Strong Heart

  • Synopsis:

    Strong heart is a South Korean talk show or talk battle broadcast by SBS. It aired on Tuesdays from 11:50 to Wednesdays 00:30. It was hosted by Kang Ho-dong and Lee Seung-gi, and later by Lee Dong-wook and Shin Dong-yup with Boom, Super Junior's Leeteuk, Shindong and Eunhyuk as hosts of a special segment and regular guests along with Kim Hyo-jin, Jung Ju-ri and Yang Se-hyung, who are known as six-fixed guests. The program relaunched as a second season with Shin Dong-yup and new hosts, actress, Kim Hee-sun, and singer, Yoon Jong-shin, in February 2013.


    The show premiered on 6 October 2009 with Kang Ho-dong and Lee Seung-gi as MCs. In September 2011, Kang withdrew from the show following his temporary retirement from the entertainment industry due to controversy regarding his non-payment of taxes. After hosting solo since Kang's departure, Lee announced in March 2012 that he was leaving the show. He recorded his last episode on March 15, which was broadcast on April 3. Actor Lee Dong-wook and Shin Dong-yup took over as MCs, with their first episode broadcast on April 10, 2012.

    In December 2012, it was announced that the show's director, Park Sang-hyuk, left the show for an overseas sabbatical. The show's director was replaced by Shin Hyo-jung with a format changed. The last episode for season one was recorded on 17 January 2013, marking this as MC Lee Dong-wook's last appearance. It was announced on 15 January 2013 that the program will be relaunched as season two with a new format. Shin Dong-yup will remain as host, along with Kim Hee-sun and Yoon Jong-shin, being the first time as main MC for a variety show for Kim. The show is titled Hwasin - Controller of the Heart ("Hwashin" meaning God of Tuesday and God of Talk), with a scaled-down guest panel of four to five guests per episode; to air in mid-February 2013. The new season is billed as "an honest talk show based on topics based on the opinions of viewers"


    About twenty guest stars tell emotional (strong) stories to make people cry or laugh. The best storyteller wins the show. Strong Heart gives viewers and fans a chance to look into the lives of stars by listening to their stories. Many stars come on the show and share stories about their hardships in debuting, strange experiences or some other funny situations that have occurred in their lives. Celebrities have also used their time on the show to try to clear up rumors. From time to time there are also less famous stars invited so that they can have a chance to share their stories. This is important as most of the time when these stories are told on Strong Heart, it is the first time they have ever been told.

    Main MC:
    Kang Ho-dong (2009–2011)
    Lee Seung-gi (2009–2012)
    Lee Dong-wook (2012–2013)
    Shin Dong-yup (2012-2013)
    Leeteuk (2009-2012)
    Shindong (2009-2012)
    Eunhyuk (2009-2013)


    2009 SBS Entertainment Awards Best TV Program Strong Heart Won
    Netizen Best Popularity Award Lee Seung-gi Won
    Best Newcomer Boom (entertainer) Won
    Leeteuk Won
    Eunhyuk Won
    2010 SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award Lee Seung-gi Won
    Netizen Best Popularity Award Won
    Multiple Talent Entertainer Award Kim Hyo-jin Won
    Kim Young-chul Won
    Best Writer Kim Youn-young Won
    Best Newcomer Shindong Won
    Grand Prize (Daesang) Kang Ho-dong Won
    2011 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award (Talk Show Category) Shindong Won
    Jung Joo Ri Won
    Excellence Award (Talk Show Category) Boom Won
    Leeteuk Won
    Excellence Program Award (Talk Show Category) Strong Heart Won
    Top Excellence Award (Talk Show Category) Lee Seung-gi Won
    Netizen Best Popularity Award Won
    2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer, MC category Lee Dong-wook Won
    Best Couple Award Lee Dong-wook & Shin Dong-yup Won