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Lee Hi – 1,2,3,4: Kpop Music Mondays

November 6, 2012

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This week’s Kpop Music Monday is featuring my old student, Lee Hi, and her debut song, “1,2,3,4.” Haven’t seen it yet? Check it out here:

I mentioned at the beginning of Kpop Music Monday that I saw a video of her when she talks about her school and names it: which is the exact same school I taught at. Then I saw footage of her with co-students, and I remember teaching them as well. Sure, it was over two years ago, but still! I remember! Here’s that video if you haven’t seen it already.

See that classroom? You’ll see many like it in my goodbye to teaching video. You won’t see any footage of Lee Hi, though (at least, I don’t think so!):

So, it seems like I want to do more talking about her being my student than actual talk about her video. I’ll stop after I say this: I can’t remember any funny stories about her, really. I remember her distinctly. She just didn’t do much. She talked a bit with me from time to time, and answered questions as well. Her English wasn’t the best in the school, but she was a good kid. Just looked a bit bored in class. Understandably, if she’s busy thinking about being a singer and all. She wasn’t rude and didn’t talk in class like some of the other students in her class did. She was just…a good kid. That’s all.

So that’s it! Next time we review her, if we review her, I won’t be able to talk about her studentiness. Not that I said much about it anyways. Next time, I’ll give it the full Music Monday attention, and I’ll grade her English more…honestly :D

But it’s not like we said the best things about this video. Though the song is really fresh and her voice is fantastic, her acting is…not so good. I don’t take blame for that! I taught English, not acting. Though, I should have taught acting. Not that I have any qualifications for it…

We’re not the only ones who think this way, fortunately. Other people have complained about it. I’m not sure if it’s just a YG thing and it’s some way tied in with the bad dubbing, which might be intentional so that the video could be used for a different-language version of the song, but I don’t like it. It’s distracting! Barely any acting + bad dubbing = awkward video.

Anyhow, the song is still pretty awesome. If you like it as much as we do, make sure you pick it up on iTunes! And, on a continued awkward note, here are some awkward bloopers, as always!

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  1. omg, Simon, you’re so thin! Nice! (Martina, you’re thin as well, but Simon wearing that white sweater playing that Polish man… omg :o)

    4 years ago
  2. Haha, nice Polish~~ I keep replaying it XD and wow, you tought a star : O Did she have voice like that when you tought her?

    btw I’m voting for Bom. I think she’s cute and I love her voice but she has no face expression :c

    4 years ago
  3. Ha! I never noticed that before. Where do they even get these signs? I want one for my room!

    4 years ago
  4. Lee Hi’s acting might be akward now but wait till her next video! She’s going to be big!!

    0:05 haha I knew it Simon! 0:33 Wrong Simon, Martina is! :P
    Spudgy’s so cute! X__X

    Thank you for the post!:) ♥♥♥♥

    4 years ago
  5. As always another great music monday…you make the terrible mondays so much better!!!
    I feel very alone on this…I didn’t find her acting that terrible. I found it awkwardly aloof/cool. The underacting seemed like a nice change from the overly fake smiling/cheeriness or I’m such a super bada$% and pelvis thrust and fist pump so hard in other Kpop videos…not that I don’t love my bubblegum pop…just felt like a nice change of pace.
    As you guys said, her acting doesn’t really matter since her voice is a total powerhouse…nuclear explosion of soul…totally thought of Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen…and all the other soulful brit female singers….I wonder what kool-aid the Brits are drinking to get so much soul? (Sorry for the tangent)

    4 years ago
  6. and for all those who got trolled by Simon and that ‘Don’t availble’ part…please watch the bloopers? XDDDDD

    4 years ago
  7. The Polish bit – HA!! XD XD XD

    4 years ago
  8. So, apparently, the Why I Love Teaching video is blocked in my country because it ‘contains content from SME and Kobalt Music Publishing’ : Uhm, what?

