Girls’ Generation:The Queen Bee of The Korean Wave


Girls’ Generation rules!

A survey that aims to find out the top 10 hot issues among k-pop idols on the first half of 2011 revealed that Girls’ Generation is indeed the top of the game.

SBS E! TV gathered 50 reporters from the Korean industry were the participants of the said survey.

Out of the top 10 hot issues recognized by the reporters, five of which are all related to SNSD.This goes to show,Girls’ Generation or So Nyeo Shi Dae, once again prove their popularity and attention in South Korea and even the international audience.

Moreover, having sub-units is a common feat among large girl bands in Korea,however, as the ninth issue surfaced about SNSD as one, the topic ‘Separate and Together’ and the reason for SNSD not having sub-units was explained. The nine girls,composed of Taeyeon,Jessica,Sunny,Tiffany,Hyoyeon,Yuri,Sooyoung,Yoona and Seohyun have been praised for their special and unique characteristics and many suggested that they should have sub-units. However, SM Entertainment wants to show SNSD as a whole, as a complete nine-membered group, perhaps due to sad memories from TVXQ’s separation.

The 8th spot in the top 10 hot issues is Sooyoung’s talent in imitating , which attracted a lot of attention.Sooyoung’s well-loved, amazing imitating skills also became part of her charms and special characteristics.

Coming in third,Hyoyeon’s boldness in declaring her admiration with a certain idol.The topic of ‘Bold Idols’ and Hyoyeon became the example of how idols boldly declare that they are in love. She once guested on a variety talkshow ‘Strong Heart’, SNSD’s dancing queen confessed that she had a crush on a male idol and she started to like him more and more, to the extend of having dreams of him. She hinted that the male idol does not have double eye-lid, is smart and dances well. To this, the media found five possible male idols, namely 2PM’s Wooyoung, BEAST’s Doojoon, Big Bang’s Daesung, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon and SS501?s Kim KyuJong.

The second hottest issue was ‘Controversies on Suggestiveness’ and SNSD was an example of how K-pop idols’ performances and costumes are often considered suggestive. The panelists put their focus on Yoona’s pole dance in their recent concerts.The reporter commented that fans love YoonA’s pure and innocent image so when they saw her pole dance and does it perfectly, fans were shocked. However, they went on to comment that SNSD members, who are no longer in their teenage years, have grown up in confidence and the girls would now like to show a more mature image to others.

Among the 10 hottest issues,the “New Hallyu Wave” was the hottest of the lot.Reporters named SNSD as the representative of the new Hallyu wave. They went on to comment that the Hallyu wave and influence have spread beyond Korea that even foreign fans held demonstrations and flash mobs to show their love for their idols. For this topic, the SMTown Live in Paris concert was the focus and it was said that the stars, especially SNSD, managed to grab European fans’ hearts.

Girls’ Generation is also applauded with their efforts in conquering the Asian industry.Just within a year from their debut in Japan,SNSD managed to capture a lot of attention, in addition to grabbing the top spot on the Oricon charts to create Hallyu history. During interviews with Japanese fans, they answered, “They are so cute that I was about to cry”, “I want to be like SNSD”, etc.

As of now, SNSD’s influence has spread beyond Korea and Japan, beyond Asia, all the way into Europe and possibly other corners of the world.

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