Does BoA really deserve to wrap up KBS Gayo Daechukje or does SM “obsess” with shows’ ending too much?

Attention is drawn to the ending stage of “SM’s big sister” BoA at KBS Gayo Daechukje.

KBS Gayo Daechukje, which just took place in Korea, attracted a lot of attention from K-pop fans. Not only did 4th-generation female idols stand out and become hot topics, BoA‘s ending stage also brought mixed opinions. Under the main theme of Y2K, looking back on the cultural wave of the late 90s and early 2000s, BoA was chosen as KBS Gayo Daechukje’s ending star.

BoA Taeyong Jeno
BoA with two juniors Taeyong and Jeno (NCT)
The main theme of Y2K suits BoA

Still maintaining her passion and love for music after more than 20 years of debut, BoA literally shines on KBS Gayo Daechukje’s stage when standing next to juniors under the same agency SM. Comparing her beauty to 4th-generation female idols, BoA is not inferior and still extremely young and fresh. Besides, the 20-year idol aura helps her not to be overshadowed. Her “big sister” vibe is clearly shown through her live vocals and the way she handles the stage.

BoA’s 20-year idol aura

However, Korean netizens argue whether BoA really deserves to wrap up KBS Gayo Daechukje. Some people say that SM is “obsessed” with shows’ ending and KBS Gayo Daechukje is like a ceremony to honor BoA without caring about other artists.

BoA’s reputation in South Korea is undeniable. She is not only a first-generation idol who contributed greatly to the viral growth of Hallyu in Asia, but also the longest-running idol of SM Entertainment. Due to this, the topic which is supposed to create a war between fandoms has become the place for netizens to admire BoA’s career. The audiences mostly agree that no one deserves to end the Y2K-themed KBS Gayo Daechukje better than BoA.


In the comment section, K-netizens commented, “Is there anyone who is more suitable to end the show than BoA?” “The show’s concept is Y2K, BoA is a perfect choice,” “BoA’s singing and dancing skill is even better than other idols on the show,” “Such double standard. BoA has been in the industry the longest and her songs are the most fitted to the Y2K theme. I can’t understand the controversy here,” “Koyote for the opening and BoA for the ending. Both are well-respected seniors, there’s nothing to argue here.”

However, some are not happy with the setlist, saying, “They have to give the ending performance to SM, or else they won’t join,” “SM can’t stand losing the ending performance.”

Source: K14

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