Invincible Youth is a South Korean variety show which aired its first season on KBS2 from October 23, 2009 to December 24, 2010. Season 1 featured seven girls (collectively known as G7) from K-pop idol groups wherein they experience how it is to live and survive in the rural Korea outdoors. It has started its second season on November 12, 2011 featuring eight girls but as it of right now they are currently only having five girls.
The first season of the show involved Korean entertainers meeting weekly to work and learn about farming in a Yuchi-ri village in Hongcheon-gun,Gangwon-do in South Korea. This involved both agricultural work, interacting with members of an aging rural community, and competing in challenges involving agrarian or domestic tasks. As the show's popularity grew, the cast and crew began work to make their filming location a sustainable site for agritourism, enter produce in food competition, and promote environmentally conscious farming. Some of the products were sold within the local community, to the general public, or distributed as gifts.
The G7 girls initially included Brown Eyed Girls Narsha, Secret Sunhwa, 4Minute Hyuna, Tara Hyomin, Girls' Generation Sunny and Yuri, and Kara Hara.
The MC were Nam Huiseok, Noh Juhyeon, Kim Tae Woo, Kim Shinyoung, and Song Eun Yi.
On Friday, May 14, 2010, the PD of the show Kim Ho Sang announced that Girls' Generation Sunny, Yuri, and 4Minute Hyuna would be leaving the show due to scheduling conflicts with their respective groups' overseas promotions. Their replacements were decided through private auditions with members of other K-pop girl groups. On May 30, it was confirmed that After School Jooyeon, f(x) Victoria and Kim Sori will become the three new members of G7 on Invincible Youth. Kim Jong Min (of Koyote) also became a semi permanent member for a month under the moniker of being a "Variety show mentor" for the new members.
On the August 27th Episode, it was announced that Kim Tae Woo will be taking a temporary leave of absence due to a surgery he is to receive for his throat. He vowed to come back to the show as soon as he makes a full recovery. Starting episode 44, Song Eun Yi filled in as a semi-permanent MC in Kim Tae Woo's absence. On the 8th of December 2010, it was revealed that Invincible Youth has wrapped up recording of their finale episode. They have filmed over one year, starting in October 2009.
Kim Sang Ho PD revealed to Star News on December 10, “We’re not discontinuing the show because of low viewer ratings. There’s been a lot of conflicting schedules due to girl groups like KARA expanding their activities overseas. It was difficult to take out some of the fixed members, so we decided to end season one for now. There’s a lot of trust being placed on the worth of the ‘Invincible Youth’ brand. After discussions with other producers, everyone agreed to end season one and go ahead with season two next year.”
Season 1 Slogan: 청춘은 지지 않는다~ 청춘~ 불패 (Youth Don't Lose! Invincible Youth!)
Chairman Producer (CP) Kim Ho Sang, who is planning the second season of "Invincible Youth" told Star News on August 31 that the show will take place in a fishing village in Daebu Island, Ansan, Gyeonggi province.
G8 members will include Girls' Generation Sunny and Hyoyeon, F(x) Amber, Miss A Suzy, SISTAR Bora, Jewelry Yewon, Rainbow Woori, Kara Jiyoung. Lee Su Geun, Ji Hyun Woo and Boom will serve as MC's. Sunny is the only returning member from Season 1, although Hyoyeon, Jiyoung and Bora were guests during the previous season.
The first episode of ‘Invincible Youth 2′ premiered on November 12th, 2011 in South Korea, while International Premiere on KBS World was on December 2nd, 2011.
Prior to the airing of the April 7th episode, multiple newsreports were released confirming that castmembers Lee Su Geun, Ji Hyun Woo, F(x) Amber and Rainbow Woori will be leaving the show.
After the two MC's left, Kim Shinyoung from season 1 join.
It was then later revealed that Girls' Generation Sunny would be also leaving the show. As she was the only member from season 1, they agreed that she would stay on with season 2 until the program became somewhat stable. She will leaving the show after the July 7th episode.
After Sunny left the show, Lee Young Ja join to be a MC's too.
Season 2 Slogan: 청춘이여 영원하라! 청춘~ 불패 (Youth is Forever! Invincible Youth!)
