Saturday Night Live Korea made its debut in December of 2011 and has since done quite well in the ratings. Closely patterned after the long-running "live from New York" original, SNL Korea is considered to be in its fourth season, as Korean TV seasons are relatively short. This excerpt from a July 2012 skit features the show's host, singer/actress Bada (Sea) overseeing auditions to choose two new singers to flank her in "SES II."
|Yours truly with Bada in late 2003|
In real life, her two former groupmates did get married but the trio disbanded amicably and there are no plans for a new incarnation of the group. Also, the "diva" character Bada portrays here is far from the reality. As someone who's had the pleasure of meeting her on a couple of occasions, I can say she's definitely one of the friendliest and most charming Korean celebs there is. To see the full skit (but without subtitles), go here. Oh yes; the first girl here who auditions is cast member Kim Seul-gie, who responds to her dismissal by stating a singing rival of Bada's is "the best." The second hopeful is singer Hyolyn, from the girl group "Sistar" and their sub-duo "Sistar19."