    4 years ago
  9. at the end of the video i got really angry so i slammed my laptop shut and just went to bed. you just cant do this to me D:

    4 years ago
  10. I love your Polish, Simon! LOL THE BLOOPERS, I CAN’T.
    Wahhhhh, Martina, you’re so prettyyyy!!
    And at the end, the trolling was so extreme, I almost didn’t even know what to do with myself~ ;_______;

    4 years ago
  11. Can’t seems to watch “Bust your Windows” video because “Not available in your country” error but I can watch “Why I Loves Teaching”: video though…

    4 years ago
  12. used to LOVE S Club 7!

    4 years ago
  13. Park Bom!!

    4 years ago
  14. Cube’s line is In The Cube hahaha :)) For Pledis, they use Pledis Sound *cue in robovoice*

    4 years ago
  15. when i watched the video on the kpop charts last week, i thought exactly the same thing. her voice and the song are really sultry and soulful, and the video is really crappy and she can’t act at all. more than that, they’ve dressed her up in some really “cutsey” outfits that completely kill the vibe of the song, in my opinion… hopefully they can do better next time!!

    4 years ago
  16. Best video in a long time. I laughed like crazy and needed to really badly. Thanks~! ^^

    4 years ago
  17. I seriously don’t know

    4 years ago
  18. I just collapsed at TOPs image and couldn’t stop laughing for 2 minuts. Really :D You guys made my monday, as always )))

    4 years ago
  19. YG artists are amazing at reading minds!

    4 years ago
  20. The Why I Love Teaching video got deleted so I can’t see it. I like that video. Can you guys re-upload it?

    4 years ago
  21. Well, it´s true – I can´t watch your videos in class surrounded by other people: because I can´t laugh out loud, I must look like a crazy person (although my brother already told that). I awanted to laugh so badly at the T.O.P talking to LeeHi part. So funny. You guys are awesome. :-D

    4 years ago
  22. Aww you forgot about the “dead arm syndrome” that she exhibited. Her one arm hardly moved at times. Loved the random images of TOP as her acting coach and the ventriloquism skit.

    In the blooper reel… all I could think of was “Hyesung’s crab dance!!!!” I have no idea what/who that was actually supposed to be but it translated to Shinwha’s Hyesung’s crab dance! :)

    4 years ago
    • The first thing I thought of was Hyesung’s crab dance as well :) I guess I’ve been watching too much Shinbang this past week.

      That first subliminal TOP flash had me laughing so hard I couldn’t hear the video anymore.

      4 years ago
  23. OH. MY. GOODNESS! Is that a YETI HAT on Simon’s head?????? I LOVE IT! (and where can I get one!?)

    4 years ago
  24. I will really really love to see if your guys can have an interview with Lee Hi, probably she can have some English conversation with Simon will be SUPER!!

    4 years ago
  25. LOL I liked the zoidberg impersonations in the bloopers. I loved this song but I had problems with the dubbing of the video too and the bad acting. YG needs to hire me to edit their videos. Everyone has said how much better she did in her live stage though which I am glad for. And it is so true about TOP and Bom not opening their mouths, so funny.

    4 years ago
  26. I’ve noticed that bad dubbing isn’t something I can pick up on. Since I’m still learning basic Korean it’s hard for my brain to notice if something is off because as far as I’m concerned it could very well be perfect and I’d never know the difference. I’m glad I have you guys to point it out for me. For a company with such great production value I don’t understand why/how dubbing is even a issue for them.

    4 years ago
  27. I really love her song and her voice is phenomenal, however I’m not much a fan of the video. I was distracted by the acting and bad dubbing, which I personally thought was bad lip synching. I did give her a pass though because she isn’t hard core trained for ages like many other kpop idols out there who start training when they are kids. I’ve figured she would grow into her skills better as she grows as an artists.

    4 years ago
  28. Her acting was really awkward.
    they should have had her actually sing instead of trying to lipsynch
    ALSO YG ACTUALLY SUBTITLED A VIDEO IN ENGLISH!
    Not the MV but the BTS of the 1 2 3 4 MV has english subtitles
    maybe YG is slowing getting into subbing stuff.

