Kpop idols interviews are one of the easiest ways to help the fans get to know and grow closer to their idols. However, it is not always smooth but rather filled with awkwardness to the point that it’s hilarious to the audience.
1. NCT 127 members were asked if they bring any dates to the award shows
Some of the most frequently asked questions that Kpop idols have received are about their love life, which is usually not even allowed by entertainment.
Therefore, Kpop idols are almost prepared to redirect any of these kinds of questions to talk about their fans, but sometimes when being asked too much during interviews, they forget what they should say.
In NCT 127’s AMA interview, the MC asked the group if they have brought dates along with them to the Red Carpet.
When the MC asked the members if they were looking to bring dates to these award shows, leader Taeyong replied with “Yeah”.
Afraid that fans might misunderstand, Jaehyun immediately fixed Taeyong’s answer: “We have NCTzens out there waiting for us, our fans, we love you”, the rest of the group followed with “Yeah”.
2. NCT 127 members were asked about which Kpop group they would like to collaborate with
Another awkward question that idols are frequently asked is which Kpop group they want to collaborate with. Mark seemed completely thrown off by that question… a Kpop group? And a few of them confusingly looked to the side, probably at their staff on what they should do.
This is because it is not common for Kpop groups to collaborate with each other because each group has its own unique style of singing and dancing.
In addition, the competitiveness of different entertainment companies also prevents them from working together.
Therefore, nowadays since Kpop has been so popular all around the world, Kpop idols are hoping to work with overseas world-famous artists instead.
Next time, maybe they should drop off some of their SM seniors as a safe default answer, then segue into the question they really want to answer.
3. A news anchor complimented Mark’s English AFTER he told her he’s from Canada.
It’s clear that some interviewers could not catch up with the fact that Kpop idols are no longer just Koreans.
Therefore, sometimes they get excited when seeing a Kpop idol speak English well, thus will say something irrational.
A great example of this is when an interviewer tried to compliment Mark’s English after he told her that he’s from Canada, anyone can see his confusion when receiving that “compliment”.
It’s like telling a French that he’s good at speaking French. Some might even say it’s offensive. Anyway, the situation was so awkward.
4. The moment at KCON LA when Irene Kim was speaking English to Twice and they couldn’t even understand her
In contrast with the previous case, sometimes interviewers automatically assume one of the group members must speak English well and interact with them in English only.
However, not every Kpop idol is like Mark, and most Kpop groups don’t have a member who is fluent enough in English to understand all the questions of the MCs.
That was the case for Twice when the MC asked about the concept of the outfits they wore that day.
The MC probably looked at Twice thinking, “There are 9 of you girls at least one of you is the designated English speaker”.
However, after asking the question twice, she came to her senses and realized that clearly, no one understands, so she started to switch to Korean.
What an awkward moment!
Maybe next time the company should send an interpreter on the stage with the girls and save them.
5. Wendy leaking Red Velvet summer comeback
Sometimes Kpop idols just have so much fun chit-chatting with the interviewers that they accidentally disclose some confidential information about the next comeback or songs. Red Velvet’s Wendy is one of the examples of this unfortunate event. She was not supposed to tell the world about Red Velvet’s comeback just yet, but she made a slip of her tongue. The next 17 seconds was her trying to cover up while other members started panicking. “I don’t know what I’m saying”, Wendy said. The tension in the air was covered by everybody’s nervous laughter, it’s awkward yet so cute to watch.
6. BTS had no idea about the white elephant gift exchange in a US interview
The difference in culture is for sure one of the main things that confuse Kpop idols during interviews.
For example, Christmas is a big holiday where Americans and Europeans will hold a range of different activities.
Yet, in South Asia, particularly South Korea, the holiday doesn’t hold an important meaning as in the West.
That’s why sometimes when Kpop idols participate in a Western holiday activity, it’s usually pretty awkward because most of them do not understand what is happening.
