[TRANS] 131120 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Experiences A Small Rise In Viewership To Come In At 6.7%


KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ experienced a rise in viewership.

According to Nielsen Korea, the episode of ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ that aired on the 19th recorded a viewership of 6.7%. This is 0.1% higher than last week’s episode, which recorded a viewership of 6.6%. The day’s episode featured the next chapter of the celebrity team’s basketball journey.

SBS’ ‘The Heart is Beating’, the show’s rival, was cancelled and replaced by the national soccer team’s match against Russia, which recorded a viewership of 11.3% and won its spot as the most-watched program of its time slot.

MBC’s ‘PD Notebook’ enjoyed a 1.6% rise in viewership, from 3.9% to 5.5%.

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[TRANS] 131016 Max Changmin Becomes The King Of Basketball ‘This Is The Superiority Of A Hallyu Star’


Max Changmin has become the king of basketball.

During the episode of KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ that aired on the 15th of October, he teamed up with Park Sung Ho and Lee Soo Geun to partake in a basketball game in Saipan.

Against a team made up of local rising stars of basketball, the celebrity team, led by Kang Ho Dong, was unable to score any points at first.

However, they grabbed an opportunity to catch up, and Lee Soo Geun and Park Sung Ho’s passes gave Max Changmin the chance to score some points. As the game progressed, Max Changmin began to get comfortable and showcased basketball skills that amazed the viewers.

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[TRANS] 130918 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Coach Lee Eun Woo Says, “5 Matches, 5 Losses? I Want To Applaud Them”

The 11 week-long journey of KBS2′s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ has finally come to an end. The badminton rounds seemed to feel longer than any of the other sports matches, because the celebrity had hadn’t won a single match. Five matches, five losses. Though these are despairing results, more sweat was spilled than ever before.

 In July, the celebrity team and staff entered the realm of badminton, not even knowing how to hold a racket properly. In two months, they have become players who could go against highly skilled amateurs and live to tell the tale. We met with Coach Lee Eun Woo, the mastermind behind the team’s rapid improvement, to hear about the behind-the-scenes stories of their journey.


– How would you rate the team as a professional?
They’ve improved greatly over a short period of time. The lessons I held with the celebrity team is completely different from lessons I regularly hold. Because it was important to bring them up to a level where they could compete, I had to teach them a lot of things in a short period of time. I think we covered a month’s worth of teachings in a day.

– How much did everyone practice?
Three hours a day, three or four times a week. Some members even came every day to practice. We would start practicing together once I was done with all my lessons at 9p.m. Even I found it hard to play badminton till one in the morning in the blistering Summer heat. But I knew just how hard the celebrity team were trying, so I put all my passion into teaching them. They would ask me for lessons in the weekends, and they frequently contacted me to ask if I could rent out the gymnasium for them to practice.

– Who practiced the hardest?
I couldn’t really choose one person because they all worked so hard.

– Which member is exceptionally athletic?
Of course, it’s Kang Ho Dong. Every time he’s in the gymnasium, he can become so concentrated that it always surprises me. He’s exceptionally athletic and witty at the same time. Most of all, he’s very good at absorbing things quickly. He’s the kind of person who you can teach one thing to, and they’ll learn ten things off it. He’s played tennis for a while, and it probably wasn’t easy for him to get rid of his habits, but he’s fixed them or changed them to suit badminton. He’s quite a special athlete. There’s a reason why he’s the greatest wrestler of our time.

– Then which member is exceptionally unathletic?
Max Changmin isn’t very athletic at all. But I think badminton suits him more than the other sports categories. He also works very hard. Though he couldn’t visit the gymnasium often because of his busy schedule, he personally came up to me and asked me for a coach so he could practice by himself. Whenever he came to a practice session, he had that intense gaze that he has during matches, from beginning to end. It surprised me.

 It’s the same with Chansung. When I tell him why he’s making the mistakes he makes after a match, he says, ‘I know, I know what I’m doing wrong.’ Watching him shed tears broke my heart. It’s because I know that your body isn’t always at the same level as your brain is. Badminton is a fast-paced game that requires a lot of practice so that hitting the birdie becomes a reflex, and they didn’t have enough time for that to happen.


