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Since we were just talking about GFriend members starting acting careers, let's take a look at some of their past exploits at the craft.

First, Eunha got her professional start in show business as a child actress. Eunha was 10 years old when she played a supporting role in Season 2 of the Korean TV drama, The Clinic for Married Couples: Love and War. This was actually a pretty serious acting role.


In 2015, during GFriend's rookie year, SinB played the supporting character Shawing, the cute Grasshopper Fairy in the children's tv series, The Fairies in My Arms. She became famous for singing the "Tongdori" song...


...something which GFriend fans liked to remind her of whenever they got the opportunity


All of them acted in comedy skits when GFriend was on the Korean version of SNL.

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Sowon:


Yerin (Part 1):


Yerin (Part 2):


Yerin also guested on a Korean comedy show called "Gag Concert". It's a weird skit.


Here's Yerin again, guesting on a Korean web drama


It's interesting that Eunha and SinB had the most acting experience among the members, and are both quite good at it, but it's Sowon and Yerin pursuing the acting roles now. In fairness, Yerin is also really good at it, even though she hasn't had nearly as much experience. And even though Sowon hasn't done much acting outside of the variety-show and reality-show work that all successful kpop idols get, she has been studying acting at university. It's not unusual for kpop idols to go to university part-time while working as idols full-time.
 
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Jo Yuri, the former main vocalist of IZ*ONE, made her solo debut a week and a half ago with a three-track single album, "Glassy". "Yuri" is the Korean word for "glass", and "glassy" is not only homophonic with "classy", but Yuri also made her fandom name "Glassy" so the title works a bunch of different ways. As an aside, all kpop groups and solo singers give a collective name to their fans, to wit:

Jo Yuri fans are called "Glassy"
TWICE fans are called "Once"
SNSD fans are called "Sone"
IU's fans are called "Uaena"
Lovelyz fans are called "Lovelinus"
etc.

The style of the album is, unsurprisingly, reminiscent of IZ*ONE's concept, which emphasized sophistication, glamor, and elegance.

Here's the MV for the album's eponymous lead single:


Studio Choom always provides a good reference point for choreography. Yuri's agency, Wake One, outfitted her with a full complement of back dancers. Studio Choom did two versions: a zooming camera version, and a more static, "Full Focus" version so you can more fully appreciate the total choreography.



Here's the live band version


Here's the entire album. The third track is a duet with Lee Sook Heun, a male vocalist. Every track is a winner.

 
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So I recently stumbled across a video on YouTube that did a "top songs by kpop composer/arranger E.ONE" and it's a really good rundown of that team's greatest girl-group hits. It also includes a handful of boy-group songs but just skip over them. E-ONE is one of my favorite kpop composer/arrangers because they work almost exclusively with my favorite girl groups, namely WJSN/Cosmic Girls, IZ*ONE, TWICE, GFriend, APink, Lovelyz, and especially April, who seem to fit them like a glove.



Which brings me to an extremely painful subject I've been meaning to address for the better part of a year: April's career is now dead in the water, and possibly sunk, due to bullying accusations leveled against several of the members. "Bullying scandals" have been plaguing Kpop girl groups for the last few years and have ruined not just careers, but lives.

So--what is a "bullying scandal"?

Well, as far as I can tell, there are three broad types of these scandals:

1. A member of a girl group claims to have been systematically "bullied" or "ostracized" or "targeted" or "mentally or emotionally abused" by one other member, or by several other members ganging up on her in a pattern of abuse.
2. A schoolmate of a girl group idol complains that she was "bullied" or "ostracized" by that idol, typically when they were in middle school together, when the idol was still a trainee.
3. A service provider (i.e. stylist, manager, etc.) of a girl group idol complains of rude/arrogant/condescending/obnoxious behavior from said idol.

These accusations are taken extremely seriously, and when they surface they can immediately have catastrophic effects not only on the accused, but on the accused's entire idol group, as well as the group's management company. After spending a year trying to understand this emergent phenomenon, I've basically given up. I do have a vague understanding that Korea is a society that adheres to Confucian social ethics, where maintaining social harmony is considered a key component of upholding the greater good. But beyond that, nothing makes sense. It's hard to discern what's going on, but it appears that mentally ill people are taking advantage of the social order to either settle old scores, or act out on their jealousy and resentment, and destroy people's lives and careers.

