SNSD’s Lead Vocalist & Maknae, Seohyun’s Awesome Singing Skills!
Seo Joo-hyun ((서주현), or also known as SNSD’s Seohyun (서현), is the youngest member of the legendary K-Pop girl group SNSD, that just celebrated their 12th anniversary this year. Through their debut song, “Into The New World,” Seohyun has an innocent and pure image as a young girl. As time goes by, her talent as a singer has exposed more and she became the lead vocalist along with the other members, such as Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Jessica.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at Seohyun’s performance on MBC’s King Of Masked Singer and how her sweet and golden voice left the viewers and panelists alike amazed by her performance in this singing show.
About The Show
King Of Masked Singer (미스터리 음악쇼 복면가왕) is also known by the title Mystery Music Show: Masked Singer’s King and is aired on MBC TV every Sunday at 16:50 KST. The show is a singing competition program in South Korea that reveals its guest stars wearing a mask, and each set of masked singers would compete against each other for two episodes.
The masks that the singers wear are made by the designer Hwang Jae-geun, to hide their real identities. The format of King Of Masked Singer has two sessions. In the first session, the singers perform the same song together, and in the second session, the singers have to sing a solo song. The winner is chosen by an instant live vote from the audience and celebrity panelists.
The contestants can’t reveal their identity and take off their masks unless they are eliminated or become the new Mask King.
Seohyun appeared on MBC’s King Of Masked Singer as the 48th Generation Mask King and appeared in Episode 95 and 96 that were aired on January 22nd and January 29th, 2017. On her first appearance, Seohyun wore the mask called New Year New Bride Cackle.
Seohyun appeared in the last match of the 1st Round. The girl who was wearing a white dress and a chicken mask was the queen of the hens and she mentioned in the backstage that she will light up the New Year’s morning with her song. The panelist commented that she looks so composed and elegant while walking onto the stage.
The guests who wore the mask Happy New Year Bride Cackle and Happy New Year’s Card already went to the stage and they were singing a song from Park Hye-kyung, “Goodbye” (안녕). However, only 1 candidate could move on to the next round.
The two were harmonized and sounded fresh like a blooming flower and Seohyun took the first line of the song while singing her part with an amazing voice. As she was singing the second line, Seohyun was in control of her stable voice and the dynamics as if she’s talking.
The song itself, “Goodbye,” is a song about forgetting the past and enjoying the happy days ahead. Instead of competing with each other, they made the song more refreshing with their clear voices. Seohyun’s voice was very soothing, firm and solid as she was singing this song.
They also made a great duo with each other while singing “Goodbye” with many cute gestures. Seohyun’s lovely voice really came out great and the New Year vibes suited well with the performance they brought on MBC’s King Of Masked Singer.
Even the panelists were amazed by them as her voice started to sound familiar to them. Seohyun and Jiyai Shin who were singing behind the masks were having fun while singing together on the stage for the rest of the performance.
Comment From The Panelist
After their performance ended, the panelists gave them big applause and commented that they are very lovely and cute. Kim Gu-ra also said that their voices sound like they came from a popular person because they sang very well.
One of the panelists, Young-seok, greeted them with a great big smile and said, “It’s not a matter of good or bad, I just couldn’t take my eyes off the ‘Happy New Year’s Card’ person. When they sang together looking at each other, she was one beat behind. ‘New Year New Bride Cackle’ looked very natural by doing that and even lead her partner.”
Young-seok was more into Seohyun’s performance than her rival at that time. “‘Happy New Year’s Card’ kept forgetting the gestures and looked at her partner one beat late. But she was also lively and natural at that time. I can’t give a rating to her characterful performance. In fact, ‘New Year New Bride Cackle’ is a master singer.”
The MCs were surprised when Young-seok said that she is actually a professional singer by listening to her voice. “On a grand piano, there is the thinnest string. It is the hardest and tightest string. When you strike the note, it makes a clear sound. Her voice sounds like that note. She even has great singing technique. I loved it.”
The next panelist is 2AM’s Seulong, he said that the 4th match was his favorite round because it had the energy that makes men happy. “New Year New Bride Cackle’s voice made me want to go out with a girl. Her voice makes you feel that way. Meanwhile, Happy New Year’s Card made me want to get married.”
The two differences made the other panelists and contestants laugh after his comment. Seulong said that New Year New Bride Cackle’s voice was actually Seohyun who sang behind the mask and is cute and lively. While Happy New Year’s Card was shy and modest.
The other panelist, Kai, was being asked about his opinion about their performance. “New Year New Bride Cackle is a sign that this is the year of the rooster and eggs are very expensive these days. It’s expensive and she’s valuable.” His comment made the people at the studio laughe because of his joke.
Kai continued, “When she sang ‘Goodbye’, she looked elegant waving her hand and I fell in love with her there. Meanwhile, it’s not a common thing that people exchange greeting cards. In fact, I felt as if I got a greeting card from an unexpected person. I was very excited and grateful for listening to Happy New Year’s Card sing.”
When it was time for them to show off their specialty and hidden talent, Seohyun was singing Wonder Girls’ “Tell Me” while imitating how the members sing the song and dance along. The panelists were amazed that her voice sounded just the same as Wonder Girls’ and she could dance very well too.
One of the panelists commented that she is a great dancer and a great singer, but as time went by, she ran out of breath. “She began breathing hard. I don’t think she’s a dance music singer.” DIA’s Yebin who appeared as the panelist commented, “I think New Year New Bride Cackle is an idol singer. She’s a great singer and dancer. I bet she’s a new singer, though. It hasn’t been a long time since her debut. She must have worked hard for her performance as she wanted to show all about herself today. So I guess she’s a new singer.”
The other panelist, Yoon-seo, hinted that New Year New Bride Cackle is a professional singer because she did a gesture that only veteran singers do. He guessed that the singer behind New Year New Bride Cackle is DAVICHI’s Lee Hae-ri.
During the announcement of the winner of the 4th match, it was announced that Seohyun, who was behind the New Year New Bride Cackle mask is the winner and she defeated Jiyai Shin who wore the Happy New Year’s Card mask with a final score of 70 to 29. “It was so fun and I will do better in Round Two,” she said while entering the backstage and going to her waiting room.