Fans complain about aespa’s performance at KBS Gayo Daechukje: Boring stage, lip-syncing again?

Not only anti-fans, fans themselves are unhappy with the quality of aespa’s year-end performances. 

KBS Gayo Daechukje 2021 took place on December 17 with the attendance of famous idol groups such as Red Velvet, Brave Girls, aespa, ITZY, STAYC, IVE, SEVENTEEN, TXT, ENHYPEN… The event drew much attention from Kpop fans. Discussions about the stages are everywhere on social media and online communities after the music festival ends. 

Among the stages at KBS Gayo Daechukje 2021, netizens pay special attention to aespa. After the lip-syncing controversy at MAMA 2021 and American shows, the SM’s group was expected to deliver a live performance at KBS’s year-end music festival. However, expectation often comes with disappointment. For whatever reason, aespa continued to lip sync, and even in an obvious way!

Aespa’s stage was criticized for not being specially staged or remixed. In addition, the short intro is also considered to be no different from the promotional stage of weekend music shows. And on top of that, due to the addition of aespa’s lip sync performance, a lot of negative comments about the group continued to appear on Twitter.  Fans are fed up as aespa’s year-end stages at each event are the same and the girls just change outfits.

Despite their beautiful visual
The group still receives hate because of lip sync issue
Lots of comments complaining about aespa constantly lip syncing

What makes fans feel more disappointed with SM is that the company has no intention of investing in aespa at year-end stages.  2021 is an extremely successful year for aespa. Stages at awards ceremonies or music festivals are an opportunity for aespa to affirm their leading position in Gen 4, make an impression in the eyes of non-fans and attract more new fans. However, the prolonged lip-syncing situation along with the unremarkable stages made aespa lose to other girl groups. ITZY or STAYC all sang live at this year’s KBS Gayo Daechukje and received positive responses from the audience.

Netizens’ comments:

  • I’m an aespa fan, but honestly it’s boring to watch their lipsync stage.
  • Why is aespa always lip syncing?
  • The aespa members sing well.  Why does SM keep forcing the group to lipsync on important occasions?
  • Expected something special but ended up being disappointed.
  • aespa even makes me feel ashamed to be their fan

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