• KJessh

    Asian girls DO obsess over One Direction….unfortunately…

    • not_interested

      I hereby disagree. After entering the K-Pop fandom I can’t view One Direction the same way anymore. They can barely sing or dance and had been successful through a variety show that ran for 8 months. I mean no offense to Directioners when I say this but they’re not even rookie idol standard (lol hurray for 4-5 years of training and 2-3 hours sleep). I’m sorry for the rant -an Asian girl who does not and never will obsess with 1D.

      • StarGirl23

        Totally, dude. In my opinion they would be totally slayed by nearly any K-Pop band. Being unable to dance and being in a boyband is only allowed when it’s TOP or Heechul.

        • not_interested

          Definitely. And even then TOP does great rapping and Heechul singing with a piano totally makes up for it. I’m surprised at how worldwide 1D’s gotten with those ‘talent’; it shows how much most of it’s decided by marketing strategy.

          • ttsundere

            I disagree with you saying they can barely sing though. As a directioner and a kpop fan I do think kpop idols have more talents but 1D is not talentless. There is no way they would have gotten to second place in X factor (especially with Simon Cowell as a judge) if they couldn’t sing. That doesn’t make any sense. Although dancing yes, they are horrible but they just want to sing.

          • ilham

            One direction came in third ^^. But I agree they’re not that talentless.

          • not_interested

            Ah yes pardon me, they CAN sing, *facepalm, they came 3rd in X-Factor* what I meant is that half of the population in my college can sing too and 1D’s vocals are nothing special it’s almost disappointing. But each to their own. This is just my opinion.

          • ttsundere

            Yeah I meant third >_< sorry it's been a while since I actually checked on 1d since I'm more a of kpop fan. But i agree with your point, they don't have uniqueness(x factor and shows like that don't really go for uniqueness which is why i like voice better), and the songs they sing don't really change that either. All their songs with music videos sound the same.

      • Lavlavs

        I disagree. I know plenty of Asian girls who love One Direction. And although they can’t dance well they can sing. Their music may not reflect that but in other videos and clips they demonstrate their talent. I think it’s unfair to compare them to K-Pop groups when both have two very different markets and types of fan bases. Western music isn’t used to the type of true dance choreography that K-Pop does but that doesn’t make one better than the other.

        • not_interested

          And I know plenty of Asian girls who doesn’t like One Direction. As I stated above, they CAN sing, but it’s nothing special to me. Of course, Directioners would have a biased opinion and I respect that but this is MY opinion. Their popularity =/= their talents. It’s fair to compare K-Pop groups to Western music, a lot of Western media outlets do it enough, they make fun of how bizarre K-Pop is so why can’t I voice out my opinion on some of their over-rated artist? An eye for an eye.

          • Lavlavs

            You didn’t say they can sing, you said they can barely sing. And I’m not even that big of a fan but just because media compares K-Pop to western pop music doesn’t mean it’s right. Whether their popularity equals their talents is not the question, that’s your opinion and you’re free to think what you want. However the truth is you can’t compare the two because they’re not equal. K-Pop
            and western boy groups have completely different systems and goals. If you compare the two in, say, dancing of course One Direction isn’t going to compare to K-Pop. K-Pop groups are much much better at that but you have to understand One Direction isn’t trained to dance, nor are they trying to. Just because the media outlets compare the two doesn’t mean they’re right and it doesn’t mean you should either.

          • not_interested

            They can barely sing, IMO. Yes they placed 3rd on X-Factor and to others that’s more than enough to justify that they CAN sing but they just don’t cut it for me, their vocals nor stage presence isn’t particularly anything special, TO ME either. The whole “It isn’t right to compare…to…because they have different systems and goals” only stands when someone’s side’s loss is obvious. If it’s not right to compare 1D to K-Pop groups then is it okay to compare them to another western artist, say Justin Bieber? Beliebers would argue that no it’s not because there’s 5 of them and one of him. What if I compare them to *NSYNC? *NSYNC’s supporters would say that it isn’t right either because they’re from another era. All I’m saying is that if we go by your logic, it’s not right to compare X to Y because simply because one side has an advantage. In my opinion, it’s just right to compare 1D to K-Pop idols purely because they’re in the same industry, music, doing the same genre of music, pop, and have an eye for the same market – the Western market, not because K-Pop excels in their choreos and whatever else you’ve misunderstood. IMO, K-Pop idols tries so hard to break into the Western scene when 1D walked into it with ease just because they’re 5 good-looking guys with mediocre vocals who placed 3rd under Simon Cowell’s watch. All I was trying to express with “1D can’t dance” is the bigger picture that despite them being unable to, they still managed to break out to the American music scene when there’s more that K-Pop can offer.

          • Lavlavs

            First of all, neither side is at a loss nor an advantage. Both sides have their own merits and tearing one side down to build up the other is wrong. And secondly, of course One Direction walked into the Western Scene with ease! They speak English fluently and UNDERSTAND the market. K-Pop is at a disadvantage because it is an outsider to the Western scene. I don’t doubt that K-Pop has more to offer, I agree. But it sounds like you’re just angry an English speaking group excelled in an English speaking market that they understood and took advantage of. One Direction would have a hard time trying to break into the Korean market the way K-Pop wants to break into the Western market; it works both ways. You can feel however you want about One Direction but being hurt that they broke into a market catered to them while K-Pop hasn’t is just ridiculous.

          • not_interested

            Lmao why would I be angry at 1D’s fame omg, all I’m saying is that IMO K-Pop idols have more to offer and 1D’s not even rookie idol standard yet there they are being known “worldwide” just because they started out with the Western market. Anyways it’s not like I’m A-OK with the idea of K-Pop breaking the western scene purely because it’ll be so…so…annoying, but all I have to say is that somewhat those who ‘debut’ under the Western market have it easier reaching worldwide regardless of whether they have talent or not.

      • xchoccies

        I’m totally with you! I can’t watch The Saturdays/1D without comparing them to a kpop group, even though I quite like The Sats. For Selena Gomez’s new song I was sat there like umm, really?! My standards for boy/girlbands has increased dramatically haha.

        • not_interested

          “My standards for performance has increased dramatically”
          I can’t even agree enough, the graph just steeply went up , there’s no in-between. Mind you, The Saturdays I always found vocally nice so I sorta let go of their…choreo. I just don’t utterly understand 1D’s popularity, is it how they look? How they act? For Selena Gomez’s album I can’t. And you’re right, not everyone in K-Pop’s Whitney Houston standard but their other skills including variety makes up for it.

          • xchoccies

            I wonder the same thing. I tried with 1D but I just couldn’t get into them. I find Zayn attractive looks-wise but other than that. And the obsession with Harry like really? Really!?! And the thing that gets to me is, there are so many other talented performers who don’t get as much recognition (from both the Western and Asian market).
            Oh well, there isn’t a boyband these days that comes close to BSB or *NSYNC lol.