Fans call out aespa‘s stylists, claiming that Giselle had to contend with a styling issue that inhibited her performance of “ZOO” at SMTOWN LIVE 2022.
Giselle has proven to be a true professional after suggering many technical issues in the “ZOO” stages that she and NCT‘s Taeyong, Jeno, Hendery and Yangyang have performed so far. At SMTOWN LIVE in Seoul, her in-ear monitor suddenly stopped working, leaving her unable to hear anything other than her own voice feedback.
giselle explained the in-ear malfunction during zoo perf. she couldn’t hear anything then…just her own voice feedback and she couldnt hear the music at all. when she took it out, there were still echos…
must have been very scary for her 🥲pic.twitter.com/jC8KTPbai6
— —𝒎. (@aespanim) August 22, 2022
The same thing happened again at the concert in Japan. In fact, she also seems to even have lost what appeared to be her mic pack, which Jeno then found and removed from the stage in order to prevent it from becoming a hazard.
i think giselle's wireless system fell that was why she had a problem with her in ear monitor?….1st jeno pointed out, then at 1:47 jeno moved it to the right of stage coz it will be dangerous for them during the performance pic.twitter.com/mukfDSEViC
— yu (@youit423) August 28, 2022
In addition to that, both Giselle and Hendery were made late to the chorus of the song after the lift they were on had a delay. They were both forced to run to join the rest of the group for the chorus.
Fans were understandably upset at the issue, calling out organizing staff for allegedly failing to ensure the equipment was sound before the performance. They were particularly concerned since only the “ZOO” unit (and especially Giselle) seems to have been affected by technical issues—Giselle was able to perform with aespa without issue, as were the NCT members with their groups.
funny how all the technical and whatever issue there is always ends up happening during the zoo stage… someone behind that damn stage hates seeing my girl performing with the neo boys and that mf wants all of us to know that…
— coco #ae1 (@giselleskr) August 28, 2022
Luckily, on day 3 of the concert fans were able to watch a “ZOO” stage with no technical difficulties…
ZOO NO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
— trishy 🌙 (@mysekushiboo) August 29, 2022
But that hasn’t stopped MYs from raising concerns after Giselle received reportedly undue criticism for her performance in the previous stages. The issues with her in-ear monitor understandably impacted her singing and dancing, seeing as she couldn’t hear the music or the NCT members onstage.
But MYs have also expressed frustration over the styling choices made for Giselle’s “ZOO” fit. According to some, it’s not surprising that Giselle’s mic pack fell off—she was, after all, wearing a really short skirt. It would have been difficult for the equipment to stay in place considering the choreograpyhy.
giselle tried to fix her in-ear pack but due to her outfit which is basically a short SHORT skirt it fell off and that's when the real problem started she never had this kind of issues before smcu started someone from that technical team needs a slapping tonight https://t.co/IrjJJeQm4P
— ً (@aerimotive) August 28, 2022
Not only that, but fans also pointed out that it makes total sense that Giselle could not “go hard” with the choreography, precisely because she was wearing such a short skirt.
Additionally, seeing as she is the only girl in the unit, fans feel like dressing her like that was even more unfair as it could have potentially made her uncomfortable with the risks of dancing too hard.
Giselle stylist should be quetioned bcs why u always give her a damn skirt for zoo? she should dance with men on those high shoes. and the skirt keep getting shorter. why sm hire this lazy and dumb stylist
— ••• (@aeriviere) August 28, 2022
Given that the issues with the performance–technical and styling alike—have no bearing on Giselle’s talent as an artist, fans feel that it’s unfair that she should be judged for something that she had no control over. After all, on day 3 of SMTOWN LIVE in Tokyo, the unit was able to deliver a flawless performance that led to much praise for Giselle.
Seeing so many tweets waiting for Zoo and it delivered today with no technical problems. So many praises for Giselle as well having a different aura for today, like she’s so ready to prove herself. Her expressions are the best out of the previous performances.
— irene (@_aescalade) August 29, 2022
Hopefully, future “ZOO” stages will remain free of any difficulties so that each of the unit members can show their true talent!