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The Kpop Superfan Test

August 20, 2013

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So, I know this isn’t the Kpop Music Monday you might have expected, but we’ve mentioned a couple times now that we want Monday to be about Kpop in general, sometimes with a review and sometimes with something different but still related to Kpop. Yes, we know that this means __________ band didn’t get a review this week. But… the new 2NE1!? The kind of new MBLAQ!? The crazy B.A.P video?! And what about the uber hard working Starlights!? Sorry if you’re upset, but we promise it won’t be the end of the world! :D We’re running out of days of the week to fit in random video segments, and when we’re inspired we want to be able to make a video that makes us laugh and have a good time. Hopefully, you can still have a good time watching these videos! And so, forward ho!

So, the idea for this video came to mind for a couple of reasons:

After our WANK on Friday, in which we didn’t know who Baekhyun was, it seems that some people were genuinely upset that we didn’t know the names of all of the members of EXO. We’ve seen this comment in other Kpop Music Mondays as well, in which people would say “why do you call him ‘that guy’? You’re a professional! You should know everyone’s names!” But most people don’t share in these few people’s opinions, after all, you don’t need to know someone’s name to like their music.

Sometimes we wonder how different kpop fans would be if EXO was made up of 12 overweight/lanky, pimple faced, average looking teenage boys. I feel like the level of anger and obsession would drop significantly and the focus would be more on the sound of the music rather than on the “idol” worship. In fact, that’s why the two of us aren’t at that crazy level despite liking many kpop bands; we’re more interested in how the music sounds over who is in the group and what they look like. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a favourite group; I do (obviously: Big Bang (Martina here if you couldn’t tell)), but when Big Bang puts out a crappy song I have no problem acknowledging that.

I guess what’s so interesting about the Kpop world, is that it’s the only genre of music I can think of that people actually KNOW the names/hobbies of all the people in the group! We both love so many bands outside of Kpop; we can sing all the lyrics the songs and own all the albums, yet we couldn’t even name the lead singers of most of the bands. And what about the rest of the band members? The synth player? Drummer? Bass player? Outside of Kpop, just liking the music of your favourite band is all you need to be a fan. I think that’s the way it should be! Which is why when people say that we’re not Kpop fans we’re shocked. Yes, we’re kpop fans. No, we’re not kpop obsessed.

But then, we were curious as to just how many Kpop band member names we actually knew. We aren’t obsessed with any one Kpop Idol romantically, and we aren’t part of any fan clubs or forums, so we wondered “how many Kpop names do we naturally know just from the passing of time?” Same goes to you: how many names do you know?

OH! Also, before you take the test of DOOOOOMMM, thank you for all the lovely support messages. I’m was almost over it, but then I got food poisoning on Sunday!!! WHAT A SHITTY WEEK! Seriously: I didn’t leave my PJs and stuffed toys ALL FREAKIN’ WEEK. Sunday night we decided to try out this restaurant that we heard of and BOOYA! Food poisoning. And it wasn’t even from Korean food! I was still ill today while filming so hopefully I’ll be up to full Martina power by the end of this week.

If you want to participate in our little challenge, here are all of the bands we did along with the amount of members in each band. Take the test and see how well you did. If you couldn’t tell, we were close on a lot of names, but we got a lot of the pronunciation wrong. Taeyeon vs Taecyeon vs Taeyang all sound the same. Yes, they don’t sound identical, but there’s a lot of similarities in their names. Soohyun Seohyun Seoyun Sooyoung SoyunDORITO. It’s impossible to remember them all! Except for that last one. I’ll never get that one wrong.

Kpop Superfan Member Test!

In brackets beside each group name is the amount of members in each group.