So generally speaking, how do these kinds of cases get resolved? Well, incredibly, in many cases the police actually get involved to try to sort out what's going on, because the management companies will usually threaten the accusers with lawsuits. I don't have a clue how slander and libel law works in Korea but the management companies at least behave like they have legal recourse. It's very strange, but as you'd expect, the police investigations drag on and on and rarely come up with much aside from a lot of conflicting testimony, which doesn't seem to leave much room for lawsuits to go forward. But the big problem is, sponsors, advertisers, and employers don't wait for the police and the courts to get to the bottom of these accusations. Instead, they will drop the idols in question within days of accusations surfacing. This is not just potentially career-ruining, but it can also create short- and medium-term financial problems when the idols involved are working at relatively small management agencies.

Let's take a look at four major cases that have come up in the last few years:

* The AOA bullying case, where one member (Mina) accused the group leader Jimin of bullying and harassing her for 10 years straight.
* The April case, where the younger brother of a former member (Hyunjoo) accused several members (Jinsol, Naeun, and Yena) of harassing his sister and driving her out of the group.
* The G-(I)DLE case, where a middle school classmate of member Soojin accused her of bullying and harassment.
* The Red Velvet case, where a stylist accused member Irene of, basically, being an arrogant bitch.

So how did these above cases specifically get resolved?

In the AOA case, Jimin not only left the group (which was already in shambles due to other members leaving over the last few years), but she retired from show business entirely, and apparently has gone into utter seclusion. Now, after almost a year, as more and more information comes out, it's starting to look like Mina was actually the crazy bitch--and while Jimin was not entirely blameless, it looks she was liferuined for no good reason. The management company, FNC, looks like they have been mismanaging the group for years.

The G-(I)DLE case dragged on for quite a while, and the police investigation wasn't helpful, but suddenly Soojin left the group with no explanation. G-(I)DLE's management company, Cube Entertainment, has been accused of doing a bad job defending their member, although some have claimed that Soojin may have been caught lying to Cube management. I can't be bothered to sort out the details, but it seems like Soojin might have gotten a raw deal.

The Red Velvet case went more smoothly. Red Velvet's agency is SM Entertainment, an industry powerhouse, who has enough money and clout to make problems go away. They did what they had to do to smooth over the disgruntled parties, and then told Irene to apologize, which she did, and now everybody has forgotten about it. Whether or not Irene actually did anything wrong is an open question.

This leaves us with the April case, which is a train wreck. The accusations surfaced way back in February, and the immediate effects were catastrophic. Naeun, who is the most popular and commercially successful member, was fired from several acting jobs as well as an emceeing gig, and also lost a bunch of advertising sponsorships. Jinsol, who had also been developing a successful acting career, was fired from her acting jobs. The group, which was already overdue for a comeback, essentially went into hiding, and has been unemployed for seven months. Worse, their last comeback is now 14 months in the rear view mirror, which is a hard way to run an idol group.

As far as the allegations go--I'm not even going to try to explain it, because I can barely make sense out of it. All I'm going to say about it is, Koreans are very weird people who are capable of spectacular levels of autism under these circumstances. A crowdsourced wiki site that went on for a dozen pages was put together exhaustively detailing both sides of this case. When this thing blew up, I actually ran it through a translator and tried to understand it, but it's just stupid. I'm going to go ahead and link it here, not because you'd actually run it through a translator and read it (please don't) but so you can see the levels of autism on display.


You may have noticed that that's a wayback machine link. That's because the page got deleted. Why did it get deleted? Because as it turns out, the allegations against April have been exposed as being complete horseshit. Here's a case summary by a Korean entertainment reporting youtube channel which is actually pretty good. (all of the following videos have english subtitles available)


That channel also did a recent update on the AOA case, and indicates that as more and more gets exposed, it appears that Mina, the alleged "victim", may have, in fact, been the aggressor. Or at the very least, she represented a real behavioral problem to the rest of the group.


A few months ago, the same channel did an expose on Mina's checkered past of slutting around, and suicide attempts, which was a turning point in the original narrative that Mina was the victim.

