Singing vs Dancing

I was watching Momoiro Clover perform at the Tokyo Idol Festival singing with live mics, and all I could think while watching was: Why?

Their physical routine proved to be a hindrance for the vocals they were trying to achieve, and the overall performance suffered for it.  What confused me even more was that they were singing WITH the voice-over track on, making solo lines sound like two people singing.

So what was the point?  If they can’t do it, make them lipsync; don’t compromise everything by meeting halfway.  Tone down the running around if you want them to showcase vocals, or let them lip-sync and focus on dancing.  I enjoyed the performance but it was plenty rough around the edges.

By the time they get to their final song, KoKo-Natsu, they’re completely cashed.  The vocals were barely there, riddled with gaps simply because they didn’t have any breath.  thankfully the voice-overs were there to fill those gaps and help keep the vocals in tune.  Still, it’s amazing that they were able to give out as much energy as they did and pull out a fun performance.

New things I realized from this event:

-I like Momoka Ariyasu’s(green) voice.

-Shiori Tamai(yellow) is prettier than I initially thought.

One thing that this show confirmed for me:


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  1. What are your thoughts about lip-syncing in general? I find it interesting that you said, that their physical routine proved to be a hindrance to their vocals.

    Idols in general seem to get a lot of flak for lip syncing because their singing and dancing is considered sub-par compared to supposedly higher-class singers or performers.

    I think that it’s somewhat justifiable, especially for a group like AKB48 that originally performed what, multiple times a day? It feels like a necessary evil, because you really don’t want your idols “not-singing”, but you also don’t want them to blow out their wind pipes at age 16.

    I’m just wondering because this is a subject I would like more info/opinions on.

  2. well i do believe that there is a difference between what people call “higher-class” performers and “idols”. being a successful performing idol means being a jack of all trades and maintaining a public image, while other performers don’t have as many obligations, and focus everything on their specialty.

    the short number of years of being an ‘idol’ seems to be a training period for the entertainment industry; it’s evident when idol groups call leaving a group as “graduating”, inferring that the individual has learned all they could from being an idol and is now ready to pursue solo interests and a solid career.

    because of that, idols are generally given more leeway when it comes to performances and i’m fine with that. lipsyncing is fine with me as long as the performance is the best that it could be.

    • Thanks for your input. I almost forgot that idol groups are actually what you’ve described, I guess because seeing something like 9 year reigning Morning Musume members or 5 year reigning AKB48 center girls threw me off.

      Though, for a “jack of all trades” type of performing group, idol fandom is INTENSE, lol.

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