• http://infinite-stress.tumblr.com/ ian

    I streamed the show as well and the highlight of the show for me was when Infinite H suddenly performed Deux’s Turn Around cause totally wasn’t expecting that. 

    It’s the song that Hoya danced to as Junhee in Reply 1997, the one where he won that backpack as the best dancer of the night! So imagine my ugly squealing when they suddenly danced AND sang to it. That little bit of their own rap at the end was cool too! Plus they were both adorable haha!

    The other groups’ covers were nice too. Beast got to cover one of my most fave songs and they did really badly. Sigh.

    Aside from that, Infinite’s stable live perf, Ailee’s and Shinee’s were the only redeeming parts of the night.

    The sound system really showed who can sing live and who flat out couldn’t.

  • Bstar5

    “none of the 2012 rookies were in attendance”

    I know Ailee was a huge success this year, but she’s still a rookie and she performed at the KBS Gayos.  CNBLUE received the same treatment in their rookie year. It seems like huge success disqualifies you for rookie status for some people.  Interestingly enough, both debuted at the beginning of their rookie years.   By the time the awards season started to roll around in 2010, people seemed to forget that CNBLUE, with all they accomplished that year, were still rookies.  Some were actually calling idols who debuted in previous years rookies (eg. f(x), UKiss, 4minute) as if a lack of a breakthrough as an artist allows you to retain your rookie status.  IMO a music artist is a rookie in the year in which they debuted as well as the year in which they qualified for rookie award nominations.  After that they’re still considered juniors in the industry but not rookies. 

    I remember CNBLUE winning a Digital Bonsang for one of the awards shows in 2010 (maybe the GDAs) but they didn’t even get to win a rookie award on top of it which they most certainly deserved.  Same with Miss A for that awards ceremony.  Both were the hands down rookies of 2010 and they should have received those awards on top of the Bonsang awards they received due to the success of their debut singles.

    • Gaya_SB

      You’re right! It’s easy to forget that some of them only debuted this year; thank you for pointing it out, I’ll fix it.

    • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

      I agree with you. sometimes we forget (or can’t even keep track). For example, if it’s a group that I haven’t heard of I might first think “oh a new group!” then find out that they are juniors. Just recently I became interested in Z:EA and while looking for more music I found out that they were only juniors and I thought they were a couple years old because Kwanghee is everywhere. :( 

  • http://twitter.com/PlumAusten Plum Austen

    I only saw a select few videos on youtube and focused on performances I really wanted to see – like the special collaborations  between artists from various bands that don’t normally share a stage together. I liked Idol and Artist (Hyorin, K-Will and Ailee) best (possibly because they were familiar songs). Of the idol group stages, IMO, SHINee were miles ahead of the rest. They were fantastic, elastic, and simply incredible. Honestly, I did not see the wardrobe malfunction until I read about it later. But props to Taemin’s professionalism for carrying on. I always expect the best from SHINee and they never disappoint. 

    On a related note, I would like to get K-POP stylists to go to a design and style reconditioning camp. Tie-die and feathers are never OK except in a Halloween costume. I also want them to don those tight clothes they make the artists wear, and then I want them to dance like they do.Nothing can beat the lessons learned from personal experience. 

    Of the other performances, I liked B1A4′s. They were lively, they enjoyed themselves on stage and communicated that to the audience. I liked Secret’s live stage too. 

    • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

      The backless jackets TVXQ wore make me cringe. sure we get a nice back view but I would rather it be via a different way like tank-top or shirt ripping. I just can’t stand that style. I can’t even watch the performance properly because I’m too focused on how much I can’t stand the outfit. I also can’t stand feathers and fur in excess. 

    • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

      The backless jackets TVXQ wore make me cringe. sure we get a nice back view but I would rather it be via a different way like tank-top or shirt ripping. I just can’t stand that style. I can’t even watch the performance properly because I’m too focused on how much I can’t stand the outfit. I also can’t stand feathers and fur in excess. 

      • http://twitter.com/PlumAusten Plum Austen

        Yes. And the Dazzling Girl costumes. Half the time I was watching in disbelief and the rest of the time, I wanted to call the SPCA, among others. Thats’ why I almost always listen to the songs – don’t watch the videos..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YQ53WK5K4DPXQ5DIBKDELB6WPE Camille

        Tank top and/or shirt ripping is so overdone though. Hell, 2PM (especially Taecyeon)’s career can be defined by doing that ever since they debuted. Rain’s been doing earlier than 2PM ever did. Even DBSK took off their shirts for their performance in the 2008 SBS Gayo Daejun.

        • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

          I don’t even know anymore :( I just want to enjoy the performance. Thankfully they have some performances without them, but TVXQ aren’t the only one’s with those unflattering cutout clothes. *tears*

        • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

          I don’t even know anymore :( I just want to enjoy the performance. Thankfully they have some performances without them, but TVXQ aren’t the only one’s with those unflattering cutout clothes. *tears*

        • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

          I don’t even know anymore :( I just want to enjoy the performance. Thankfully they have some performances without them, but TVXQ aren’t the only one’s with those unflattering cutout clothes. *tears*

      • http://twitter.com/xLTHL Linda

        I love TVXQ and their perfs but those cutoff back are awkward. LOL But I guess Cassies love to see their boys’ sweaty back. 

  • PasserBy07

    Who else here is waiting for the SBS Gayo article? :P
    Watched KBS Gayo but then it was boring.  No surprise there.

  • http://twitter.com/akikisetsu joy

    I saw most of the performances on Youtube and the sound system kinda exposed some of the idols weaknesses……..VOCALS.  I was surprised because usually even if they do sing live, they’d still have the AR(?) to help them out.  But I really heard a lot of performers who were off-key, and I’m not expert but it’s kinda obvious.

    Amongst the performances I enjoyed Shinee and the English song collaboration of Ailee-Hyorin-Kwill.  But KBS Gayo Daejun, in general, was a snoozefest.

    • http://infinite-stress.tumblr.com/ ian

      You can really hear who are the ones who can truly sing. At first I thought it was just bad sound system but then a select few still sounded good despite the audio so I thought, well, the problem is not the sound system, it’s just their voice.

      Good thing Infinite still sounded exactly like how expected them to sound – stable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    Baby V.O.X… That was a blast from the past. The only reason I even know about Kpop at all is from seeing the MV for Why on a Korean language channel once. Little did I know then what I was in store for as far as as fanaticism. 

    F’ing Himmler would be envious of just how fervent some Kpop fanaticism has proven to be over the years.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

    Kpop is cool but not enough to watch the shows

  • minty_chip

    I think Infinite’s performance was one of the best of the night even though the only difference was a remix. I was surprised how many groups sounded not so great but Shinee and Infinite definitely showed how stable they are. 

  • LadyXia

    Thank you for mentioning Block B! I was surprised how many non-BBCs actually asked about them and why they aren’t attending any of the year-end shows. Well, maybe next year… 

    I only watched miss A’s performance and the Suzy and Hara dance battle. Imo they should’ve put Fei out there to dance and make a better dance break for miss A in general. Something like what Bora did on the SBS show would be perfect for miss A, so I don’t know why they are kinda holding back. At least that’s my impression from miss A this year… they can do so much better, but most of it seemed half-assed. Still love Touch to bits tho. 

    Also no Wonder Girls on any on the shows. I get that Sunye’s marriage requires a lot of planning and whatnot, but what about the other girls. Lim and SanE could perform “Act Cool” and Sohee + Yubin have “Super B”. So they are capable of having songs and subunits of their own, so please don’t let them disappear like this. Also they could’ve put Yenny into some vocal duo with someone from another group.

    Yerin was missing too. But Jimin and Baek AhYeon did fine! So at least something for me.

    This turned into a rant. Sorry! XD But I guess this sums up why I didn’t and won’t watch any of these shows.

    • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

      I was surprised too. IDK Block B had a pretty good comeback and their song is in the top 50 on MELON. They have energy , passion and a song that will give a great performance. I would have liked to see them. are they going to be on the MBC one? they are on good terms with MBC after all.

    • http://twitter.com/untill_when_eva love dust

      I was surprised too. IDK Block B had a pretty good comeback and their song is in the top 50 on MELON. They have energy , passion and a song that will give a great performance. I would have liked to see them. are they going to be on the MBC one? they are on good terms with MBC after all.

  • http://twitter.com/NyNy_x NyNy ♛ ナイナイ

    The KBS one was so boring…I still need to watch today’s one tomorrow when I have the time and the 31st one in the New Year (I’m so late ><)

    By the way as it is the end of the year, I had made a 2012
    review of the year for J-Pop and K-Pop. Is it possible for you to view it and
    tell me what you think about the best and worst of this year?  http://nynyonlinex.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/best-worst-of-2012-end-of-year-review/

  • myloveisDRC

    The Return to the 90s was one of the most interesting parts of the evening. INFINITE’s tribute to DEUX was good; it was a fun way to open the throwback segment of the show. I was pleasantly surprised at Teen Top’s performance of ZAM’s I Don’t Stop. Their cover wasn’t anything great, but I discovered a new song to love :)

    The next three performances were forgettable, thank goodness. I feel Miss A would have been better served doing a Chakra song, or even something less cutesy from Baby V.O.X. Their stage was notably awkward. 

