SNSD: “We sometimes have fights”

Gee

We sometimes have fights, but since we are like sisters, we embrace each other and move on.

For ‘Gee’ especially, everyone must move together to each beat while singing live, how did you perfect this?
Jessica: We were worried whether or not we’d be able to sing it live, because we were so out of breath… but nowadays, we’ve gotten used to it.
Taeyeon: If it’s the same choreography, we split into groups of three and practice it. We would practice the rest of the choreography like this. We record ourselves with a video camcorder and monitor it too.
Tiffany: We have no choice but to match each hand gesture and movement together. Because we have a lot of members (points at herself), if one member makes a mistake, it’s very obvious.
Jessica: But we were able to perfect ‘Gee’ really quickly. We practiced ‘Into the New World’ for months and months. For ‘Kissing You’ or ‘Girls Generation’, we practiced it during our promotions so for some, we were able to do them in 3 days.

The dance choreography for ‘Into the New World’ must’ve been really hard. (laughs)
Tiffany: Back then, we just tried our best because we didn’t know anything. Our bodies were used to dancing to strict choreography, so when we did this during ‘Kissing You’ too, we were told to put more feeling into it. (laughs)
Jessica: We put too much energy into the dance choreography while dancing to ‘Kissing You’. (laughs)
Yuri: Because we practiced ‘Into the New World’ for a year and we have 9 members, we’re trained to dance while matching each other.
Tiffany: We think of it as an advantage now. (laugh)

Hyoyeon, you especially seem to have a strong passion for dancing. Don’t you want to show more of your own dancing rather than dancing together with your group?
Hyoyeon: I’m always preparing myself. You never know when the opportunity will come, right? It has to be good enough so that I can show off my dancing anytime, if given a situation. It’s something I have to work on after finishing our schedules, so I try my best practicing it whenever I can.

You girls prepare this much for a stage performance, but are there times where you’re lost? It must be hard to sing ‘Gee’ nowadays because of the heavy chants by male fans.
Jessica: There are times when I get upset because I didn’t answer to the strong chants very well. After the performance, I won’t know whether or not I actually sang or not. I would get worried then.
Seohyun: When we sing ‘Himnae’, I sing the beginning part. There was a time when I came in late because the background music was too soft while the fans chanted the wrong beat too.
Tiffany: I then stopped the performance and said, “Let’s try again after getting the right beat!” (laughs)

Each of the member’s fans must be different too.
Jessica: Because we all have a different charm, the fans are a little different too. For example, older unnis and oppas like Seohyun a lot.
Tiffany: But we’re more thankful if the fans like all nine members together rather than one member only. Back then, the member who promoted the most was the most popular, but nowadays, if Seohyun’s present gets sent in, there’s presents for all the other 8 members too (laughs)

Sometimes fans go beyond and take interests in other things, like fantasize or conclude on a member’s personality or relationship.
Sooyoung: We’ve seen a lot. Like being called a couple.
Taeyeon: I know it too. Like TaeNy from Taeyeon and Tiffany. It’s behaviors we do normally but fans would make a different meaning out of a single picture and so on.

Don’t you get surprised seeing that?
Taeyeon: I think our fans are sensitive to how we’re feeling that day. However, unless they talk with us, they won’t know how we really feel. It’s just an assumption.
Sooyoung: Recently, I remember going ‘Huh?’ because apparently… while dancing, every time I leaned down, I made a discomfort expression once (laughs). So a fan bought a poultice for me. But I’m still thankful for them to even take notice of the little things.

For idol groups like SNSD, people might talk about each behavior over the internet. Doesn’t it bother you?
Jessica: Not really. However, we’re more careful of our speech and behavior. We know that that one word we say could become a huge issue. For example, I won’t feel upset, but if I stand still with no expression, some people would think “she must be pissed”. I usually don’t have much laughter, but because of that, I’ve started to laugh more after becoming SNSD.
Sooyoung: Before debuting, if the service at a restaurant or the server’s manners were wrong, I’d protest saying “How can you act/be like this?” but now… I can’t say those things easily even though I may be right.

But aren’t you always under pressure then, whether you’re on stage or living your daily life?
Sunny: Every entertainer lives under pressure. And because we have to talk and sing in front of people, what’s inside our heart is important but what’s more important is how we express that. I think we’re used to it somewhat now…

It looks like you think about what you do a lot while you work.
Sooyoung: You start developing a professional-attitude. For example, if I’m sick and make an uncomfortable expression on stage, people would think I’m annoyed. Therefore I have to show my very best.
Yuri: I think I’m becoming more harsh on myself. It could be an effort to become more professional-like but I try to appeal myself even more on stage.
Hyoyeon: I’m usually introverted, but while working I realized I shouldn’t be like that anymore. Before, if there was something that upset me because of a member, I would keep it to myself. Nowadays, whether it be good or bad, I tell them everything. I guess I got better in expressing myself.

It looks like it’ll be very tough to deal with conflicts.
Tiffany: That’s why every night, we get together and talk to each other.
Taeyeon: I can’t remember when it first started because we’ve seen each other since elementary days. Then, after we debuted, we started to agree with each other whenever there was a problem. That’s how we started our talk every night too…

SOSHIFIED~

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