The latest rendition of MBC's 'Idol Star Athletics Championship' filmed for a record of 22 hours yesterday (28th), drawing complaints from staff members and entertainment representatives.
The filming started at 7:00 AM, which required the participating competitors to wake up at 4:00 AM to begin makeup and hair conditioning. Despite the fun atmosphere that occurred once the filming began, the recording time soon sped past the stated finishing time of 2:00 AM the next morning, and final filming only wrapped up at 5:00 AM - which meant that the idols had been on set for nearly a full day.
The competitors who had been eliminated early also weren't allowed to leave the set, requiring them to waste valuable time when they could have been taking care of other schedules.
A representative for an entertainment company bemoaned this bloated filming session: "Our idols had five schedules the day after the Championship recording," he complained. "I don't know if they'll be able to finish them being so tired."
Another representative echoed these sentiments, saying "it was nearly imprisonment, not allowing the early eliminated idols to leave".
Source: Ilgan Sports via Nate