It wasn’t that long ago when we heard the heart-breaking news that “Weekly Idol” was going to be revamped, with Jung Hyung Don and Defconn ultimately leaving their positions as MCs. With them having just celebrated their seventh year and with no signs of slowing down, it was certainly very surprising news. Personally, “Weekly Idol” has been a staple in my variety watching roster, and has played a big part in expanding my knowledge of K-pop.

While at this point we still have limited information on what the revamped version of “Weekly Idol” will look like, one thing we know for sure is Doni and Coni are leaving. Honestly, a “Weekly Idol” without Doni and Coni just won’t be the same. And so, I wanted to take the chance to say a big “thank you!” to Doni, Coni, and the “Weekly Idol” we knew and loved for these seven years.

Dear “Weekly Idol,” thank you for introducing us to idols

I can’t name the number of times I started fan-girling a group just after watching their appearance on “Weekly Idol.” After all, there are dozens of groups that debut each year, and it’s very hard to keep up, or remember which group is which. But this show is able to give idols a chance to approach more people, not just through their music and dance moves, but also on a more personal level. It’s much easier to remember a group after spending 40 minutes laughing along with them. In fact, many rookie idols nowadays name this show as the No. 1 variety show that they want to appear on, and even practice the “Random Play Dance” corner beforehand. Plus, with the exposure it has gotten internationally over the years, rookie idols are able to build their international fan base.

I started obsessing over MAMAMOO after watching their episode.

Same with SF9 and Cross Gene

And Bomi!

Thank you for your dance-related corners

The “Random Play Dance” corner is hands-down the best part of the show for me. I love hearing a medley of the group’s songs, even if it’s just for a few seconds at each time. The corner always delivers, showcasing the idols’ dance choreography and talent, while also delivering the laughs when they all inevitably fail. More often than not, there’s going to be squabbles, collisions, betrayals, and in Teen Top’s case, flat out war on the dance floor!

In recent years, we were also treated to 2x speed dances (thanks to GFRIEND), which traded in the laughs for pure heart-thumping amazement! Jaw-dropping dancing aside, some songs also sounded twice as fun when played twice as fast!

The queens of 2x speed dance!

Thank you for giving us access to rare guests

Where else would we be able to see JYP twisting on the floor, or Yoo Hee Yeol doing aegyo? Over the years, “Weekly Idol” has successfully lured in many top tier K-pop artists including RAIN, EXO, BIGBANG, Girl’s Generation, IU, and many more.

Girl’s Generation showing us how to model.

I miss him already!

They were also able to invite first generation idols like Shinhwa and SECHSKIES, and also “special” groups like Double V and Celeb Five. Just take a look at their guest roster and you will be amazed! This speaks volumes to how wide-reaching this program is, as most of these guests tend to be selective of which programs they appear on during their limited promotional period. And this program is able to deliver these otherwise rare-to-see guests right onto our TV (or laptop) screens.