Korea has some crazy strict laws when it comes to what is shown on TV.
Here are four common ways to get your group banned from a music show.*
*These are all rules linked to performing on air, not necessarily from other forms of promotion^^
1. Use of Brand Names
Most recently, VIXX's song "Butterfly Effect" was banned from being performed on air because they use the word Bailey's (aka the alcohol)...but ironically now music videos are fiiiillled with advertising (like above, with SNSD chowing down on Mr. Pizza)
2. Military Uniforms
The Korean government recently passed a law banning all military uniforms from broadcast, unless you are portraying someone in the military. So all the military concepts like SNSD's Genie will have to change their wardrobes...
3. Sexy Dancing (But Only for Girls)
Soooooo many girl groups have been forced to change their choreography for live shows because the broadcasting company thought it was too sexy.
I'm going to make a whooooole 'nother card on this so sit tight.
4. Not Debuting at the "Right" Time
So there are music shows nearly every day of the week now, but the OGs were Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
M! Countdown which is on Thursday used to have a rule (that tooootally backfired on them) that made it so if a group didn't comeback on their stage first, they weren't invited back or eligible to win.
So, if you comeback on a Friday and your first live stage is on Saturday, you can't win M!Countdown for the rest of your promotions. And for many groups, you aren't invited to perform there at all.
They have since rescinded this rule since it only made people mad at M!Countdown and to be honest, kpop groups didnt really care so no one cameback on their stage lol.