Games’ Recap, Highlights & Winners Of “2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships”
New records and prodigies have been set in the recently concluded 2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships.
Anticipated every Lunar New Year celebration, the 2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships gathered active and well-loved K-Pop artists for a friendly sports competition.
Showcasing their skills in sports, the participating idols awed viewers with thrilling final rounds and scene-stealing preliminary games.
ASTRO, SEVENTEEN, gugudan, TWICE, Red Velvet, iKON, MONSTA X, NCT 127, GFriend, IZ*ONE, Stray Kids, and more K-Pop groups contributed to the top-rating MBC special broadcast on its time slot.
On the February 5th broadcast, preliminary games were held for archery and bowling. Final rounds were also presented for 60m men’s and women’s race and women’s rhythmic gymnastics.
According to Nielsen Korea, the first day of the special event raked in 6.4 viewership rating, peaking at 7.2 percent.
The thrilling second day of 2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships, which was aired on February 6, saw the victors in bowling, archery, men’s 400m relay and shootout.
Soaring high, the nationwide viewership ratings went up to 7.7 percent, peaking at 9.4 percent.
Let’s look back on the scene-stealing moments of the preliminary and semi-final rounds.
Free-spirited Bobby from iKON competed with ASTRO’s model bowling student Cha Eun Woo. The latter eventually won with 138 score over Bobby’s 114.
In what seems to be a spare battle, NCT 127’s Jaehyun, who has barely learned bowling, notched seven consecutive spares, making him nab the victory with 173 over 144 of SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu.
Next up is MONSTA X’s Minhyuk versus Super Junior’s Shindong. And we love that cute celebratory shirt of “the great Minhyuk”, who eventually defeated his senior.
At the semis, ASTRO’s Eun Woo took the challenging task of facing the champion of last year’s bowling match and his then opponent — EXO’s Chanyeol.
Scoring a turkey (three consecutive strikes), Chanyeol celebrated with fans cheering him from behind his seat. Picking up his momentum, he ultimately proved his bowling prowess and secured a spot in the finale match.
High scoring and exciting, a bowling genius is officially unveiled as NCT 127’s Jaehyun broke the records with six strikes and a best bowling score of 243, defeating MONSTA X’s Minhyuk who also shot the bowling pins well.
Celeb Five led by comedienne Kim Shin Young impressed the audience with her skills, eventually winning over Momoland in the first elimination round.
For the second preliminary match, gugudan channeled teamwork in defeating (G)I-DLE.
Garbed in cute red dress, TWICE dominated over competition rival Red Velvet. Shooting at an average of 9, gugudan also beat GFriend to advance in the finals.
Giving off a great show, SEVENTEEN and MONSTA X battled in opposing camps. With known ace player Vernon on SEVENTEEN’s camp, the boys escaped formidable MONSTA X with two-point difference from their scores of 92-90.
It was also in this match that the crowd went wild with first-timer Kihyun’s perfect gold. The MONSTA X stunner broke the camera lens with his perfect shot.
Next up, NCT 127 played with iKON. Donning cupid’s costume, B.I. made the onsite watchers smile with his cute antics.
Eventually, Team NCT 127 advanced to the final round where SEVENTEEN is already waiting.
Introduced for the first time at the 2019 Idol Star Athletics Championship, shootout generated waves of cheers from onsite fans.
Facing off for an intense battle, iKON and SEVENTEEN exchanged kicks and defended their courts well. However, iKON, with its quirky characters, managed to turn the tables as Junhoe hit the goal of their team’s final kick.
Energetic ASTRO distracted Golden Child with their pumped up attitude, ultimately besting the newbies out of the competition.
Marveling the crowd with their pretty boys stance, The Boyz proved they could also kick well as they slammed down opponents from Stray Kids.
NCT 127’s Yuta scored the first goal against MONSTA X players. Hyungwon failed to counter the score. Inevitably, NCT 127 edged out MONSTA X through Johnny’s excellent goal-keeping.
Thrills abound the semi-finals of shootout with the The Boyz and iKON outmaneuvering each other.
iKON won extra points as first-timers exuding comic and surprising skills. They beat The Boyz’ almost perfect goal-keeping for a slot in the finals.
Moonbin of ASTRO displayed excellent blocking skills, eventually ousting NCT 127 to get the second final seat.