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'Hit the Stage' criticized for unfairness + Mnet responds

By yckim124   Wednesday, August 3, 2016   111,632   9,988   288
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Mnet has spoken up to address some of the recent issue regarding the fairness of 'Hit the Stage'. 


On the latest broadcast, a continuation of the past week's competition, SHINee's Taemin shocked viewers with his stellar performance and ultimately claimed the 1st win of the show. However, netizens began to question the show's fairness, pointing out that Taemin was the only competitor to perform his own song. Some claimed that Taemin had an unfair advantage performing a familiar song, while others had to practice a brand new one in a short amount of time.


SEE ALSO: SHINee's Taemin to release his 2nd solo Japanese mini album, 'Flame of Love'!


Mnet has since stated, "The concept of the program is for the artists to create their own performances. We only provide the concept. We respect the artists' decisions on how they will produce their stages and performances." 


In regards to song choice, they further elaborated, "The producers only provide the concept. That's the program's rule. On the recent broadcast, all of the artists were well aware that there were no restrictions on song choices." 


What do you think about the issue?

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    FriedRice515 Sunday, August 7, 2016

    Wait, didn't he just comeback with this same song and same choreography....so doesn't that mean that he has been practicing this since before hit the stage....

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    ah_sze Friday, August 5, 2016

    so i made sure i watched the episode before commenting. but there really isn't anything unfair about using your own song. if he thought it matches his performance then so be it. but i didn't think his performance was the best this time. i thought either of the Joker performances were a lot better. they were a lot more creative, i also couldn't believe the winning margin was so high. anyhow this show is bomb so im going to keep watching regardless =)

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    shineelt3 Friday, August 5, 2016

    putting aside the fact Taemin is my bias...haha .... I didn't think it was unfair. I was a bit iffy at first when I heard that he was going to perform his own song. I was wondering why and if he didn't care about the criticism he might receive. But at the same time why wouldn't he? Since the program gave the artists the freedom to do anything...the other artists had the right to choose their own song as well as choreography but no one did. So I don't really think it's unfair in regards to that. And considering that people knew that it was his song and choreography, he still risked it. I'm not sure if he had a longer time to prepare or anything, but seeing that the song sayonara hitori was just released and he needed to work with his partner in Japan, I don't it was that much of an advantage either. The judges and audience gave Taemin such a high score and I think he deserved it; it's not like the dance didn't fit the devil theme. Unlike the other performances with so many backup dancers and theatrical aspects, his emotion was completely relayed through his dance. The dance was beautiful because it was his...something he worked hard on with his own passion. I do hope to see more amazing performances from Taemin and everyone. :)

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    kpopalltheway_94 Friday, August 5, 2016

    Yes keep complaining. Just because your biases didn't win. This is so messed up. Not a super fan of Taemin but damn, just him, the dance, and being able to move people is art itself. I had goosebumps when he performed. I really understand why he won. Hoya and Ten are definitely second to me, I enjoyed their performance very much. They're very good.

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    elenashinee Friday, August 5, 2016

    This pisses me off. Clearly everyone who is judging and saying there is unfairness in this show does not know how to dance. This show is to show idols talent in dancing right? The song and choreography does not matter!!!! How well the dancer dances is what the show is about so it doesn't matter that Taemin used a song he was promoting before because it's his way of dancing the song it is HIS originality and he's freaking great at it.  Taemin is a great dancer, you can't compare any of the other dancer in this show to him because taemin has been in the game for 13 years. So please understand the actual goal of the show and don't be saying "Taemin had an advantage" no, that's just how good of a dancer he is, you can't compare him to the other people in the show. Like ukwon didn't do much he put on a performance instead of an actual dance. Hoya isn't that great at interpreting dance and putting his emotions into it. Momo or bora I don't know what they are doing in this show like they have nothing to do with dance. Ten was amazing too he should have gotten second place, and hyoyeon is good but she choose the wrong song and dance, it did not show her ability what so ever. And in conclusion for TAEMINS performance tell me could you not feel those emotions radiating through his dance, I got chills from looking at his body move so smoothly, and he only had one other dancer on his stage, everyone had a ton of backup dancers that helped them look "better" or pretty much just take attention from the main performer so they wouldn't look as bad. I'm pretty sure Taemin could have gone alone on that stage and chose a different song and still have won and people would have still criticize him, I don't know why you guys would do that, it's very displeasing to some one that understands dance and can hear the clean beats against the form of the dancer and see the smooth moves and flow in someone who is a great dancer. Anyways that was my rant because I'm pissed and I'd wish for people to stop criticizing Taemins dance, he's great at it but people don't want to admit it because their it's not their favorite.