Super Junior (13)
SHINee (5)
EXO (12)
Girls Generation (9)
f(x) (5)
Big Bang (5)
Batoost/B2ST (6)
4Minute (5)
2PM (6)
Miss A (4)
Bilasa/B1A4 (5)
Kara (5)
Sistar (4)
T-ara (6)
U-Kiss (7)
F.T. Island (5)
Infinite (7)
Teen Top (6)
TVXQ (2)
JYJ (3)
B.A.P(6)

Total: /124

Scoring System:

1-5 points: It’s okay, we forgive you.
6-10 points: Your loyalties lie deep with just one group.
11-20 points: A good solid year of Kpop under your belt…or you might just be a semi-dedicated EXO fan.
21-40 points: You can name the most famous Kpop bands, but waver on the lesser known groups.
41-60 points: You’re starting to annoy your non-kpop friends. They just don’t understand.
61-80 points: You have begun to replace your normal vocabulary with kpop terminology.
81-100 points: You have a minimum of one Kpop poster, one Kpop CD, and one piece of Kpop merchandise.
101-119 points: Holy smokes, Kpop guru! What else do you know??!!
120-124 points: I’m scared…please don’t hurt us…

Let us know how you ranked! I’m not sure if we did better than you expected, or worse. We don’t really have anyone we can compare our results to. Leigh knows next to nothing about Kpop apart from what she sees in our videos. Soo Zee knows some. She knew all of the members of Shinhwa, though! That was one of the groups that we were asked that didn’t make the final cut of the video, but you can see our reactions to Shinhwa, 2NE1, and some other bands in the extra footage/bloopers below:

Lastly, we hope you liked this video and found it fun. If so, you should click on this button below! It’s been proven to enhance your knowledge of Kpop bands tenfold. That is, if you want to know all of the details about your favourite Kpop bands, like their phone numbers and such :D

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  1. Ana

    B2ST has 6 members

    3 years ago
  2. there are 5 members in Kara. and 6 in Beast

    3 years ago
  3. Batoost is 6 people

    3 years ago
  4. I got 111

    3 years ago
  5. I only got a 25 *twiddles thumbs* b…but i was able to name my ultimate kpop groups though if that is any consolation.

    3 years ago
  6. Am I the only one who named all 15 super junior members just in case? Lol

    3 years ago
  7. I got 12 points. But I agree with you Martina. I don’t feel like I need to know the names of all the members in order to get enjoyment out of the music. I know there are those that enjoy knowing that level of detail, but for me, I don’t want to feel like I need to make flashcards in order to be accepted as a fan of Kpop.

    That being said, I can name the members of my favorite two groups, TVXQ and f(x), pretty easily.

    3 years ago
  8. Hahahah I Got 68/124 : > I felt so sorry for bands like 4Minute where I could just name Hyun-A, F.T. Island – HongKi or even Sistar Hyorin, I forgot Bora~ Anyways… Maybe I have to study a little more KPop names… But Magically I could name nearly everything from SM Entertainment.. That’s quite sad. xD But I think 68 out of 124 is not that bad : >

    3 years ago
  9. If a group has more than 5 members I tend to not care about learning their names. Though I do know everyone in Girl’s Generation lol.

    3 years ago
  10. I’m not very good with Idols names, when I’m not very into the group, so I got 57 :DD
    It was very fun :)

    3 years ago
  11. Beast has 6 members tho

    3 years ago
  12. Forgot 2ne1 and Wonder Girls! 54 :)

    3 years ago
  13. oh and there’s 11 members in Super Junior, but only 8 active since Heecheul is in the army till the 30th and Yesung and Eeteuk are in the army too.

    3 years ago
  14. Eeek. Brace yourselves for the angry KMM traditionalist comments…

    I just wanna say that I am going to miss regular reviews IMMENSELY .・゜゜・ (╥_╥)・゜゜・.

    But I get it that you want to do more… and we still have your other segments so… *sigh* change is hard to get used to but it must be done!

    3 years ago
  15. 106… XD

    3 years ago
  16. I got up to 32. Seriously, I feel like to be a Nasty you have to know the names of all of U-Kiss, JYJ, and TVXQ. I was rattling my brain for most of these. How do people remember all their names?

    3 years ago
  17. Heechul counts!