    Soul Mate (or Red String) is always a favorite, so I was rocking out to BEAST’s performance. And then the finale just had to go and ruin that good feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I treasure H.O.T.’s hit track. And that’s exactly why I get upset seeing Candy treated so carelessly these past few years. I know it’s a fun song, but I feel like it’s become a joke.

    And after all was said and done I was a tad miffed that there had been no Shinhwa tribute. You’re going to have to explain that one to me, KBS.

  • http://www.twitter.com/veiledheart veiledheart

    It seems like a vicious cycle. It’s like the artists know that KBS isn’t the biggest show so they don’t bring their best performances to it which continues to make it a so/so show. Infinite’s KBS stage was run of the mill compared to their SBS stage which was amazing. Maybe it’s because KBS limits what you can do on the stage. I don’t know enough to comment on that part, but  for the most part all of the performers on the SBS gayo daejun tried to change it up. I suppose at some point they do have to pick one to really pull out the stops for since a lot of them have to perform back to back to back and you only have so much time to prepare something special. 

  • aoko

    i thought jonghyun was the best for the idol super band.. yoseob and changmin were really boring. >.>

  • cbau2058

    Woohoo Super Junior <3 awesome as always

    Well done to winners and performers, Secret did well too. I can't wait for the other Gayo recaps!

    Thank u seoulbeats!

  • animasaurus

    I’m sorry, but Infinite’s performance was definitely not ordinary and one of the best of the night imo. The intro was beautiful and the remix and effects were well done. They also changed the dance arrangement and Gyu and Woohyun’s solos around. I feel that people don’t judge their performances very fairly all too often.

    Honestly, Shinee’s was more typical imo. It was basically just sherlock with part of another song (which is just an extension of sherlock) thrown in. But they are great performers I admit, but the arrangement was not that different than how they normally perform imo. SM needs to experiment more with them, God knows they have the talent :)

    • http://infinite-stress.tumblr.com/ ian

      This. 

      Personal preference will always make people enjoy their bias’ performances more regardless of whether it was great overall in terms of stage and live vocals. I mean, oppar is so handsome omfg who cares if he has no stage presence whatsoever and sounded like a screeching banshee?

      Shinee’s basic stage was redeemed by their stage presence, thankfully. That and their live was good compared to almost all the others who sounded so awful.

  • Ohai Saelis

    Sadly, I think Halo stretches Ailee’s voice beyond its limit. People are always measuring idols’ vocal skills by how well they can hit their high notes, and Beyonce is someone who is capable of singing amazingly high notes as well as incredibly low ones. During the verse, it’s obvious that Ailee is struggling; to me, she is pitchy and just avoids hitting the lowest notes, so I find myself hoping to just get the verse over and done with so she can wow me with the chorus. But the only point she seems comfortable with singing it is at the end, after she’s gotten past belting those tough bits. As someone who sings myself, I know that look because I’ve been through it. It’s the, “is my voice going to crack this time” look, and then the expression of relief when the worst is over and you haven’t majorly embarrassed yourself. It pains me to say this, and I know I’m going to garner a lot of hate for it, but the song is, at the moment, more than she can handle. And if she continues to strain her voice singing it, she is going to damage her voice. Let her do stuff that she’s comfortable with, which brings out the best in the voice that she has, rather than pushing her to sing beyond her range.

    I thought SHINee did great; Clue is a harder song to sing, especially for Jonghyun, so it’s nice to see them perform it live, although again, I worry for Jonghyun’s voice too. Yes, he can hit those notes, but that doesn’t mean that every new song has to get progressively higher just to wow the audience. Other than that, I thought their performance was near flawless as usual. The reason I like SHINee is because they never appear sloppy on stage. As tired as their bodies and voices may be, they always try their hardest to bring it.

  • http://twitter.com/ErikinaDaisy Erikina•에리카

    Thanks for the review!

    About SJ~ I agree their performance was one of the more energetic of the event. However I don’t agree with the statement that they are getting less popular with age. For a group who just won the Daesang GDA for the third time I think if anything they are gettin more popular with time <3

  • YouRong Yu

    “The ‘2012 KBS Music Festival‘ suffered from numerous audio problems to the frustration of many viewers. However, one positive from the audio issues was that it managed to separate the actual kings and queens of live K-pop.

    Many idol groups came onto stage to put on brilliant performances. However, most of them could not keep up with their vocals. The only ones who showed off they could excel at singing live were 2AM, K.Will, Hyorin, Ailee, SHINee, Noel, and TVXQ.

    As well-known vocalists, 2AM, K.Will, Hyorin, Ailee, and Noel were able to overcome the difficulties of issues with the sound system to belt out their notes while SHINee and TVXQ were able to pull off an incredible performance even with the addition of complicated choreography.” –

    You forgot TVXQ! Siighhh, they weren’t even mentioned in your article….unless they were so good they’re beyond you even mentioning them….