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In the world of K-Pop, the words Underrated/Overrated get thrown around more than idols changing their hairstyles. In this week’s Staff Picks, we thought it would be fun to pick 10 idols who we thought were underrated in the industry, whether it’s with their music, their dance, or their humor.
Rainbow – Jaekyung
The group itself is underrated and so is the leader. This girl can sing, dance, and she even studied Fashion at Dongduk Women’s University. This beauty also tried her hand in acting through jTBC’s drama Monster. Like her group, she definitely deserves more attention. Check out her dance moves below!
After School – E-Young
When people see E-Young, a lot of people think, “Oh, it’s another new After School member”, or maybe even “She doesn’t fit the image of the group”. While it’s true that E-Young’s cute, girly looks are less fierce than the other members, E-Young doesn’t lose to anyone in terms of talent. Did you know she can play the guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, piano, flute, and cello? Listen to her jam on the drums below!
M.I.B – 5Zic
You don’t see M.I.B much on variety shows, and they’re pretty much still rookies, so it’s hard for people to realize how funny these guys are. All of them have a great sense of humor, but 5zic can be funny without even trying. Check out a hilarious clip below with him trying to argue that whatever he’s trying to buy is too expensive – all in hilarious English.
miss A – Jia
How many people knew Jia can dance? Most people only associate Suzy with miss A, but Jia can hold her own, especially in dancing. She was one of the hand-standers in “Breathe”, and in “I Don’t Need A Man” she even has a dance solo for herself. And we’re not just talking sexy dancing as in shaking her hips – we’re talking legitimate hip hop. She’s the one in the white mask below.
Block B – Taeil
In a group that’s heavily slanted toward rapping with 3 incredible rappers, the vocal line tends to be unintentionally shunned. It doesn’t help that Block B usually promotes songs that have barely any vocal lines. Even though Taeil is the group’s lead singer, he has frightfully little lines. In fact, most non-BBCs don’t even realize he’s the lead singer and just know of him as the ‘short one’. However, he has a vocal ability that’s respected by all the Block B members, especially by leader Zico who constantly fall in awe of the leader singer’s voice. Thankfully, Taeil had a solo song in Block B’s official album. Listen to it below!
U-KISS – Soohyun
U-KISS as a whole is underrated, especially with the level of skill they have in their choreography and live, and even how good they are on variety shows. However, their leader and main singer tends out to be pushed to the sidelines more than he ever should be. Non-KISSMEs really got a look at his explosive vocals with their hit “Neverland” where he perfectly belted out note after note, but he was pushed to the sidelines again for “Stop Girl” because it was a quieter song. Not only so, he tends to get overshadowed by members Dongho and Kevin, especially because Kevin himself has an amazing voice. But still, here’s to one of the best singers in K-pop.
4minute - Gayoon
Even though both Jiyoon and Gayoon are highly underrated in what is jokingly called ’4Hyuna’, Jiyoon had a chance to prove herself at singing on ‘Immortal Song 2‘. It’s a shame Gayoon is so overshadowed in the group, because she has an amazing voice that she knows how to use. Even in 4minute songs, Gayoon is given not much more than a long ad-lib note, and even that had been given to Jiyoon in “Volume Up“. Even worse, “24/7” does nothing for her incredible voice, where the only thing she gets to do that’s remotely impressive is a short adlib note where everything goes silent. You can listen to her actually show off her skills below. If you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, start at 2:15 and listen for about 15 seconds, but I really do suggest listening to the whole thing.
2PM – Junho
The most talented member in 2PM sadly happens to be also one of the least popular. Even though Junho isn’t the main singer, he has a better voice and control than Jun.K or Wooyoung do, and he is definitely the best dancer in the group. He acknowledged his getting overshadowed before, saying that even though he had done complicated double flips, Taecyeon’s shirt-tearing completely overtook his own dance moves. Check out his dancing below! He starts seriously dancing at the 0:21 mark.
Wonder Girls - Lim
As the newest member of Wonder Girls, Lim is often pushed aside from the spotlight because of her bandmates with a fan foundation. Lim is probably the best dancer in the group, but she doesn’t get to showcase that because Wonder Girls is more about easy, catchy dances that everyone can follow. Since she was raised in Hong Kong, she can speak English fluently, and can also speak Cantonese and Mandarin. She auditioned for JYP Entertainment through her dancing, and here’s a clip of her showing off how well she can dance. (With Fei and Jia as a bonus).
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