Question #17: A k-pop idol you wish was your older sibling
I can’t believe I actually thought I could view J-Hope as my older sibling. I mean, after ANYONE sees that man live, platonic feelings goes out the door as fast as one can blink! Not to say I don’t doubt he would make a great sibling, but I saw the man do his iconic Bapsae hip thrust… LIVE! My life will never be the same…
My answer now would be, without a doubt, Jooheon from Monsta X.
Watching their Monsta X Ray ep 5, when they spent the day as daycare workers, it’s easy to see Jooheon actually takes on a fatherly role as well. I was impressed how he felt so natural around the kids and was able to diffuse problems by just talking to them in a way which grabbed their attention. I’m quite certain growing up with a brotherly figure such as Jooheon would have been a positive experience.
Question #18: A k-pop idol you wish was your younger sibling
LISA from Blackpink wins this year’s status as ideal younger sibling. She might be a bit overly affectionate for me to take (ask my family – while I welcome hugs and kisses, I hate being mauled and prefer an arms length bubble of air around me most times). She’s sweet and what a cutie she must have been when she was a baby or toddler.
I think for me, LISA would have been the type of sister to get me to enjoy the moment more often. She would have been the one to open my cold heart in order for me to accept love. LOL! Poor her would have had to deal with my over-achieving ass to ensure she’s on the right track, dates good people and strives for her best.
Ha ha! Um… my answer hasn’t changed much. I have learned very little Korean since I started my love for k-pop. I think if I had the time I could learn the words to some of my favorite songs. But alas, when it comes to using my free-time to learn another language, I’m currently trying to just improve my Mandarin speaking skills (I’ve been watching a lot of C-Dramas on Netflix while trying to not read the subtitles).
Having said that, the other day while listening to Boy In Luv by BTS, I caught myself singing along to most of the lyrics! That surprised me. I suppose it was bound to happen so I thought that was pretty cool. I don’t know the full lyrics, though. And I’d have to sing along with it – as I can’t sing it on my own.
Question #9: Favorite k-pop performance
Well… there’s been a lot of phenomenal live performances. With BTS’ fast-growth not just in Asia but by international standards, they really have been given more and more stage time at the various main Asian music award shows. The MMAs 2019 gave them a total of 37 minutes allowing BTS to really show their artistry. And because they ended with Dionysus, this is currently my favorite live k-pop performance.
Some other honorable mentions:
BTS’ 2019 Golden Disk Awards performance of FAKE LOVE stood out due to the symbolic intro. Many k-pop fans, especially ARMY, understand the meaning behind their marionette puppets intro. Which was a subtle message at a huge k-pop industry award show. Idols face such harsh control by the industry and fans alike, they often lose who they truly are (at an age they are supposed to be finding themselves – alas that is another topic for another time).
BTS’ performance of IDOL at the 2018 MMAs showed a beautiful mix of contemporary and cultural dance as the intro. I love it when they do this! Plus we witnessed female performers which is a huge move for a male k-pop group to do (i.e. too many jealous fans).
Sunmi ft. Taemin’s Gashina performance was iconic! And damn sexy. I always love watching Sunmi live, though. Her facial expressions are point on. She’s stunning and certainly a queen.
AOA’s cover of MAMAMOO’s Egotistic remix must be mentioned. The performance was stellar but I loved how they brought out the drag queens in the end. AOA danced in tailored suits along with the drag queens and brought the house down!
I’m simply very happy for and proud of TXT for winning New Artist of the Year at the MMA 2019. Their extended New Rule and Run Away performance was a great show for such a rookie group. BTS supported them throughout the show, with a big stand-up applause and cheer from their seniors when they were announced for the win.
Congrats also go out to BTS for being the first to win all 4 Daesang categories at an end of the year Asian Award Show!
Okay! So this is start of my 2019’s 30 Questions K-pop Challenge. As with before, this is going to be random so lets just hope I finish it by the end of 2019!
I mentioned the last time, I would compare how my answers have changed since i did this almost two years ago. Let’s see!