List of Guest that appear:
Episode 6 - SHINee Minho
Episode 10 - Ko Se Won, Park Hwi Sun, GOD Son Ho Young, SHINee Onew, 2AM Seulong, Heo Kyung Hwan - Christmas Special
Episode 18 - Super Junior Heechul, Beast, Yun Jung Hoon, Lee Gye In, Kara Nicole, SNSD Hyoyeon - House Opening
Episode 19 - Roh Yoo Min and Super Junior Shindong - Replaced Kim Tae Woo who held a concert
Episode 20 - Lee Gye In - Featured the cast from the documentary Old Partner
Episode 22 - SNSD Sooyoung - Replaced SNSD Yuri who couldn't participate due to the swine influenza
Episode 23 - SNSD Sooyoung, Koo Jung Yup, Ock Juhyun
Episode 24 - Koo Jun Yup
Episode 26 - Tara Eunjung and Koyote Kim Jong Min - Eunjung replaced Hara who did not appear due to Kara's sponsorship promotions in Thailand
Episode 27 - MBLAQ Lee Joon and Jeong Junha
Episode 29 - Cast of Gag Concert
Episode 30 - Cast of Gag Concert
Episode 36 - Secret and Koyote Shin Ji - Surprise guests for G7 Special Army Concert
Episode 37 - SNSD Sunny - Special invitation for G7's trip to Japan
Episode 38 - SNSD Sunny - Special invitation for G7's trip to Japan
Episode 39 - Chung Myung Hoon and Ko Ju Won
Episode 40 - MBLAQ
Episode 41 - MBLAQ, Tara Jiyeon, SG Wannabe Lee Seok Hoon, Park Hyun Bin - Summer Vacation Special
Episode 42 - SNSD Yuri - Special invitation for G7's Farm Products Exhibition
Episode 43 - 2PM, After School Lizzy, Brown Eyed Girls Jea - Replacing Hara and Victoria who were absent dute to their respective group's promotions
Episode 44 - The Boss Karam, and Kim Young Chul
Episode 48 - Park Gwang Hyun
Episode 51 - SNSD Sunny, 4Minute HYuna, Ko Ju Won, Lee Gye In, Chung Myung Hoon, Kim Tae Woo - 1 Year Anniversary Special Part 1
Episode 52 - F(x) Luna, Sulli, Krystal, Secret Song Ji Eun, Kara Jiyoung - 1 Year Anniversary Special Part 2
Episode 53 - SISTAR Bora
Episode 54 - SISTAR Bora - Replacing Hara and Narsha who were absent due to their respective groups promotions
Episode 55 - SHINee Taemin - Replacing Victoria
Episode 9 - Im Ha Ryong
Episode 12 - Song Dae Gwan and Tae Jin Ah
Episode 17 - 2AM
Episode 19 - Choi Hong Man - Kim Shinyoung debut and missing Jiyoung but appear later in the show
Episode 20 - Shinhwa
Episode 21 - CNBlue Jung Yonghwa and Lee Jung Shin - Missing Jiyoung
Episode 22 - CNBLue Jung Yonghwa and Lee Jung Shin, SNSD Taeyeon, Brown Eyed Girls Narsha - Replacing Bora and Suzy
Episode 23 - Gong Hyung Jin - Missing Jiyoung
Episode 24 - Super Junior Sung Min
Episode 25 - Park Sang Myun, 4Minute Hyuna and Sohyun - Missing Jiyoung
Episode 26 - Shinhwa Andy, Infinite L, Lee Hyun Woo, Baek Sung Hyun, Kang Kyun Sung, Park Hwi Sun - Missing Sunny, Hyoyeon, Bora, Jiyoung
Episode 27 - Joo Dang Wook, Lin Kyo Jin, Tara Hyomin, Secret Sunhwa - Missing Sunny and Hyoyeon but they appear later in the show
Episode 28 - Jo Min Ki and Son Byung Ho
Episode 29 - Kang Dong Ho, Kang Ji Sub, Kara Hara - Replacing Bora who did not appear dute to SISTAR's music video shooting in Hawaii and Dano Special
Episode 30 - Baek Ji Young
Episode 31 - 2AM Jo Kwon, MBLAQ Lee Joon, ZE:A Hwang Kwanghee - Sunny Farewell
Episode 32 - NONE - Lee Young Jae Debut as a MC
Episode 33 - 2PM Wooyoung