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This just tore me apart
It’s funny how most of the top composers/singers/seniors in the industry always praise Kyuhyun for his singing (especially those who collaborated before), but still no one seems to acknowledge him as a top vocalist (besides fans/people who know vocals) it’s always the same Junsu, Hyorin, Yesung, Jonghyun, Taeyeon etc etc but he never gets mentioned in that “list”.
The question of why, though. Because seriously. Why.
It’s not even an issue of Kyuhyun being wildly unpopular or hated. There are plenty of people who just looooooove to shit all over SuJu, talk about how talentless they are, but from translated comments on various articles it sounds like a lot of people… don’t really mind Kyuhyun. In fact, netizens who bother to watch more than like one or two episodes of Radio Star seem pretty fond of him and willing to acknowledge his talents, adaptability and work ethic.
So that makes it extra weird how SM really makes no effort at all to promote his vocal abilities. Here they have this marvelously talented young man, humble, hard-working, already sitting prominently in the public eye, definitely not riding by just no looks, who could do so much to help them counteract the accusations of talentlessness. But when he’s not in a musical or collaborating with a singer/songwriter, Kyuhyun gets absolutely fuck all to work with musically, and the press releases about him are always about Radio Star and his sharp-tongued image. SM is wasting not only Kyuhyun’s talent and time, but a huge opportunity for themselves.
And that’s not to say the other SM people in OP’s list aren’t talented, but Kyu’s got this fantastic combination of a beautiful, memorable voice and excellent technique. Way better technique than most K-pop idols. Yet his singing prowess has never been aggressively promoted like, say, Taeyeon’s or Yesung’s.
Signing Kyu was one of the smartest things SM ever did. But they’ve pretty much been wasting his talents ever since.
Always - Oh Wonbin