– What’s the reason why Jo Dal Hwan and Lee Soo Geun couldn’t succeed?
I think Jo Dal Hwan and Lee Soo Geun were the perfect example to show that badminton isn’t a sport that you can improve in drastically over a very short period of time. Of course, the two people worked very hard. But I think it was that they just didn’t fit with badminton. It’s like how you can’t be good at every sport, just because you’re on the national team. Jo Dal Hwan had already sustained injuries in his shoulders and knees. I heard that he even had to get surgery done. Because badminton requires a lot of movement in the knees and shoulders, it must have hurt for him to come to practices. There are many cases where badminton players quit after getting surgery done on their knees or shoulders. Even if you rehabilitate your right knee after a surgical procedure, your left knee is bound to get injured sometime later. That’s how much you subconsciously think about your injuries. In Lee Soo Geun’s case, I think he suffered from the misfortune of changing partners so often.

– How important is a partnership in badminton?
About 40%, with the remaining 60% depending on skill. That’s how important it is. Most badminton enthusiasts have a partner who they’ve played with for a long time. If a B-level team who have played together for a while goes against an A-level team who have just met, the B-level team have a higher chance of winning.

– Who was the ace in the deck?
Hands down, Lee Man Ki. He’s an A-level player in his 50s. Though his skills may differ from that of an A-level player in their twenties or thirties, but he’s one of the most talented players of his age range. Because he’s been playing for a long time, he knows how to send the birdie to certain spots in the court, and he knows how to calculate moves while he plays. And the fact that he’s left-handed is a great advantage to him.

– But his results weren’t that great.
If an A-level player has to play a match with a D-level player, the stress and responsibility means that they can’t play to their fullest potential. If we had given him a partner at a similar level, he would have done better. If the Lee Man Ki – Nickhun partnership had stayed in the game, the results may have changed.


– Badminton was the only sport where the team didn’t get a win.
Though each sport was hard on the team, badminton is one that especially relies on experience. It’s not easy. In one way, it was pretty obvious that they were going to lose. It was impossible for them to win people who have been playing for so long. I always told the team, ‘Take it easy’. It’s also a psychological game, so the first people to gain a point are also the people who usually win. It may have been a stretch to make celebrities who had just started playing badminton to be technical experts. Even normal people need at least two years to master how to use their wrist properly. The most important thing for the team was to focus on getting the birdie over the net. In two months, the celebrity team were able to catch the opposing team’s smashes and defend themselves. Setting aside winning and losing, they were amazing.

– The members cried a lot.
If they hadn’t worked hard, they wouldn’t have cried. Even I felt like I was going to cry after the Jeju match. I felt bad because they had never won once. Though I knew why they had lost, my heart ached because they had put so much time into their matches. It would be nice if the viewers could know just how hard they’ve worked, but that’s something only I and the members know. Even the staff won’t know the extent of the team’s hard work because they were only there when they had to film.

– Which moment was most heartbreaking for you?
It was when Max Changmin and Lee Jong Soo suffered from a slump during their Busan competition. Though this is a variety show, they were getting stressed and suffering from a slump like real badminton players. It just meant that they wanted to do well that much. After losing their Busan match, they didn’t even go back up to Seoul. Instead, they went drinking and quite a lot to drink.

– Which member would you like to keep training with?
Max Changmin, Chansung and Lee Ji Hoon. I think they could do so well if they kept going. Max Changmin fits badminton quite well, and Lee Ji Hoon is athletic and strong. If they had slowly worked their way up from the basics, they could have done a lot better. They had to get into matches as soon as they could, so there wasn’t time for them to build up the basics. Chansung worked really hard, but he didn’t do very well because he didn’t have a lot of time to grow.


– All the matches are over. What would you like to say to the team?
Instead of giving them consolations, I’d like to praise them. Though they cried a lot, I don’t think they had a reason to. They did so much better than others would in that time period. I want to applaud them and tell them that they did well.

