4:57 am - 01/01/2019

Hyolyn's Medley Performance for KBS's Drama Awards Makes Headlines for Being Too Racy for the Event



On December 31, Hyolyn perfomed at medley at the KBS Drama Awards. Her performance began with her singing "Spring Watch," from the original soundtrack to the drama Black Knight. She, then, removes her coat and performs "See Sea" and "Dally." Many viewers found her performance and outfit inappropriate for the event that is so often viewed together by families. Even the day after the event, Hyolyn's performance is still being discussed into the new year.



'KBS Drama Awards' Hyorin's provocative outfit in a swimsuit 'where to look'

Source: Newsen via Nate


1. [+935, -16] Please moderate yourself on public broadcast stages.. this isn't some internet stream

2. [+850, -14] Honestly, her butt cheeks were showing and itw as embarrassing. I could even see that the actors didn't know where to look.

3. [+793, -15] Ugh... the worst way to turn a room cold, I feel bad for her

4. [+81, -3] So she performed this not at a gayo festival but at a drama awards... I wonder what the mood was like in there... I bet everyone wanted to cover their eyes...

5. [+74, -2] I get that it's a performance but it was honestly embarrassing ㅜ this was a drama awards, not a gayo festival.. ㅜㅜ She's a good singer, why not sing a quiet drama OST song? ㅜㅜ

6. [+65, -2] I knew she'd get in the news for this, I was dying of embarrassment

7. [+59, -1] Now this is just gross

8. [+53, -1] Wow... nevermind Hyorin, what were the broadcast guys even thinking for airing this?

9. [+42, -1] I really didn't know where to put my eyes....

10. [+41, -1] My parents changed the channel while watching. It was so embarrassing... why is everyone like this lately?

Source: Naver

1. [+8,437, -266] Sigh... my family was all watching this together, what a mess

2. [+5,298, -167] She's crazy, this is just wrong. Even the other actresses were looking at her like "she's crazy" and the male actors didn't look like they were enjoying it at all either.

3. [+3,209, -91] Her outfit is so embarrassing

4. [+2,947, -134] Both Hyorin and KBS are insane for this

5. [+2,778, -73] Too much of her butt was showing.. you could tell all the actresses were nervous for her..

6. [+1,177, -30] It was just shocking. What a way to ruin an evening with your family. She crossed the line.

7. [+1,157, -19] Hyorin really needs to learn how to act appropriate in different times and locations. I get that she wants to stand out but she's not a middle schooler anymore, she needs to think deeper than this.

8. [+1,147, -36] She looked like one of those girls at the pubs who dance on poles. I couldn't even hear any of her singing, she looked like a show girl! KBS is insane for letting someone dress like this on their show!

9. [+917, -19] Why would they do this? They know that families watch year-end shows together and they still aired her? ㅡㅡ KBS is really showing their quality dropping

Source: Naver

1. [+2,687, -110] This is a different situation from Whasa's. At least Whasa performed at a music festival... an awards ceremony is something that all families gather to watch and this is just wrong.

2. [+1,468, -186] Dirty

3. [+1,186, -32] This was too much for a drama awards, not a music festival... my family felt embarrassed watching her

4. [+962, -49] I need to buy eyes that have never seen this... who is crazy enough to do this at a year-end show..

5. [+794, -60] Why would you dress like this in front of families... in front of actors?

6. [+229, -13] What a strip show, she's insane

7. [+209, -6] She really must be... insane... She knows that all families, including grandmas, grandpas, parents, are all watching... Everyone started looking elsewhere but the TV once she started performing. She didn't look sexy at all, just dirty. I've always been a fan but she should learn to dress appropriately for the occasion. It's because of singers like her that actors look down on singers and don't even give them a reaction when they come to perform.

8. [+164, -5] It was truly... horrifying. I was watching this with my family until my father changed the channel.

Article: "Even the actors are shocked" Hyorin's KBS congratulatory stage 'provocative outfit'
Source: Sports Chosun via Naver


1. [+1,836, -319] Hyorin-ah, stop pushing this sexy concept. There's nothing sexy about you.. I don't know why.. you're just not sexy..

2. [+1,369, -234] She really seems to think she's Beyonce or something ㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+745, -176] Hyorin seems insane, is she not embarrassed? Her butt cleavage was practically showing, including her cheeks... sigh, she's insane ㅜㅜ

4. [+351, -64] At least Hyorin succeeded in getting the #1 search rank of the New Year

5. [+168, -2] Hyorin-ah, you have a voice that can command any stage even while wearing the simplest dress ㅜ... you should be pushing the image of a talented diva... She really seems to want to push this dance-heavy, hip type of concept...