    My vote also goes to Bom.
    She wasn’t even lipsyncing, she was trying to act just through her eyes. It didn’t work out but I assumed it was the concept of the video whereas Lee Hai was supposed to have attitude and stuff so it came off as her lacking more.
    But the live debut stage was so so so much better!

    4 years ago
  29. love the TOP references..keep them coming….what more can i say that hasn’t been said…..awesome song with awkward mv and u guys made a great music monday….

    4 years ago
  30. LOL!!! this has to be one of the best music mondays ever! I couldn’t stop laughing! it made my day ^^

    anyway the song is amazing, its really fresh for k-pop and I really love it…but the MV… her acting was really awkward, I mean, I wouldn’t be a surprise if TOP actually taught her how to act XD but I’m sure she’ll do better for her next MV.

    well, now I’m going to a little corner in my room to cry because I didn’t go to Music bank in Chile when I was like a couple of hours of distance… the worst part was when my mom told me the day BEFORE to music bank that she would let me go… so yeah .-.

    sorry for my english! :p

    este tiene que ser uno de los mejores music mondays!! no podía parar de reír y en verdad me alegró el día ^^
    La canción es asombrosa, es muy fresca para el k-pop y la amé! pero su actuación era muy… mmmm… mala? incomoda de ver? quiero decir, no me sorprendería si TOP en verdad le enseño como actuar jajajaja! pero estoy segura que lo hará mejor para su siguiente video.

    Bueno, ahora me voy a la esquinita de mi pieza a llorar por que no fui al music bank en Chile cuando estaba a un par de horas de distancia de Viña… la peor parte fue cuando mi mamá me dijo que podía ir el día anterior…
    Oh! el horror de esas palabras!… Davichi!! porqué?!?! T.T

    4 years ago
  31. Omg Simon, your awkward polish was so incredibly adorable!

    4 years ago
  32. -_-

    I love how every1 voted for this to hear a non-existent story…
    If you watched their live feed thingy on twitter he clearly said he was rarely around her so he didn’t have any stories…

    4 years ago
    • I didn’t vote for it for the story, I voted for it cause I liked it better than the other candidates.

      4 years ago
      • lol

        A lot of ppl DID vote for it for hearing Simon stories tho.

        4 years ago
        • and somehow, although there weren’t many personal stories, they came up with some of their funniest skits in a while, yay! =w=

          4 years ago
  33. Your why i love teaching reads “This video contains content from SME
    and Kobalt Music Publishing, one or more of whom have blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.” Why does it say that when its your own clips? It wasn’t like this before!!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  34. Great song for Kpop Music Monday…but isnt it lee hi said game uver or uber instead of over? and guin’ guin crazy instead of goin’ crazy??

    4 years ago
  35. Not sure if I wrote a comment already. Anyway, I actually like this type of music, but the acting ruined it for me. It made JYP’s acting look better.

    4 years ago
  36. Ahaha, wow, for a second I actually believed the ‘blocked because of YG’, because.. well.. almost everything is blocked here.
    Oh, well, I suspected there wouldn’t be any stories to tell.
    Laughed a lot at TOP and I am happy for the FJS reference!

    4 years ago
  37. omg I was dying during that TOP/ Hi scene. semi unrelated but I just saw them in concert and TOP became my bias during the show!

    4 years ago
  38. Why aren’t there english subs on the two videos about her? I want to know what the judges are telling her!

    4 years ago
  39. A Polish Skit!
    I can die happily…

    hahah!
    I LOL’ed so hard that my cats run away scared :D

    4 years ago
  40. Yeah, enjoyed the song, but WOW was she uncomfortable in that video. Outfit with the jean jacket was cute, but that’s about the extent of the positives…

    4 years ago
  41. Im so happy someone else caught that too!!! YAYAYAY S CLUB 7 :D!

    4 years ago
  42. hmm… guys why are some parts of the comments crossed out?