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[TRANS] 130918 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’, Max Changmin Says, “Lee Jong Soo Fills Me Up With A Joy That I Lack”


Max Changmin expressed his gratitude towards his badminton partner Lee Jong Soo.

The episode of KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ that aired on the 17th showed the celebrity team going against the Jochun team in Jeju Island for their last badminton match.

Although he was busy because of a packed schedule, Max Changmin always made sure to stay in touch with his partner Lee Jong Soo. In reciprocation, Lee Jong Soo expressed his tight-knit friendship with the singer as he compared him to ‘his girlfriend’.

Max Changmin’s expression of affection for his partner on the day after the Jeju Island match drew the attention of many of his viewers.

The singer had to leave in the early morning because of his busy schedule and was seen off by Lee Jong Soo. Footage of Max Changmin expression his gratitude for his partner during an interview with the staff was added to the scene.

Confessing, “I’m the kind of person who gets a little too serious most of the time. I hate that about myself,” Max Changmin added that Lee Jong Soo fills him up with joy and an easy-going attitude that he lacks.

Max Changmin also handed Lee Jong Soo a t-shirt with a long letter written on it as he left the team’s lodgings.

Meanwhile, the celebrity team unfortunately lost to the Jochun-team with a score of 4:0.

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Changmin’s message to Lee Jong Soo

Hyung… I think the words I said most often to you.. were ‘I’m sorry’…
Really.. The misfortune of meeting the wrong partner meant that we never had enough time to practice, and that probably didn’t put your heart at ease at all..
You saw me feeling bad every time we saw each other, but you always reassured me and told me it was okay… I’m.. so grateful…^^
For the past two months that I’ve spent with you, I’ve sincerely loved you, and followed your lead…^^
Thanks to you, I’ve become a brighter person… and the past two months of my life were filled with happiness…
I believe that I’ll continue to look up to you as ‘Lee Jong Soo’, the hyung I love…
We spent the Summer of 2013 together.. and it was hotter than ever, wasn’t it…?^^
Let’s keep seeing each other and continuing our legacy as the Blazing Brothers^^
I love you♡^,,,^V

-From Shim Changmin

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[TRANS] 130904 Despite A Fall In Ratings, ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Stays The Most-Watched Show Of Its Time Slot


KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ has managed to keep its spot as the most watched program of its time slot.

According to Nielsen Korean, the episode of ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ that aired on the 3rd scored a nationwide viewership of 7.5%.

This is 0.8% lower than 8.3%, the viewership of last week’s episode. Despite a fall in viewership, the show succeeded in keeping its place as the most watched show of its time slot.

The day’s episode followed the celebrity team’s match against the Hwasoon team of the Jeolla Southern Province. Unfortunately, the team lost 3:0 to the Hwasoon team.

Meanwhile, SBS’ ‘Hwashin’ and MBC’s ‘PD Notebook’ scored a viewership of 3.8% and 4.1% respectively.

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[TRANS] 130815 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ To Receive An Appreciation Plaque From The Korean Sports Association

ourneighborhoodplaqueOur Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ is set to receive an appreciation plaque from the Korean Sports For All Association.

During the press conference of KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’, PD Lee Yae Ji  announced that the show would be receiving an appreciation plaque from the Korean Sports For All Association.

Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ has been promoting sports activities to its viewers through various missions that had its team playing table tennis, bowling and badminton. One stadium even said that their sales have gone up by 30 million Won because of the show.

Regarding this, PD Lee stated, “We’re grateful for the positive reception. Many sports representatives have been suggesting new sports activities for us to try. So the staff are in a conundrum on what our celebrity team should play next.”

She continued to say, “We have the honor of receiving an appreciation plaque from the Korean Sports For All Association for our team’s work on bowling and table tennis. With Lee Byung Jin, Jo Dal Hwan and Park Sung Ho working as ambassadors for the association, so they will probably be receiving the award on behalf of the program. The decision will be made after looking at the team’s schedules.”

Meanwhile, the celebrity team of ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ has been meeting various teams across the nation with their badminton matches.

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[TRANS] 130814 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Hits Its Highest Viewership Of 7.5% With Max Changmin’s Endless Charm


Max Changmin has become the shield of ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’. During the episode of KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ that aired on the 13th, the celebrity team had their first away badminton match in Doogu-dong, Busan.

