10 Overrated K-Pop Idols
Sometimes, we look through lists of popular idols in K-Pop, and we cannot help but wonder: Why?
Why is ____ popular? Most of the time, it’s not necessarily that the idol is useless, but that their staggering level of popularity is unfathomable. Before we reveal our list and are berated in an onslaught of angry commentary we want to clarify something: We’re not saying these idols are talentless or worthless, but that fans simply go overboard in their praise for them. If you feel the need to comment, we hope it is not with the intention that you wish to change our minds (because you won’t). And now onto our list, in no particular order:
SNSD’s Yoona & Wonder Girls’ Sohee
We all know this one was coming. As fed up as we are with people hating on Yoona and constantly berating the poor girl, we have to admit that she is overrated. Both Yoona and Sohee are consistently praised for their, well, mere existence. Their beauty in particular, is exaggerated beyond belief. Yes, both are pretty, but most fans tend to exaggerate their looks to that of Godly levels.
We’ve never actually met people that blabbered about how great Hyuna’s body was, but we consistently see her winning polls, so we had to bring her onto this list. Hyuna is thin, but not tall enough to be a model, her face is not horrendous but is not beautiful. She’s not a bombshell, and the only thing that really makes her seem “sexy” is her provocative, and quite frankly, pathetic dancing. She lacks curves; any hint of an s-line she has (which is not much) is all due from push-ups and spanks. And yes, we know that most female idols also get help from these items, but none feign the idea of having a “nice body”. Leave that title to people who actually deserve it, Hyuna.
Oh IU. But we all knew she had this coming. She’s a beautiful singer, she is. But not some singing angel fallen straight out of heaven who’s voice is perfection. IU’s pitch is great and her control is awesome, but the girl can’t sing powerfully- she is no Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston.
Amber is not a good rapper. That is all. Anyone who thinks so is either stupidly obsessive or has never heard real rapping.
Big Bang’s G-Dragon & 2ne1’s CL
NO! We are not saying that they are horrible. NO! We are not saying they are talentless. NO! We are in no way bad mouthing them.
Both GD and CL are charming and both know how to tear-up a stage. They’re good for idol rappers, and the both of them can do basically everything at the minimum of good. They are incredibly charismatic leaders and have alt of merit. But their fans are insane. They both lead 2 of the best bands in K-Pop with swagger and fierceness but they are not by any means the best rappers, singers, composers, ect.
They are amazing, BUT are they really the best? Yes they’re talented but only to a certain extent. Neither of them are masters or perfect.
Kim Hyun Joong
We really don’t feel the need to include a video, go on Netfix, Hulu, Mysoju or something on your own.
Kim Hyun Joong is attractive, part of SS501, and famous. The one thing he is not is an amazing actor. One of us attempted watching Boys Over Flowers (the one of us quit halfway through the first episode), and quite half way through due to the lack of plot and horrible acting. Kim Hyun Joong had zero charisma as an actor. We wanted to emotionally connect to his character, but he did not portray his character well at all. He was meant to be playing a distant and emotionally confused teenage boy who has everything but needs affection. He was meant to have a sort of Oedipus Complex with that model lady, but he showed no emotion at all. His distance was not do to deep cerebral thinking and self awareness, but just blankness, all do to his lack of skill.
Super Junior’s Donghae
If you have read our Super Junior Review you would have seen our split opinion on the one known as Donghae. He is good at everything an Idol needs, but he is not great at any single thing. He always gives 110% effort and dances so powerfully the stage will one day break beneath him, but his effort still isn’t good enough.
Donghae is praised for his everything. He is not that good looking, his skin is bad, he’s short and has an incredibly odd bone structure we’re not fond of. His personality is also the biggest turn off for a man. He is extremely dependent on others, and acts like a child. He has the need for attention from his peers, like a toddler needs attention from a parent., and for a 26 year old man, it ain’t cute.
Our only possible reasoning as to why he has so many fans is that he looks safe. For Western fans especially, Donghae is not the typical “pretty” and yields a rather manly appearance. This is really the only thing we could think of.
For more details on why we can’t stand this man, read more on our Shinee post. We really don’t feel like wasting precious space here to rant on about just how much Minho’s looks, talent, personality, etc., are overrated. Because honestly speaking, this guy is nowhere near as attractive or “cute” as people make him out to be. And don’t even get us started on how much of a NON rapper he is.
Just like Donghae, Lee Hyori as a person is just overrated. Her body is beautiful, but not a Goddess’. She’s a great soloist, and has done wonders in the market. But her dancing, singing and rapping are subpar. She’s a great person too, always voicing her opinion, fighting for those animals she loves so much and advertising how much a meat-anti she is. But this girl just has to take all her morals and opinions to the next level in advertisement, with fans’ support following right along. Lee Hyori’s and all her popularity is kind of annoying. We don’t have to hear how she “wittily” backlashes all her haters, or hear her make fun of how ugly her boyfriend is. Fans praise her like she’s such an independent and carefree idol, but all we see is rude.
SMTOWN & YG Family
For the monster of all overrated things in the universe, both SMTOWN & YG Family take the cake. Both agencies hold massive talent, but for goodness sake, their fans are repugnant little brats. We have been around the block with these psychopaths, they listen to nothing and are blindly in love with people they don’t even know. Every so often there will arise a brethren soul that understands that these idols are not perfect and like them for their music (as well as all their flaws).
Both YG stans and SM stans praise their respective groups for different reasons. SM stans like to use the whole “They’re all so good-looking” and “SM: The Maker of Catchy Songs” arguments. YG stans are just as insane with their “YG is not just about looks, they have the best talent” and “We don’t need Korean awards, we’re winning stuff internationally” stuff. Both SM and YG’s “family atmospheres” are also exaggerated. We get it, all the artists “love” each other. We don’t need to hear their fans reminding us all the time.
SM being an absolute demon and YG being an angel towards their artists is also overrated. Let us remind you all: these agencies only keep their idols for one sole purpose, and that is Money. SM is always being harassed for their rough way of handling its idols- something done by all entertainment agencies. YG is just as guilty for exploiting the attractive and talented for a profit. He just does it with a little more taste and gives his idols a little more freedom. And this idea of only YG giving their idols “freedom” is crazy. SM, just as other agencies, also provides its idols with chances at giving a hand in their songs. But apparently fans see SM a monster and YG a haven.
Both YG and SM have their pros and cons but people need to cool it.