Korean netizens selected 10 Kpop idols with the most excellent stage presence.
Kpop idols’ talents are often evaluated based on their singing, rapping or dancing skills. But there is still another equally important factor, which is stage presence. In order to be considered a good performer, an idol does not need to be exceptional at vocals, dance or rap, but needs to show a variety of expressions and knows how to control them to match different songs, and at the same time exude a captivating aura, making it difficult for the viewers to take their eyes off them.
Recently, a Korean netizen on Pann Nate made a compilation of 10 idols who deserve to be labeled “stage geniuses” based on these criteria. Not every one of them is the most popular member of their groups, but what they all have in common is their diverse expressions and the ability to nail every performance in all kinds of concepts.
In BTS, Jungkook is known as an all-rounder who is good at everything and Jimin is called a “dancing machine”, but when it comes to stage presence, V is often chosen to be the most outstanding member, even though he’s not the best vocalist or best dancer of the group. His charming aura and diverse facial expressions help V take the spotlight in BTS’s performances, attracting new fans after each promotion era.
When watching BLACKPINK’s performances, it’s hard not to keep our eyes on Jennie. Not only is she good at singing and rapping, Jennie also stands out in both BLACKPINK and among all female idols thanks to her unique chic aura on stage.
Sunwoo (The Boyz)
Being the lead dancer of The Boyz helps Sunwoo easily attract much attention on stage thanks to his smooth and charismatic dance moves. In addition to his dancing skills, Sunwoo is also known for his youthful and explosive energy in every performance.
Since her debut until now, Yeji has always impressed fans with her top-tier stage presence and performance skills among 4th generation idols. She stands out for her unique cat-like visuals, energetic vibes, and charming, versatile expressions on stage.
San is a rare male idol who is publicly praised by “Korea’s dance master” Lia Kim. He is famous for perfectly expressing the “demon” concept through his sharp eyes and intense dance moves. Although some netizens said he was “overdoing it” sometimes, San still captures fans’ hearts thanks to his clean movements and appealing expressions as if he put all his mind and soul into the music.
Feliz (Stray Kids)
Stray Kids‘ powerful choreography becomes even more captivating in the eyes of viewers when combined with Feliz‘s extremely seductive facial expression. He is a prime example of an idol image that has 2 versions: an on-stage one and an off-stage one with completely opposite aura. When on stage, Feliz performs as if he was using all the energy he had, which is frantic and intense. Netizens believe that he is the one who holds the soul of Stray Kids.
Nayeon is also a famous “expression queen” of Kpop’s 3rd generation next to BLACKPINK’s Jennie. However, if Jennie has an extravagant and cold aura, Nayeon often shows bright, energetic expressions to match the concept in TWICE‘s songs. When the JYP girl group began to transform into an adult image, the female idol also adapted quickly, becoming more and more attractive and mature.
From the very beginning, SM has chosen Kai for the center position of EXO because the male idol possesses excellent performance skills compared to other members. In terms of dancing ability, Kai completely conquered Kpop fans. As for the expression, he can indeed digest any concept, but the natural charm exuding from his posture and aura is what makes Kai‘s own brand.
The fact that Baekhyun is called the “expression king” of Kpop 3rd gen must have shown how well he does every time he steps on stage. EXO‘s main vocalist has the ability to perform extremely well and he is suitable for almost all types of concepts from playful to cool.
Yeonjun is called “Big Hit’s legendary trainee” not only because he is good at all skills but also because his appearance and charisma are always reminiscent of the senior BTS’s V. Regarding the ability to switch expressions diversely and flexibly, Yeonjun can completely be compared with V. It seems that the male idol is gradually becoming a real “inheritance” of the famous senior.