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Vocal trainers rank idols groups and members based on best and worst vocal abilities

With shows such as MBC’s “I Am A Singer” showcasing people with powerful vocals, attention has been brought on to the fact that people should not base their opinions of idol groups merely on looks. Ten professional vocal trainers were asked to rank idol groups as a whole and also individual members based on their vocal abilities. There were various topics based on vocals that were judged. The number 1, 2, and 3 candidates in each topic received scores of 3, 2, and 1 for the topic, respectively.

Most vocally talented idol group:

Ballad group 2AM topped the list with 11 points thanks to the influence of their hit songs such as “Even If I Die, I Can’t Let You Go.” The trainers praised, “There is very little difference between the lead vocal and sub vocals.”

YG Entertainment’s power group Big Bang took the number 2 spot with 8 points. The reason given was that, “They are a team that works hard for their music capabilities.”

Brown Eyed Girls, SHINee, and TVXQ shared third place with 6 points each. The trainers reasoned, “For Brown Eyed Girls, there is nothing else to say besides the fact that they are true musicians who came together. For SHINee, their pitch and breathing are both very stable even when singing live. For TVXQ, they are very expressive.”

Most vocally talented idol group member:

JYJ’s power vocal Kim Junsu took the crown with 13 points. The trainers praised, “No matter how fast or how slow the song is, Junsu has the ability to adapt to the rhythm of the song.”

Tied for second place were SNSD’s Taeyeon and SISTAR’s Hyorin with 9 points each. They commented, “Taeyeon has solid fundamental vocal skills and sings with a lot of emotion. If her vocal cords were more elastic, she would have no competition. In terms of Hyorin, it would be better if she could bring out the same emotions she displays when singing pop songs to when she sings slower songs.”

2AM’s Changmin and SHINee’s Jonghyun tied for third place with 6 points each. The trainers praised, “Changmin has great control over his voice projection and breathing. Jonghyun’s vocal range is impressive.”

Least vocally talented idol group:

With 12 points, girl group KARA earned the title of “least vocally talented idol group.” The vocal trainers commented, “their tone, rhythm, emotion and voice projection are all not good. Their sound is rarely correct when they sing live.”

After School took second place with 6 points. The trainers agreed, “It seems like when the group was being formed, appearances were selected well but their vocals are shaky. When they dance, their vocals become unpleasant to the ear.”

T-ara and GP Basic placed third with 5 points each. The vocal trainers commented, “There are generally 2 members singing in T-ara but you can’t find a time when all the members are singing as one. GP Basic is often awkward and it’s difficult to see their personality when they are on stage.”

Least vocally talented idol group member:

Wonder Girls’ maknae Sohee took the number one title with 12 points. They reasoned, “She has nothing. Even during the seconds that she doesn’t sing, it’s bad.”

KARA’s Goo Hara placed second with 11 points. The trainers said, “Her weakness is that she can’t determine and adapt to the speed of the rhythm.”

After School’s UEE, Orange Caramel’s Nana, and 2PM’s Chansung took third place with 4 points each. “UEE’s pronunciation is like that of an elementary school student reading a book and she puts no emotion into her singing. We don’t know how to describe Nana’s vocals. For Chansung, more musical talent should be fostered.”

Do you agree or disagree with this list?

Source: Chosun Ilbo via KoreaBoo


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