It seems that the main vocalists of SM’s girl groups like aespa, Girls’ Generation, Red Velvet… all have the same style of singing high notes.
Since the comeback with Savage, aespa has continued to come under controversy over alleged lip-syncing during various performances. Not only drawing criticism for lip-syncing at year-end domestic award shows such as MAMA 2021, KBS Gayo Daechukje 2021, SM’s rookie girl group was also caught lip-syncing in the States at The Nick Cannon Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show or Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
One of the reasons why aespa was accused of lip-syncing by viewers was due to the fact that the group’s main vocalist NingNing did not even try to “hide” the fact that she was lip-syncing. Whether it is the low or high note, or even when her mic is dropped, NingNing always sings effortlessly, without changing her expressions.
However, some netizens claim that singing high notes with effortless, unchanged expressions is actually the “tradition” of SM’s main vocalists. SM is famous for being a strict company when it comes to training vocals with extreme lessons such as singing while standing up and sitting down, singing with a basketball hit on the stomach to increase internal vocal strength,…
Therefore, SM is considered to have the most solid vocalists of Kpop with flawless vocal techniques and stable live singing skills. That’s why singing high notes looks like such a piece of cake for SM’s vocalists.
Therefore, those who criticize NingNing for being unprofessional and not “lip-syncing properly” perhaps need to know more about the “signature” singing style of SM vocalists. Despite the criticism, SM idols’ stable and powerful live singing is always something that makes fans proud. Netizens also wonder why SM keeps making aespa lip-sync on stage, while NingNing has already proved that she is good at singing live.