Obviously, I was so irritated by this performance I could not use proper grammar in the title. It is definitely not live since Taemin moves in the wrong directions and his body is not feeling the ‘beat’. That is what makes Taemin such a good dancer– you can see him reacting to the ‘beat’, but what makes him such a bad faker-pianist (he does not move with the flow at all). Moreover, in most pop live performances with piano, the cover will be open, and in addition to the microphone in front of the singer, a microphone will be placed strategically nearby the piano strings. Additionally, an open piano just looks so darn impressive. Therefore, the closed piano is mighty suspicious. Lastly, the piano will usually be facing outwards for better acoustics, and in this position, you can clearly see the singer’s hands moving, but for some reason we cannot get even a glimpse of Taemin’s hands. Hm.
The piano track was definitely prerecorded, and I even doubt the prerecorded track was played by Taemin– it sounds way too regular and professional.
IU should have brought along her guitar to Music Bank in Bangkok; she actually has done an acoustic guitar cover of Juliette. Or Jonghyun should have substituted Taemin and brought along his own guitar; Jonghyun has been caught in a cafe recently, busking. He also went to Central Park and busked last year before SMTown NYC. So the question is, why is SM still leery of letting Jonghyun play his guitar publicly on a music show? They have already set the bar unfairly low with Taemin’s piano. I will never understand.