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Controversy Over SEVENTEEN's Win Over EXO And BTS On 'Best Dance Performance' Award

voomvoom 2017.12.05 16:53
SEVENTEEN's Vernon (left) and BTS' Jimin and V. Photo from '2017 MAMA' and '2016 MAMA.'

SEVENTEEN's Vernon (left) and BTS' Jimin and V. Photo from '2017 MAMA' and '2016 MAMA.'

 
SEVENTEEN won the 'Best Male Group Dance Performance' Award in '2017 MAMA in Japan (Mnet Asian Music Awards)' held in Yokohama Arena, Japan, on Nov. 29. Some fans, however, say that the judging criteria for the award need to be addressed.

Where did all the votes for EXO and BTS go?

 
SEVENTEEN members giving their acceptance speech. Photo from Mnet.

SEVENTEEN members giving their acceptance speech. Photo from Mnet.

 
SEVENTEEN, winning against boy groups EXO and BTS, took home the 'Best Male Group Dance Performance' award with their song 'Don't Wanna Cry.' SEVENTEEN members hugged each other, overjoyed with being selected as awardees.
 
In their acceptance speech, members stated "Much gratitude for such a huge award. Our member Hoshi's responsible for SEVENTEEN's label as 'self-producing idol group,' as he puts all the choreography together. We'll try harder to befit the award label." 
 
Vote counts for 'Best Male Group Dance Performance.' From first to sixth place: EXO, BTS, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, VIXX, and NCT. Photo from online community.

Vote counts for 'Best Male Group Dance Performance.' From first to sixth place: EXO, BTS, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, VIXX, and NCT. Photo from online community.

 
What's causing the controversy is that fans also voted for the category online, and according to the turnout, SEVENTEEN seems like an unlikely winner.
 
Fans claim that EXO topped the votes with a total of 35,940,000 (48.3%) votes, with BTS in second place with 30,450,000 (40.9%) votes. SEVENTEEN is said to have gotten a mere 2,190,000 (3%) votes.
 
EXO-CBX in '2017 MAMA in Japan.'

EXO-CBX in '2017 MAMA in Japan.'

EXO-CBX wins 'Best Asian Style In Japan' at '2017 MAMA in Japan.'

EXO-CBX wins 'Best Asian Style In Japan' at '2017 MAMA in Japan.'

 
Despite a low 3% in total votes, SEVENTEEN won, meaning that the 'Best Dance Performance' category absolutely depends on the judges' marks.  
 
SEVENTEEN members.

SEVENTEEN members.

 
SEVENTEEN is a versatile, well-rounded group; the group can self-produce its own choreography, and the group performance is flawless, with the members acting something close to a single organism.
 
While the members' abilities and competency are beyond doubt, the vote count cannot be ignored; EXO and BTS votes, put together, amount to over 66,390,000 votes, reaching almost 90% (89.2% to be exact) of the total. SEVENTEEN's win over a landslide victory of EXO and BTS, in terms of votes, seem to be causing questions among fans.
 
Fans comment "voting was a waste of time" "what's the criteria here?" "7 million votes gone to waste." 
 
BTS members.

BTS members.

 
On the other hand, some BTS and EXO fans state that "SEVENTEEN has every right to win this award" and that "judges are responsible for 70% of the Best Dance Performance Award criteria."
 
Meanwhile, girl group TWICE took home the 'Best Girl Group Dance Performance' award. 
 
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