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Monday, February 11, 2013

Idols revealed to be paid $2 USD/hr for 'IAC' attendance... is it worth the injuries?


Article: 'IAC' idols paid $2 USD for attendance... is it worth the injuries?

Source:
Ilgan Sports via Nate

One idol group manager said, "Having the fans in the audience makes it more competitive because the fandoms compete against each other for popularity. The match isn't even as important as winning #1 on a music program but because their fans are watching, the idols try their best to run for the #1 medal, sometimes to the point of injury."

Despite the dangerous conditions the idols are working in, they're only paid $300~500 for a day's worth of work. One girl group manager revealed, "The show pays a bit higher than a normal show program would. It depends on how many years since your debut it's been. A group 3-4 years will receive about $500 USD."

That money is then divided between however many members are in the group, averaging their pay to be $2 USD an hour, less than the legal minimum wage of $4.86 USD.

"In reality, the members don't get any of it because it'll just be used towards an expense. It's barely enough to cover the pay for an on-site stylist."

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1. [+82, -2] The show's obviously good for getting your name out there with the public. You start the show wondering how in the world there are so many idols you don't know... and then by the end, you're rooting for the ones that shine and come away with a positive image of them. I think it's a faster way to reach the public than with singing a few minutes on a music program.

2. [+89, -15] A level idols rarely ever attend the show. SNSD and 2NE1 have never been on it... The show has basically turned into a promotional venue for rookies now. Jo Kwon and Bora both said they're not going to attend the show anymore because there's no need for them to waste their energy running around... aka they're popular enough now, they don't need the show. KARA totally slacked as well considering they looked like they've never even held a bow before.

3. [+38, -3] Even if their pay is small, they can make double that if they manage to get their name and face known with the CF deals they'll get, more event/performance opportunities... There's a reason to everything. Obviously they wouldn't force themselves to do something with no benefits.

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34 comments:

  1. The pay isn't really the issue in this case, ppl should be happy they're being paid to promote themselves, but it's how dangerous and how little regulations there seem to be about shit like this.

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  2. How underpaid are idols? And they have to split it? I don't care if it's for promo. They are also basically forced to do it or risk banning, get paid nothing and risk injury.... That's ridiculous.

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  3. I understand the idea of getting paid little because the event is basically for exposure. Attend, show off, get your name out there which could lead to gaining more fans which would lead to getting cf/endorsement/etc deals.

    But I do wish if they're getting paid such a small amount, that the host of the event would be more considerate of the treatment of the idols. Don't keep them trapped their for longer than necessary, give them more comfortable places to rest and make sure that they can take care of their basic needs.

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  4. Kshawols say Minho was forced to go because he is like an icon for the show... He went and almost got hurt before the comeback... I don't want him to go anymore -_-

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  5. I hope they get to keep that money since it's so little. I agree with #1. It's a good way to get publicity. If PDs were more cautious about injuries and considerate about schedules this event would be near perfect. I miss the dance battles though :(

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  6. Considering how many hundreds of idols there are in SK, those who get invited to the show can be considered somewhat lucky. At least they get to appear on something and they get to see their fans show up with banners cheering them on. I'm sure groups like Blady, Leader'S, K-boys, NewFO, A.Cian and whomever else failed/nugu groups you can think of would kill to be there. But it *would* be nice if idols are allowed to leave whenever they're done, and there's no pressure in participating.

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  7. It's really not worth it to attend these events. The amount of injuries from this year's IAC alone is worrisome, and I don't know why they continue to hold these events without taking an idol's safety into consideration first. Bring back Star Dance Battle please.. at least for this special, you don't have to worry about idols tripping, falling, or sustaining a severe injury.

    It's just sad to see that the idols themselves know its dangerous and 'retire' from participating, but the broadcasting networks just bring in more rookies to fill the spots.

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  8. This is how Sistar started.

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  9. Like anywhere else, the well-being of the participants should be prioritized :(

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  10. wwwwhhhhaaaaaattt!!? seriously? i really felt bad for those idol just to get screen time and promote...sorry but its really low, my allowance for a day much much bigger than what they receive..i cant be believe this,

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  11. Everybody has got to start from somewhere. Suck it up until you've made it. Work hard :)

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  12. I hate when my faves go on this show because I get worried they'll be injured. It's not worth promoting yourself on this when you could end up injured and then miss out on CFs and performances.

