BTS’ Vocal Analysis: V

Vocal Range

Eb2 ~ D6 (3 octaves, 5 notes and 1 semitone)

Supported Range

C3 ~ C4/C#4

Voice Type

Baritone

Strengths/Achievements

  • Strongest vocalist in BTS
  • The strongest sense of breath support amongst all members of BTS
  • Able to remain most relaxed within his comfort range
  • Able to transition into his falsetto with relative ease
  • Mixed voice is light and lacks pushing, not trying to sing too high with too much throat tension
  • Able to remain relatively relaxed up to C#4 and at times even D4
  • Sense of pitch has improved since debut
  • Sufficient support is maintained down to C3 in his chest voice

Weaknesses

  • Tends to sing with too much airiness
  • Support is shallow and underdeveloped
  • Tends to lower his larynx too often when singing
  • Above C#4, he tends to sound harsh and flat
  • Tone production often becomes flat due to lack of forward placement
  • Lower range is relatively underdeveloped for a baritone
  • Unable to support his head voice
  • Falsetto is often too airy and lacks projection

Registers

  • Lower register: Due to the range in which BTS’ music is written in, he gets very few chances to showcase the true development of his lower range. Thus, his voice is relatively underdeveloped in his lower range for a baritone, where his tone production becomes muffled as he sings below C3.
  • Mixed register: His mixed voice is relatively light in terms of mixing, where he uses more head voice than chest voice when singing higher to minimize the amount of effort and strain on his vocal cords. Although able to sing above his first passaggio, his support is somewhat shallow and he tends to become tense above C#4.
  • Upper register: Able to transition into his falsetto with relatively ease, his overall tone production is airy throughout most of his voice but becomes fairly obvious as he sings in his falsetto. Able to produce a connected head voice even though support isn’t present.

Agility

Drawing less influences from R&B than many other idol vocalists in K-pop, V generally sings with an airy approach throughout his range and doesn’t often attempt singing vocal runs. The airiness in his voice makes it harder for him to be able to connect his vocal cords properly and control his pitch. This results in often sloppy runs when he does attempt them, in rare occasions. Perhaps aware that his voice isn’t necessarily very agile, as he lacks the correct muscle coordination to sing and bounce through different notes quickly, it is hard to find examples of V attempting vocal runs. The few times he’s done so, it’s possible to hear that he lacks clarity in tone and often sings runs by sliding through the notes quickly, without hitting each individual pitch precisely at the center of the note. This causes his runs to sound sloppy and pitchy overall, as heard in “Sorry“, “Little Star“, and “듣는편지.”

Overall analysis

V debuted as a member of the vocal line of BTS in 2013. Although not the main vocalist, the distribution of lines was even enough that he sang relatively often regardless of him being a lead vocalist or not. In most cases, idol groups favor vocalists with higher voices because most idol songs are written within quite high ranges, for males and females. Thus it is more common to see a main or lead vocalist of a group be a tenor or a soprano. In BTS’ case, V’s voice stands out because he is the only baritone singing with other three tenors in the group, although every rapper in BTS is also a baritone. His voice is thick in tone and slightly lower range, but still remaining relatively light in weight and sounding more like a lyric baritone than anything else. Although mostly written for a lower tenor range, BTS’ music is written within a relatively low enough range where V is able to sing alongside the tenors without too much stress on his vocal cords.

Considering most tenor songs generally are written above C3, V as a baritone gets very few chances to actually sing in a more baritone-like range most of the time. Thus his lower range below C3 is mostly underdeveloped and not very well explored, as he doesn’t sing that low very often. Down to C3, he has shown a clear enough consistency of tone production and projection, where both his vocal cords and his support work together to allow his chest voice to project with decent tonality. This can be heard in “안아줘“, “Oh Happy Day!” and “Someone Like You.” Below C3, however, he starts to lose connection and support, as his voice starts to become more muffled and breathier. This seems to be because his vocal cords aren’t developed enough as he sings lower, so his tone becomes less clear as he’s unable to project and place his voice in his chest as easily as above C3. This can be heard in with the Bb2’s in “If You“, A2’s in “안아줘“, G2’s in “Let Me Know” and the octave unison E2’s in “Someone Like You.”

