EXID‘s LE has recently spoken out about ‘Unpretty Rapstar‘ and how basically everybody wants her to join the show, though she wasn’t as enthused about it as fans seem to be.
When asked whether she would be interested in appearing on the show if she were given an offer, LE responded rather tentatively. “I really enjoy watching the show,” she said, “but I am naturally not very good at dissing other people and things like that, so it would be scary. I’m a pacifist,” she admitted. “If an offer came, I would have to think about it. I’m not sure what I would do.”
That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense based on her history before she became an idol, but the general sentiment is understandable to me. Look, people always want her on the show, and she’s on every dream cast-list, but maybe she just doesn’t think it’s a good idea at this stage of her career (and for her group)? I don’t blame her either.
Everybody from Cheetah to Tymee to Kisum has spoken out about ‘Unpretty Rapstar’ and how grueling the process is, how sudden the challenges are, and how the editing dictates perception. And while idols like Jimin had little to lose — if she embarrassed herself like Lil Cham, worst case scenario she goes back to AOA just fine — LE actually has credibility to lose (especially now) if she bombs out. Hell, she knows first-hand how the format can be brutal and the potential for disaster that looms from her time on ‘Show Me The Money 2‘.
That’s obviously not her upside as a rapper, but it shows what could go wrong and how the judges’ criticism could alter perceptions on a now hugely popular show. Also, while rappers like Cheetah previously excelled on ‘Show Me The Money‘, Miryo (another rapper fans think is godly) bombed out and lost rep, and I don’t think somebody like CL would do all that well in this setting either (and she would have absolutely zero to gain).
Thus, I don’t blame LE for not wanting to risk it at this stage of her career, because idol fans don’t know about ‘Show Me The Money 2’ (or rapping, in general), she’s very talented at writing and composing songs, and she’s highly regarded as an idol rapper. So why chance getting exposed with another disaster when you can just keep everything intact and keep on rolling with your career?
Personally, of course I’d love to see LE on the show, but her apprehensiveness is understandable, which is why I’m guessing any idol(s) who joins ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2‘ will be one who is risking little.