The original bullying case is the T-ara case, which goes back many years, and was spectacularly botched by their management company. I'm not going to waste time summing it up but, again, this channel detailed that particular train wreck, and does a nice job surveying these bullying scandals in general.


The bottom line is, after several years of these scandals, a consistent pattern has emerged: almost all of the accusers have turned out to be liars, and the April case appears no different. Whether or not the April members can come back from this savage attack on their careers remains to be seen.

 
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VIVIZ performed live for the first time yesterday, on a radio show. They did a cover of the S.E.S. classic, "Just a Feeling". Note that it's a full cover.


Here's the original, performed live by S.E.S.


Yuju, Yerin, and SinB actually covered this song a few years ago, although they only did a 2-minute version

 

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Let's do some Jo Yuri "Glassy" debut stages.. Her agency, Wake One, is the former Off The Record, renamed. You'll remember that Off The Record managed both IZ*ONE (before they disbanded) and Fromis_9 (before they got sold off to Pledis/HYBE), i.e., these people are very good at their jobs. So it's no surprise that these are high quality stages. IZ*ONE's stylists were always top-rank, and based on how great Yuri looks, Wake One kept them on staff.

10/7 MCountdown


10/8 Music Bank


10/9 Music Core


10/10 Inkigayo. Great looking set decoration on this one. And you can see after getting three stages under her belt, she's now performing with full confidence. It's challenging to make the transition from being one out of 12 members of IZ*ONE, to being a solo performer. Just do the math: a 4-minute song means that each member only has to do ~20 seconds of solo time, more or less (although sometimes they might also be doing backing vocals). Obviously if you're the only one out there you are carrying all the vocal freight and there's nowhere to hide. So it's natural that the first few times out it's going to be nerve-racking.


10/12 The Show

 
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More Jo Yuri stages. Yuri is an adorable pixie and they are styling her to maximum effect.

10/14 MCountdown. They switch things up a little, and go for a more causal look. She looks great in the faded denim.


10/15 Music Bank. Crisp, understated elegance is the hallmark of this stage.


10/16 Music Core. Two weeks in and I've finally got a styling quibble: the big pink shirts on the backdancers are distracting. But Yuri looks better than ever, so I guess it balances out.


10/17 Inkigayo


10/19 The Show

 

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Week 3 of Jo Yuri debut promotions begins.

10/22 Music Bank. It's Yuri's 21st birthday (20th by western counting, in Korea you are 1 year old the moment you are born) which the backdancers celebrate at the end of the stage.


To celebrate her birthday, Yuri also did a special live cover of the song "That's OK" originally sung by male vocalist D.O. of EXO. It's a great choice that showcases her effortless delivery and outstanding vocal talent. And she looks and behaves like a perfect princess here, 100% pure class and elegance.


Here's the original, to compare against:


She's also started promoting the b-side "Express Moon"


Let's finish up with a fancam from Yuri's days in IZ*ONE. Even though Yuri was one of the main vocalists in the group, she still spent 90% of her time on stage dancing and only 10% singing. That's what's it's like to be one of twelve.


Yuri has a lot to celebrate on her birthday, as her album has already sold over 75,000 copies which is a huge achievement for a solo debut. Back when IZ*ONE broke up, I argued that keeping the girls together would be better financially for the management companies involved. But given how successful Kwon Eunbi's (60,000 albums sold) and Jo Yuri's (75k+ albums sold) solo debuts have gone, if this is any indication of how well all the girls are going to perform in their future endeavors, it appears that splitting up is going to work out ok for everybody.
 
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We need to celebrate how Oh My Girl recently set the record for longest-running girl group single to remain in the top 100 of all of the Korean music charts. The previous record holder was TWICE's "Cheer Up" which lasted for 479 days on the MelOn Top 100, which was broken back in August when the eponymous title track from Oh My Girl's 2020 album "Nonstop" logged its 480th day in top 100 . And not only did Oh My Girl set the record, but then a few weeks later they broke their own record, when the b-side "Dolphin" from the same album remained in the top 100 after "Nonstop" finally fell out. "Dolphin" is still going strong, and today logged its 538th consecutive day in top 100. This is a monumental achievement, especially when you consider that "Dolphin" is a b-side track.

