(Last updated August 2017)
Red Velvet was the first girl group that I got into! Back when I thought I would only ever follow Got7 and not dive any further (lol), I saw them do a cover dance to “Ice Cream Cake” on Weekly Idol. I really liked the song, so I checked Red Velvet out and I’ve been into them ever since! They’re still consistently one of my favorite girl groups – probably in my Top 5. I love their music, their choreography, and their concepts. They have a very universal appeal, and I think that they’re very unique.
First member I recognized: Seulgi
First bias: Irene
Current bias: Still Irene! I relate to her a lot because we’re around the same age. K-pop idols who are funny and extra are the trend right now, and I definitely love those kinds of idols. But it’s much rarer to see one who is more calm and composed like Irene, probably because of the age difference. Although she does definitely have a silly side! I also find it so fascinating how domestic she is and how she enjoys cooking and cleaning and ironing…considering I’m literally the exact opposite. And performance-wise, I really enjoy her soft and breathy voice!
Bias wrecker: Wendy. She seems like she would be a great friend to have. She’s funny and has a lot of energy, and she seems to really look after the other members.
Favorite song: “Ice Cream Cake.” It was the first song of theirs that I heard, and it’s still my favorite! It’s so playful and catchy.
Favorite MV: “Russian Roulette.” I thought that the black comedy idea was so clever, and I liked the Itchy and Scratchy references.
Favorite era: “Red Flavor.” I was so hyped about this comeback. I listened to this song nonstop for about two weeks. This totally reminds me of their breakout hits “Ice Cream Cake” and “Dumb Dumb,” and this was the Red Velvet I’d been waiting to see again.
Favorite choreography: “Dumb Dumb.” So darn complicated, but so darn fun.
Who I think is the best looking: Irene. I know some people say they think she’s plain looking, but I cannot relate because I think her visuals are unreal. She’s just so pretty! Although Joy’s visuals are definitely on point these days too.
Who I think is the cutest: Yeri. Definitely a cute maknae, although she’s also super pretty.
Favorite vocal: Wendy
Favorite rapper: Irene
Favorite dancer: Seulgi
An unpopular opinion about the group or a member: This is purely my musical taste, but I don’t really like their “velvet” side all that much. I wasn’t a huge fan of “One of These Nights.” But this is mostly because I’m generally not a fan of ballads, not because I thought they were bad. I like the idea of a dual concept, but I just think that they could use R&B/pop numbers like “Cool Hot Sweet Love” for their velvet side instead of going to the opposite end of the scale.