Question #1 – Your favorite k-pop boy group
Ah, well, this one hasn’t changed at all. While I’ve picked up on many favorite boy bands since I started getting into k-pop, my favorite has not changed. Of course, BTS is still my favorite then and now. It’s been quite an amazing journey they’ve taken us on as well. When I first discovered BTS, they were not known outside of Asia and the ARMY fandom. Now, everyone and their grandparents have at least heard of them!
Where as back then I would have gotten a, what’s a BTS type response, now, three years later, they’ve won American music awards, did a speech at the UN, toured stadium (including 2 nights, sold out at Wembley), appeared on so many late night talk shows (and 2 daytime ones on Ellen), reached #1 on the Billboards multiple times, and well, the list is so long I’ve completely lost track! I’m extremely happy for all achievements by BTS as a whole and the individual members.
Question #1 – Your favorite k-pop girl group
This one is an interesting question to answer because when I first did this 30-day challenge, my knowledge of k-pop was of true amateur status. I didn’t know many groups, let alone girl groups. I was frustrated with the obvious, double-standard sexism between boy and girl groups within the k-pop industry. There were not as many bad-ass girl groups with equally bad-ass music and choreography to really grab my attention.
My first semi-favorite girl group was EXID and my first serious favorite girl group was (and to some extent, still is) Blackpink. At the moment, though, I would have to say (G)I-dle is by far my favorite.
For me, not only does (G)I-dle show their talents on many level, but I see them breaking the rules a bit. I noticed them in Latata and have been steadily following them while being impressed with each of their comebacks.
Their sound tends to show variety from comeback after comeback and song after song. Something I haven’t found as much in many groups aside from BTS. They really can dance, especially the leader, Soyeon. I watched their dance practice for Uh-Oh and was floored with how strong of a dancer Soyeon is. I have no doubt in my mind these ladies would kill any choreography given to them if, and I put an emphasis on ‘if’, given the opportunity. K-pop still has some ways to go before we see an all-female group dance circles around their male counterparts.
They are, however, under CUBE Entertainment. And we all know how CUBE managed ( or mismanaged) 4MINUTE and then the whole Hyuna and E’Dawn from Pentagon dating scandal. My hopes is they have smartened up with (G)I-dle. They’ve got themselves a really amazing group of talented women. For God’s sake, CUBE management! Wake up! Don’t f*ck up this one!
Day 3: Who’s your ultimate k-pop guy bias?
LOL! This one definitely has changed drastically! I used to say Park Jimin from BTS but now, after seeing BTS live twice, it’s none other than Jung Hoseok!
Yes ’tis true, I am the category of ‘wait until you see him live’ – the J-Hope effect hit me strong after watching BTS perform the first night I went to see them. The unbelievable stage skills and strong persona emitted by J-Hope is hard to ignore. Plus the man is so talented on many levels, it’s difficult to not gravitate towards him! Well, the J-Hope stans get my point.
I think Jimin is a sweetie and still one of my favorite k-pop male dancers. But he’s almost too cute – if that makes any sense.
BTS’ Bon Voyage Season 4 (BV 4) is now fast approaching. You’ll need to view it in Weverse and purchase it through Weply just as with the Bring the Soul docu-series and documentary movie purchases.
I have purchased BV 4 but who knows when I’ll have time to watch it when each episodes starts to air. I have actually yet to watch any of the docu-series as well. I’m looking for some major downtime which may not happen until Christmas holidays. Bummer!
I’ve been keeping up with the episode teasers they’ve released on YouTube (after Bangtan Subs translates to English that is).
It is a hoot!
Seriously – BTS should never go camping alone. Like… ever!
I continue to play BTS World. As I approached the end of Chapter 7, I thought… Yes! I’m almost there!Then all I need to do is continue collecting 4-5 star cards, up both member and BTS affinity scores and finish each member’s Another Story!
Of course then they add a Chapter 8. I know I should be happy because it means more content, but honestly I fell to the ground and screamed, “Nooooooooooo!“
*Sigh* It’s a struggle.
On a side note I recently read a screen shot between Jin and Bang PD’s chat. This was back during their performance at The Billboards earlier this year.
BANG PD: Are you guys having fun?
KIM SEOK-JIN: Because I’m handsome it’s really fun.
I nearly fell over reading this! Mainly because, well, this is SO JIN! But also because this is pretty much every interaction I have with BTS World Jin.