    3 years ago
  18. 102 POINTS :D *HAPPY DANCE*

    3 years ago
  19. Super Junior: (9) missed -0

    SHINee: (5) missed -0

    U-Kiss: (7) missed – 0

    EXO: (6) missed – 7
    Girls Generation: (9) missed- 0
    f(x): (5) missed – 0
    Big Bang: (5) missed -0
    Batoost/B2ST: (6) missed- 0
    4Minute: (5) missed -0
    2PM: (6) missed- 0
    Miss A: (4) missed -0
    Bilasa/B1A4: (2) missed- 3
    Kara: (3) missed – 2
    Sistar: (4) missed -0
    T-ara: (5) missed- 1

    F.T. Island: (1) missed- 4
    Infinite: (7) missed- 0
    Teen Top: (5) missed- 1
    TVXQ: (2) missed – 0
    JYJ: (3) missed – 0
    B.A.P: (6) missed – 0

    Total: 105/120

    I got 105! :D

    3 years ago
  20. It’s okay, I forgive you. That’s would be my score, but that’s also your score. Man, I TRIED and TRIED but I couldn’t keep watching this video. So boring, two people having trouble guessing the names of members of kpop bands behind a desk. Why am I watching this again? Is there a prize at stake? Does something funny and unexpected happen? I scanned ahead to still see two people behind a desk and gave up. Two ridiculously funny people doing a not-so-funny thing.

    Sorry, try again. Better luck next time.

    3 years ago
    • Let me put this another way, I like kpop. I like to dance to kpop and sing out or mumble the lyrics that I can understand. If I really like the song, I might take note of the band/artist’s name so I can check out their other work but if I can’t be bothered to learn what I am mumbling along to (other than a quick check to see that it’s not too nasty), why on earth would I care what the names of the band members are? I appreciate that it could be considered part of the EYK job to know more about kpop bands in case interviews come along, but I am not going to hold myself to a higher standard than Simon and Martina when it has absolutely no impact on my enjoyment of kpop. This is a game for hard core kpop fans – you guise go have fun, I’ll be dancing in the corner over here.

      3 years ago
      • I thought it was fun and funny ^^ it’s definitely a game I’ll be playing with my kpop friends

        3 years ago
  21. There are 6 members in Batoost and 5 members in Kara :) You should prbly fix that before raging fangirls/boys come along :O

    3 years ago
  22. KARA are actually 5 five though (Gyuri, Nicole, Seungyeon, Jiyoung and Hara) not 4 :p

    3 years ago
  23. perfect score whee~

    3 years ago
  24. 109, and I’ve been a fan of k-pop for 4 years.

    How does Super Junior only have 9 members listed? I would at least say 8 if you’re counting active members, or 12 for all of the official members…
    This was super fun! You should do more videos like these!

    3 years ago
  25. Martina, I just found your dream car!!! Maybe not in size but definitely in style! I’d love to Simon inside this!ahahah

    sorry Simon… guilty face :3

    3 years ago
  26. Or if it’s just names then I get 124/127 since I know Kibum and Hangeng. xD

    3 years ago
  27. I got 59…. I got 7 of EXO and i dont follow them at all <..<
    Counted all 15 of SuJu tho, not that that little differance changes my caterory :P

    3 years ago
    • I don’t listen to any of Exo’s music and I named 6 before I stopped trying to keep going… I can’t say I’m thrilled about it.

      3 years ago
    • I blame tumblr, no matter if you follow all anti-exo tumblrs, somehow exo still ends up on your dash. >_>

      3 years ago
      • You can block them using tumblr saver. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t just block posts tagged ‘exo’ though. I think it will even block posts from people will exo in their name or a word that has ‘exo’ as part of it (so if “exoticfoods” posts something it will say “exoticfoods” posted something that includes ‘exo’ and then you can click whether or not to see it.) But if you hate seeing exo on your dash, you could try use it.