    4 years ago
  43. Sorry for asking, but when do you think you’ll upload your interview with Block-B? I’m dying to see it ^^”

    4 years ago
    • they have to get the ok from Brand New Stardom(the company) before they can upload it

      4 years ago
  44. Park Bom

    4 years ago
  45. hahahaha i LOVED this music monday so much! not only because it’s funny but also because you said everything i think about lee hi’s debut; ‘cept i think it’s more duffy than amy winehouse and that i also completely loathe it as well lol

    4 years ago
  46. Oh yeah and I’m gonna have to vote for Park Bom on this one. I freakin love her voice and all but her acting………….. Yeah.

    4 years ago
  47. to bad they removed the “Why I Love Teaching Video”…
    is that meemers food under the table? lol

    4 years ago
  48. YOUNIQUE UNIT!!!!!
    Lee Hi has amazing singing but the song just wasn’t my style of music and i don’t think i’ve felt so awkward watching an mv before!! there was actually one before, but i forgot which, i think they were a rookie group, but anyway this totally beat it by far in awkwardness!!!!
    anyway i hope she gets better at her facial expressions and i’ll still listen to her later releases to see if i like those songs!
    hahahahaha oh my gosh that flash of TOP!!!!! hahaha!!!! and the ventriloquism part was freakin’ hilarious!!!! and so was the Polish/Korean part!!!
    and i totally agree i hate bad dubbing! it’s just so annoying to watch!!

    4 years ago
  49. XD…Top the master of mind-dubbing…XD…Lee Hi please don’t walk the same road…it’s still not too late!

    4 years ago
  50. I don’t really think her bad acting/ terrible dubbing is anything to do with YG. I think it’s just her. I’ll cut her some slack though it is her first music video under a large and awesome label. She must be feeling some pressure.

    4 years ago
    • Maybe it’s just that YG hires stars are naturally bad at acting then?

      4 years ago
      • I would say GD is a great actor, but I doubt GD acts. XD

        In any case, I think it’s as Simon and Martina pointed out. Whoever is dubbing their videos needs to stop, and actually, if you think about it, plenty of YG videos feature a lot of walking as their prominent theme. Lee Hi, BIGBANG’s “Love Song” and “Bad Boy,” “Blue” as well, and what about 2NE1’s “Lonely” or “Ugly”? I think they must be promoting exercise. Good on them. Just hire a better video editor, please.

        4 years ago
        • Lol all the videos u listed are from the same director that’s why they all of the same basic thing going on. The lip syncing was because she forgot her lyrics and was tired. All of it is explained in the making of for the mv. Anyway at least live she’s like ten times better which is what really matters.

          4 years ago
      • Two of them are anyway :)

        4 years ago
  51. We made that video a while ago when we used copyrighted music instead of original creations. If you’re from Germany, they’re a lot more strict with YouTube copyrights on music, I think…

    4 years ago
  52.  I remember her distinctly. She just didn’t do much. She talked a bit with me from time to time, and answered questions as well. Her English wasn’t the best in the school, but she was a good kid. Just looked a bit bored in class.

    Though you didn’t share any stories ( can’t believe I got trolled) your description of her hits a home run for me. I was just wondering if she could be out of character. apparently not XD

    4 years ago
  53. I absolutely love Lee Hi’s voice. The Kpop world needs a bit of soul.

    4 years ago
  54. Martina looks adorable in the Polish skit outfit, curly black hair really fits you! Plus love the TOP awkward reference. ^^

    4 years ago
  55. This video has added some much needed hilarity to my day. Thank you.

    4 years ago
  56. I tried but it says it was banned in my country T_T

    4 years ago
  57. JA TEŻ! <3

    4 years ago
    • GEEN KOO YEH BARD ZO!

      (I can speak it a bit but I can’t spell it!)

      4 years ago
      • My keyboard doesn’t have the dangling letters necessary for Polish.