His mixed voice is relatively well developed in terms of mixing and has enough support for him to be able to sing above his first passaggio, B3, without tensing up his throat too much. The range from C4 to D4 can be sung with some support as he’s able to remain relaxed and not sing only from his throat. This can be heard in “바람인가요“, “듣는편지” and “안아줘.” As he ascends above D4, he tends to use a very light mixed voice which is mostly head dominant, which allows him to push his voice with less tension than if he were to use a heavier and louder chest-dominant mixed voice. Nonetheless, the lack of support above D4 causes him to sound shallow and thin the higher he sings, as his voice becomes too light and oftentimes he can sound somewhat flat when singing above his comfort range. He tends to sing with a soft approach, but tension is still present in his throat as he’s unable to connect his breath support to his vocal cords in order to maintain his throat opened. This can be heard in the D4’s in “Something“, Eb4’s in “눈, 코, 입“, E4’s in “If I Ain’t Got You“, “Someone Like You“, F4’s in “I NEED U“, “If You“, “Butterfly“, F#4’s in “Let Me Know“, “Love is not Over“, G4’s in “Bang Bang Bang“, “안아줘” “눈, 코, 입“, “이사” and G#4’s in “잡아줘.”

His upper register mostly consists of a falsetto, with occasional moments where he’s shown the ability to use a head voice. Most of the time his vocal cords aren’t fully connected and he sings with excessive airiness, which causes him to sound thin and soft in his upper register, mostly associated with a falsetto voice. Although relaxed to an extent, a falsetto is not a register where true support can be present. Support would only be truly present if he were to use his head voice properly, however the few times V has shown a head voice have shown that he has issues with maintaining the connection of breath support with his vocal cords, where he instead pushes too much air against his vocal cords instead of allowing them to produce his head voice with their own strength and development. This results in a head voice that lacks control, by not being relaxed nor supported. This can be heard when contrasting his falsetto in “듣는편지“, “House of Cards“, “눈, 코, 입“, “Butterfly” and “Miss Right” with his head voice in “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” Interestingly enough he is the only member of the vocal line to be able to push his head voice all the way up to the sixth octave, higher than any of the tenors. This can be heard with the C6 in a high note battle during a fan meeting as well as the D6 in a more recent fanmeeting.

One of V’s main issues actually come from his tendency to push his larynx down when singing and not fully maintaining his vocal cords connected throughout his range. When your vocal cords aren’t fully connected, a lot of air can pass through causing the vocalist to sound breathy and soft. Stylistically this can work in many cases, but training yourself to only be able to sing that way can cause the vocalist to limit their vocal development. If the vocal cords don’t fully come together when singing, the vocalist will be unable to allow their vocal cords to become stronger and develop in terms of volume, range and muscle strength.

Adding onto this, V usually favors lowering his larynx and opening the back of his throat a lot more than necessary when singing even within a relatively high range. Most of the time, V’s voice can be perceived as quite deep but actually when a vocalist pushes their larynx down, it alters the natural tone of their voice and causes their voice to sound much deeper than it really is. This is often a stylistic approach used in soul music, that can be turned on and off at will. However for V it’s either this approach, airy and overly opened in the back of throat while not fully relaxed, or a harsh growly approach. Only having two options can be limiting to a vocalist if they’re unable to grasp breath support fully yet. Since V tends to push the sound of his voice in the back of his throat a lot, the direction of air from his voice isn’t properly placed in his nasal cavities, which makes it harder for him to understand mask placement and project his voice. As such, he tends to sound slightly flat in tone production the higher he sings due to lacking a good connection of proper breath support, an open throat and a forward mask placed sound.

When comparing V to the other vocalists of BTS, it is possible to hear that both he and Jungkook are the most relaxed out of all four of them. They have the least issues with tension and have a relatively decent range in which their voices are more or less supported, even though support may be shallow. However things can get tricky when comparing a tenor to a baritone, as being a baritone and having to sing in the same exact range as a tenor puts V at a clear disadvantage. Truthfully BTS’ music isn’t written for a high tenor range but it is still a challenging range for a baritone to be singing in. The passaggio is where the voice naturally lifts and the muscle coordination becomes slightly different, as sort of a bridge between a register and the next. The first passaggio is the transition from chest voice to mixed voice, while the second one is from mixed voice to head voice. A lyric tenor’s passaggi are usually around D4/Eb4 and G4/Ab4, while a lyric baritone’s passaggi are B3 and E4.

If V were to sing the same song as Jungkook for an example, but the key was changed to suit his voice as a baritone, he’d be able to handle singing above his first passaggio slightly better than Jungkook would. So the only true difference between them is that V has a slightly better grasp of breath support. However given the fact that V can’t simply change the key of every BTS song there is to suit his voice, he has to sing in the same exact range as the other three tenors. So naturally within the range that these songs are written in, Jungkook is the most qualified member to handle singing their repertoire. If V were to look into more solo singing opportunities, understanding his own voice type and embracing the true tone of his voice could help him develop his voice better as a baritone if he could sing in a range that’s natural to his voice. For future improvements, working on further developing connection between his vocal cords to be able to handle more dynamic changes, while developing his breath support could help V develop his vocal technique better overall. However for the time being, his current skill level is adequate for the type of music he sings.

