So this shouldn’t surprise anyone

Okay, I’m really behind on BEDA, but I’ll make it up by combining a whole bunch of days tomorrow! In the meantime, I am working on something, I won’t say what, but keep an eye out on Nikki’s blog ;D I’ll aslo have a collaboration 4Minute’s EP review out on seoulbeats. I know some of you may be laughing at me right now *cough*EDGE*cough*, but I am making use of my time, not contributing to society or anything, but it’s something…

In the meantime, I really love this MV.

[BEDA] Day 5 and 6: Worst Live Singer, Male and Female

Okay, yes, I overestimated myself when I signed up for this. So now I’m just going to cheat and combine days together. In this case I believe it’s okay, since these two topics go hand in hand.

And now, what we’ve all been waiting for, the worst live singer in K-Pop! What a difficult topic! So many choices, and so little time to go through and burn them all on a stake.

For this topic, I decided to take a different route. See, most of the time the worst ‘live singers’ and generally just some of the ‘worst singers’ in general. I mean, we all know Hara, Hyuna, Dongwoon, half of T-ARA, Hyung Joon, whatnow, aren’t the greatest singers to begin with. Their live performances honestly shouldn’t surprise us in the least. So for days 5 and 6, I’m going to look at K-Pop’s worst live singers who actually do have some sort vocal competency. Basically, those singers with the biggest discrepancy between recorded and live.

Now, the winner for Male is…

DONGHAE OF SUPER JUNIOR

Donghae was my original Super Junior love and his voice is actually my favourite in the band if we’re not looking at technique. He has a very, very smooth voice, which is both a good/great thing, and in his case also sort of a bad thing. It’s a good thing because his voice is so mellow and velvety, and it’s sort of a bad thing because it’s thin. It’s thin and hence he can’t really push, which I would be okay with because every voice has it’s limits, but on top of that thin voice Donghae also uses his nose as a megaphone — and not only when he’s singing with choreography like most idols — but all the time. And has the stamina of a 54 year old chain smoker. A combination of all of those things makes Donghae’s live singing a complete hot mess. He sounded alright in Mr. Simple, because that was Mr. Simple, but as soon as you ask that boy to sing a song with an actual melody and choreography he keels over. And I get it, singing whilst dancing is rarely perfect and I do take that into consideration, but Donghae is just something else altogether. Beautiful recorded voice, not so much live.

Covering for Kyuhyun at 00:29, and then he dies again at 1:30.

This is a prime example of him using that nose of his as a microphone. Come on, Haebro. Also, Leeteuk is even worse here, think of him as an unofficial runner up.

Now, for runner up…

YOOCHUN from JYJ

I don’t really want to talk about Yoochun, because his slow demise as a singer is one of the most depressing things I’ve ever seen. Yoochun used to have a very rich and unique voice, my favourite in the band actually, but since then the richness has turned into this nasally soup of blah. Don’t believe me? Check out JYJ’s discography — you’ll notice how little Yoochun gets in terms of lines these days. In fact, JYJ completely revolves around Jaejoong and Junsu, and every now and then they insert a pity line for Yoochun or something. He’s also pretty much a non-entity during harmonies these days. I mean, look at this live performance of Chajatta, I forgot Yoochun was even there performing with them. Which is understandable, because Yoochun’s voice these days is so congested, it completely detracts from the rawness of Junsu’s voice and the smoothness of Jaejoong’s. Unfortunately (or fortunately in this case), JYJ is hardly ever found promoting live these days so it was hard finding a video. But generally speaking, check out anything by DBSK after 2009.

