(Ex-We Got Married star) Seo In-young is not a stunning beauty with a god-given voice, but what sets the 26-year old apart from other celebrities is her frankness.
And now Seo is back in yet another reality program “Seo In-young’s Brand New Friend,” a follow-up to “Seo In-young in KAIST.” “Some might criticize me, saying how full of myself I must be to make a friend through an open audition,” she says. “But I decided to come back to a reality program because I thought making a friend is a form of adventure in an age where it is so difficult to find someone you can fully trust.”
The show started on May 14 on a cable channel M.net. Twelve participants wishing to be Seo’s friend are given a mission every week, and one person gets eliminated. The last survivor becomes her friend. No fewer than 5,000 people applied to be part of the show, and only one in 400 made it. Is Seo this popular? “Honestly, some people must have applied because they want to be a celebrity themselves, and many of them must have had other intentions, rather than purely wanting to be my friend,” Seo admits. “Many people try to befriend you based on your background, rather than taking you as you are. That’s especially true among celebrities. In the show, I will try to find someone who can really understand and like me.”
Many people point out that Seo’s show is a mere copy of Paris Hilton’s “My New Best Friends Forever” on MTV. “I also thought the show had many similarities with Hilton’s show,” Seo says. “But I’m different from Paris Hilton. Because the show is about how I deal with people and make friends, there must be a difference that only I can create.” (Chosun Ilbo)