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    Bluemoon29 elenashinee Friday, August 5, 2016

    You actually speak more about Taemins and criticized the other contestant. If he has been doing that for 13 years and saying can't be compared then you are in wrong industry. Every dancers in the show has to challenge themselves to created something new that has never used or seen before that what the other did. In my opinion Ten should have won since his piece are fresh and new. Every artist in the industry has to push themselves so I guess he didn't took a risk he just used the dance that he knows. To be fair Momo did well since she is a rookie she danced on stage and I don't know what criteria are you looking for in performance she clearly dance. Bora has been over shadowed by the other dancer. I was highly anticipated about Hyoyeon since I have heard about the people bragging she is a dancing queen, seeing her performance look averages and similar to Chicago. I would have put Taemin on second and Ten first based on creativity, technique, flexibility and character wise are all in there.

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    elenashinee Bluemoon29 Sunday, August 14, 2016

    Taemin's fluid moves are on another level, ten is a great choreographed dancer, he's great at following a plan, but when you see Taemin dance it's like you see him breathing or walking it looks like it's part of him. Yes I talked about Taemin because I think it's unfair that people criticize him because he works hard. Basically also the show isn't based on creativity is it? Talent is more important over creativity. So I still think ten was amazing but not as great as Taemin, ten is second place while Taemin is for sure first. Literally everyone who comes out on this show is kinda good at following planned dances rather than freestyle. Ten is slightly better than the rest so with more practice I'm pretty sure some day he could be as good as Taemin or could even beat him. As for the rest they need way more work. Let's not talk about momo, I don't know why she's on the show, the standards on this show make me want to scream, as in why wasn't minzy invited? Or I don't know Zelo? There is so many other Kpop stars that are somewhat better at dancing. I'm just super disappointed in this show and the people judging.

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    mainouch Friday, August 5, 2016

    Out of all the performances for this concept (ep 1 and 2) in my opinion Ten was the most into the concept.. I don't understand how he didn't win. I don't even listen to NCT I just watched the performances.

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    triniblossom mainouch Friday, August 5, 2016

    I totally agree. I love Taemin and I don't avidly listen to NCT, but I think Ten should have won.

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    VegaPunk Friday, August 5, 2016

    taemin slayed and won fair and square

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    lolhaha Friday, August 5, 2016

    Taemin sadly had the best performance out of the 3 but it was just "Cheap" because he isn't doing anything new. He is just using the same choreography for his Jap promotions with a slight change.

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    clover_06 lolhaha Friday, August 5, 2016

    pls don't use jap. jpn if you had to shorten it.

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    chaloner (Banned) clover_06 Friday, August 5, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    xcessx lolhaha Friday, August 5, 2016

    It was new when it was recorded since he hadn't made his Japanese debut then.

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    Lulu_Key xcessx Friday, August 5, 2016

    But people dont have brain do they?

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    clover_06  chaloner (Banned) Friday, August 5, 2016

    i am, actually. what does that have anything to do with the slur?

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    xcessx Lulu_Key Friday, August 5, 2016

    Don't think so. It's getting so annoying tbh.

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    chaloner (Banned) clover_06 Friday, August 5, 2016

    This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

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    clover_06  chaloner (Banned) Friday, August 5, 2016

    everyone? i am from asia, in case you didn't understand. i am from the philippines. do the western people all use the word n*gg* and people don't get offended??

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    ellazh12 Thursday, August 4, 2016

    it was ultimately pretty bias as they shown in the intro, they showed taemin and hyoyeon at the end by themselves with no backup dancers and such as if they are the leaders or main stars of the show.. seem pretty bias to me as everyone else had the same routine.

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    Lulu_Key ellazh12 Friday, August 5, 2016

    They showed Taemin by himself bc he didnt had time to rehearse a choreo with any other dancer so he just danced free style and when all the dancers got together he was at the very back they didnt even show him..... people just wanna slander him without even watching the whole thing

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    Maggie ellazh12 Friday, August 5, 2016

    Taemin spent about 85% of the time in Japan prior to that. That's why. He couldn't participate in the group rehearsal.

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    shyloone Thursday, August 4, 2016

    well i must admit i liked Taemins dance mainly because he had a better song choice even if it was his own, but i actually like Hoya  dance performance better

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