Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part I

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

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

BTS Season’s Greetings 2020 Photoshoot

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.

(G)I-dle LION music video

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?

Left to Right: J-Hope, Jimin and Jungkook

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.

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge.]

G in (G)I-dle stands for Girl Power

The last comeback post I created didn’t do (G)I-dle’s latest comeback, LION, justice. Not at all. And that is shameful of me. I even said I still liked Uh-Oh more. What was I thinking?

So I want to continue on about how much I love this song. After seeing it on their comeback stage and listening to it a couple of more times, I pretty much am now on my knees bowing to this song.

Hey – I still love Uh-Oh, but LION? God damn!

One thing I noticed is how much power their performance pours out from the stage. And not just from the members themselves. I was very impressed with their back-up dancers as well.

(G)I-dle also has shown they can put out different sounds song after song. And there’s a more even line-distribution than other groups. While I lack confidence in CUBE Entertainment, I have confidence (G)I-dle can go far if managed properly (though there lies the problem – CUBE is notorious for being a shitty management company for female groups/artists).

Queen Sunmi – LIVE (Warning World Tour)

Yes – I did indeed have the opportunity to see Sunmi Live this past weekend. And she definitely ruled the whole room!

Honestly, I love her music. She produces some great tracks. What amazed me more was her fans, though. She has some seriously devoted fans – it was a fantastic level of energy!

We had row 6 seats which included Hi-Touch, She gave everyone a high-ten, actually. But when my daughter went up to her, Sunmi grabbed both my daughters hand for a bit and well, it was just the sweetest thing!

Below are three videos I took during the concert.

The only downer was the security. We paid good money for our VIP tickets but they allowed people from any part of the theatre the fill the front part of the stage/aisle even though this venue had no GA area.

My daughter is not very tall so had a difficult time trying to see over the people who were standing there illegally. And being married to a firefighter it was a huge issue against any building fire code.

Aside from that, Sunmi and her crew did a fantastic job performing! For one of the smaller k-pop concerts I’ve been to, the performance was definitely top notch! I recommend going if she’s passing through a city near you.