'Imitation' sparks similar idol K-dramas 'Idol: The Coup' and 'Let Me Be Your Knight'

Idol K-dramas are getting popular as their plots are about the K-pop industry and include idol actors


                            'Imitation' sparks similar idol K-dramas 'Idol: The Coup' and 'Let Me Be Your Knight'
'Let Me Be Your Knight' and 'Idol: The Coup' are about fictional K-pop groups (SBS, jTBC/ Naver)
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It looks like K-dramas and K-pop are becoming synonymous with each other. Not only do we have several idols lending their voices for OSTs but they are also acting in K-dramas. Currently, we have SHINee’s Minho and GOT7’s Jinyoung in ‘Yumi’s Cells’, while SF9’s Rowoon and 2PM’s Taecyeon are the main leads in historical K-dramas. And with K-pop being such a big part of South Korea’s society, it is also becoming plot devices for K-dramas like ‘Imitation’, 'Idol: The Coup' and 'Let Me Be Your Knight'.

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Earlier this year, K-drama and K-pop fans were pleasantly surprised as KBS announced their ambitious project ‘Imitation’. The K-drama followed the story of rival K-pop groups and romance between idols while also casting real K-pop idols. We had U-KISS’ Jun, T-ARA’s Jiyeon, Ateez’s Yunho, San, Seonghwa and Jongho, I.O.I’s Nayoung, g.o.d’s Danny, SF9’s Chani and Hwiyoung, Baby V.O.X.’s Eunjin, Rainbow’s Jisook and 3YE. And after its successful run, it looks like more productions are taking a page from their playbook.

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The fictional boy group Luna (SBS/Naver)

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‘Let Me Be Your Knight’ is about a popular boy group

Like idol actors, it seems that idol K-dramas are going to become a thing with productions roping in idol actors and weaving K-pop into their K-drama plots. In fact, Astro’s Sanha is playing a K-pop idol in ‘Your Playlist’ while Monsta X's Hyungwon is vying to become an idol in 'Fly Again'. And U-KISS’ Jun aka Lee Jun-young is once again in an idol K-drama. The ‘Imitation’ star has been cast in ‘Let Me Be Your Knight’. The female lead is none other than Jung In-sun of ‘Welcome to Waikiki’ fame. Other idol actors starring are NU’EST’s JR, soloist and former Wanna One member Yoon Jisung and AB6IX’s Donghyun.

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Jun plays Tae-in, the leader of the fictional 5-member K-pop group Luna. In-sun plays Yoon-joo, the doctor who is hired to cure him of sleep-walking and ends up living in his dorm. The second male lead is JR’s Lee Shin who is in a hidden relationship with actress Jiyeon. Jisung’s Yoochan seems ambitious but has a dark secret. Donghyun’s Gaon is the mood-maker and also unpredictable. ‘Let Me Be Your Knight’ is set to air on SBS and iQIYI from November 7 at 11.05 pm KST (10:05 am ET).

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The fictional girl group Cotton Candy (jTBC/Naver)

‘Idol: The Coup’ focuses on an underrated girl group

‘Idol: The Coup’ is the second idol drama that is set to air at the same time as ‘Let Me Be Your Knight’. EXID’s Hani plays the female lead in ‘Idol: The Coup’. It also stars soloist Kim Min-kyu, WJSN’s Exy, Redsquare’s Green, Laboum’s Solbin, soloist and former X1 member Eunsang, and ex-Rainz member Eunki. The drama is about an unsuccessful K-pop group that needs one viral hit so that they don’t disband. The female idol actors play the members of the doomed fictional K-pop girl group Cotton Candy.

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It should be noted that Hani has seen the biggest chart reversal in real life as she pioneered fancam culture and brought back her group EXID from disbandment with her ‘Up & Down’ fancam going viral. The other female cast members also felt close to the characters they are playing and have shared that Cotton Candy almost feels like a real group that they are a part of. ‘Idol: The Coup’ will premiere on jTBC and iQIYI on November 8 at 11 pm KST (10 am ET).

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