        3 years ago
    • I am the exact same way with EXO. XDD

      3 years ago
  28. I just learn names easily O-o; I know all of the rookie group LC9 and I’ve only seen one video featuring them. But names stick in my head. I got 85/120 I’m scared of myself.

    3 years ago
  29. 70! o: LOL. xD Btw, why does it say 9 members for Super Junior? .3.

    3 years ago
  30. i feel like a pokemon master lol “gotta name em all” GOT IT THOUGH but that comes from being a fan for 6+ years.. nowadays it’s about just the music, but names come slightly easier for me so yeah :) i do find it kind of…sad…. that i know all this lol I’M A UNIVERSITY STUDENT I DON’T EVEN KNOW THE CHEMICAL ELEMENTS BUT I CAN NAME 125 ATTRACTIVE KOREAN PEOPLE?! sad day

    3 years ago
    • I’ve only been a fan for 3 and a half years… And I got them all xp I know plenty more as well. At least 250 members (I’ve completed this test http://www.sporcle.com/games/kagamigensou/kpopidolgroups2012#). 300 or more if you include soloists. I’m a college grad and working. Just turned 23 hehe I think I’m a little obsessed, but not romantically lol I just really enjoy the genre as a whole, variety shows, CFs, and a few dramas (starring idols XD) included ^^

      3 years ago
    • Me too! I’ve been a fan of korean music for 7 years! (cuz my best friend is korean) but I only got 100/125 (in this game, not including the other kpop groups I may have more knowledge of) You my friend are a master! >_<

      3 years ago
    • Half of the bands on here i don’t follow. Now if they added other groups then i would do much better…
      I got a 70. Average.

      3 years ago
    • Sorry i didn’t read the first paragraph. lol

      3 years ago
    • Glad I’m not the only university student feeling ashamed of my unhealthy kpop obsession XD

      3 years ago
    • lol. I’m in my third year of university and I named 114 members… but that also came from being a KPOP fan for 6 years :P But the thing is, I don’t necessarily know which names belong to which member haha. I just know names from seeing them somewhere.

      I swear if I took half the time I spent watching random KPOP related videos and applied it to studying, my GPA wouldn’t be as bad as it is now. If only there was a class on memorizing KPOP names lol…

      3 years ago
    • I feel ya. I’m a male college student, and I can name, like… 200. Two hundred attractive Asian men and women I will almost definitely never meet ever.

      3 years ago
  31. Know that feel guys..
    So many groups , so many members~ D:

    3 years ago
  32. Martina, your hair looks gorgeous in this video!

    As for the scoring… I think I got negative three? Or maybe five. Seriously, though, I’m in need of Kpop forgiveness. :P

    3 years ago
    • P.S. I thought this video was hilarious, and major props to you for owning up to not knowing every Kpop idol in the history of the industry. It’s stuff like this that makes me respect you guys.

      3 years ago
  33. So I got a 32, but I’d but myself in the 41-60 category because I know some members of bands not mentioned…plus the description is fairly accurate right now. I annoy my best friend sometimes with my kpop love. PS I wore that dark grey BILASA shirt today! ^^

    3 years ago
  34. i can’t believe simon didn’t name baekhyun when exo came up. he had to draw him for their last wank!

    3 years ago
    • Martina named him first!

      3 years ago
      • OH SHE DID lmao she said it so fast first i didn’t even realize she’d said it XD; (p.s. i think the one you were thinking of when you kept saying ‘min’ was Xiumin lol)

        3 years ago
  35. I’ve got 63 ~.~

    3 years ago
  36. The force is strong with this one.

    3 years ago
  37. I’ve got 72 points!
    I’m a huge kpop fan but… I have the worst memorie all over the world!.. XDDD (I blame SuJu for that, though… When I finally learned all of their names (15) there were no more space in my brain for all the others!… haha)

    3 years ago
  38. The force is strong with this one…

    3 years ago
  39. Second! :D

    3 years ago
  40. I’m the first person to comment again!!!! Yay!!!!!!

    3 years ago