1000 Song Challenge

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1000 Song Challenge
1000 Song Challenge.jpeg
Promotional image showing hosts Jang Yun-jeong and Lee Hwi-jae
Also known as Challenge 1000 Songs
Genre Reality television
Written by
  • Park Mi-ra
  • Lee Ji-young
  • Lee Da-ae
  • Nam Chan-mi
Directed by Park Jae-yong
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 299
  • Park Je-yong
  • Yoon Tae-wook
Running time 75 minutes
Original network SBS
Original release October 22, 2000 (2000-10-22) – June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)
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1000 Song Challenge (Hangul도전 1000곡; RRDojeon Cheongok), also known as Challenge 1000 Songs, is a South Korean karaoke singing competition television series, which aired on SBS from 2000 to 2014.[1][2] During the show, guests compete by singing popular songs accurately from memory. The songs are chosen randomly from a pool of 1000 songs. Unlike normal karaoke, the lyrics are not shown, so it is easier to make mistakes. The contestants with the highest scores proceed to the next round.[3] In one segment of the show, "Run Karaoke", contestants race to the microphone and whoever gets there first gets to sing a song and gain points.[4] In another segment, the contestants hear the beginning of a song, and the first one to correctly name the song gains points. The winner of the final round receives household items as prizes, such a humidifier or espresso machine.[5] Many popular celebrities were invited to the show, including BoA, Shinhwa and Girls' Generation.[6]

The show began airing on October 22, 2000, and was extremely popular in its early years. It aired on Sunday mornings and had mainly older viewers. SBS cancelled the show in 2014 because advertisement revenue was low, and they wanted to target young people.[6][7][8] The last episode aired on June 22, 2014.[3]


Various television personalities co-hosted the show throughout its nearly 14-year run. Comedian Lee Hwi-jae began hosting the show (with Jeong Hyeong-don) in April 2008, and continued until the show's cancellation in 2014. Trot singer Jang Yun-jeong first hosted the show for a year and a half, beginning in April 2006, and returned in August 2009.[9] Lee and Jang were praised for their "smooth and entertaining" hosting style, and they won the "Best Couple Award" at the 2013 SBS Entertainment Awards.[7][10] Jang left the show in April 2014 due to her pregnancy, and was replaced by Hyolyn.[11]

List of hosts, showing when they hosted the show
Hosts Dates
Kim Seung-hyun (ko) Lee Seon-jin (ko) October 22, 2000 – October 2002
Jeong Jae-hwan (ko) Lee Yoo-jin November 2002 – November 2004
Yoo Kyung-mi (ko) November 2004 – October 2005
Kim Seung-hyun (ko) Kim Bin-woo (ko) November 2005 – April 2006
Yoo Jung-hyun[12] Jang Yun-jeong April 2006 – October 2007
Han-young (ko) October 2007 – December 2007
Kang Byung-kyu (ko) December 2007 – March 2008
Lee Hwi-jae Jeong Hyeong-don April 2008 – November 2008
Kim Ra-na (ko) December 2008 – August 9, 2009
Jang Yun-jeong August 16, 2009 – April 13, 2014
Hyolyn May 18, 2014 – June 8, 2014
Shin Ji[13] June 22, 2014


  1. ^ Lee Sung-eun (September 19, 2014). "MCs named for survival singing show". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (September 12, 2012). "A Pink member apologizes for her zealous streak". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kim Dong-Joo (June 22, 2014). "Sol Bi becomes the final winner of 'Challenge 1000 Songs'". StarN News. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Lee Kyung-nam (September 10, 2012). "A Pink's Jung Eun Ji Apologizes for Acting Rudely on ′1000 Song Challenge′". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Lee So-dam (April 1, 2012). "'도전천곡' 미쓰에이 토끼춤 '인디언 인형처럼' 나미 완벽재현". TV Daily (in Korean). Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Kim Hee-eun (June 23, 2014). "1,000 Song Challenge' ends long run". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Lee Na-rae (May 29, 2014). "SBS to Cancel '1000 Song Challenge'". Newsen. CJ E&M. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  8. ^ Oh Hyo-jin (March 2, 2016). "SBS 측 `'도전1000곡' 시즌2 정규편성, 현재로선 불투명`". Sports Today (in Korean). Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  9. ^ Jin Eun-soo (February 27, 2014). "Jang may quit singing show". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Kim Ye-na (December 30, 2013). "SBS 연예대상 '베스트 커플상' 이휘재-장윤정 "평생 기억에 남을 것"". BNT News (in Korean). Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Lee Na-rae (March 31, 2014). "SISTAR's Hyolyn to Temporarily Host '1000 Song Challenge'". Newsen. CJ E&M. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  12. ^ Lee Eun-joo (April 24, 2008). "Serious politicians or image-builders?". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Yoon Sang-geun (May 21, 2014). "신지, 녹화재개 '도전1000곡' MC 투입..26일 합류". Star News (in Korean). Retrieved March 31, 2016.

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