Musicianship

V is not much of a risk taker when it comes to his vocals and singing. He tends to sing with one specific style and doesn’t deviate much from that specific sound. He tends to choose either a harsh growly sound or a soft airy sound, which remains the same throughout most of his vocal performances. He doesn’t often try to add his own melodic changes to songs and instead chooses to sing songs as they’re originally written. When given the chance however, he does like to add his own twist to his vocal cords and is able to blend his voice with others and even himself when adding layers of harmonies to his vocal performances. One example would be the added harmonies present in his studio cover of “Someone Like You”, where he sang the song in the key he felt was most comfortable for his voice, adding his own octave unisons and harmonies throughout.

Rating

Weak to Average Vocalist

Vocal Range Video(s)

video by: We Are D-town

Best Vocal Performance(s)

Analyzed by Ahmin (Kitsunemale)

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553 thoughts on “BTS’ Vocal Analysis: V

  1. Hello, I have two quick questions for you, although I’m not sure if this is the place to ask.

    1.) In this video, who is singing the falsetto at the beginning?

    Some people say it’s Jungkook bases on his performance in “House of Cards” while others say it is Jin.

    Are you able to discern who’s the singer by any chance? Also, I was wondering whether this falsetto is supported at all.

    2.) In this song, I’m curious about the lines where Jin’s singing “far away.”

    With the exception of the very last one at 4:59, they sound embellished (i.e. as if Jungkook is harmonizing with him or there is some computer effect being used; it’s not entirely his voice generating the sound), but I can’t tell because I have no formal training and I dunno what to look for. Are you able to discern by any chance?

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    1. 1. I am not sure. Falsetto can’t be supported, so no. It’s just tight airiness. I wouldn’t say it sounds like Jungkook personally. Jungkook is more nasal in his falsetto.

      2. I generally hear a lot of echo-y reverb, but for Jin’s first part during the chorus, I also hear autotune. It’s a mix for him and it sounds more echo-y, not to mention the slightly robotic quality and the layered vocals. They recorded the same line over and over and put it in layers.

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      1. Thank you for the answers!

        I hope Jin is the one singing the falsetto because that would mean he got a part in ‘Come Back Home’. As for the tuning in Jin’s part of the chorus,

        I have to admit I’m disappointed. He sounds so good in “So Far Away”, so it’s disappointing to receive confirmation that this is indeed edited as such (I mean I have lots of small gripes like the forced sound of the ‘ays’ in ‘away’ or the way he sings the first syllable of ‘kkumi’, but overall I like his part more than JK’s, which is a huge anomaly for me). Does the tuning affect the ‘so’ as well or just the ‘away’ parts? Are his final two parts (the soft “So far away/Don’t fall away” at the end) also auto-tuned or layered or something like that?

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      2. I hear the auto tune more on So Far, on away I hear more reverb than auto tune. All of it is layered, which is a very common thing to do in studio with most songs.

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      3. Ah okay. And here I was hoping this might be evidence of improvement on Jin’s part…*sigh*

        I guess they autotune + layer Jungkook’s voice as well? IDK, hard for me to tell because he sounds very similar live.

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      4. One last, hopefully quick question (I’m so sorry for being such a bother; this is just a topic I’m very curious about). I was talking to some friends and some of them think Jin’s live “Awake” performances shows some improvement in his singing ability. What do you make of this?

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    1. Unfortunately dear that note is a G5. While not an impossible note to sing in a healthy way, it is not fair to V to expect and hope that he will hit it properly so quickly when the notes below that are still strained. He would have to build up one note at a time to get up to that G5 properly, but he can’t as long as even C5’s in head voice lack in support. The placement and pitch are better than when he used to do it in the beginning, but support is not fully present in the way he’s approaching these notes. He’s just using air pressure to push those notes out.

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  2. Hello! I was just wondering what your thoughts are on V’s technique when singing Amazing You at 6.35 and Daily Song at 10.20 in this video?

    You’ve mentioned that he lowers his larynx a lot, do you think it was quite noticeable here? I saw someone making a comment about this video saying he he sang a well supported D4 at around 11.00 – would you agree? I’m just curious if you think he did well haha.