6. [+125, -3] Wow, look at their facial expressions.. like they're holding back swears. Why were the child actors subjected to this!

7. [+108, -2] Hyorin-ah, you really need to learn to dress appropriately for these events. It's a show that families were gathered to watch.

8. [+104, -4] You're born with an amazing voice, why do you keep ignoring that and using your body instead...

Source: Nate

1. [+975, -37] Just embarrassing.. she can be sexy without stripping down like this. Her song's about wanting to go see the ocean but she's dressed like she's seducing an oppa for the night. Too much cheapness.

2. [+929, -33] Look at how stone-faced the actors look ㅠㅠ talk about killing the vibe ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ her obsession with looking like an American unni is so embarrassing ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ just go to America already!!!! This type of stuff isn't right for our broadcast shows!!!!!!!

3. [+824, -27] She really must think she looks cool, tsk tsk tsk. How can she not know what's appropriate and not?

4. [+62, -3] The actors really did look uncomfortable... the stage was so close to the audience. She left SISTAR in search of her own music style.. and the only thing she could find was bleaching her hair and showing her butt. Sigh, she was so embarrassing that I had to change the channel.

5. [+51, -5] Whasa and Hyorin are brainless b*tches who don't know how to act appropriately in different times and situations. Please go strip down in front of your parents and spare the eyes of children~

Article: Hyorin's embarrassing butt-exposing outfit misses the mark, differing opinions compared to Whasa's stage

Source: Newsen via Naver

1. [+5,786, -375] At least Whasa's stage was at the MAMA and matched her ㅋ Hyorin was invited to a drama awards show and dressed completely inappropriately;; She really must not have a clue. She could've at least watched past performances at these types of shows to see how she should dress ㅋ

2. [+3,077, -74] It's true that she was inappropriate for the time and location

3. [+1,534, -290] Her singing was so bad that I wondered if she was stuck performing at a drama show because the music shows didn't invite her;;

4. [+1,077, -27] Both stages were embarrassing but the difference was that Whasa performed at a music festival where she's the star and Hyorin performed as a guest at another industry's show.

5. [+395, -25] MAMA was held overseas. Hyorin performed at a drama awards show, not some gayo show. That's why the reactions are different.

6. [+222, -5] I was watching with my child and had to change the channel. Her butt cheeks were flapping everywhere... I'm sure she had more to show than just her butt...

7. [+208, -5] Another important lesson in learning to dress appropriately for the time and place

8. [+194, -3] Hyorin fans keep shielding her saying that's what her outfit concept is for 'Dally' but she should still know better to dress differently for an awards show. She's there to congratulate others... You can already tell from the expressions of the actors that she made the wrong choice.

Source: Naver

1. [+1,155, -381] Not like Whasa's was any better ㅋㅋㅋ they're all just looking for attention, no nee dot shield anything. Neither of them has the body to be showing off like this.

2. [+879, -165] Pretty sure people called both stages gross

3. [+812, -99] The difference is the stage... there's a difference between a music festival a public broadcast awards show filled with actors in the audience.

4. [+777, -184] Hyorin made me uncomfortable, Whasa made me feel gross

5. [+475, -56] Whatever, the point is that I don't want to be seeing anyone's butt on my TV screen~

6. [+99, -5] The fact that Hyorin's stage was the biggest headline to come out of a drama awards show already shows you why her stage was problematic. Her outfit would've been fine for a music festival... but not for an awards show. This situation was basically like someone going to perform at a wedding as if it was their own birthday party.

7. [+75, -5] Not into it... her fans obviously seem to like it but this was more appropriate for a personal concert than a broadcast show...

8. [+74, -13] Her stage was less embarrassing than Whasa's ㅠ Whasa's thighs and hips were just too much ㅜ sigh, both are weird ㅋㅋ

Omona, do you think she went to far? Do you think everyone should lighten up? Does this differ from Whasha's performance because it is a drama award show?

Sources: KBSDrama Youtube, kDrama Freaks Youtube, Nate, Newsen via Naver,and heraldbiz via Naver, via Netizenbuzz (1), and Sports Chuson, Nate, Newsen, and Sports Chuson (2), via Netizenbuzz (2),
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existingisfunny 1st-Jan-2019 12:20 pm (UTC)
KBS knew what they were doing. This was a ploy for headlines. I feel bad if she was embarrassed but also could've worn shorts with the bodysuit.
anonymous_loljk 1st-Jan-2019 12:23 pm (UTC)
I always get the feeling that working in drama/film are seen as higher level of artistry than music in korea, hence drama awards tend to be seen as somewhat more formal than music show/award. Then again hwasa actually wear and perform somewhat sexily on actual music show and yet some people still complains so i don't think the problem necessarily lies on the type of the show.
At the end of the day, both drama and music are just entertainment so the argument about 'this is a drama award not a music show' is invalid, imo.

