dangermousie: (Kenshin: annoyed Misao by meliachu)
Was reading an article on dramabeans about Kim Su Hyun's increased popularity after Dream High and came across this phrase:

"he was that good [to make her think he was dubbed by a professional] — better, even, than some of the cast’s idol singers, I thought."

There are multiple pages of comments agreeing with that statement.

And all I could do was boggle. Sure, looks and charisma are subjective, but vocal quality is much less so.

And Kim Su Hyun? Kim Su Hyun? As a great singer - wanted by companies for his singing, praised by dramabeans and commenters as better than professionals? Have I fallen into some parallel universe? I literally laughed when I read that.

I have nothing against KSH. He's a talented, hard-working guy and deserves his success. He was certainly the best actor out of the young cast and, while his looks aren't my thing (too young!), I can certainly see why people find him attractive.

But singer? Singer? Heck no. Sure, he's not bad for an amateur. He's actually amazingly, shockingly good, for one. Key phrase being "for an amateur." To compare him to Wooyoung, IU, Eunjung or Suzy is pretty much insane! (Taec being a rapper and not a singer, I'd give it a "fair enough" pass). I don't follow kpop and first found out about these people's existence from the drama, so I am no offended idol fangirl. I just find this beyond bizarre.

In fact, my biggest problem with Sam Dong ending up as K was my suspension of disbelief - the guy clearly can't dance much (when he replaced Wooyoung in that solo, I cringed), his singing isn't up to par with his castmates', and he doesn't have that raw on-stage charisma that the idols in the cast actualy do - that charisma is a large chunk of why they are picked to be idols!

Now, I don't have a problem with that being a fact of life, as KSH is an actor not a member of 2PM. His job is to act, which he does excellently and better than all 2PM members combined, I suspect. But to buy him as super-idol K (out of all those kids!) required quite a suspension of disbelief on my part. And to believe he's good enough to be a professional singer/idol without further extensive training and is better than his idol castmates at it - I am sorry. I can't. My disbelief stretches only so far.

OK, enough of my blabber. Proof is in the pudding, as they say. Here's a vocal 'battle' between Wooyoung and KSH. Compare the singing skills between them, please:



And here is a "real" singing superstar, Lee Seung Chul, doing the same song:



Case closed.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: annoyed Misao by meliachu)
Was reading an article on dramabeans about Kim Su Hyun's increased popularity after Dream High and came across this phrase:

"he was that good [to make her think he was dubbed by a professional] — better, even, than some of the cast’s idol singers, I thought."

There are multiple pages of comments agreeing with that statement.

And all I could do was boggle. Sure, looks and charisma are subjective, but vocal quality is much less so.

And Kim Su Hyun? Kim Su Hyun? As a great singer - wanted by companies for his singing, praised by dramabeans and commenters as better than professionals? Have I fallen into some parallel universe? I literally laughed when I read that.

I have nothing against KSH. He's a talented, hard-working guy and deserves his success. He was certainly the best actor out of the young cast and, while his looks aren't my thing (too young!), I can certainly see why people find him attractive.

But singer? Singer? Heck no. Sure, he's not bad for an amateur. He's actually amazingly, shockingly good, for one. Key phrase being "for an amateur." To compare him to Wooyoung, IU, Eunjung or Suzy is pretty much insane! (Taec being a rapper and not a singer, I'd give it a "fair enough" pass). I don't follow kpop and first found out about these people's existence from the drama, so I am no offended idol fangirl. I just find this beyond bizarre.

In fact, my biggest problem with Sam Dong ending up as K was my suspension of disbelief - the guy clearly can't dance much (when he replaced Wooyoung in that solo, I cringed), his singing isn't up to par with his castmates', and he doesn't have that raw on-stage charisma that the idols in the cast actualy do - that charisma is a large chunk of why they are picked to be idols!

Now, I don't have a problem with that being a fact of life, as KSH is an actor not a member of 2PM. His job is to act, which he does excellently and better than all 2PM members combined, I suspect. But to buy him as super-idol K (out of all those kids!) required quite a suspension of disbelief on my part. And to believe he's good enough to be a professional singer/idol without further extensive training and is better than his idol castmates at it - I am sorry. I can't. My disbelief stretches only so far.

OK, enough of my blabber. Proof is in the pudding, as they say. Here's a vocal 'battle' between Wooyoung and KSH. Compare the singing skills between them, please:



And here is a "real" singing superstar, Lee Seung Chul, doing the same song:



Case closed.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: annoyed Misao by meliachu)
Was reading an article on dramabeans about Kim Su Hyun's increased popularity after Dream High and came across this phrase:

"he was that good [to make her think he was dubbed by a professional] — better, even, than some of the cast’s idol singers, I thought."

There are multiple pages of comments agreeing with that statement.

And all I could do was boggle. Sure, looks and charisma are subjective, but vocal quality is much less so.

And Kim Su Hyun? Kim Su Hyun? As a great singer - wanted by companies for his singing, praised by dramabeans and commenters as better than professionals? Have I fallen into some parallel universe? I literally laughed when I read that.

I have nothing against KSH. He's a talented, hard-working guy and deserves his success. He was certainly the best actor out of the young cast and, while his looks aren't my thing (too young!), I can certainly see why people find him attractive.

But singer? Singer? Heck no. Sure, he's not bad for an amateur. He's actually amazingly, shockingly good, for one. Key phrase being "for an amateur." To compare him to Wooyoung, IU, Eunjung or Suzy is pretty much insane! (Taec being a rapper and not a singer, I'd give it a "fair enough" pass). I don't follow kpop and first found out about these people's existence from the drama, so I am no offended idol fangirl. I just find this beyond bizarre.

In fact, my biggest problem with Sam Dong ending up as K was my suspension of disbelief - the guy clearly can't dance much (when he replaced Wooyoung in that solo, I cringed), his singing isn't up to par with his castmates', and he doesn't have that raw on-stage charisma that the idols in the cast actualy do - that charisma is a large chunk of why they are picked to be idols!

Now, I don't have a problem with that being a fact of life, as KSH is an actor not a member of 2PM. His job is to act, which he does excellently and better than all 2PM members combined, I suspect. But to buy him as super-idol K (out of all those kids!) required quite a suspension of disbelief on my part. And to believe he's good enough to be a professional singer/idol without further extensive training and is better than his idol castmates at it - I am sorry. I can't. My disbelief stretches only so far.

OK, enough of my blabber. Proof is in the pudding, as they say. Here's a vocal 'battle' between Wooyoung and KSH. Compare the singing skills between them, please:



And here is a "real" singing superstar, Lee Seung Chul, doing the same song:



Case closed.

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