching into idol mode. “Hello! I’m Apink’s Son Naeun. Nice to meet you,” she says, adding a cheerful smile at the end.
“Are you excited about being on the show?”
“Yes. Minhyuk-oppa was on the show for Season 2, and he said he had lots of fun.”
“You might experience real love here. How do you feel about that?”
“Hmm… I’m not sure. I’m not the type to fall in love easily, mainly because it’s hard for me to get out of my comfort zone to talk to someone. But if there’s a guy who I can feel comfortable with, that might change.” Naeun slightly smiles before releasing a bashful laugh.
2PM — Jang Wooyoung
Position: Lead vocalist, Main dancer
Birthdate: April 30, 1989 (age 25)
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Height: 178 cm (5’10.1”)
Blood Type: B
Ideal Type: Age wise, five years older or one year younger; A wise girl who can come to grip with her own work positively; Can communicate well with each other
Personality: Dorky; Jock; Sweetheart
Infinite — Kim Myungsoo (L)
Position: Lead vocalist, Visual
Birthdate: March 13, 1992 (age 22)
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Height: 178 cm (5’10.1”)
Blood Type: O
Ideal Type: Someone with long, wavy hair; Sweet and feminine; Someone that compliments him well; Their appearances suit each other; Petite; Cute fashion sense; Someone who takes care of herself well (i.e. watches what she eats, exercises on a regular basis)
Personality: Sweet, caring, dorky, stubborn; Always lost in his own thoughts
BEAST — Lee Kikwang
Position: Lead vocalist, Main dancer, Visual
Birthdate: March 30, 1990 (age 24)
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Height: 170 cm (5’6.9”)
Blood Type: O
Ideal Type: Has a beautiful smile and a nice voice; Girls who are sexy and cute but have a charming side; Girls with round features; Secret’s Hyosung; Pretty and fun to talk to
Personality: Bright, foolish, affirmative