He’s the dying chicken at 2:38:

Now, for the ladies…

BOM FROM 2NE1

Where do I start with Bom… First of all, her voice is absolutely stunning recorded. But once again, not so much live. Bom has a really unique timbre, and like Yoochun her voice is very rich and has dimension. However, she has poor technique and some of the worst breathing I’ve ever heard from a lead singer of a K-Pop band. Bom’s token style these days is to scream as loudly as she can and it ends up sounding like a dying animal. Bom also has the worst habit of straying from the melody, and it’s depressing since she’s meant to be 2NE1’s lead singer for god’s sake. Then there’s the fact she goes shrill whenever she tries for those high notes — and even though it all comes out sounding cleanly recorded, live she sounds warbly like a lamb attempting vibrato and screaming. And it isn’t only just when she’s attempting choreography, it is all the time, all day, every day. It’s not a sound for sore ears, and it’s safe to say that Bom is better of staying in the studio. I love her so, so, so much, but not when she’s screaming at me.

Her voice is all over the place, seriously

at 1:04 and 2:10, Can’t Nobody is probably the worst of 2NE1’s title tracks live simply because of Bom

runner up…

SUNNY FROM SNSD

Sunny has a really nice and smooth voice, it’s very clear and feminine, and it’s actually my second favourite in the band after Taeyeon’s. Unfortunately, her technique isn’t the best. At all. She sounds okay on Gee and Oh!, where it’s like she’s swallowed helium whilst singing, but if you ask her to sing in a lower register she is completely off. It’s more prominent where she’s doing a performance with choreography, she chokes and most of the time sound doesn’t even come out, and when it does it’s very warbly. Yes, she is my ultimate bias, but I will openly admit in terms of technique there is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to my dear Sunshine.

1:14, urgh, Genie was the worst

 

[BEDA] Day 2: Idol most likely to survive a Zombie Apocalypse

And so with Day 2 of BEDA, we ask the age old question, which Idol is most likely to survive a Zombie Apocalypse? This was a difficult one, since most of our favourite pretty people are so prepped and micro-managed, I can’t actually imagine any of them being particularly street-smart. But, if we’re to look at everything as a whole, then I would say it’d be…

MINHO FROM SHINEE

SHINee’s Minho is essentially only decent at two things: making good face, and being an asshole athletic. The latter quality is what would save him in the face of danger. With his drive to not lose, Minho would outrun and slay those zombies in every game they try and play. Observe:

Flaming Charisma indeed.

Blog Everyday In April (I AM NOT DEAD)

I got my half-yearly results back last week, and needless to say that as a student I am dismal. As a blogger, I am also dismal. However one of the two is about to change (temporarily) and since I have no sense of priority, it’s going to be the latter. Starting from tomorrow I’m going to be participating in the ‘Blog Everyday in April’ Challenge, or BEDA, hosted by McRoth’s Residence. That’s right folks, I’m going to be blogging everyday starting April First, and about the most random topics you can think of. Here’s the list of what’s to come:

  • Boy band member most likely to win a drag queen competition
  • Idol most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse
  • Idol most likely to become a ringmaster
  • Idol most likely to become a hobo
  • Worst live singer: Male Category
  • Worst live singer: Female Category
  • Idol most likely to have gone weeks without a shower
  • Best weave on a man
  • Idol least likely to care about their own music
  • Most likely to become a member of the clergy
  • Idol most likely to trip over air
  • Idol most likely to be mistaken for a mortal
  • Least likely to remember that crazy ass pool party last night
  • Best live singer: Male Category
  • Best live singer: Female Category
  • Band member most likely to cast the Avada Kedavra incantation on their band mates
  • Best at booty popping
  • Cutest OTP
  • Idol most likely to win a poetry slam competition
  • Biggest Troll
  • Idol most likely to go solo
  • Most precious idol
  • Idol most likely to become a frat-boy
  • Most likely to be Regina George
  • Idol who’s the biggest flirt
  • The Head Bitch on Campus
  • Most likely to be friend-zoned
  • Least likely to survive a butterfly attack
  • Least likely to go to Heaven
  • Most likely to become God of their own religion

Anyway, I encourage everyone (belatedly) to participate. It’s going to be fuuun.

In the meanwhile, have some beautiful C-Pop music, courtesy of Vanness Wu and Junho from 2PM.