aespa stunned fans with their year-end music show appearances, and their performance of “Illusion” and “Girls” at the 2022 MBC Gayo Daejejeon was no different.
aespa earned praise for their vocals, confident stage presence, powerful dancing, and stunning visuals after their performance at the annual year-end MBC music show. It wasn’t until afterward that netizens noticed a detail that made Karina‘s performance even more impressive.
After the show was broadcast, MBC uploaded the performances along with a fancam version on their official YouTube channel.
From watching the broadcast version of the performance, it’s almost impossible to tell that something is wrong. It also isn’t easy to spot in the fancam version, but eagle-eyed netizens noticed that Karina was suffering a wardrobe malfunction that had the potential to seriously uproot her performance.
At the beginning of the performance, Karina is confident and poised on camera, but the fancam version shows that she already knew something was wrong.
In the broadcast version, the camera zooms in on Winter as Karina runs to the side of the stage off-camera.
Netizens spotted that the sole of Karina’s platform boot was falling off, which could have easily become a serious hazard as the group performed their choreography, especially with the heel height.
When Karina returned from what most assumed was an attempt to fix her shoe, her boot was unfortunately still in the same poor condition.
Despite the wardrobe malfunction, Karina continued her performance as if nothing was wrong, displaying her incredible professionalism as she didn’t adjust the choreography to compensate for her broken shoe.
Netizens praised the 4th-gen idol for her quick thinking and work ethic as she effortlessly controlled her facial expressions and gave a high-level performance in a high-stress situation.
Karina's shoe broke from the beginning of the performance but she still performed as if nothing had happened. The fact that we didn't even notice until some kmys pointed it out, she's really a professional pic.twitter.com/UPa1iMZbs2
— karina’s wife (@ujiminphoria) December 31, 2022
Karina's shoe fell down like this and MYs didn't even know that.Look how professional she is.
At the end she smiling like nothing happened. pic.twitter.com/yqedRQpo1i
— 꼬₍ᐢ·͈༝·͈ᐢ₎ (@aespaisakami) December 31, 2022
so you mean to tell me karina performing with broken shoes since the very beginning 😐pic.twitter.com/e5Q33NrtZI
— s | karina best girl (@aespalogist) December 31, 2022
aespa completed the nearly six-minute performance without a hitch, showing why they’re one of the top 4th-gen girl groups!
This instance isn’t the first time Karina’s been praised for her professionalism. Check out another time she amazed netizens with her work ethic in the article below!