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Japan’s popular music program HEY! HEY! HEY! Music Champ held a live broadcast of its Christmas special on December 19th.


The lineup consisted of popular Japanese artists, such as AKB48 and SMAP, as well as successful Korean acts including Boa, Tohoshinki, KARA and, of course, SNSD.

For the first time, SNSD, who is known as Shoujo Jidai in Japan, performed the Japanese version of ‘The Boys’ live. All nine members were dressed in deep blue stylised outfits and displayed their usual on-point choreography as they performed their hit song in Japanese. In fact, this was the first time the Japanese remake was heard in its entirety, as the preview was only released about a week ago.

While the first listening of converted songs (into different languages) usually leaves one with a confused expression on their face and a strangely unpleasant or uncertain aftertaste, the Japanese lyrics, surprisingly, flow well with the music. In my opinion, there was never a moment that felt too awkward – which has been the case for many remakes.

This version of ‘The Boys’ will be featured on the repackage of SNSD’s first Japanese album set for release on December 28th. Moreover, SNSD has been invited to prestigious year-end shows in Japan, including Music Station Super Live 2011 and Kouhaku Uta Gassen which will air on December 23rd and New Year’s Eve, respectively. We’ll certainly be seeing plenty of SNSD Shoujo Jidai before the end of the year.

Sources: wintermagicful@youtube.com, sonehsun@youtube.com