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‘K-Pop Star’ Lee Ha Yi Criticized for Pop Performances

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2012.04.30 13:28 Mwave Lee, KyungNam Translation Credit : Erika Kim

K-Pop Star came to a close with Park Ji Min as the final winner.

The April 29 live broadcast of SBS’ K-Pop Star showcased the final competition between the top 2 players, Lee Ha Yi and Park Ji Min.

‘K-Pop Star’ Lee Ha Yi Criticized for Pop Performances

It was a competition between Park Ji Min with her piercing high notes and Lee Ha Yi of the low soul voice. Both were so talented that either could have snagged the final win and few would have complained. But there can only be one winner, and ultimately, the viewers swayed toward Park Ji Min.

Onstage, Park Ji Min sang Lim Jeong Hee’s Music is My Life and Mercy, and Lee Ha Yi sang Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly with His Song along with Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

Although the judges had given Park Ji Min one point less than Lee Ha Yi for the two performances, Park Ji Min won with her total scores when the viewer votes were added in.

The criticism came not on who won, however, but on the nature of the performances themselves.

K-Pop Star previously brought on a wave of criticism for mostly using pop in its performances rather than K-Pop.

Even for the finals, after Lee Ha Yi had put on her pop performance, some viewers showed reactions such as, ‘Even their finals were full of pop’, ‘Why did Lee Ha Yi sing only pop songs?’ and ‘People sound better when they’re singing pop rather than K-Pop, and they can express themselves more freely. That doesn’t mean they should always sing pop. I feel bad that Lee Ha Yi made such an easy choice.’

Despite the criticism, the contest is now over, and Park Ji Min, winner of K-Pop Star, will be getting 300 million won, the chance to release a worldwide album and a Hyundai i40 automobile, while runner-up Lee Ha Yi will be given a Hyundai i30 automobile.

Photo credit: SBS

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