On August 12th, the new MBC every1 variety show “Yacht Expedition” (literal title) held a press conference with the cast and crew.
“Yacht Expedition” is a documentary variety program about four men who take on the challenge of sailing a yacht together on the Pacific. The yacht is managed by Kim Seung Jin, an experienced sailor who became the first Korean to successfully complete a solo non-stop voyage around the world without outside help.
At the press conference, producing director (PD) Song Ji Woong said, “I’ve been preparing this show for about two years. For the cast, I looked for people who I thought would enjoy a challenge. When I asked who was the most adventurous, Jin Goo and Jang Ki Ha came frequently, so I cast them. I found Choi Siwon because I knew some people at SM Entertainment. I heard that he wanted to face many new challenges and adventures. I made a tentative proposal, but he readily agreed. I knew about ‘Radio Star’ from Song Ho Jun’s satellite. He has no disposition for entertainers so I wondered if he would get along with the other cast members, but he’s in a similar age group so I thought it would be okay. Everyone was better than I expected. “
Captain Kim Seung Jin said, “I’ve put a lot of thought into how to get first-time sailors used to the yacht. Each person has a different speed at which they adjust to things. Even if you want to adapt quickly, it is not always possible. But the cast adjusted itself pretty well. Jang Ki Ha was faster than I expected. Song Ho Jun has been on boats a lot, so he adjusted well too. It took Jin Goo some time. Choi Siwon was the youngest, so he worked really hard. Each person has adjusted at different rates, but I think this will make the show more fun to watch. “
Jin Goo said, “I chose to show up because I had infinite confidence in the captain. I got a bigger shock than I imagined. I hoped I would learn from these people, who had completely different lives than me, and get a chance to put down my cell phones and enjoy life to the fullest. But the seasickness was the hardest part. The waves were different heights every day. Once I got used to it, the seasickness would change the next day and the next. Because of the constant movement, it was difficult to get through each day. “
Choi Siwon said, “This is a difficult combination of people to find. I really wanted to work with these members and the captain, so I made my decision quickly. The captain took great care of us. I learned a lot from him. “He jokingly added,” I thought the next time I encounter a new challenge, I should think twice about what to do. “
He added, “It was a little uncomfortable to sleep. It was always damp and never completely dried out. At first it wasn’t easy to sleep in a place that kept getting wetter. I was amazed that Jang Ki Ha never got seasick. I wasn’t worried about my idol image. I thought positively that it would be good to show another side of myself. It wasn’t the situation where I could shave regularly. I decided to honestly show the camera that this is the situation we are in. “
Jang Ki Ha said, “It was hard to be in a place that wouldn’t stop moving day and night. It’s hard to imagine what it’s like in the imagination, but once I got back on land, I was grateful to be standing on a floor that didn’t move. I thought I was the type who enjoys adventure, but through this yachting expedition I realized that I had never really tried adventure before. I don’t think it was me I like it so much. My thoughts have changed a little. “
Song Ho Jun said, “I felt pressured to go on the show with people who are on TV a lot, but I didn’t have high expectations.” I wasn’t thinking, “Oh, what do I do with these people?” I just wanted to go out to sea. It’s rare that I get a chance like this, so I decided to go on the show. I enjoyed life out there, but sometimes we had to go to the bathroom outdoors. That was a little difficult. There are lots of funny stories about it. Showering was a chore too. “
Premiere of the “Yacht Expedition” on August 17th at 8:30 pm KST.
In the meantime, check out a teaser for Choi Siwon in the upcoming SF8 anthology series!
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