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aespa’s NingNing accused of lip-syncing at MAMA due to her expressions when doing the high note

Controversy over aespa’s lip-syncing has not ended on social media. 

Among 4th generation idols, aespa is the hottest group in 2021 with the hit “Next Level”. aespa is seeing a rapid rise in popularity, regularly entering the top of brand reputation rankings. From a newbie group, aespa has shot to fame and become one of the most outstanding girl groups of the new generation. However, fame often comes with getting scrutinized by the public every appearance, and aespa is no exception.

Recently, aespa got into a lipsyncing controversy after K-netizens exposed some of their stages in the U.S where their lipsync was quite obvious. Specifically, aespa is criticized as negatively affecting other K-Pop idols by lipsyncing on the “Nick Cannon Show” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show”. Some are even questioning aespa’s stage at the “MAMA 2021” after discovering some of NingNing’s not-very-convincing high-note parts.

NingNing’s part during the “MAMA 2021” stage (at 0:46 and 0:58)

To the netizens, NingNing’s mouth shape and expression during the high note showed that aespa was lipsyncing. Usually, before a hard high note, one needs to prepare by taking one breath in. However, NingNing seemed very relaxed and only opened up her mouth a little bit, but the sound still sounds exactly like a recorded AR. This strange detail makes the netizens hard to believe that this was a live stage.

NingNing’s controversial expression during her high note
NingNing’s controversial expression during her high note
Many netizens claimed that aespa has lipsynced at the “MAMA 2021”
Many netizens claimed that aespa has lipsynced at the “MAMA 2021”
International fans complained about aespa’s obvious lipsync

International fans complained about aespa’s obvious lipsync
International fans complained about aespa’s obvious lipsync
International fans complained about aespa’s obvious lipsync
A close-up fancam of aespa’s “Savage” performance at the MAMA 2021

Since their debut, aespa has been known as one of the girl groups with the best vocal skills among the 4th generation groups. Thus, fans find it difficult to understand why SM lets aespa lip-sync at a big award ceremony like MAMA.  Meanwhile, ITZY still sang live and received a positive response from the audience although they performed strong choreography.

Some comments from netizens:

  • Sometimes because of the sound condition, they have to lip-sync, but NingNing’s lip-syncing looks too obvious.
  • Lip sync must be banned at MAMA
  • They’re obviously lip sync, if Ningning really hit high notes, she should not have had a flat face like that. 
  • I don’t understand why SM keeps forcing artists to lip sync even though they have very good vocal skills. 
  • Obviously NingNing sings very well. Don’t know why they had to lip sync
  • Since they’re rookies, they obviously have no lip-syncing experience.  They can’t even open their mouths wide. 
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