Despite having received many accolades for their album and digital sales as well as their energetic performances, TWICE members’ vocals are occasionally criticized by the public, especially when it comes to Momo’s.
During their summer comeback More and More in 2020, a clip from TWICE’s encore stage without a backtrack has become a hotly debated topic among fans around the world.
From the clip, it is obvious that Momo’s voice was awfully strained and her singing was off-key so badly that even Momo herself got surprised right after and awkwardly smiled at Nayeon.
Not only did the general public find this unpleasant to hear, but the fans were also disappointed. However, Momo being a so-called “bad singer” isn’t recent news.
The controversy about Momo’s voice dates back to their 2018 comeback – Dance the night away. When the group promoted on Music Bank, the MC asked Momo to sing a part of the song before performing, and her singing without any background music was just plain… bad.
Since she couldn’t нιт the note and control her breath support, it seemed like Momo was simply reading the lyrics out loud.
Many incidents like this have occurred whenever Momo sings, which leads the aud̾i̾e ̾nce to question if she is actually “tone-deaf”?! If not so, how could an idol who has debuted for six years only keep regressing in vocal technique?
Some fans argue that as the main dancer, Momo has perfectly done her part, so it is not important whether she is able to sing as well as other members, and that the ḳöŕệän public is being way too harsh on the girl.
Let’s face it however, being an idol requires more than simply being charismatic and performing flawless choreography. Momo definitely needs more practice to at least sing the right note.
But is Momo’s voice always this terrible? Fans from TWICE’s pre-debut days still remember how she performed The way you love me on Sixteen. Every time this performance resurfaces, people are surprised at how healthy and stable Momo’s voice was compared to how it is now.
And there was not a single moment of her singing off key! Everyone was in love with that beautifully deep vocal, then poof! – the nasal voice came out of nowhere.
This performance has begged the question about JYP’s vocal training, whether they have forced the girl to strain her natural voice in order to fit TWICE’s bubbly and cheerful concept.
To be fair, “aegyo” is a big part of ḳöŕệän entertainment as fans love to see their idols acting cutely or talking in a childlike voice, so it’s no surprise that companies want their idols to sing that way.
Though what actually happens to Momo still remains behind the scenes, fans are always suspicious that JYP definitely has som̾e̾t̾h ̾ing to do with it, as Momo’s vocal skílls have never improved over time.
If the company does nothing to help the situation, Momo’s voice might be permanently damaged.
2. BLACKPINK’s Rosé
Another instance that needs to be discussed is BLACKPINK’s Rosé.
Despite being the main vocalist of the most popular girl group, Rosé hardly gets any recognition for her vocal techniques.
Her situation is not as bad as Momo’s of course, she is the main vocalist after all. Most of the time she has the stamina to sing live pretty well, нιтs the right notes, and doesn’t go off-pitch.
But at the same time, she is also receiving remarks similar to those of Momo. Her voice is described as nasal and way too strained, sometimes even squeaky like chipmunk’s.
Though some people think her voice is unique, many just find it… well, annoying and unbearable to hear.
There are certain situations where the aud̾i̾e ̾nces are on the fence about Rosé’s vocals. Let’s take a look at the special stage at SBS Gayo Daejeon in 2017 for example. Rosé gotta perform the song Butterfly with other main vocalists of the 3rd generation Kpop groups from TWICE, Wanna One, GFriend and BTOB.
During the climax of the song, the higher Rosé went, the tighter her throat became, and her voice, unfortunately, cracked when she tried to нιт the high note. The viewers couldn’t help feeling unsatisfied at that very moment and blamed the nasality of her voice.
Some think that was how she naturally sounds, but her predebut video begs to differ.
In that particular video, Rosé was singing When you look me in the eyes while playing the guitar. And to everyone’s surprise, her voice was completely different from the present.
Yes, one must agree that her voice was flowing with honey even back then, and it didn’t sound so shrill at all! So what happened to this angelic voice?? Well, YG is probably involved in this case as Rosé’s voice started to change ever since she got into training.
Some believe that YG forces Rosé to strain on her voice to sound slightly similar to her “sunbae” Park Bom and make it even more squeaky for the “unique” value.
From the business point of view, having such a one-of-a-kind voice is clearly a huge advantage to attract media attention. Despite all that, many fans claim they dislike YG’s vocal training and worry that it may cause damage to their idol in the long run.
Luckily, YG understands this and never forces Rosé to sing out of range as recent BLACKPINK’s songs mostly stay in their mid register.
However, still Rosé needs a lot of practice to lose the tension in her voice and have better breath support to нιт the high note more perfectly.
3. 2NE1’s Park Bom
If Rosé is on the list, we gotta mention 2NE1’s Park Bom’s case.
Park Bom had proved to be a potential vocal powerhouse ever since she auditioned for YG with the song Never gonna let you go.
During her trainee days, the YG’s original princess had always been predicted to blow the whole nation away with her strong and emotional voice.
All the videos from predebut show that she had already had a great technique without training. But up to now, all the compliments she gets are reduced simply to “the most unique voice of Kpop” – a pretty vague phrase.
Not only that, her vocal skílls in Queendom kept receiving numerous criticisms. Everyone wonders how could her voice degrade so badly.
What happened to the “vocal powerhouse”? Upon that question, fans point the fingers at YG’s training.
According to Bom’s revelation on Queendom, YG’s original plan was to let her debut as a solo artist with a ballad song that suited her vocals more. But as we all know, they eventually put Bom in 2NE1 to sing a whole different genre. So of course YG had to push Bom to change her singing style to go along with other members.
The vocal technique that YG applied on training Park Bom is what they apply on training Rosé later, only back then they weren’t as careful and kept letting her sing out of range.
Even to the untrained ears, one still recognizes how shaky and unstable her voice is on stage. Without the breath support, singers won’t be able to connect their lines and can even strain while trying to stay on pitch – and that’s definitely what Park Bom is lacking.
Her weakness exhibits even more obvious when she sings live without the backtrack. The latest example is when she performed her solo song Spring on the street.
It’s hard not to point out that Bom sounded completely chopped up as if she couldn’t breathe after each word, and her high notes seemed way too sharp most of the time.
If we look back on Park Bom’s old performance at 2NE1 concert, her singing voice was better supported back then.
This is proof that decades of bad training have done some serious damage to her vocal chords. Fans now can only reminisce about her golden vocal of the old days by watching poor-quality videos on Youtube.
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