On this day, Max Changmin’s stunning visuals became a topic as hot as the matches that took place. Though the matches were so tight that it was difficult to guess who would come out on top, the Doogu-dong team began talking about Max Changmin’s good looks rather than the game.

With the voices of the female players getting louder, Shin Da Seul, an elementary school student (10) said, “It would have been nice to have gone against Max Changmin,” while Lee Shi Jung (27) said, “I would feel great playing against him, even if I lost.”

With the phrase, “How could I possibly smash the birdie at that (good-looking) face?” summing up their feelings for Max Changmin, his out-of-this-world good looks may become the celebrity team’s greatest weapon.

During the team’s first badminton match against the Joonggok-dong team, a woman on the opposing team took one look at Nickhun’s burning gaze and said, “I can’t serve this birdie.” With Max Changmin’s good looks now becoming a hot topic and stopping the female players in their tracks, the power of the celebrity team’s ‘handsome guy’ has hit full force.

After the episode, netizens left comments such as, “Changmin’s cheers were loud and energetic”, “It was great to see families participating in sports together.. It was heartwarming~”, “It must be amazing to go head to head in a badminton match against Max Changmin.. I’d be wondering if I was I was dreaming or not.”

Meanwhile, the celebrity team’s hard efforts are paying off with a rise in viewership for the show. ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ recorded a 0.2% rise in ratings this week to come to a total of a 7.5%, the highest viewership the show’s ever had.

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[TRANS] 130807 What Does ‘Variety Show’ Mean To TVXQ’s Max Changmin, A Top Idol For The Past 10 Years? (Interview)

TVXQ’s Max Changmin is turning into a great ‘entertainer’.

We recently met with Max Changmin on the set of KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ and he seemed very energetic as he said, “My personality has gotten much brighter and extroverted.” Though he has been called the ‘Fool’ of the show and shown a completely new side of him that differs from his stage persona, Max Changmin is slowly but surely beginning to learn the joys of variety shows.

“Till not long ago, the first thing I felt was fear when I said, ‘I’m going to be appearing in a variety show’. Personally, I felt really scared and fearful that I was going to be regular on a show, ten years into my debut. Luckily, I was able to adapt to the show more easily because it focuses on sports. Sweat never lies. I believed that as long as the viewers could see my sincerity, and as long as I worked hard, I would succeed eventually.”



Some in the broadcasting industry have chosen Max Changmin as, ‘The MC in his 20s who could succeed Lee Seung Gi’. While filming ‘Moonlight Prince’, Max Changmin drew the attention of many for his calm and well-informed aura. For ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’, he has even held cue cards to help Kang Ho Dong out. Critics say that his tall stature and exemplary image are perfect for him to become the leading emcee of a new generation. Add in the fact that he is one of the greatest Hallyu stars of Korea, and the potential he has to succeed as an emcee is limitless.

Regarding this, Max Changmin stayed humble as he said, “You’re too generous with your praise.” He confessed, “This was the first chance for me to see what variety shows are really about, and I’m so happy to be given the opportunity to stand next to and watch Kang Ho Dong, the nation’s greatest emcee who has worked in the industry for over a decade, do what he does best. I really look up to him and I have so much to learn from him, not only about variety shows, but also about having the right attitude.”

He also emphasized, “Though I still have much to learn, I will continue to do my best and learn as much as I can. I’m not that greedy about my position as an emcee, but that doesn’t mean that I will let this opportunity slip past my fingers. I want to keep moving forward, step by step.”

Max Changmin recently got injured during a river-rafting training exercise in the Gangwon Province when a rapid smacked an oar in his face. Though his lips had swelled to a point that made participating in the rest of the program difficult, he buckled down and kept going. His ‘dogged determination’ and ‘professionalism’ was praised by his viewers.

Like this, Max Changmin is doing his best, not only as a member of ‘TVXQ’, but also as an entertainer. Max Changmin ended with the statement, “Just like how I feel that my work is so worthwhile, I hope our viewers share that sentiment with me. And I hope that many people are inspired by my efforts and start to believe in themselves that, ‘Hey, if he can do it, then so can I.’”