In this BTS’s interview during Christmas, the boys had to act unnaturally excited over mundane things.
In fact, the interview was supposed to be a white elephant gift exchange, so-called Dirty Santa.
In this game, the participants will receive funny gifts, sometimes sarcastic gifts, because the goal of the game is to entertain everyone.
But since it wasn’t clearly explained to BTS earlier, the boys didn’t realize they were being trolled and really enjoyed the funny gifts they were given.
Those gifts are Superman doll, T-shirts, spinner, fragrance candle, chewing gums, all seem like toys for kids. Especially, V’s chewing gum pack was missing 2 pieces, but he still didn’t realize that it was the intention of the hosts.
Again, the whole atmosphere was awkward, but indeed very adorable.
7. “Rap Monster, is that the name your mama gave you?”
Kpop idols often have stage names to fit with the image they want to convey to the fans, especially with groups.
This is in stark contrast to the case of idols in America since they are often known for their real names.
However, these names can sometimes cause idols trouble when they are more popular than their real names.
RM once had to go through a cringy situation during an interview where he was asked a very awkward question: “Rap Monster, is that the name your mama gave you?” “No”, he shortly replied after a bit of shock.
The fact that the female MC seems very genuine in asking RM that question is what made him confused. Fortunately, the question was ignored by both of them and thus prevented further awkwardness.
8. BTS hookup question on Ellen Show
For some reason, interviewers always try to find the juiciest questions to ask Kpop idols, maybe just to get them confused and prove that idols can still be clumsy and awkward like normal human beings.
One of the most frequently asked topics is their love life. On her show, Ellen has asked a question that made BTS extremely shocked to hear.
So, Ellen literally asked if BTS had ever hooked up with any of their fans.
This cracked RM up and he was so speechless that he forgot to translate the question for his group members, he even tried to mislead the question by answering “we are doing it right now”, but since Ellen knew this trick too well, she forced the boys to face the real meaning of her question.
When the translator finally explained the question to the rest of the members, V confirmed that this fan hookup thing will never happen.
9. NCT 127’s Mark and Taeyong explaining the meaning behind ‘Whiplash’.
Korean culture as well as other Asian countries’ culture are quite conservative and discreet when talking about anything sexual. This makes songs about sexual desires to be restrained or toned down to suit Eastern cultures.
When Mark and Taeyong were asked about the inspiration behind their co-composed love song “Whiplash,” both were frozen.
Because they were well aware that the song easily evoked sensual meanings, they had to choose their words super carefully.
After a long conversation of Teayong’s giving off-track answers and Mark’s awkwardly mumbled “chaejjikjillo”, which basically means “Whiplash” in Korean, they finally came up with an appropriate answer.
Basically, Mark shared that the song was inspired by his journey growing up at SM and the whipping thing acted as a force pushing him forward.
Maybe this wonderful answer sparked something inside Taeyong’s mind because he immediately followed by a similar answer.
According to Taeyong, this song was actually inspired by his older sister, who was super determined and strong.
He also shared that because he used to be a weak boy, his sister had to whip him a lot to push him to be a stronger man.
The atmosphere was super awkward and poor WinWin in the middle looked like he’d rather be anywhere else in the world.
10. Jessica Jung is a queen of sass.
An unwritten rule in Kpop is that idols always have to keep a friendly and good image in the eyes of the public.
Therefore, they sometimes cannot give their most honest opinion but must respond generally and formally.
However, not everyone has the temper to keep things for themselves all the time, so sometimes they would get caught on screens saying something a little more aggressive or sassy than normal.
For instance, during an interview, Jessica Jung was asked if she were to act in a movie with another actor, would her boyfriend be jealous and she straight-up said “maybe you’re jealous”.
I mean who would not be though. This is just one of the sassy moments in Jessica’s reputation of being savage.
Do you also find the above Kpop idols‘ interview situations awkward? Which question asked by the interviewers do you think is the most inappropriate? Let’s comment down below and discuss.
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