    Just one more thing, at 13.45 he’s listening to chickens then says that they ‘hit sixth octave mi’. Some people say he got it right… does he have perfect pitch lol?

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    1. This is…really bad quality of audio. Not only is this a recording of a recording, the quality of the microphone and the echo is …this isn’t a good video to talk about his technique fully. 7:10 yes I’d still say that he’s lowering his larynx. It’s not all the time, but he does it as a habit kind of often. 7:46 tongue tension. Is this a song by Hwang Chiyeol originally? Because he is emulating how he sings slightly, and it’s also making him use his tongue more. 10:52 He is singing with his tongue sliding inward. 11:03 That is one of his better D4’s, but the quality of the audio is too questionable for me to say anything.

      Actually just FYI 6옥미 and 5옥솔 are not Mi 6 nor Sol 5 in relation to a piano. C4 is Middle C, but in Korean that’s 2옥타브 도. So 6옥미 is E8 and 5옥솔 is G7. I don’t hear anything that high in the video, but I do hear G#7 from the chicks. Nothing higher than that tho. This isn’t enough to guarantee that he has perfect pitch, but it is possible.

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  3. Did you listen to Crystal Snow, the Japanese release? It’s a ballad and a lot more challenging for the vocalists than their usual stuff. I thought V did a good job, even though the song is like all in the 4th octave. But he sounded better than Jin and Jimin to me.

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      1. Youtube videos are taken down immediately, but it’s on spotify and twitter, I think. I’d be interested to hear what you think, cause the vocalists definitely try more than they usually do. With varying success to my ears.

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      2. that’s just the first part though. Spotify should have the full version, their Japanese label is really strict about non-official uploads, sadly.

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      3. I don’t have Spotify because it’s kind of useless for me so thank you! I’n personally not hearing a positive change or anything they couldn’t do before. It’s less tongue and mumbling than what V was doing in their last release but that was mostly stylistically. Support wise there’s no real change. It’s in the key of Eb I believe and the melody is full of G4’s, F4’s and Ab4’s.

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      4. Ah, thanks! I guess there’s not much of an improvement, sadly. I thought V sounded less strained than Jin and Jimin though. Both of them sounded kind of weak to me here? Jungkook sounds like always to me, Jin sounds really tense (especially when he holds the Bb4 in the second half of the song), and Jimin idk, not much volume? Don’t know how to describe that. Is that how they usually sing too? And it might just be more obvious cause it’s a ballad and they have clearer, longer lines?

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      5. Kinda tangential, but this song reminds me of what you said in Jungkook’s analysis. This song is outside their usual style, and it works against Jungkook’s breathy, nasal style imo. Except for the end, when he’s singing lower, his sound doesn’t work with the song style (just my opinion though). I also thought V sounded better (I also keep thinking Jin and Jimin sound better than before, but I’m prolly wrong).

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      1. Small trills yes in the video i linked. Which to me is a sign of improvement in the agility department considering tae never really does or attempted to do runs.

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  4. BTS’ songs aren’t written in a range relatively comfortable for tenors and not too high for baritones so their underdeveloped vocal skills won’t hurt much – I feel like that’s not the case anymore, because their songs are written in a significantly much higher range now. In their new album they are going for range above Ab4 so much more… why oh why BigHit…

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    1. Their songs before used to have a lot of G4’s and G#4’s too, I don’t hear much of a difference personally. Let Me Know was a pretty high song for an example.

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  5. Thanks for the clear and concise analysis! I saw that this was written a year ago. I’m wondering if you could do a review now because it seems to me that BigHit is finally starting to develop Taehyung’s baritone and giving him that support to develop as a vocalist. It would be quite interesting to see what has changed and his development. Thank you!

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    1. Hi! You may not know but we regularly update vocalist’s analyses if there’s any relevant change, whether positive or negative, to their technique. Unfortunately thus far, there’s been no improvement in his technique.

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  6. Hi, just wanted to confirm something. So, since V is rated as a weak to average vocalist, but is still the best one in BTS, does that mean the rest are all weak? Also, thanks for the thorough analysis!

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    1. It just means that Jungkook, Jimin, and Jin are just really bad technically. The only actually weak vocalist is Jungkook because he barely has a supported range and he strains most of his belts a lot, even though he’s the second strongest vocalist in BTS. Jimin and Jin are much worse than Jungkook and V, with both of them showing high amounts of tongue tension and nasality respectively. That’s why Jimin and Jin haven’t been analyzed.