Let's celebrate these milestones with some Oh My Girl performances. First, let's honor Oh My Girl's stylists with a high-quality stage mix of "Nonstop". The "Nonstop" comeback stages collectively represented the greatest styling triumph in kpop girl-group history.




Next, here they are performing "Dolphin" and "Dun Dun Dance" on Yoo Heeyeol's Sketchbook, which is an invitational showcase that Oh My Girl has been long overdue to be featured on. Because of the coronahoax, there is no live audience except for a select handful carefully protected from each other by acrylic panels. I am so sick of this shit. Anyway, Oh My Girl invited one of their celebrity superfans, the Korean Olympic team triple-gold-medalist archer An San, who was so thrilled to see them live she almost couldn't contain herself. How can you blame her? Oh My Girl are incredible live stage performers, you can't ever get tired of watching them.


Did you know that Oh My Girl are also gold-medalist archers? On a slightly lower level of competition of course. But beating Gugudan, who had dominated the ISAC games archery competition for years, is no small accomplishment.


Here they are performing one of my favorite b-sides, "Tic Toc", a song that innocently and cheerfully celebrates the female biological clock. The performance features Binnie on vocals and Mimi's matchless rap style, as well as the group's overall charisma and adorable stage presence. And the black-and-white outfits represent yet one more triumph for Oh My Girl's stylists. Each of them are styled with precision, but YooA especially stands out in the black leather pants, which show off her perfectly-proportioned dancer's body.


Let's close out with Seunghee, YooA, and Hyojung doing a glorious cover of IU's "Hold My Hand". Try to ignore the minor technical malfunction at 2:15, where the volume on Hyojung's microphone seems to cut out briefly.


Oh My Girl is Korea's national treasure.
 
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We need to celebrate how Oh My Girl recently set the record for longest-running girl group single to remain in the top 100 of all of the Korean music charts. The previous record holder was TWICE's "Cheer Up" which lasted for 479 days on the MelOn Top 100, which was broken back in August when the eponymous title track from Oh My Girl's last album "Nonstop" logged its 480th day in top 100 . And not only did Oh My Girl set the record, but then a few weeks later they broke their own record, when the b-side "Dolphin" from the same album remained in the top 100 after "Nonstop" finally fell out. "Dolphin" is still going strong, and today logged its 538th consecutive day in top 100. This is a monumental achievement, especially when you consider that "Dolphin" is a b-side track.

Let's celebrate this triumph with some Oh My Girl performances. First, let's honor Oh My Girl's stylists with a stage mix of "Nonstop", which represented the greatest styling triumph in kpop girl-group comeback history:


Next, here they are performing "Dolphin" and "Dun Dun Dance" on Yoo Heeyeol's Sketchbook, which is an invitational showcase that Oh My Girl has been long overdue to be featured on. Because of the coronahoax, there is no live audience except for a select handful carefully protected from each other by acrylic panels. I am so sick of this shit. Anyway, Oh My Girl invited one of their celebrity superfans, the Korean Olympic team triple-gold-medalist archer An San, who was so thrilled to see them live she almost couldn't contain herself. How can you blame her? Oh My Girl are incredible live stage performers, you can't ever get tired of watching them.


Did you know that Oh My Girl are also gold-medalist archers? On a slightly lower level of competition of course. But beating Gugudan, who had dominated the ISAC games archery competition for years, is no small accomplishment.


Here they are performing one of my favorite b-sides, "Tic Toc", a song that innocently and cheerfully celebrates the female biological clock. The performance features Binnie on vocals and Mimi's matchless rap style, as well as the group's overall matchless charisma and stage presence. And the black-and-white outfits represent yet one more triumph for Oh My Girl's stylists. Each of them are styled with precision, but YooA especially stands out in the black leather pants, which show off her perfectly-proportioned dancer's body.


Let's close out with Seunghee, YooA, and Hyojung doing a glorious cover of IU's "Hold My Hand". Try to ignore the minor technical malfunction at 2:15, where the volume on Hyojung's microphone seems to cut out briefly.


Oh My Girl is Korea's national treasure.
This is surprisingly watchable with the sound off!
 

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This is surprisingly watchable with the sound off!
Hey, whatever works for you. It does take the western ear a while to get accustomed to the high pitch of asian female voices, but once you overcome that initial shock, you will find their singing very pleasing to the ear.
 

