So I tuned in to the latest episode of Eat Your Kimchi‘s radio show on SBS Pop Asia, where they discussed multiple topics. One of which was MBC‘s latest ban. They are banning lip syncing from live performances (or at least 50%) which means if the groups can’t sing…they’re pretty much screwed.
So now, I’m taking a look at some groups and their live performances. I am actually astounded at how much Korean pop singers don’t sing live. There is so much lip syncing, I can see why they placed the ban.
When you record music, it’s edited on the CD and during live performances there is a background track. If you watch shows like “American Idol” and “Super Star K,” I’m sure you can tell the difference.
There is some leeway given in the US, where some parts of the song can be lip synced during a live performance, but for the majority of it, you HAVE to sing. It might be because of the Milli Vanilli fiasco of the 80’s, but thems the rules.
FYI for those who don’t know, Milli Vanilli were two European men who were hugely popular, but one night at an awards show while they were performing, the record began to skip, revealing that they weren’t singing at all! Eventually it came out that they couldn’t sing, and the man who DID sing the records came forward after a time. But the Grammys they won? Best believe those were taken back.
Which is why we have such strict live performance rules over here.
It’s nice to see that they’re cracking down on it, but on the other side of the coin, even if the artists can sing, some groups like SHINee and Super Junior have complex and demanding choreographies, which might prove problematic with this new rule. Not to mention nerves. I can tell you from personal experience that nerves suck when you have to perform live.
I’m not going to put the performances which I think are bad, because I know I’m so biased that it wouldn’t be fair. So I’ll put the ones that were spectacular instead:
Who in K-Pop sings best live in YOUR opinion? Comment below!