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Living the life of a K-Pop Idol

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/6/2015 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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famer

Con

Full Resolution: Is it worth living the life of a Kpop Idol?

Pro, will affirm this resolution and therefore argue that it is worth living the life of a Kpop Idol

Con (Me) will negate this resolution and therefore argue that it is NOT worth living the life of a Kpop Idol.

The Burden of Proof for this debate is shared.

This designated resolution is more a question towards any average citizen, on a balance of fame, glory and financial rewards v.s. the strenuous lifestyle it endeavors.

Please note that this debate revolves around Kpop Idols ONLY (I have close to 0 knowledge about non-kpop Idols). I'm literally an idi0t with non-kpop idols. So excuse me.

Definitions:
1. Kpop: Korean Pop (A genre of music)
2. Idol: A famous person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered.

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KoreanDebater

Pro

First round is acceptance
Debate Round No. 1
famer

Con

Thank you for accepting my debate, and I look forward to thought-provoking arguments that are yet to come. WHilst there is not definitive and completely yes or no to become an idol, we're here to provide arguments for and against this particular lifestyle. And now, with my argument:

From the surface, it may seem like a life that is full of fun and games from the outside, for the fans’ point of view, but a deeper look, and consideration, a much darker, stressful and difficult life compensates for their relentless support from their massive fanbase.

To look at the life of a K-pop idol, I’ll give a brief structure of the big stages of their lives:

- Passing an audition (Usually as a teenager) for a particular entertainment industry (for example, YG, SM or LOEN, JYP etc.
- Going through the tough training process before entering the proper K-pop world
- Living your life as the Idol, singing, dancing, selling albums, fan-signs, autographs for a stronger fan-base

Step 1: Passing an audition

The competition to be, firstly, accepted into the grounds of an entertainment industry and become a trainee within their trainers’ guidance is highly competitive. Very few people are chosen, and it often takes multiple attempts even for a person with talent to be accepted. [1]

However, during the auditioning processes, most people are only permitted approximately 30 seconds due to the hundreds of teenagers desperately wishing to show off their talents either in singing or dancing as a way to impress the judges and possibly become the next top idol of Korea.

The people who are accepting through this auditioning process won’t only have to highly talented, but have to be extremely determined. Being accepted into entertainment industry does not guarantee a spot in any group, or a successful solo career. Failures of auditioning processes and first debuts aren’t talked about that much throughout the K-pop fanbase, but for the stories that do exist, no example would be better than T-ara’s Soyeon. [6] A highly inspirational and motivational story of extreme hardship experienced by Soyeon which ended up with the sweet reward of success at the very end of the tireless journey.

Step 2: Going through the training process

If the auditioned singer and/or dancer pass through the auditioning process hosted by the entertainment industry, they will reach a critical point where a crucial decision must be made. They are obligated to sign a contract with the entertainment industry company before starting their training period which lasts for several years. Some even as long as 10-15.

This is an important and highly stressful stage of their lives where they must live to the high expectations of their trainee’s within the company that they are contracted to. They will go through a huge amount of vocal training, dance training as well as language courses. This will often lead to periodic tests (which cannot be compromised!) to ensure you are up to the standards of what you have been taught. Not being able to keep a decent level or ability with these skills can easily result in losing your chance of becoming an idol as there are other people who want to achieve the same thing.

Stage 3: Living the life as an Idol

After a successful debut, either within a group that you have been placed in, or else as a solo artist, the biggest sacrifice, and stressful moments of your life will commence. By this point, you had the chance to drop out if you wished to, due to rigorous training schedules etc. but by succeeding in your first debut, is when your life as a successful K-pop star truly begins. It would be an unwise choice to step back at a point like this as it would badly damage your reputation as well as the their K-pop industry’s.

Stage 3.1: Constant media coverage, whenever and wherever you are

The one thing that fans want is constant and updated information about their favourite idols. The more famous an idol, the bigger of this demand there will be. This information could be about anything, including, but not limited to:

1. Their DOB, blood type
2. Their family members details
3. Their habits, hobbies, favourite food, drinks, favourite colour
4. Where did they receive their education and who are their primary school and high school friends?
5. Etc.

The Kpop industry itself is huge, and the types of fans that you will be exposed to will be vast, with different types of people. Envious fans, stupid fans, smart fans, respectful fans, desperate fans, disrespectful fans may even come and expect to receive a huge amount of attention from the idols to themselves will appear from time to time. However, a critical part of the fans involve their thirst for knowledge about their Idols, which will be a point in their lives where their entire life history will be revealed publicly with no denial from the Idols.

This isn’t only impacting on the privacy of the idol, but also towards their family members, and close friends, which can be considered a selfishly unnecessary act if they have not talked to those members before their first debut.

The constant media coverage itself will be a massive impact on the K-pop Idol’s reputation from an international scale. Their reputation in front of their fans is by far one of the most important factors in their lives as an idol. If for example, the idol trips over while performing in a live concert, and is caught on camera (most likely will be), this action will hit its way up to popular K-pop news.

However, one recogniseable example of overwhelming and unnecessary (arguably) uses of over-extensive media coverage relates to that of Leeteuk’s (Super Junior) loss of his father, grandmother and grandfather all in one day. What we see below is simply a picture of Leeteuk feeling sad, but deep down, he’s probably self-destructing and going through hell. This excessive media coverage lasted for more than 2 weeks, a period where Leeteuk was not allowed to mourn in peace over the death of his family members.

And this is all because the fans’ demands will be prioritised over the wishes of the kpop idol. Sure the idols will have their voices heard by the media coverage teams, but will they listen in and accept their request? They won’t back down when the fans are asking for it.



Sources:

1. http://www.kpopstarz.com...;
2. http://www.allkpop.com...;
3. http://www.allkpop.com...;
4. http://popdust.com...;
5. http://www.allkpop.com...;
6. https://www.facebook.com...;

More arguments to come in the next round. I look forward to Pro's arguments + rebuttals. Cheers.
KoreanDebater

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Debate Round No. 2
famer

Con

Extend all arguments.
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Debate Round No. 3
famer

Con

No arguments made by Pro, so I guess in that case, Vote Con.
KoreanDebater

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by famer 2 years ago
famer
You know me? e.e
Posted by Vox_Veritas 2 years ago
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Dude, welcome back!
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