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MICA Bids Farewell to Superstar K

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I could not watch the episode of Supertstar K6 last Friday, but the outpouring of negative reactions from Filipinos in South Korea that I have read on Facebook was enough for me to conclude that MICA was eliminated from the show. My first reaction was, “Why so soon?” I was expecting the group to stay a bit longer and at least make it to Top 3, but I suppose my husband was right. He told me from Day 1 of the live show that no matter how great the girls are as singers, they will most probably not win the contest because at some point, they will be asked to render Korean songs from which their elocution will be scrutinized by the judges. I have read some comments from Filipinos saying that Koreans tend to favor fellow Koreans in competitions against foreigners, that is why MICA was eliminated. I don’t even want to go there and sound bitter, though I am disappointed. I believe MICA deserves a spot in Superstar K6, but I am not one of the judges and I don’t hold all the votes. Korea has different standards when it comes to competitions. We will have to leave it at that.

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As for MICA’s performance last Friday, the girls sang “난 알아요” (Nan Arayo/I Know) by Seo Tai Ji, and were given the scores: 86-89-82-89. Their performance showcased their flexibility in performing different musical genre. The song had some rap parts in English and Korean. The girls’ upbeat performance not only included rap and vocal belting, but also a lot of dance. It was like a production number. I made my husband watch the girls’ performance on Youtube to ask for an unbiased opinion from a Korean. He said the only problem with MICA’s rendition of “난 알아요” was pronunciation, especially on the rap parts. The girls were given just a couple of days to learn how to rap in Korean, but they managed to pull it off. I have been learning Korean for four years now and my pronunciation is still not that good. Despite getting the second  lowest scores, MICA gave an outstanding performance. It may not have been enough to please the judges, but MICA did not give a boring performance by “playing it safe” or performing the kind of song that we usually hear them sing. Their performance was not flawless, but the girls took the risk to perform something different, and it’s what makes them winners.

This is not the end of your journey to stardom, MICA. The best is yet to come. ^^

10 thoughts on “MICA Bids Farewell to Superstar K

  1. If you have a foreigner going to the Philippines to join a singing contest competing against other Filipinos and they sing an OPM song, how do you think they might fare? As a viewer or as a record producer, would you be willing to buy/produce their records? Even if you did get to have one foreign person or group make an album, how many can you immediately recall hit it off with the masses? TV singing contest are there to search for the next big “local” star. One that produces money for the producers. It is “novelty” to have foreigners who can sing your native tongue, and TV singing contests like it to give a little boost in their ratings.

    In the Philippines, how many foreigners have a recording album targeted mainly at the local market? How many sang pure OPM songs? How many can you consider better than our local artists in their native language?

    It’s the same banana in Korea. It’s just a different area. :p

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  2. Hi I don’t know if you’re still active but wonderful news Mica are now 4th power on Xfactor Uk. They impressed the judges with standing ovations. I hope they will go a long way or maybe even better Simon cowell will sign them like one direction 5th harmony & little mix

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  3. talent is what they got…. and i think it is enough for people to love and support them. their charisma have undeniably risen due to their talent. i really really really really love them and i am very proud of them

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  4. i was very sad to know that this talented girls bid goodbye to the show. all their performances from the beginning till the end is ABSOLUTELY EXEMPLARY AND STUNNING.

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  5. Hi! I’m really glad you liked them. If there are any of you who have taken a liking to mica then you may want to watch their audition in xfactor uk. They now go under the name 4th Power.

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  6. I hold the same standards for non-Koreans trying to make it in Korea as a singer as I hold non-english speakers (english not being a primarily spoken language) including Koreans. If pronunciation of the language is bad enough to break the emersion into the lyrics/story/performance then they need to stop singing in that language until they get the pronunciation down. This is how I feel with Korean idols with horrible Korean accent and the same with everyone trying to audition in these Korean music shows. Music can be shared anywhere because it’s notes that is shared and understood the same way around the world. Language is different. A song/singer’s job is to sing the lyrics as if spinning a story, to control the emotions of the listener and you can’t do that with bad pronunciation just like a news anchor/reporter needs to speak clearly.

    That being said everyone has their ideals. Black people living in a place made up majority of black people (some african countries) or hispanic in hispanic locations, germans in germany, etc all have ideals and it’s most likely to be something they are used to. America doesn’t count because it’s such a melting pot with various races. Korea is Korea and people will have their ideals of what a beautiful korean looks like. Can’t really change that without globalization to an extreme level. MICA wouldn’t win if they looked like SNSD without having perfect Korean language skills. Music is a business at the end in the eyes of the company controllers.

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  7. olive i’m not getting the mica “claiming that they’re only amateurs”. from what episode did they said that? when did they say that they haven’t won any contest in the philippines? if their intention is to lie, they wouldn’t have mentioned that they audition and got rejected by the audition master in the 1st live show episode.

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  8. my question is, why is it so important that they do not pronounce some words in Korean right? I mean it is expected, since they did not grow up speak Korean, it is obvious that they would have an accent. SO why do they get picked on their Korean language skills? I do not understand. It is as if they had to find a reason to eliminate them, so they had nothing better to pick on, but pronunciation….

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  9. In fairness to MICA, they are pretty enough to make it to the industry and in my personal opinion, they’re more talented than other Korean singers who joined Superstar K (including those from the previous seasons)… but Koreans will always look for a contestant or a group that will fit their standards of bogus perfection. It’s not all about talent, the way I see it.

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  10. My husband said too that there isn’t any chance of them winning…he said koreans prefer a girl group with beauty and talent..they even lost their credibility when they entered the show claiming that they’re only amateurs. Thay haven’t won in any contest at all.. They’re beautiful as Filipinas but they aren’t in korean ideal. He also added that even if they win they’ll be forced to undergo plastic surgery which I guess the girls won’t agree with. It’s always a matter of beauty, talent and investment I think.

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