Rank INFINITE! Rank them from singing, dancing, visual, and uh, acting, and bias list! >:3
I honestly do not like doing this (cause it breaks my heart). I also haven’t looked completely into everything here. I’l try to answer to the best of my ability (and opinion) while giving some notes for my decisions. I’ll start with looks first since it’s somewhat easier, though honestly beyond top 2 I don’t even know, lol. It switches.
Note: I actually find Dongwoo cute and quite attractive in his own way. I genuinely do not understand some people’s opinion on him looks-wise (that he’s ugly! >:/). However, from an objective standpoint, the others have more of the atypical look that’s generally preferred. Dongwoo’s more, I guess exotic, for lack of a better word? He suits certain tastes. Hoya went up once I saw him in NY, so he passed Sunggyu. This tends to change, however, especially after I saw Sunggyu with that hair in MAMA. Unf. L’s the Visual for a reason, bias aside. He’s gorgeous and his photos are the most stable. Witnessing him in real life, I don’t know how anyone can think differently. I know that others differ in what they find attractive, and I don’t expect the 7 billion people in this world to come to an unanimous decision. But even so, it looks like a minority. L’s good-looks have majority agreement, not only in South Korea, but globally/universally for those that are aware of his existence. Visuals, especially female Visuals, have a hard time finding appeal outside their domestic home. I think INFINITE has a lot of good in their group, and one of them is that they have one of the best Visuals in K-Pop. Dating scandal aside, lol, Woollim hit the jackpot with this one.
Note: Obviously, some INFINITE members have acted more than others. The important ones are the top three. This is also probably the most subjective out of the bunch considering the strong opinions about it that I’ve personally witnessed. Mostly due to the whole L vs. Sungyeol (unfairness in acting opportunities) and then Hoya, cause of Reply 1997. Sungyeol is still pretty much the consistent actor in INFINITE. So there goes that.
Now Myung to the Soo. He’s come a long way. I don’t think he was that bad in Shut Up Flower Boy Band. I comprehend why some may have found him awkward, he did force some things, but it wasn’t distracting. He sold Hyunsoo well as a character in my opinion and did his best without prior acting experience (unless you count the whole lack of words to say serial killer). But through MVs until The Sun Of My Master, I’ve watched him grow. He fixes the flaws that tamper his acting, slowly but surely. The car chase scene did it in my opinion. There was such raw emotion in it and I was at the edge of my seat watching, lol. I was so surprised that he was in something that made me feel that way, because I saw the worry and desperation. He didn’t try to act pretty, he wasn’t at all if you take screen shots, his yells weren’t the right pitch and he broke his voice, and it was simply pure, unadulterated fear. Terror that someone you love is about to ignite in flames and, well, die. Freaking loved it. He impressed me in the Sun Of My Master. I honestly feel he has an incredible grasp of emotions, which will serve him well. The only flaw he still has to work on is when he’s angry or “intimidating”, along when casually talking (rarely, but I spotted it…he’s gotten better on that, so I feel it’ll progress alone). Don’t know how to explain it. He has this tight face when he’s supposed to be angered, his eyes get bigger, and his voice gets forced out, but not convincingly so, and it comes out rather off. You know he’s acting. It was the same problem in Shut Up Flower Boy Band. So he needs to get that out of the way. Overall though, decent actor [now]. I’m proud of him, and proud that he pushes his abilities.
Hoya. To be honest, I feel sometimes he gets the hype due to Reply 1997, for the drama and the role he played. He’s not a bad actor, and he’s not awkward, but the reason for that is because I feel he’s pretty one note; one dimensional. Watching his drama, I felt he kept it safe, never really reaching out to a challenge or taking that extra step. He just went with the flow and did his lines and acted out his parts without breaking out of a bubble. There’s barely real emotion and he’s at times blank. Not utterly expressionless, just blank. Post-Reply 1997, he hasn’t acted again fully for me to decipher his skill as a whole. But if we go by MVs, which do bring him out of his comfort zone, he’s not what I expected. Remember the whole One Great Step…”MUSIC IS DEAD” breaks for those that went to the concert? L was on point, he did very good and I was like “:O” when those bastards were hitting his head with the back of the gun, Sungyeol was on point (expected), Sunggyu and Dongwoo pleasantly surprised me! Hoya was sometimes on Woohyun’s level. By that, I mean some expressions and actions came out unnatural. The arguing between them after L sacrificed himself comes to mind >.<. Overall, he’s okay.
Note: I’m hurtling this towards vocal technique than tone of voice/vocal color. It’s more objective and sound, while liking someone’s tone aren’t the markings of a great singer. I would start off with saying all of INFINITE are nasal, some more than others. The only exception to this is Woohyun. They all still need proper breathing coordination (if I had any advice as to what fans could write in letters, I feel it’s helpful to write critiques as long as you know what you’re talking about). I’m not going to get into the whole Woohyun vs. Sunggyu debate, but Woohyun is a better technical singer, while Sunggyu has other strengths. I’ll leave it at that. For L, his nasality is obvious. His natural voice is anime-ish, so it comes as no surprise it’ll affect his singing tone. But no one else in INFINITE have really challenged notes like he has. He’s done low, high, and long. Not perfectly hit, but he hits them. He also has a wide range and a whole lot of potential if given the right guidance. Listening to songs like Nothing’s Over, That Year’s Summer, With, etc., had him place third. His rate of improvement has been quick as well. I feel the nasality holds him back from progressing where he needs to be, as well as some larynx flaw there, so once he works on that, game over.
I love Dongwoo’s tone, I prefer it over Hoya’s (too raspy and wispy), but Hoya is still the better singer. Dongwoo has also improved vocally to the point he’s battling Sungjong as to what rank he should be in, but I ended up going with Dongwoo. They’re not far apart though. Sungyeol…uh, you know…glad he’s improved. And he gets more lines now!
Note: Top two is pretty darn obvious. Woohyun has worked hard and it shows, and he’s the third best. Sungjong is actually pretty good, sharp, but L also has his own ability, so I tend to go back and forth with them. I ended up putting them around even. Sunggyu, if he’s not being lazy, can dance. The problem with him is that he tends to get tired easily, therefore whatever decent dancing he’s doing starts to waver pretty quickly. Sungyeol is last, simply because he’s rather gangly? He needs to find a way to work with his height. I’m not too well versed in dancing, however, so it might be off. This was perhaps the hardest for me.
5. Everyone else
Aaaaand…there you go!
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i actually kinda agree w/almost the whole thing besides for the visuals :D and bias list (for vocals it’s the matter of personal preferences haha, not skill haha)