According to a recent report, there is estimated to be a total of 100 teams of boy and girl idol groups in the Korean mainstream music scene by the end of 2011. However, these groups are usually judged on the basis of popularity and their fans rather than by professionals. With that said, how would professionals rank the groups? 27 choreographers and dancers were asked to pick the groups with the best performances.
So who were the top groups chosen? Letâ€™s take a look.
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The group that received first place for performance wasÂ Big Bang. Big Bang obtained 8 votes out of the 27. Dancer Jin Jung Woon stated,Â â€œMost idol groups comeback with predictable dances, music, and outfits, but there are a few who people anticipate the most and give them their full attention. One of those groups is Big Bang.â€
B2STÂ was able to achieve 7 votes, securing second place right behind Big Bang. The judges stated,â€œThe choreography is original and the membersâ€™ ability to express themselves is overall very good and stableâ€.Â This shows the growth B2ST has under gone since their debut in October 2009.
2PMÂ andÂ INFINITE, a group that is showing an upward trend at an impressively fast pace,Â received 4 votes each and were awarded 3rd place with a tie. Dancer Shin Mi Yeon stated,Â â€œ2PM has great balance of acrobatics and dance.â€Â Dancer Bae Sae Jin stated,Â â€œINFINITE possesses a dance talent that cannot be beat by anyone. Even while performing simple choreography, each of the 7 members showcase their own distinct style.â€
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Out of the girl groups,Â 2NE1Â obtained first place by a big margin with 14 of the votes. The judges stated,Â â€œTheir ability to seize the atmosphere on stage is incredible and they have their own unique color, and express themselves well.â€Â Jin Jung Woon stated,Â â€œI like that 2NE1 doesnâ€™t give off a machine-like feel. They give off the vibe that they enjoy singing and dancing on stage.â€
As for individual members, which idols took the top spots?
In the survey for the best individual members of a male group, Big Bangâ€™sÂ TaeyangÂ andÂ G-Dragontook 1st and 2nd place, respectively. Choreographer Lee Woo Won stated,Â â€œTaeyang dances knowing the dance. He puts in emotion when he dances.â€Â Dancer Kim Tae Gyu also picked Taeyang and explained,Â â€œHis delicacy on stage and the coordination with the dancers, and a â€˜feelâ€™ that canâ€™t be imitated is the biggest reason.â€
Dancer Han Ji Hun stated,Â â€œG-Dragon has a very specific style of his own.â€
For the members of the girl groups, 2NE1?sÂ CLÂ took 1st place. Judges praised,Â â€œ2NE1 was able to get a smooth start because they have CL. CL is the member who helped define the unique color of the group.â€
4minuteâ€˜sÂ HyunAÂ took 2nd place with 4 votes, while 2NE1?sÂ MinzyÂ and After Schoolâ€™sÂ KahiÂ secured 3 votes to tie for 3rd place. Kim Tae Gyu stated,Â â€œHyunAâ€™s ability to understand the choreography is a talent she was born with.â€
Choreographer Lee Won Woo stated,Â â€œKahiâ€™s ability to control strong versus weak moves is the best out of all the idols. Rather than being the best dancer, she is someone who knows what the audience wants when she dances.â€