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Hey, whatever works for you. It does take the western ear a while to get accustomed to the high pitch of asian female voices, but once you overcome that initial shock, you will find their singing very pleasing to the ear.
I like their soul-less robot eyes with the audio of an African necklacing video in the background. Very relaxing.
 

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Simply...we need more Yin/Yang in the Western world (basically clear definition of sex roles). Asian girls kind of know their place in the scheme of things. With K-girls, the music isn't "simple" but it can be complex at times. That is why I like it. Been watching K-Girl shows since 1994. It has just improved overtime. Some Korean Guys actually have a good vids/songs as well. In Asia...the dynamic is mostly natural...but in the West it is brokered by Idiot J-Advertising J-Sh*t. Frankly...I just like the beauty and skill in K-Pop/J-Prop which doesn't include a base "Brown". Most of the performers are highly talented and not over promoted and create their works for the betterment of their people. Taught a few girls that became international performers back in the day. Far better than rolling ESTL and seeing gangs looking to kill ya. Basically...do you want K-Pop or Nigger Gangster East ST. Louis death?
 

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Most of the performers are highly talented and not over promoted and create their works for the betterment of their people.
Yes. What's fun about kpop girl groups is, it isn't just about the music. Not only do the girls get trained in dancing and singing, they also get trained in acting, improvisational comedy, public speaking/emceeing, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. This not only makes them well-rounded entertainers, it also makes them better people in general. You could even argue that idol group training has some parallels to the old European upper-class "Finishing Schools", the major difference being admission is not based on wealth or class status, but rather talent and skill.


For example, here's Sooyoung and Taeyon from SNSD doing improv.


Sooyoung was legendary for her razor-sharp wit and savage comedy attacks

 
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Just four months after their debut, Lightsum came back for the first time two weeks ago with their three-track single album, "Light a Wish", featuring the lead single, "Vivace". Lightsum's debut single, "Vanilla", was a pleasant enough foray into cute/fun/energy concept space, and has sold a more-than-respectable 40K+ copies to date. But it seems that that concept direction represented something of a fakeout. With "Light a Wish", Lightsum is staking out a creative identity that splits the difference between WJSN/Cosmic Girls and IZ*ONE. This is an especially smart move given IZ*ONE's recent disbandment. IZ*ONE established, in no uncertain way, that there was a huge latent demand for the Elegant/Sophisticated/Powerful concept that they represented so well, and their departure leaves a gaping hole in that market space. Musically, Lightsum is going with a synth-heavy attack that is generally similar to, but slightly thicker and meatier than, either WJSN or IZ*ONE.

Here's the music video for the lead single, "Vivace". It's a solid track that hits the target they are aiming for.


Here's the Studio Choom choreography video. Note that both the choreography and the styling choices are ripped straight from the IZ*ONE playbook. That's going to be a formula for success, every time.


Let's get right into the comeback stages.

MCountdown 10/14. Good styling, solid effort.


Music Bank 10/15. The gray pinstripes is an interesting styling concept, although the way it's implemented works better for some of the girls than others.

 

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Music Core 10/16. This time the stylists make sure every girl looks great.


Inkigayo 10/17. Great looking stage, but then again, Inkigayo stages always seem to look good.


The Show 10/19. Looks like they recycled the styling from 10/14. Nothing wrong with doing that once or twice during a comeback.


Music Bank 10/22. Not crazy about the brown and dark-olive color choices, but the girls all look good.


Music Core 10/23. The best-styled stage this comeback. Great looks for all the girls.

 
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Inkigayo 10/24. The yellow plaid is a little hard on the eyes--shades of STAYC, lol--but otherwise fine.


The Show 10/26. They recycle the outfits from 10/22, but the color choices look a lot better this time in front of a purple and blue stage backdrop.


Let's flash back to the Inkigayo 10/17 stage and look at the "One take Full cam" version, which gives you a nice combination of closeups while also delivering a good overview of the choreography.


Here's the entire three-track album. While "Vivace" is a good track, I actually like the two b-sides more--especially "You Jam"'s thick and meaty synth sound.

