SBS‘s “K-Pop Star” has come under fire recently for being too much like SBS’s “Pop Star”, inferring that the show is swaying towards Western music and away from Korean music.
As we reported earlier, for the final mission of the last episode of “SBS K-Pop Star” the two finalist contestants will do something interesting. The mission is for the final contestants Park Jimin and Lee Hai to sing songs that made each other famous. Park Jimin will sing Duffy’s “Mercy” while Lee Hai will sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
However, the Korean public and also the Korean music industry have issue with the fact that “SBS K-Pop Star” is closer to “SBS Pop Star.” Besides
Note: I have no idea why Soompi cut off what I’m guessing was supposed to be a new sentence at “Besides”. You tell me.
“Korean Ilbo” criticized the final mission because the contestant Park Jimin has basically continued to sing pop songs throughout the show. A reporter stated that “It is a shame that they are ending the show with Pop, when the show itself has gained so much momentum. Did they really have to end the show with the record of having the youngest winner of an audition show, with pop songs?”
Honestly? This is hilarious.
It’s not just about this individual situation, but the general thought process.
The Korean media spends every waking moment comparing their pop stars to the best the Western world has to offer, Korean companies hype their artists up as world stars and tinker with their music/image to appeal to the Western world, and the Korean government backs the industry as a way of spreading Korean culture to the Western world. Yet when aspiring singers, who can see those trends unfold, start to incorporate more and more English language and Western music into their brand, as a way of demonstrating their skills, it’s a shame? Please.
All she did was take the recipe for a successful K-pop star that she got from the media, companies, and government, and apply it successfully in order to win a competition and a shot at K-pop stardom. Genius, if you ask me.
Sorry, but this is the bed K-pop pined after, created, and made. So any criticism of the show on those grounds is not only asinine but laughably so, as the program and its contestants are only following the lead of what everybody else has already been doing for years.