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  13. No wonder why, zico said he only had about $7 to his name.

    These people film for over 20 hours and get below minimum wage and their reward is a bunch of injuries. Fuck that. Do they have no labour laws whatsoever protecting these people and is it only the PDs that are making profit here from the IAC??

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  14. Regardless of all the complaints this show is THE most popular out of all the lunar programs and always manages the highest ratings. Their is a reason why MBC keeps on bringing it back year after year.

    At the end even if you have no idea who a single idols you end up rooting for someone. Its a lot like the olympics u may not know all the athletes but you always wind up routing for someone. Same with this show and the MC's also do pretty good job giving background on some of the idols as well.

    I dont think idol companies should be complaining bc of the amount of exposure this show brings. Its basically a free promotion if u end up doing well. This is how Dongjun and ZE:A began to get popular before all the Kwanghee their was Dongjun on these shows kicking everyones ass. This is how Sistar started getting really popular when the first Idol Olympics aired they seriously kicked everyones butts. Coincidentally their next signal How Dare You managed to top the charts.

    Like this year during the Summer special it was Simon from DMTN and than this year it was Minhyuk and Jisoo. Like this is probably Tahiti's first time since their debut to get this much exposure.

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  15. 19+ hours footage for 2 hour special? I blame the editors and PDs...

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  16. better than nothing to be honest.

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  17. I remember back then, the first IAC, they were the underdog darkhoses that took every one by storm (Bora).

    They have come a long way ~

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  18. *dark horses


    Bora alone sweeped through the female counterpart awards and helped her team which was just her group Sistar and K.Will win 2nd place overall for the whole thing.
    She and Minho maybe Dongjun too are the IAC royalties.

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  19. Jo Kwon is IAC royalty winning first in running so many times.

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  20. For the already established idols, no it's not worth it. For rookies and nugus? yes, it is. Minhyuk from btob got top 10 in search ranking last night because of this show. and now at least I remember his name.

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  21. Yes we can contribute all of Sistar's success to their participation in IAC.


    :/

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  22. Oh please. No one has died. The injuries aren't that serious.

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  23. That wasn't what Anon. said. IAC was a step that elevated them further, so without IAC, SISTAR may not be as popular as they are now. The popularity they gained in 2012 wasn't attributed to IAC though. Don't read too much into it.

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  24. they really seems pitiful!! aren't they!!??? running around like dogs in such things like IAC and paid pennies to get their name known,can't date,can't say anything,can't do anything,can't even rest well,working their ass off away from their parents and family,some are even forced to do things they don't want to do just to please their CEOs and others, who knows,maybe they even got sexually harrassed as well,even forced to get plastic surgeries,got called names and even got sworn by the netizens and antis when they do a tiny little mistakes....................it just seems like a hellhole!! I know there're some huge stars that got treated with respects and live well......but it's still so sad and bad that the ones who's chasing their dreams to be performers are treated like shit!! I know life's hard but still theirs are just sad!! I'm sorry that I sound so negative,but I can't help,it's so bad to see them like that!! shouldn't the life of celeb be glamorous instead??

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  25. I actually really like IAC but i do have some issues with it. My first one is the amount of people MBC invites to this... I mean why invite like 60 idol groups? It's so very unrealistic in the long run. Unless you're really good in sports the odds of you being edited out is 90%. Also I don't like how they invite the whole group and only 1 or 2 members participate and the others are either sitting in the stands and the floor doing nothing for the whole day. In the editing process they pretty much only focus on the "stars" of the show...thats why they only showed the interviews for dongjun, bora, minho, niel, etc. The last thing that I really get annoyed at is having idols participate who obviously have no athletic ability. It's pretty embarrassing to watch. I just wish they invited only the people who are known or have a background in sports to make it more interesting...well thats just my opinion

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  26. ignoring the article and everything.
    but LOL SHORRY J IN THE PHOTO IN THE BACKGROUND.
    C: hehehehehe ♥

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  27. AGREED LOOL.
    EVERYONE, JUST PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND LOOK AT
    SHORRY J LOL.

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  28. Idol life is hard

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