K-Pop fever has gripped many people, with one Taiwanese girl even spending the money she saved for marriage to watch her K-Pop idols in concert. Despite all this, STOMPer SkinnyLatte wonders what the big deal about K-Pop is.
Wrote the STOMPer:
"Seriously, what's the big deal about K-Pop? I can't help but notice how many Singaporeans have been gripped by K-Pop mania. Even though I'm not a fan, I know of groups like Girls' Generation, and Super Junior because of all the hype surrounding them.
"I'm also familiar with cheesey songs like 'Nobody' and 'Sorry Sorry' thanks to the countless times I've heard them on the radio and because everyone keeps talking about them.
"I admit that K-Pop stars are a bunch of good-lookers, but have you ever noticed that they all look the same? It's as if they all visited the same plastic surgeon and asked for the same face. I think if all the members of Girls' Generation were replaced, I wouldn't be any the wiser because they look almost exactly like each other.
"I think what Singaporeans are in love with is the packaging. From what I've seen and heard, many of these K-Pop stars aren't great singers. Sure, they can carry a tune, but it's their dancing, clothes and good looks that are the real appeal. I don't buy into such superficial factors, and I'd take solid singing over a pretty face any day."
According to a news report, Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, has washed over Singapore and obliterated Japanese mania. In the 1980s and 1990s, Japanese singers, actors and dramas were all the rage amongst Singaporeans.
Fast forward 10 years, and Korean idols such as Girls Generation, Lee Min Ho and Kim Hyun Joong have overtaken former Japanese favourites such as SMAP, X-Japan, Speed and Namie Amuro.
As testament to the popularity of K-Pop amongst Singaporeans, popular groups such as Girls' Generation, FTIsland and Beast have performed here. The Mnet Asian Music Awards, one of the biggest annual K-Pop events, was even held in Singapore last November.
Images 1 to 96 in the gallery below are photos of Korean celebrities rumoured to have had plastic surgery, while the rest are of K-Pop stars such as Girls' Generation.