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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Omg Simon, your awkward polish was so incredibly adorable!

    4 years ago
  4. -_-

    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. A Polish Skit!
    I can die happily…

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

    4 years ago
  12. 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
  13. Im so happy someone else caught that too!!! YAYAYAY S CLUB 7 :D!

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

    4 years ago
  15. 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
  16. Park Bom

    4 years ago
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. to bad they removed the “Why I Love Teaching Video”…
    is that meemers food under the table? lol

    4 years ago
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24.  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
  25. I absolutely love Lee Hi’s voice. The Kpop world needs a bit of soul.

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

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

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

    4 years ago
  29. 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
  30. Laaame can’t watch yet since in a lecture…. will read instead….:D

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

    4 years ago
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Jen

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

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

    4 years ago
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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