This episode continues the head to head matches. Although MNET tries to ramp up the drama, it’s fairly predictable. Approximately ten out of twelve groups have one member with one problem, but ultimately it never affects any the performances. It’s still pretty entertaining though, because we finally get to see all of the trainees in action instead of a select favored few.
Well, as per usual I’m about a month behind. I’m fairly up to date on actually watching the episodes. It’s just that the process of typing and editing my notes is a little more involved than I anticipated. But I have notes done for Episodes 3 through 6, so hopefully I can zoom through these pretty quickly and catch up. In this episode, all of the trainees get their final rankings and the first real evaluation begins. And the timing couldn’t be better, because I’m starting to want to learn more about these trainees and see who has what it takes to be Top 11.
April was one of those months where everyone and their mother had a comeback. There was so much music that it was definitely hard to keep up! For someone so multifandom as I am, it got pretty overwhelming. But the good part was that there was a lot of variety and that there was something for everyone. Though I stuck to the same few groups this month in terms of favorites, the ones that I chose had very different concepts and styles.
Is there anything K.A.R.D. can’t do? They’ve got an international following most K-pop groups would kill to have, and they haven’t even officially debuted yet! Who’d have thought six months ago that they’d be popular enough to tour the Americas? I was already on board with them back when they came out with “Oh Na Na,” but I find myself liking them more and more with every comeback. Personally, I think “Rumor” is their best track yet.
I’ve mentioned before that my main focus with SF9 is (or was) their dancing, because they’ve been pushed as FNC’s first male dance group. As long as their choreography is great, I was satisfied – I didn’t mind if other elements weren’t as interesting. But SF9 is pushing themselves, and “Easy Love” shows that they’re capable of much more than snazzy synchronized moves. In fact, this comeback has convinced me that they’re probably a group to watch out for.
I’m a little on the fence with EXID. I like the group themselves (Hani is one of my top biases), and I like their music. But none of their songs have really grabbed at me. The only one was “Up and Down,” which I definitely overplayed to death. I was slightly skeptical when they announced a new concept, because their image is so solid. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that “Night Rather Than Day” is a great fit for them. And on top of that, it’s my new favorite song!
Teen Top was actually the first group from the second generation (or is it third?) that I checked out. They motivated me to venture outside of the currently trending groups and really check out all the artists K-pop had to offer. It sounds cheesy, but if it weren’t for them I might be a very different kind of fan. So it’s safe to say that I’m very fond of them. “Love Is” is slightly sad for me, because L.Joe was my bias. But at the same time, it’s a good reminder of what Teen Top is good at and what they’re capable of.
Dreamcatcher has definitely gotten a lot of interest from the international community in the past few months. The girls are clearly going all in on the dark horror aesthetic, and so far it looks like it’s paying off. While “Chase Me” already ventured into the supernatural, “Good Night” goes full-on occult – and I’m happy to go along for the ride.