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      1. That’s a bit harsher than what we really want to convey and I hope you can understand they’re not MUCH worse and we avoid words like bad too. The gap isn’t huge, it’s noticeable but it’s not that drastic. Nasality isn’t unhealthy, Jungkook and V are relatively nasal too, especially Jungkook.

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    1. Jimin’s voice type is a tenor, the same as Jin and Jungkook. His vocal range is three octaves and one semitone, from A2 to Bb5.
      Have a merry Christmas!

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    2. Hi dear and Merry Christmas to you too. They are both tenors, and I believe there are vocal range videos out there for them already.
      Jin:

      Jimin:

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      1. Oh, thanks to both!
        I thought that Jimin was a countertenor, now I know it’s not like that xD
        In fact, why in certain places is Jimin counted as a countertenor?

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      2. I’d guess it’s because of the high notes Jimin normally hits in BTS’s repertoire. If he was a countertenor, I think his range would be sky-high into the 6th octave or something.

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      3. If anyone in BTS were a countertenor it would be V (or all of them considering how much they use falsetto). Aside from maybe having an extensive range in head voice/falsetto there aren’t any physical characteristics for a countertenor. It’s just a man (could be a tenor OR baritone) who has been classically trained to sing in their head voice/falsetto. It’s kind of pointless to label a contemporary singer that cause a) ppl in contemporary music sing however they want and b) they’re still gonna be a tenor or a baritone physically.
        (correct me if i’m wrong)

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      4. Theoretically speaking, if they have a chest voice/lower range developed to any extent, they’re not really a countertenor. They are generally ideally trained to develop only their head voices in order to emulate a woman’s singing voice, so they often disregard developing any other register of theirs. Other than that, I’d agree with you. It is pointless and it’s not accurate in pop music.

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      5. So it’s even more inapplicable then I thought. Would it be accurate to say it’s a fach/voice sub-type or a role and not a voice type? Would it also be accurate to call it a training based voice type? Does anyone call things that?

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      6. Honestly I’d say it’s a role, not a voice type. I would think of it as a training based voice type yes, if that’s a thing.

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    1. Countertenor is not really a voice type, at least not in the context of pop music. You know what? This would be a great K-pop myth to debunk! But no, he’s not a countertenor.

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  7. I’ve been listening to Blood, Sweat and Tears and I was wondering, the nae pi ttam nunmul parts (what is that, pre-chorus?) are distributed amongst Jimin, Jungkook and V. Are Jimin and Jungkook using their mixed register for it? V sounds like falsetto to me. It’s probably too high for him to mix?

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    1. Actually they’re all using falsetto and mixed voice. GajyoGAAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOL Sorry that looks funny, but this part of the song is where they all sing in falsetto. V switches to falsetto in other parts earlier than the tenors but all of them go back and forth with falsetto and mix.

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  8. Minnie,

    I saw your twitter and I wanted to say something:

    Love You and support you. You’re the 1 of 1 boy in our eyes.

    P.S. I loved the Linzy analysis. (I hope you got the aforementioned reference or this will look really strange to you).

    P.S.S. So word around the grapevine is that you’re trying to become a cutiepie visual. What? you’ve been taking classes with Vmin or something? Apparently you didn’t get the “Stay in your lane” message. I’ll be watching you. lol. 😀

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    1. I could never be a visual haha thank you! There’s a lot of change happening in my life right now but eventually it will sort itself out! Thank you so much for the love ❤

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  9. Olá Ahmin!
    Primeiro gostaria de agradecer pelo trabalho não tendencioso que é feito aqui, e espero que os meninos cheguem a esse site de alguma forma e possam pegar umas diquinhas…

    Então, como não sou realmente versada em música, gostaria de perguntar porque o Taehyung muitas vezes parece cantar como se estivesse “com a boca cheia”, é extremamente desconfortável de escutar, lembra quando falamos logo após ir ao dentista e levamos uma anestesia para algum procedimento cirúrgico e a língua fica dormente. Não consigo explicar direito, mas tem alguma explicação para isso?

    Ah, em um dos comentários, alguém perguntou se o Jimin poderia ir tão alto quanto o Tae e o J-Hope, isso foi algo que você deixou passar ou o Hoseok realmente tem um grande alcance, embora sem suporte?

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    1. Oi! Eu não tenho certeza o que tendecioso significa mas acho que dever ser coisa bom que você falou! Haha

      A eu concordo com você! Ele canta assim como por estilo às vezes, especialmente em DNA, mas não é sempre. É causado por tensão na língua e mandíbula.

      Jimin nunca cantou tão agudo quanto Jhope e V mas eu diria que ele poderia ir mais agudo se desenvolve-se as cordas vocais.

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