With the year coming to a close, everyone has been anticipating the numerous year-end festivals and award shows, but the general strike led by employees of Korea’s major networks have, until now, left their future uncertain.
In spite of the ongoing strike, MBC, KBS, and SBS, have announced their intentions to broadcast many of the annuals shows as planned.
Here’s what we know about the award shows so far:
2017 MBC Drama Awards
The 2017 MBC Drama Awards will be proceeding as planned, but with one major change to its structure.
Due to past controversies in the award process, MBC has elected to change the way nominations and winners are decided upon.
That is, starting this year, the MBC Drama Awards will not be 100% decided by the audience’s vote.
Instead, in order to bolster the credibility and prestige of the awards, drama experts and close officials will analyze and decide the nominees.
Whether or not this results in a drastic change to the overall award show, only time will tell.
2017 MBC Entertainment Awards
The Entertainment Awards will also take place this year and will serve as a kind of reunion for the various programs that have been off the air for the duration of the strike.
Naturally, this event is being heavily anticipated as the hilarious stars of such MBC comedies as Infinite Challenge will be in attendance.
2017 MBC Gayo Daejejeon
Always one of the year’s most anticipated shows, fans will be relieved to know that MBC’s Gayo Daejejeon will indeed be held in 2017!
This year, the award show’s theme will be “The Fans” and the idols in attendance will create unique stages to show their appreciation for their supportive fans.
Top idols such as BTS, EXO, and WANNA ONE have already been confirmed for the show.
The 2017 Gayo Daejejeon is set to air on December 31, so mark your calendars!
2017 KBS Drama and Music Awards
KBS, like MBC, has decided to go ahead with their drama and music award show, but have yet to release a statement regarding this year’s entertainment awards.
Due to their late confirmation of this fact, however, KBS has confessed that the number official attendees will be far fewer this year—only 10 groups have confirmed so far. This means that there will be no collaboration stages.
Nevertheless, the event will be held on December 29th, 2017.
2017 SBS Gayo Daejeon
SBS, on the other hand, has finalized their glamourous line-up for its 2017 Gayo Daejeon.
With the theme “Number One”, they claimed that all the Award-Winners from Inkigayo will gather up and celebrate the year-end party.
Yoo Hee Yeol and IU have already been confirmed as this year’s MCs and more than 11 top idols and artists will join the party including TWICE, BLACKPINK, BtoB, GFRIEND, WINNER, RED VELVET, HEIZE, and Bolppalgan4.
Not only that, but all-time top female singers Um Jung Hwa and Sunmi will take part in a collaboration stage, according to Mistik Entertainment.
This party will be held on December 25th, 2017 at Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome.
Everybody is waiting for the finale of 2017 in Seoul, Korea.