This is more of a lesson for international fans, that don’t look any further into Kpop that their “oppas” faces.
I’m aware Kfans are just as bad, but I’m pretty sure they understand the platform, and just say this to piss off fandoms.
If you’re new to Kpop, maybe this will help you a bit.
No group has a useless member. None. Not one. I’ve seen time and time again that international fans will say things like “that member can’t sing so he’s worthless”, or “he sucks at dancing”, or “his rapping is awful” and I’m absolutely tired of it. So let me break it down for you.
In most groups, there’s a group leader. Typically the leader would be the eldest member of the group, but it’s not always the oldest. Suho, leader of EXO is currently the second to last oldest member. CL, was the second youngest of her group, 2NE1. Taeyeon, leader of SNSD, is the oldest. The leader is meant to be mature, and charismatic, and be able to handle focus and attention that’s on them. They’re meant to care for the other members, to motivate the group, and represent them(eg. speaking on stage). In short, they’re the parent of the group, responsible for their members.
By default, as this is Kpop, all members are dancers. But there are still roles for the groups. Again, same hierarchy;
The Main Dancer- Expected to have the best dancing skills, less focused on singing, often have fewer parts during songs, might even have only sub-vocal parts(as breathing needs to be reserved for their dancing), often have solo dance parts.
The Lead Dancer- As the whole group dances, the Lead Dancer will lead the group and often dance in the front, when the group is dancing all together.
Kpop emphasizes on beauty. There is even a position in most groups that, who ever is given the role, takes special care of their looks, because that’s an important feature for a group: looks. It’s not fan-appointed, it’s given by the company, as all roles are. It’s a real thing. The Visual is someone that is deemed most attractive, and is most likely seen endorsing products and be on commercials and ads.
Note: don’t confuse this with the ‘face’ of the group, aka the member most easily recognized. Some idols are the face and the visual(Hyuna, Taeyong) but the two are not the same.
Some positions you don’t get trained for, you’re born into them. The maknae is simply the youngest of the group. They don’t have a specific task to do, they’re just the baby of the family. But of course being the youngest is often associated with being cute, so some maknaes make a point of being the complete opposite of the Leader, the most charismatic and responsible member. They’re often ‘forced’ to do aegyo, and act cute when asked.
Considering the fact that idols aren’t just thrown out into the public, they’re put through anywhere from a year to 10 years of training, insane diets, learning choreography, songs, new languages, and often times while still juggling school, you can’t say they don’t deserve a spot in their group. Adding on to the fact a lot of times, idols actually have a hand in creating choreography, lyrics, and music, they pull their weight.
Members aren’t meant to be good at everything, that’s why there’s roles.
Some groups don’t have concrete roles, and that’s fine too.
So there you have it, your little Kpop introductory class.
Each group is carefully put together by companies. Every member has a point, if they didn’t, they’d be a waste of money and wouldn’t be in a group.
You can easily look up a groups’ roles, and see why a member is there. It’s not hard to not be ignorant about groups. Learn something from this, and keep your mouths shut.
my mind: Exo (Korean: 엑소; stylized as EXO) is a South Korean-Chinese boy group based in Seoul. Formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2011, the group debuted in 2012 with twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K (Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun) and Exo-M (Xiumin, Lay, Chen and former members Kris, Luhan and Tao), performing music in Korean and Mandarin respectively. Exo’s first album XOXO (2013), which contained the breakthrough hit “Growl”, was a critical and commercial success, winning both Disk Daesang at the 28th Golden Disk Awards and Album of the Year at the 15th Mnet Asian Music Awards. It sold over one million copies, making Exo the best-selling Korean artist in twelve years. Subsequent albums and EPs continued with strong sales, and Exo were ranked the most influential celebrity by Forbes Korea Power Celebrity for the year 2014 and 2015. They have been named “the biggest boyband in the world” by media outlets, saying that “EXO are at the forefront of pop domination, with knife-point choreography seamlessly gelled to songs crafted by some of the world’s most gifted writers and producers, honed by-
I think Suho is the most underrated member of Exo and it worries me. He sings well, is very handsome, his jokes are stupid but funny (I will fight anyone who says they’re not lol), and he’s done so much to be a good leader for Exo. I know some people think he doesn’t stick out but if you’re an Exo-L, even if he’s not your bias hopefully you can come to appreciate and respect him for his hard work, talent and dedication.
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