Updating My Bias List (November 16, 2019)

For November, the author now follows additional ten groups, raising the total number to 29 groups and soloists under my bias list. There I will define the groups and some reasons why I have to follow them. This change will also be reflected in My Bias List page, serving as masterlist of all the groups I follow.

In the past months, the author promoted GFRIEND to be one of three most favorite groups, and demoted/downgraded Momoland as such, albeit still remaining as Merry. As to TWICE, I have to add remaining five as biases due to their attitude. With additional acts being reviewed, there are some which I liked and wanted to follow.

The author plans also to stan Cherry Bullet. But considering how FNC handles the two missing members – Kokoro and Linlin – I decided not to follow them till this issue is resolved. Why? The agency is beginning to copy wrong responses from MLD Entertainment.

If FNC resolves this with the two still remaining till December, I’ll follow the group and pick all members as my biases. Otherwise, I won’t even consider stanning them. We will discuss this further as we rate agencies at year-end.

As I write this, you may compare our own preferences to these groups.


CLC:
Yeeun and Seungyeon

  • Her cute side, plus being an emcee in The Show gave chance to know her more. As for Seungyeon, she knows how to play cute and fierce at the same time, not to mention her being very responsive to issues.

Ultimate Bias: Yeeun
Bias Wrecker: Seungyeon

(G)I-DLE:
Soojin and Soyeon

  • I take particular interest on Soojin due to her sexiness shown in Senorita and Uh-Oh. As for Soyeon, I deem her as my bias wrecker for the group, since she also entails sexiness and added strong charisma.

Ultimate Bias: Soojin
Bias Wrecker: Soyeon

FANATICS:
Doah, Sika, Doi

  • While Doah has special beauty, Sika grabbed my attention with her aggressiveness on talents and visuals.

Ultimate Bias: Doah
Bias Wrecker: Sika and Doi

Rocket Punch:
All members (Juri, Dahyun, Suyun, Sohee, Yunkyoung, Yeonhee)

  • Sensing that picking biases in this rookie group is difficult, as they project well their visuals and talents, I decided to pick all members as my biases.

Ultimate Bias: Juri
Bias Wrecker: Dahyun (till further notice)

Weki Meki:
Suyeon, Sei, Yoojung

  • Started appreciating them on Picky Picky, and picked biases on Tiki Taka.

Ultimate Bias: Suyeon
Bias Wrecker: Sei and Yoojung

Oh My Girl:
Hyojung, YooA, Seunghee

  • The group’s performance of Bungee, plus the positive responses over this song, convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Hyojung
Bias Wrecker: Seunghee and YooA

ITZY:
Yuna and Lia

  • While I am predisposed to like groups with cuter concepts, I am still okay with other groups leaning to fiercer ones (such as ITZY and MAMAMOO). Attitude and performance convinced me to stan them also. (Indirectly I have to pick the group also to replace Cherry Bullet).

Ultimate Bias: Yuna
Bias Wrecker: Lia

fromis_9:
Saerom, Jiheon, Hayoung

  • Even if I have to know them more as a group, their fun side on performance of Fun proved attractive to me.

Ultimate Bias: Saerom
Bias Wrecker: Jiheon/Hayoung

BVNDIT:
Seungeun and Songhee

  • While I do critically review their debut song (Hocus Pocus), I find it very cute, colorful, and entertaining. Their moves convinced me to follow them.

Ultimate Bias: Seungeun
Bias Wrecker: Songhee

HINAPIA:
All members (Minkyeung, Gyeongwon, Eunwoo, Yaebin, and Bada)

  • As Pristin fans are dismayed over the group’s loss, and since I did not follow them previously, here comes the chance. Picked them all as consideration for the members continuing the journey in K-Pop.

Ultimate Bias: Eunwoo
Bias Wrecker: Bada

Love Advice No. 110 (Who’s Your K-Pop Ultimate Bias?)

In this part where we go beyond K-Pop, we’ll try to give advice to a fan. Hope these tips will be helpful for all of us, regardless of our preferences. Let’s start!


From an international Hallyu group page:

I have a problem. I’m trying to stan ASTRO and I can’t choose a bias. Help.

My Advice:

Take your time first. In your case, stan ASTRO. Take time first to know the six before choosing a bias.

Why? First of all, no one’s really going to stop you from picking this or that person. And this is not a big deal, since it’s all up to you. If you’re comfortable in choosing a bias, go for it. But if you’re comfortable by stanning them as a group, it’s okay.

You may try to stan them all, then pick a bias later. This tip is mostly helpful in your case.

Or pick a bias first before stanning them all. This is helpful especially if you are getting to like the attributes of each member in the group.

How do I pick?

It was hard for you to pick a bias in Astro. How much more if you’re a multi-fandom type? Let me share some experiences of picking my biases.

As part of 19 fandoms, picking biases is not a joke but is enjoyable. And as I am reviewing most of the acts this year, I am planning to add at least 9 groups to my bias list.

First consideration is on the visuals. Second, but equally important, is the attitude. Third is on their talents. Other factors would be on dealing with fans, making a humorous issue, cracking jokes, doing aegyo, and other things.

To wit, here are select biases: Jendeukie/Umji (visuals); all TWICE members (attitude); RM, Moonbyul (talent); Seungkwan (humor); Eunha (aegyo)

In some cases, I deem it right to pick all members as my biases, because I like them all, or as a sign of gratitude. This is the case with GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, SATURDAY, Red Velvet, and TWICE. For Momoland, I decided to pick only seven members. Not Nayun or Dabin, as they still have issues to solve.

Ultimate Bias

Well, even if you have picked your bias, another member will try to catch your attention away from that bias. There goes the concept of “ultimate bias” and “bias wrecker”. Just Google it.

At some point, you might now know who is your most favorite member. That’s your ultimate bias. Now, define who is/are the other members catching your attention, too. You can call him/them as bias wrecker/s.

Let’s put it this way: You tell me later that your bias is Sanha. But later on, Eunwoo and MJ caught your attention. The two are casting doubts on you retaining Sanha as your lead pick. In this case, Sanha is your ultimate bias, and the two as bias wreckers. All in all, you have three out of six members as your faves.

Depending on your preference, you may place more than one person in these positions.

You may see My Bias List here. There I explain the reasons why I chose this or that as my biases, ultimate bias, or wreckers in each group I follow. That’s also updated. Hope that might be helpful as your guide.


Featured Image Credit: Astro members.