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Strong Heart (TV series)

Strong Heart
The logo of Strong Heart
Genre Variety, talk show
Format Television series
Written by Kim Youn-young
Kim Jee-youn
Directed by Park Sang-hyuk
Presented by Kang Ho-dong (2009–2011)
Lee Seung-gi (2009–2012)
Lee Dong-wook (2012–2013)
Shin Dong-yeop (2012-2013)
Starring Boom
Leeteuk (2009-2012)
Shindong (2009-2012)
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 166
Producer(s) Park Kyung-deok
Jung Ik-sung
Running time 70-90 minutes
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original run 6 October 2009 (2009-10-06) – 12 February 2013 (2013-02-12)
Preceded by Ya Sim Man Man 2 (야심만만 2)
Followed by Hwasin - Controller of the Heart
External links
official SBS website

Strong Heart (Hangul: 강심장; Hanja: 强心臟; RR: Gang Sim Jang; MR: Kang Sim Jang) is a South Korean talk show or talk battle broadcast by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS). It airs on Tuesdays from 11:50 to Wednesdays 00:30. It is hosted by Lee Dong-wook and Shin Dong-yeop with Boom, Super Junior's Leeteuk 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-yeop and new hosts, actress, Kim Hee-sun, and singer, Yoon Jong-shin, in February 2013.[1]


The show premiered in 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.[2][3] 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.[4] Actor Lee Dong-wook and Shin Dong-yeop took over as MCs, with their first episode broadcast on April 10, 2012.[5][6]

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.[7] The last episode for season one was recorded on 17 January 2013, marking this as MC Lee Dong-wook's last appearance.[8] It was announced on 15 January 2013 that the program will be relaunched as season two with a new format. Shin Dong-yeop 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.[9] The new season is billed as an "an honest talk show based on topics based on the opinions of viewers".[10]


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.


  • 1st Strong Heart - Oh Yong-shil (Episode 1)
  • 2nd Strong Heart - Lee Ee-jung (Episode 2)
  • 3rd Strong Heart - Im Chang-jung (Episode 3)
  • 4th Strong Heart - Hong Seok-cheon (Episode 4 and 5)
  • 5th Strong Heart - Seo In-guk (Episode 6)
  • 6th Strong Heart - Leeteuk of Super Junior, (Episode 7 and 8)
  • 7th Strong Heart - Jo Hye-ryun (조혜련) (Episode 9)
  • 8th Strong Heart - Jung Chan-woo (broadcasts in two episodes, episode 10 until first half of episode 11)
  • 9th Strong Heart - Kim Jang-hoon, Christmas special, broadcasts in two episodes which 2nd half of episode 11 and continue until episode 12
  • 10th Strong Heart - Bada, (Episode 13 and 14)
  • 11th Strong Heart - Baek Ga, special appointed since the story about him struggling with his brain tumor (Episode 15 and 16)
  • 12th Strong Heart - Kim Ki-ook (Episode 17)
  • 13th Strong Heart - Junho of 2PM (Episode 18 and 19)
  • 14th Strong Heart - Oh Jung-hae (Episode 20 and 21)
  • 15th Strong Heart - Kim Na-young (김나영) (Episode 22)
  • 16th Strong Heart - Kim Jong-kook (Episode 23 and 24)
  • 17th Strong Heart - Ha Chun-hwa (하천화) (Episode 25 and 26)
  • 18th Strong Heart - Rain (Episode 27 and 28)
  • 19th Strong Heart - Bae Seul-ki (Episode 29 and 30)
  • 20th Strong Heart - Yoo Sang-chul (Episode 31 and 32)
  • 21st Strong Heart - Shindong of Super Junior (Episode 33 and 34)
  • 22nd Strong Heart - Seung Ri of Big Bang (Episode 35 and 36)
  • 23rd Strong Heart - No Min-woo (Episode 37 and 38)
  • 24th Strong Heart - Park Jeong-ah (Episode 39 and 40)
  • 29th Strong Heart - Yoon Son-ha (Episode 49 and 50)
  • 30th Strong Heart - Huh Gak (Episode 51 and 52)
  • 31st Strong Heart - Sooyoung of Girls' Generation (Episode 53 and 54)
  • JoKwon of 2AM (episode 61 and 62)
  • Kyuhyun of Super Junior (Episode 92 and 93)
  • Baek A-yeon (Episode 129 and 130)
  • Sooyoung of Girls' Generation (Episode 165 and 166)


Year Awards Category Nominee Result Ref
2009 SBS Entertainment Awards Best TV Program Strong Heart Won
2010 Top Excellence Award Lee Seung-gi Won
Netizen Best Popularity Award Won
2011 Best Entertainer Award (Talk Show Category) Shindong Won
Jung Ju-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


External links

  • Official Homepage (Korean)
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