Some Korean netizens claim one of the reasons why ITZY couldn’t rise to the top of Kpop girl groups is because of their similar concept to BLACKPINK’s.
After the trending performance at MAMA 2021, discussions centering on ITZY have continued to appear on Korean online communities. Besides leaving positive comments on the JYP girl group’s confident and charming stage presence, netizens also discuss ITZY‘s position in the new generation of idols.
Many netizens agree that ITZY is very talented, but this year, the group has not been doing well when their digital rankings and impact in Korea are going downhill. After the success of the debut track “DALLA DALLA” in 2019, ITZY could not rise to the top as expected. The causes for ITZY’s current situation are believed to include JYP’s wrong strategy, lacking vocal skills or Lia’s bullying controversy.
On December 14, a post on Pann also pointed out another reason why ITZY couldn’t achieve explosive success. It’s because the group… copied BLACKPINK‘s concept. “ITZY is a group with no distinct identity and color” – said the original poster.
According to the post, ITZY has been following BLACKPINK‘s girl crush concept since their debut. ITZY’s outfits, visual concepts, and music all resemble their senior group under YG. ITZY‘s problem is that they don’t give off a unique charm, so it is difficult to develop a solid fanbase. The majority of fans of the girl crush concept will choose BLACKPINK over ITZY?
There are also opinions that ITZY should not be blamed because JYP is completely at fault. Meanwhile, ITZY‘s fans claim that all of the above similarities are just coincidental.
Fans state that ITZY‘s image in MVs and on stage differs from that of BLACKPINK. And because the concept of “girl crush” is not exclusive to the YG girl group, it cannot be argued that ITZY is a “copy” of BLACKPINK.
- It is JYP’s problem, not ITZY’s fault
- BLACKPINK is truly a trendsetter and a role model for girl groups of the next generation
- Doesn’t make any sense, I think ITZY is completely unlike BLACKPINK.
- It’s ridiculous that ITZY copied everything.
- BLACKPINK is the standard. Their concept of girl crush, their image, their clothes or their music,etc. Black Pink is the Revolution