“Please just lip-synch!” … “It’s arduous listening to your songs”… “I should be able to watch these singers comfortably, but they make me nervous”… “Watching them sing makes me wonder where they’re messing up”…
What could provoke such a response?
What I like about the article below (and not just because I totally agree with most or all of the points made) is that it’s rare you see such a critical article printed in Korean press. Usually they’re cloyingly sycophantic, like they’re afraid of offending the big industry machines. But this one is surprisingly frank, and pretty accurate in its assessments, as far as I can tell.
(Btw, I youtubed a bunch of live program clips to form my own opinion, since I don’t typically watch most of the pop-music programs — and boy, does pop music suck these days. There are your exceptions, naturally, but by and large, WOW.)
And now that this is posted, I promise to do my best to avoid making mention of the Wonder Girls ever again. Oh good lordy how I’m sick of hearing about the Wonder Girls.
SONG OF THE DAY
(Park) Hwayobi – “36.5 도” (36.5 degrees), from the pop/R&B singer noted for her strong vocals.
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Big Bang, Girls Generation
Lately, live music programs that feature live singing by performers has provoked such a rising tide of complaints that viewers have even started making requests for that chronic, much-hated evil of music programs: lip-synching.
On programs such as KBS’s Music Bank, MBC’s Music Core, and SBS’s Live Popular Music [Inki Gayo], pop singers are exposing themselves to much self-embarrassment with their out-of-tune singing, loss of rhythm, unstable high-pitched voices, annoying liberal use of falsetto, incessant voice cracks, and other problems.
With a great many pop singers these days faltering in their live singing skills, like the Wonder Girls who’ve spawned the recent “Tell Me” craze, viewers are faced more often with distaste than enjoyment at watching their performances.
Of course, the broadcast networks’ sound isn’t perfect and difficulties may sometimes arise in the live broadcast, but the reason for audience’s complaints is largely based on singing ability [or lack thereof].
Wonder Girls, Battle
There is an overabundance of pop singers who so notably lack singing skills that it’s difficult to believe they’ve undergone extensive training by talent agencies.
That is to say, these agencies have employed a short-sighted strategy of mass-producing stars with singing deficiencies in order to reap short-lived fame and quick profits, ignoring singing talent as the foundation for a pop singer.
The grumblings by some that it’s difficult to dance vigorously while singing are merely excuses made to rationalize the singers’ lack of singing ability. It’s an excuse for lack of training and effort. How can you explain that when, from [strong vocalist] Insooni to Beyonce, there have been pop singers who manage to dance and sing well at the same time?
Whether one is an entertainer or a musician, when taking the stage to sing for audiences, the viewers should enjoy the experience. Performances that only elicit uneasiness and discomfort should be done away with.
Please singers, after appearing on music programs, have a look around the viewer message boards and read their responses. And try to improve upon your weaknesses. If that doesn’t happen, viewers will continue to express their contempt, pleading, “Oh please, just lip-synch!”
Super Junior, Kara