Idol Focus: Miss Popularity vs. Miss CongenialityPosted: April 5, 2011
If you have a popular girl group, there’s usually going to be one girl who gets proportionally more attention than the others in the group, but does that mean she’s also popular inside of the group?
Check out the break down of some of these female idol groups with their respective Miss Popularity and Miss Congeniality.
There are many reasons why any one girl will get most of the spotlight in a girl group as Miss Popularity, be it her pretty face, her ample appearances on variety shows, her acting activities, commercial activities, or even her talent. In the end, that doesn’t always mean that she’s the most popular amongst group members (Miss Congeniality).
How do some of you favorite idol groups break down these roles?
Considered 2NE1‘s beauty Sandara Park gains most of the popularity amongst fans. With plenty of commercial and some drama appearances, Dara’s face is well-known amongst the public. But, within the hip pop group, it’s the group’s unni Park Bom who is most popular within the group members. As the oldest, Park Bom is said to be quite caring of her dongsaengs and all-around kind-hearted to everyone. Not only that, but Park Bom’s hard-work attitude and “veteran” voice helps guide the other members.
4Minute‘s Hyuna shares both the Miss Popularity and the Miss Congeniality titles. As she first debuted with the Wondergirls, Hyuna already had a bit of recognition in the pop sphere, but she gained even more during her solo activities with the single “Change.” Hyuna was known for being friendly amongst trainees and her hard-working attitude helps her to get along well with the other members.
At After School‘s debut, their association with Son Dambi frankly made it hard for any single member to stand out (as Son Dambi stood out in front of all the members), but in the end UEE got her big break with a certain soju commercial for Cheo-eum Cheo-reom Cool featuring the long-legged member doing a “Cool Shot” dance in booty shorts, giving her the nickname “Honey Thighs.” (This commercial was played relentlessly in Seoul subways.) After that, UEE became the lead rival in the idol drama “You’re Beautiful,” gaining her more recognition. Even though UEE is known for being friendly with other idol stars and close to members Nana and Lizzy, it’s leader Kahi, who holds the Miss Congeniality title, as she calmly and gracefully leads the other members.
These days, with the popularity of the Khun-toria couple on “We Got Married,” flexible Victoria is considered to hold the most popularity ahead of the other f(x) girls. Although Sulli was gaining recognition for being an ulzzang and appearing in a commercial or two, for now, Victoria is f(x)’s most recognizable member, especially with her high kicking. But not so fast, the most popular between the group members is in fact Sulli, who has an out-going and cheerful personality, it has been said that Sulli is equally close to all members.
Brown Eyed Girls
In this case, two girls share both titles. Brown Eyed Girls members Ga-in and Narsha are equally popular — Ga-in with “We Got Married” and Narsha’s countless variety show appearances, both were able to hold their own with near-simultaneous solo activities. Though it is known that all the Brown Eyed Girl members are quite close, Ga-in’s sweet personality and Narsha’s fun and straight-forward personality also make them key players for the teamwork inside the group.
Even though Nicole and Park Gyuri both have plenty of popularity on variety shows, in the end, for this girl group it comes down to the face. Gu Hara shares most of the popularity because of her innocent face and doll-like (skinny) body line. The Kara singer has her share of famous admirers, and she also will be co-starring in the upcoming drama “City Hunter” with Lee Min-ho. Yet, with a sweet personality and the leader position, it’s the kind Han Seung-yeon who is most popular inside of the group.
Rainbow, full of pretty girls, has one special “pretty girl” leader Kim Jae-kyung holds most of the public popularity. Lead vocalist and lead dancer, Jae-kyung also appeared in SS501‘s music video for “Love Like This.” The most popular member inside the group belongs to their lovely mangnae, Jo Hyun-young, who wins over all her unnis.
Secret‘s most popular member is none other than Han Sun-hwa, another “pretty girl” taking the Miss Popularity title. Han Sun-hwa was considered so pretty and so spunky that she was picked up for the variety show “Invincible Youth“ even before the debut of Secret. Han Sun-hwa is known for appearing on variety shows and having a bit of a “stupid girl” persona, not knowing facts like what “FTA” stands for, but most people believe it is just an act. However, the Miss Congeniality of Secret is Jun Hyo-sung, who is both reliable and hard-working.
Probably not surprising to POPSEOUL readers, Yoona is Girls Generation‘s popular girl to the public, appearing as a regular on the variety show “Family 2“ and various commercials. Fans say her appeal is in her pure look and bright smile. Yet, the member popular amongst members is leader Taeyeon who members decided multiple times is good for her to have that title. Taeyeon’s talent is believed to be rather high amongst the other girls and she carries a good number of their songs.
In Sistar, main rapper and dancer Bora garners a lot of attention with her rapping solos and center position. Many fans liked her fresh smile and personality that delivers while performing. Coincidentally, she is also popular amongst the group members, giving Bora the two-for Miss Popularity and Miss Congeniality.
Another girl who gets the double crown is Miss A‘s Suzy. During “Bad Girl, Good Girl” promotions, while as a whole, the group gave off a cool, sexy vibe, Suzy had an innately cute and innocent look making her stand out as Miss’s “pretty girl.” Also, she gained more popularity with her role in the popular drama “Dream High.” Consequently, this mangnae is also well-loved by her fellow idol members for her kind demeanor and ability to perform well at such a young age.
For the T-ara girls, the popularity star is Ji-yeon, who first gained recognition for her resemblance to Kim Tae-hee. She was also chosen from the T-ara girls to join up with Seeya and Davichi for the singles “Woman’s Generation,” “Forever Love,” and “Wonder Woman.” She also appeared in the school drama with Yoo Seung-ho in “God of Study” and sang songs for its OST. Yet, the popularity within the group goes to probably the second (or third) most publicly popular member, the lead vocalist Eun-jung, who appeared in “Dream High” and “Coffee House” dramas (though many say her acting isn’t as good as Ji-yeon’s). Eun-jung also treats all her members well and has good singing ability essential to the group.
The Wondergirls most popular member is none other than So-hee. Even among her own members, So-hee’s style and look has a different feel to it. She gained a lot of attention for her extra cute “omona” in the music video and dance for the single “Tell Me.” She also dipped into acting with the film “Some Like It Hot” with Kim Bum and also appeared in 8eight‘s popular first music video “Without a Heart.” The sweet and cute So-hee is also popular within the girl group. Though she looks very young and innocent, So-hee is really dedicated to improving her acting and performing.
Sometimes the public and the group don’t agree in the popularity contest, but sometimes the public will show the same kind of respect as the actual group members. In the end, public popularity spells out to be appearances in commercials, variety shows, and dramas — domains outside of just the groups fans. On the other hand, within the group, members tend to respect dedication to the group, which doesn’t always line up with solo activities, such as acting.
However, the Miss Popularity side can change (even though it’s slowly) over time, the Miss Congeniality tends to rest on the same person throughout the life of the girl group.
Which do you tend to side with, the public opinion or the group opinion, when you’re deciding on your favorite member?