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[TRANS] 130607 Max Changmin Goes Bowling ‘Again And Again’ For ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’

[TRANS] 130607 Max Changmin Goes Bowling ‘Again And Again’ For ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master

Max Changmin has become addicted to bowling.

On the 7th, the team of KBS 2TV’s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ released a photo of Max Changmin bowling in Japan.

In the photo, Max Changmin can be seen deeply focused as he practices at a bowling rink in Japan. Another photo shows the scores of one of his rounds and the singer has garnered much attention for scoring four strikes in a row for a total of 203 points.

This is completely different from when he first started bowling and was given the nickname ‘The Dummy of Bowling’.

The photos are said to have been sent to the staff by Max Changmin himself as he scored his highest record ever. Although he is currently busy holding concerts for TVXQ’s Japanese tour, he is said to be visiting bowling rinks whenever he can to build up his bowling skills.

A representative of ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ stated, “Even we were surprised when we heard about Max Changmin’s level of dedication both outside the studio and overseas,” and “I’m certain that he will surprise everyone in next week’s episode.”

Meanwhile, the celebrity team of ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ is currently battling the Dongchun-dong Heroes team after losing spectacularly to the Weolseong-dong United team.

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[Pic] 130528 Changmin – Our Neighborhood’s Masters of Variety and Sports Gallery

[Pic] 130528 Changmin – Our Neighborhood’s Masters of Variety and Sports Gallery

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[TRANS] 130501 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Is The Most Watched Show In Its Time Slot For The 4th Consecutive Week

[TRANS] 130501 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Is The Most Watched Show In Its Time Slot For The 4th Consecutive Week

‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ has topped the viewership ratings in its time slot yet again.

According to TNmS, the episode of KBS2′s ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ that aired on the 30th, which featured the celebrity team’s first win, scored a viewership of 6.8%. This is 0.3% higher than last week’s episode, making the show the most watched program in its time slot for the fourth consecutive week.

‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ is said to be popular amongst the middle-aged generation with viewerships coming in at 5.3%, 5.1%, 5.0% and 4.1% for women in their 40s and 50s, and men in their 40s and 50s respectively.

SBS’ ‘Hwashin’ recorded a viewership of 4.4% this week, which is 0.6% lower than last week’s episode

KBS1′s documentary program had a viewership of 6.0% while MBC’s PD Notebook had ratings of 4.2%.

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[TRANS] 130417 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Max Changmin Is Deemed By His Opponent As ‘The Easiest To Beat’

[TRANS] 130417 ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master’ Max Changmin Is Deemed By His Opponent As ‘The Easiest To Beat’

The episode of KBS 2TV’s variety show ‘Our Neighborhood’s Master of Variety and Sports’ that aired on the 16th showed Max Changmin looking offended at being chosen by his opponents as the person who looked the easiest to beat.

On this day’s episode, the celebrity team of Kang Ho Dong, Lee Soo Geun, Kim Byung Man, Park Sung Ho, Max Changmin, Jo Dal Hwan and Minho went up against the Sangdo-dong team of Park Seon Wook, Lee Sang Hee, Kang Eun Soon, Jo Han Sung, Kang Bong Seok, Kwon Min Seon and Kim Young Rae in a battle of table tennis.

Before the competition began, Sangdo-dong’s Kwon Min Seon was asked, “Which member of the celebrity team would you like to go up against?” and shyly picked Max Changmin.

Following this, Kang Ho Dong asked, “Who would be your ideal type?” and was met by an unexpected answer of Kwon Min Seon choosing Kim Byung Man instead of Max Changmin.

Max Changmin was unable to hide his surprise and when he was told by Kwon Min Seon that she had chosen him because of his lack of table tennis skills, as she herself had not been playing for long, he had everyone laughing with his retort, “Oh~ (You chose me) because I’d be the easiest to beat?”

Meanwhile, the celebrity team was unable to beat the Sangdo-dong team, even with their hidden ace Jo Dal Hwan, much to the disappointment of the show’s viewers.

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