        4 years ago
        • >_< I'm going to write it as you spelled it on the whiteboard ~ I wonder if my students read it correctly ^^

          4 years ago
        • If you’re using a mac, try pressing and holding down on the e, and then you’ll have different variations of the letter that you can choose from (like ę) :]

          4 years ago
        • If you are on a Mac you can add keyboards for different languages by click the apple symbol in tool bar > system preferences > keyboard > input sources and check all the languages you want to type in.

          4 years ago
        • DANGLING LETTERS OMG hahahaha you killed me with this! xDDDDD
          We don’t have them on the keyboard either, they’re hidden under ALT xD anyways, you can write without the dangling letters, we would still understand you :D

          4 years ago
  58. Laaame can’t watch yet since in a lecture…. will read instead….:D

    4 years ago
  59. I love Simon’s Polish speaking parts. Simon more polish please!

    4 years ago
  60. Wow, blast from the past in that Kpop Star video… S Club 7? Nice Tim Horton’s mug Simon ;D Way to represent. As for Lee Hi, her voice kind of reminds me of Adele.

    4 years ago
  61. Simon you are a really great english teacher. YG should hire you to teach there people English. I hope that you might be able to interview her even if it might be awkward. Other wise I do agree on the acting skills. I look forward to seeing how she is going to grow. Also Lee Hi if you see this comment I want you to know that I do not blame you in anyway for this. You are very new and I still think and believe that you will grow with time and become really amazing. I can see you being like Park Bom. You have a great voice and stunning good looks. I can wait to see how your acting will improve. :)

    4 years ago
  62. Okay. That review was slamming. You guys were totally honest, and kept it real. I agree with almost everything you said.

    But I just cannot. stop. laughing.. at the random. flash. of. T.O.P that I know you guys thought no one would see and I have to point out that Lee Hi said herself in an interview she has yet to meet T.O.P (and is actually afraid to do so since he is apparently her ideal type? Awkward). So it can’t possibly be the King of Awkward this time, guise. Sorry to burst your bubbles.

    That said, I’m really happy Lee Hi won this KMM! Hopefully MAXSTEP is next *cough*cough*. I have been nonstop listening to her song since I bought it a couple days ago. I’m really happy she got the review, she’s a tiny starlet. Of course she has connections to the EYK awesome family, she was a Nasty before you even knew it. ^^

    4 years ago
    • Yeah, me too. I laughed so loud at TOP’s picture when Martina was talking about Lee Hi’s acting. I thought I was just imagining things and I had to replay it and pause the video.

      4 years ago
    • She did meet TOP on Kpop Star… and it was so awkwardly cute. TOP even asked her why do you like me. I thought she was going to pass out half the time.

      4 years ago
  63. Jen

    I Hope LEEHI sees this review :) … im pretty sure she will

    4 years ago
  64. Simon speaking Polish was pretty hot… just… yeah.

    4 years ago
  65. I feel like her “acting” in her MV is just her. She’s just naturally that awkward – or so she seems from KPOP Star…..haha

    4 years ago
    • I would tend to agree that she is naturally awkward in acting/dancing in Kpop star, but she did a much better job (even than KPop star) in her live performance. She may not become the best dancer, but I think she can do fine.

      4 years ago
      • Ahahahhahah I loved her dancing to 2NE1’s I’m the Best on her initial audition for KPOP Star…..so cute!!!!!

        But her like interview portion for inkikayo was so…….awkward – like she’s trying to be overly bright. But she’s a rookie and it’s totally adorable. haha

        And yes! her live performance was so good! Goes to show you that she belongs on the stage.

        4 years ago
  66. am I second?!?! O-O….ajksdhgoaiwheg;hsdlgjasldigj YAY!

    4 years ago
    • Anyways, the song is sticky! I liked the groov… and loved that she’s not stick thin! I can actually copy her clothes and LOOK like her.. that’s all!!!

      4 years ago
  67. Still surreal. Former student, now a singer with a fancy (although not the greatest) MV.

    Now you can say: “I remember when…” That makes it sound like it was AGES ago.

    4 years ago
  68. muhahaha i am the first person to comment. YAY I am so excited to see what you guys have to say about her. :)

    4 years ago