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[Poll] Which Acting Idol Had The Best 2014 K-Drama Comeback So Far?

Source:  kpopstarz

By Adrienne Stanley | July 13, 2014 06:25 PM EDT

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The first half of 2014 was packed with K-Pop idols on television, with the second half of the year holding great promise for the K-Drama comebacks of high caliber idols.

The inclusion of acting idols within the cast of a drama generally means increased viewership and aids with sponsorship. However, 2014 has been a tough year for idol led dramas in terms of sustained ratings.

K-Drama audiences have started to hold dramas with K-Pop stars at the helm to greater accountability, as it becomes more apparent that some idols are most accomplished with acting than others.

The year kicked off with Girls’ Generation member YoonA as Nam Da Jung in “The Prime Minister and I” and Kim Hyun Joong as Shin Jung Tae in the historical drama “Inspiring Age.”

After School’s UEE demonstrated vast improvement in terms of her emotional range as Kim Baek Won for the weekend drama “Golden Rainbow.”

“Golden Rainbow” began airing in 2013, however, the drama did not conclude until March 2014.

YoonA, UEE, and Kim Hyun Joong all have star power but their dramas did not necessarily perform as well in ratings as expected.

The same results were witnessed with the action drama “Triangle.” “Triangle” stars JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong and ZE:A member Siwan.

Both Jaejoong and Siwan exhibited strong acting skills within “Triangle,” but the drama continued to fluctuate in ratings against “Doctor Stranger.” “Triangle” was able to sustain its success to receive a two episode extension, which delighted fans.

While there have numerous K-Pop idols and vocalists on television in 2014, the acting skills of some artists stand out from the rest.

 Eun Ji has proven to be one of the most talented female acting idols.

A Pink’s Eun Ji has developed into a delightfully vivacious acting idol, who continues to win over audiences with her performance in “Trot Lovers.”

Eun Ji wisely selected a role which incorporates her vocals and highlights positive aspects of her personality. It is not surprising that she has received comparisons to Miss A’s Suzy, who wowed audiences in “Dream High.”

While it is not always possible to cast an idol in a role which requires vocals, the decision to do so definitely yields positive benefits.

Lee Seung Gi has transitioned from romantic first lead to brooding action star.

Lee Seung Gi channeled the qualities of an indifferent and arrogant aristocrat for his role in the 2012 drama “The King 2 Hearts.” However, he did not exhibit the range and physicality necessary for an action star until “You’re All Surrounded.”

With his role in “You’re All Surrounded,” Lee Seung Gi has effectively demonstrated that he has the potential to successfully transition into an action film career. As a king of endorsements, it is without a doubt that he will pursue this career path.

 Big Bang Seungri demonstrated his comedic timing in “Angel Eyes.”

Big Bang member Seungri made a strong debut as an actor in Korean drama with his role of Teddy Seo in “Angel Eyes.”

While his acting may have appeared to be tentative in comparison to the strength of Lee Sang Yoon and Gu Hye Sun, Seungri established the full range of potential for his future in Korean Drama.

 MBLAQ Lee Joon may be one of the strongest male acting idols for melodrama and dark storylines.

Lee Joon helped to make “Gap Dong” one of the most disconcerting K-Dramas to air in 2014. The role of Ryu Tae Oh followed his well-crafted portrayal of an actor gone mad in the 2013 film “Rough Play.”

Lee Joon holds some of the greatest potential, as an acting idol who is not afraid to take risks and to accept roles beyond that of a chaebol or flower boy.

Who do you think had the best K-Drama comeback in 2014?

Vote to let us know which acting idol had the best comeback in 2014




6 responses

  1. Cagome

    I think always true artist reinvent himself,bcs always have something to show,not count if is well understand by present generations,bcs true artist have message and meanings for all generations in history.This means his work can be understand better from next generations,even present generations not understand meanings of artistic work. This is destiny of artist,to be amazing,to give from his soul special treasures for soul,bcs he give happiness in many souls and give chance to people to understand better life and universe in present or in future times.Critical comments come from envious people or people with hide interests in doing critics.true artist not must be scared by this people.He must do his work how he feel,bcs true artist is blessed with special and sensible soul and is born to be amazing and to bring in world special works of art with all what he want to create.Thank KIM HYUN JOONG bcs he always is there,in our heart,creating wonders for soul.I can’t wait his next projects!!!!Is amazing his style to do art,in all his styles,singing,dancing,acting,writing,being beautiful,and always more…..

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    • Very well said Cagome …….
      We are lucky because we found KHJ

      Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm

  2. Dragon Lady

    Of course KHJ has the best come back. KHJ beats most of them in the ratings. KHJ even beats Yoochun on the last 3 episodes of IG. All these so called bloggers have short memory. Lee Seung Gi is lucky because most of his co-star are big names like Shin Min-Ah, Ha Ji-Won and now Cha Seung Won. If KHJ given a bigger name co-star, I bet you his ratings will be over 20%.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    • aprilstarr

      You’ve got a point there Dragon lady! Producers and directors seem to bank on HJ carrying the drama on his shoulders which the latter squarely does. Yet if it fails or mediocrely performs he gets blamed, if it is highly rated the others get the credit.

      Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  3. aprilstarr

    Putting personal bias aside, ratings though important as far as gauging a drama’s commercial value cannot be used as heavy indicator of the actors’ having the best comeback work.

    By definition comeback means a return after a long period of time and from being lacking to exhibiting vast improvements. So how is this going to be measured? Usually by the noticeable outstanding skills of the actors acting in a role totally different from previous roles. In short the new role vindicates the actor having suffered previously from critical comments. He has now proven to all he belongs to the league of actors who can really portray a character to the very bone marrow.

    And who is this actor ? None other than Kim Hyun Joong. As Shin Jung Tae we almost did not recognize him as street fighter with all the angst in the world then that coming back to the concert circuit takes some effort on our part to really say he has returned to us as a singer! He had to convince us by changing his looks and singing new genre of songs that indeed he returned to the music stage…until the next drama.

    Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    • Cagome

      Thank Aprilstarr for very well said words.We know KIM HYUN JOONG in acting is an very talented artist with metod very creative and always “in character”.Indeed in his country is a lot pressure in artistic life.But I am sure our ONLY ONE can manage this style to live intense and will do more wonderful projects.

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2:05 am

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