So a little more than a week ago I wrote a post for Trouble Maker’s music video (refer to Part 1 – Trouble Maker MV). As promised here is my follow up post!
In this post I’m going to talk about other news related to Trouble Maker, aside from their music video. Go into more on their live performances and such.
On November 29, 2O11, Trouble Maker debuted with a teaser performance at the 2O11 Mama (Mnet Asian Music Award) Awards. Their kiss during the performances left people wanting more from this duo.
On December 4, 2O11, Soompi reported that “Troublemaker’s HyunA and Hyunseung Criticized for Raunchy Choreography“
I watched the performance and I can see why they would’ve been criticized. While there were parts of the performance that weren’t bad, in the beginning it starts off with Hyunseung sliding his hands along her body and also rubbing her behind (awkward much?). While some of it would’ve been alright in a sense, it just seemed like there was too much touching each other going on in the performance, and while Inkigayo might not exactly be directed at a “family audience” it’s still something that parents wouldn’t be too fond of their kids watching if they saw it on TV. Or at least I’d be assuming, especially in Korea. I will say that I do think they try hard to pull off a good performance, but it’s just some of the raunchiness in the performance that becomes a bit too much. I can see that their company might want to try pushing limits by making them do more “sexy” things in videos, but there’s a fine line between “sexy” and “raunchy” and “trying too hard.”
In fact less than a week later on December 8, 2O11, Soompi reported that “Troublemaker’s HyunA and Hyunseung Change Choreography After Harsh Criticisms“
In my opinion – soooooooo much better in this performance! No awkward rubbing and less touchy feeling moments. The dancing was good and they still kept it the same – just less raunchy. And Hyuna isn’t wearing her tight short mini dress for this performance and I’m digging JS’s look without the velvet tux. To be honest, the closest part of raunchiness to this performance was with the back-up dancers, as I noticed they did the awkward “hand sliding and touching inner thigh” dance in the background. But other than that I think it was a much better performance overall and they did a great job on it (:
To me, the duo still lacks a certain chemistry while they perform, it seems more about looking at the camera and getting the performance over with. While I was looking up info, I came across this article:
Basically, the two of them hardly knew anything about each other before being teamed up to become Trouble Maker. After their first debut they were only beginning to know more about each other. Hyunseung likes to practice his routines over and over again. The article also states that Hyuna said “Hyunseung has a lot of greed on stage.” I can believe that by watching the performances. But to me, they both seem like they like being in the spotlight.
Please anticipate a lot for ‘Troublemaker’ from Beast Jang Hyunseung, 4Minute Hyuna. Rather than just a provocative and rapping in the song, I want to show you my best performance. -Hyuna
After their performance on Inkigayo (I believe), Hyunseung tweeted his reasons for why he wanted to be called JS rather than Hyunseung (translations from this article: Hyunseung twitter update and the meaning behind JS)
어제 오늘 Trouble Maker 응원와주신 팬여러분. 진심으로 고마워요!철철 넘치는 응원도, 보내주신 서폿음식들도 너무너무 잘받았습니다~오늘 첫방송을 시작으로 점점 더 나아지는모습 보실수있으실듯합니다! 기대하셔도좋아요!^^다들 좋은주말밤되세요!
그리고 제가 앞으로 현승이라는 이름 대신 활동을 주욱 하게될 예명 ‘JS’는 Jay stomp라는 약자를 가지고있답니다. Stomp의 뜻은 간단한 검색을 통해서 알아보실수있답니다! Love u!
Thanks to the fans who cheered for Trouble Maker yesterday and today. I sincerely thank you! The cheers are so strong, and also for the support meal you sent us~ Today’s the start of the first performance, I’ll gradually grow better for you to see! Please anticipate it well!^^Everyone have a good weekend night!
Also, next time, I want my Hyunseung stage name as JS, which is the abbreviation of Jay Stomp. Stomp has a simple meaning that you can search through! Love u!
Please call me that alot^^
Stomp refers to a dance involving a rhythmical heavy step (:
On December 22, 2O11, Trouble Maker won their second award on the Mnet’s “M! Countdown”
The first thing that I noticed about this performance…. they went back to their old dance. Except I think it’s raunchier than the first performance. More touching and feeling, also an awkward crotch shot. A bit too much. The dancing was good but it’s what’s in between that makes it so awkward! Hyuna went back to wearing a short mini dress, this time her outfit was red velvet while JS’s wasn’t. While it seems they’ve gotten more comfortable performing with each other, there’s still that lack of chemistry on stage.
On January 5, 2O12, Trouble Maker took the 1st place on Music On Top
How about I show you the pictures and you can guess what I’m already going to say about this performance?
Now this last one is actually cute
On January 8, 2O12, Trouble Maker won 1st place on Inkigayo. It was also their final performance.
The last performance was probably my favorite – as there was a lack of that “raunchiness” that some of the other performances had. Also I found it really cute when Hyuna blew a kiss to the audience and JS and her shook hands at the end.
There were rumors that the two were possibly even dating – but nothing is confirmed on that. At the moment the two of them are returning to their groups. Hyuna is joining 4Minute in their comeback and Hyunseung is preparing with B2ST for their world tour this upcoming February.
What I wished we could’ve seen more of was how cute they acted together while they were off stage. It seemed like for majority of their performances they thought they had to give off a certain vibe or show off sexily. What it showed was a lack of chemistry for a lot of the performances. Although this last one I think was their best as far as performances go. But really — aren’t these adorable??
But the images they used to promote themselves…
I wish we could’ve seen more of the earlier pics. Although the second picture isn’t too bad, the first one is kind of awkward. It’d of been nice to have seen more pictures of them actually staring at each other rather than at the camera.
And another thing I wanted to comment on is that they didn’t look like they were having fun during the performances. Which is why when I first saw the MV and then saw the live performances I was kind of blown away – the dancing and the lack of chemistry and it almost felt like they were forced into doing it because they didn’t seem to be enjoying it at all. Which I don’t think is the case now, but they certainly lacked in that.
Some more of their cute side –
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! (: I do hope that if Hyuna and JS do a comeback that they work on the things I mentioned in this post. I think they really are adorable together when they’re offstage. I think a lot of it deals with Cube (record company), if you’ve ever seen Hyuna’s Bubble Pop MV (Youtube Link) you might be noticing a pattern in her recent work. It’s like they’re turning her into someone that uses “sexiness” to sell. It’s not really a good image, and I hope they don’t keep her doing things like that, but well, they probably will anyways because “sexy” sells.