 
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Despite JinSoul's Blue Hair (ugghh.... :( ) I always liked this song...reminds me of a lot in Hadan-Dong back in the early 1990s:


Fiestar reminds me of Kpop before it went fully international (outside of Asia)... really keen stuff:


Also WJSN in the early days (in China):
 
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Let's do some Halloween posting. The VIVIZ girls did a cute livestream in high-quality, professionally-applied cute-animal makeup, and played games. This is high-quality entertainment, and all the girls look very fetching, especially cute-bunny Eunha in her cute bunny ears. English subtitles are available.


Fromis_9 does a typical Fromis_9 party livestream, except they look even more stunning than usual. These girls are naturally gorgeous but now that the full resources of the richest entertainment agency in Korea is behind them, they are turning the dial to 11 all across the board. They joke around and play games while looking fantastic. That is grape juice in their glasses (idols are not allowed to drink alcohol on livestreams) but it sure seems like Jiwon (seated at the far left of the screen) might have grabbed a couple bottles of soju at the convenience store to drink on the way to the set.

No subtitles available, but you don't really need subtitles to enjoy it.


...but here's a short clip of the above with subtitles of Chaeyoung and Gyuri playing the "stick your hands into the mystery box" game which is always good for laughs


They do a "performance video" of "Talk & Talk" in their Halloween costumes that is just an excuse to goof around and look highly attractive.


Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) was a month ago, but I'll throw this one in--the girls split up into two groups to play "draw that holiday food". Saerom wins the second group and demonstrates that she may be legitimately psychic. English subtitles are already built into the video.

 
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While we're talking about Fromis_9, Jiheon (who is still in high school) has become famous for posting a few livestreams of herself studying. I guess this is a thing now, where you livestream yourself studying, and then other people study along with you as sort of a mutual motivational scheme, or something.


These livestreams got a few million views and eventually a famous Korean DJ and Emcee, JaeJae invited her and her fellow member Jisun to her YouTube show. I generally find JaeJae hard to take but here she's actually pretty funny, as her and Jisun team up to make Jiheon's studying difficult. English subtitles are available.

 

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Here, Oh My Girl does a live-band version of "The Fifth Season" which--despite the fact that "Nonstop" and "Dolphin" are the two biggest hits in Kpop chart history--is arguably their best song. I'm sure at least a few regular readers must be sick of me saying how great they are, but it's just a fact. Never mind how fantastic they look. Listen to this one on headphones, and thank me later.


The Korean Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism awarded Oh My Girl their top award a few weeks ago. While TWICE is inarguably Korea's "Nation's Girl Group", the Korean government has made it official that Oh My Girl is Korea's national cultural treasure.


They performed their most recent hit "Dun Dun Dance" at the awards ceremony. It's so boring to keep pointing out how great they look, but facts are facts. And they perform at their usual 10/10 level. Notice how Seunghee removes her in-ear monitor at the 1:23 mark, and for the rest of the performance you can see it swinging around behind her. Performing without a monitor is a big handicap for a singer, so obviously there must have been a major technical malfunction of some sort that forced her to remove it, but Seunghee is a stone-cold professional and she delivered a perfect performance despite this hardship.


Seunghee was a child prodigy who competed in a national singing contest when she was just 10 years old, so it's no wonder that she so easily maintains her composure on stage when something goes wrong. Fun fact:, fellow member Binnie, who is several years younger than Seunghee, grew up in the same neighborhood with her, and dreamed of becoming a singer like Seunghee someday. It's only right that they ended up in the same group together.


Oh My Girl collected an Artist of the Year award at The TMA awards, whatever that is. But the point is, they performed the b-side "Quest" from their most recent album, along with the title track "Dun Dun Dance". And unsurprisingly, it's another monumental triumph for their stylists, and another perfect performance stage from the girls. The highlight is the dance break at the 7 minute mark that puts Binnie--who looks stunning--in the center position. Incredible. Sadly I could not find a higher-resolution version of this performance, which is a real shame, but this will have to do.

 
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Just wanted to post on Woo!ah's "I don't miss you". Found it pretty catchy:

 

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Not a bad comeback after being gone for 4 years and losing several members

 

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Just wanted to post on Woo!ah's "I don't miss you". Found it pretty catchy:
Woo!ah is one of those groups I want to like more than I actually do. StayC and Rocket Punch fell into that category for me, and managed to pull themselves out of it, so who knows.
 
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