So much has been said and written about the performance of Arashi at FNS last week. If this happened in Chinese history, it will be referred to as The FNS Incident.
And since so much has been said, I won’t add anymore to the ongoing discourse of what idols should be capable of doing, how a live performance should go etc etc.
Here’s the performance that has made everyone an expert on live performances (including me, I guess):
So here’s what happened according to reports: the staff misplaced the ear pieces and the sound mixing was bad. In short, it was a colossal technical failure.
My first thought when I first read about what happened on Twitter was: sabotage? Misplaced ear pieces… microphones that are bad… are you kidding me?!
Yes, this is a live show but the production staff should be used to the demands of shows like this already there is no room for stupid, idiotic mistakes like that. Unless it was a newbie staff or an intern assigned to handle the Arashi number. Which I doubt of course considering that it was a major production number and Arashi is a major franchise. That is why I can’t understand that such an accident could happen.
My only hope is, heads should have rolled by now in Fuji TV. Arashi should not be the only ones to suffer the public backlash and if I were Johnny-san, I would demand full accountability of the matter. The boys are his top
milking cows earners for the company for crying out loud!
Now, on the performance: yes, it was bad. But I expected worst after reading all the reactions. However, it wasn’t as bad as a SMAP performance, whether live or otherwise, true or not. In this instance, it was obvious that there was no syncing between the orchestra and the boys, which makes me wonder if they even rehearsed together. Plus the absence of the ear pieces made things worse.
Yet, despite all that, the boys finished the performance with smiles on their faces. If for anything, they have to be commended for being professional. Arashi’s been through so much worse but they always stand up and brush themselves off, and move on, including from this incident.
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