Edited at 2019-01-01 12:24 pm (UTC)
sjtaazrz 1st-Jan-2019 12:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see the idea of acting being seen as more legit and more important. I just don't understand why they let pop acts/idols perform for any of this anyway. I remember yeeeaaars ago, SNSD made headlines because the actors were unresponsive to them at an award show performance (I mean, it's so quiet, you can actually hear their heels clicking and everything)


But Hyolyn makes a bit for sense because she actually sang a ballad for a drama released this year. I think she just went rouge and decided to make a medley to perform what she wanted and promote her upbeat stuff. Still, I don't really get why they keep inviting pop stars anyway, when the reaction is so cold and people get so upset about it.
xlovexlessxtyx 1st-Jan-2019 12:32 pm (UTC)
I don't know if Dally was the best song for that event.
I thought her outfit was tame, but Dally just seemed out of place for such a stuffy event.

dior_chic 1st-Jan-2019 12:36 pm (UTC)
Stuffy is the perfect description lol
hillando 1st-Jan-2019 12:35 pm (UTC)
Her Dally performance did seem a bit out of place compared to her audience lol
it's like when a sexy hip hop group performs at an elderly home, it's bound to be awkward

I'm still angry at that last comment (and other comments like it) about Hwasa's thighs being too much, like I know Korea glorifies eating disorders and wants their girls to be so thin they're two-dimensional, but really now.
prlsb4swiine 1st-Jan-2019 01:44 pm (UTC)
lol so i guess it's 2019 and we still talking about how women dress huh
blck_ink 1st-Jan-2019 01:45 pm (UTC)
she seemed a bit nervous but hell i would too if i had to perform in front of a stale audience. idk if she knew this was going to happen if if kbs really just played her...
bubble_monkey9 1st-Jan-2019 01:46 pm (UTC)
her outfit is bomb.

my only issue is how random it is to have her sing dally at a drama award? lol just let her sing her OST. It sucks that she's getting backlash for this.
tungatunga 1st-Jan-2019 02:33 pm (UTC)
I watch it and audience seems reacting warmly until "Dally"? I don't think she was dressed inappropriately but Dally don't fit this type of function imho.


BTW everybody should watch KBS mini Let's Dance! one of the best young adult drama this year, in the spirit of Lingerie Girls Generation, with wonderful young actors.
daynr 1st-Jan-2019 07:46 pm (UTC)
I've been wondering how good Let's Dance is, good to know!
lydzi 1st-Jan-2019 03:16 pm (UTC)
I love the white hair.

SK is conservative af. More news at ten.
goshipgurl 1st-Jan-2019 03:44 pm (UTC)
drama award shows are always so stiff and boring but i agree that her outfit and dally weren't really appropiated for such a stiff event... she should have stopped after see sea.
yourethesky 1st-Jan-2019 03:49 pm (UTC)
whateva gurl show em what you’ve got!!!!
love_keiko 1st-Jan-2019 04:10 pm (UTC)
ok so first of all she slayed that entire performance.

but dally just wasnt it for this sho LMAO the audience reaction had me DYING laughing.

that being said, i'm happy for her. i doubt she's gonna let these comments stop her, it's clear she's got a vision for herself and what she wants to do as an artist

more power to her
u_know 1st-Jan-2019 11:35 pm (UTC)
Lmaooo same, that one girl whose mouth was open the entire song
thebloomroom 1st-Jan-2019 04:46 pm (UTC)
Omg i am dying at the reactions of all the actors, lighten up a little!!! They look so shocked.
a_suitcase 1st-Jan-2019 05:51 pm (UTC)
I mean.... I'm sure the organisers knew exactly who they invited and what she was going to perform. Her hair is so cool.
benihime99 1st-Jan-2019 05:53 pm (UTC)
It was a good perf and a cute outfit
Dally isn't the song for this type of sow cause this type of show isn't equiped for fun, it's stuffy and boring

Mamamoo barely manage to get a smile when they performed and people were so suprised it made news for days
benihime99 1st-Jan-2019 05:56 pm (UTC)
Also I'm pretty sure organisers had the set list and all that jazz, so they knew
They wanted the press
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