Korean broadcast networks always have an end-of-the-year treat for the KPop fans. They would gather up artists and have them perform in one big show. Last Dec. 26, SBS celebrated their 20th anniversary with the SAF Gayo Daejun 2016. However, instead of delight, many fans were either disappointed or enraged.
As the show’s 20th anniversary, many fans expected that the Gayo Daejun would be better. The show has been criticized for the cameramen’s “terrible” skills and poor editing. Many netizens also claimed that the 2015 SBS Gayo Daejun was the worst. With the reception of the 2016 version, it looks SBS disappointed the audience once again.
What Happened in SAF Gayo Daejun 2016
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SBS had promised a star-studded lineup for the SAF Gayo Daejun 2016. Some of the artists included were EXO, BTS, TWICE, SISTAR, BIG BANG, and Ailee. Fans were excited to see big names as part of the lineup. But when SBS uploaded the live performances, everyone’s expectations fell short.
One of the notable mishaps during the event was when TWICE was about to perform. As the girls stood on the stage, GFRIEND’s Navillera played instead of their own song TT. CNBLUE also experienced a lighting mistake during their performance of You’re So Fine. As the men performed, lights suddenly went off and the whole stage was covered in darkness.
There were also technical problems during the Gayo Daejun. The cameras would randomly zoom in and out. Many performances were also poorly edited, cutting off the idols’ hard work over their stages.
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The ‘Unfair Treatment’ by SBS
Fans also complained that the show gave other artists an unfair treatment. Some complained that veteran groups like SISTAR and INFINITE had only two minutes of screen time while rookie groups like NCT received longer performance time.
Despite the criticisms, SBS has not yet made any comment regarding the issue. And so far, fans are demanding apologies towards the groups who were wronged by the network during the SAF Gayo Daejun 2016.
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