• severely

    One of my favorites is B1A4′s Jinyoung’s ability to imitate various sound effects (like a clogged vacuum, race car, dripping water). 

    I agree that some of the talents are a little eyeroll worthy, but I suspect that has to do with figuring out what’s going to land and be enjoyed. Like BtoB’s counting talent: that could have easily been an “okay… and…?” And then he would have had to come up with something different for the next show.

    Some of them do seem to backfire eventually. I recall that Sooyoung stated that she was told to stop doing her imitations. Though it’s hard to say if those were actually causing problems, or if the talent had simply played itself out. I do think most talents get boring after a while: I only need to hear TOP’s impersonation of YG, see Yesung’s octopus dance, etc. so many times. It sounds terrible to say, since while they are entertainers, it’s not like most people can come up with new talents at the drop of a hat either. So I can appreciate the tough situation they’re in to both have something new and interesting to show but not let that get dull either. 

    • k_db

      I don’t know why SM told the girls that, but I LOVED Sooyoung imitations.

    • pg13247

      Was it just Sooyoung’s imitations or her silliness in general that was discouraged? It’s a shame as Sooyoung/Yuri’s silliness was what drew more fans.

  • myloveisDRC

    I think Onew’s ability to spin objects on his hand, including a chair, is more amazing than his ability to crack walnuts and foreheads xD

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

    Sungmin and his nunchucks.  ‘Nuff said!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

    Sungmin and his nunchucks.  ‘Nuff said!

    • meau

      The wooden staff flipping thing, even more I think. 

  • Stella Jay

    I find it disappointing that idols have to resort to “trademark talents” in order to find their feet in the variety scene, especially when many of them are already witty enough to be entertaining. The article mentioned how SHINee’s Key often dances girl group dances to be funny (I’ve seen the Star King episode where he was wearing a pink tutu). What makes me sad is remembering how hilarious he was in Hello Baby, just him without any gimmicky antics or physical gags obviously geared to make himself look silly.

    Personally I have no interest in idols doing imitations on variety programs-I never know who they’re imitating anyway LOL. But I love watching shows where celebrities can make me laugh because of words and actions that are natural and not contrived.