Group KARA stood out from rest of the surge of girl groups this weekend. With their image as the 'Economic Idols' and 'Inspirational Idols', the members were shown to give it their best in all the programs they have participated in, and once again, they have exploded with popularity with their strong and unique charms. Although KARA has already appeared in many special programs for the New Year, they still managed to give something new and fresh to the viewers this time around. They have been voted number 1, as the most wanted guests for Chuseok specials, as they managed to be at the top of portal search sites each time they appear.
On October 2, on MBC's
Despite losing, Hara still proved to be winner in the end, as the netizens were more interested in her surprising strength. After the program aired, the netizens started giving Hara nicknames, to reflect how strong of a girl she is, and how sporty and competitive she gets, despite her barbie-like features. She was already known to be a tough fighter to KARA's fans as she had appeared in a boxing challenge last year, where surprisingly, she won.
This is not the only thing. The closeness of Hara and Girl's Generation's Jessica became a hot topic after seeing that the two were very chatty with each other during the filming.
KARA came out strong on October 3, on SBS'
Through this broadcast, the members showed their dorm as well, showing off confidently their bare faces. Because the filming was done early in the morning, the girls did not have any make up on. Although the members seemed surprised and a bit shy at first, being just out of bed, the natural look of the girls pulled in viewers to their charms. The snoring of maknae Jiyoung, Nicole's comment about her hair that 'Its not as bad as a thought..', and Jiyoung going off to school to take her exams were well-received by the viewers, as it was something different from the usual image of girl groups, striving to look perfectly made up every minute of the day.
Network staffers all rave about the group. They say 'The appeal of KARA is their friendliness. Its like the girls are really just your younger neighborhood sister - they are very comfy to be around, and they make you feel at ease.' Others add 'Because they know what its like to fail, they are dubbed as the 'Hardworking Idols', which is really a good thing for them.' One staffer added 'The members are just really nice girls that recently, an anti-fan who spread false rumours about the groups on the internet came out with a formal apology. Thats how much viewers are changing from anti's or neutrals to their side.' In the last analysis, it is said that 'They have a very strong and loyal fanbase, and because of this, the future of KARA is very bright.',