EXO (D.O., Luhan, Chen, Baekhyun) – Open Arms

(Dream KPop Fantasy Concert – Manila Philippines)

It’s so nice to hear EXO’s 4 lead singers get to show off their vocals together. They sound great!

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January 20, 2013. EXO, Performance. Leave a comment.

SBS Gayo Daejun 2012

MBC Gayo Daejun has yet to arrive, but I already think that SBS Gayo Daejun will be my favorite one this year.

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Simon D, Epik High, Dynamic Duo – Cypher (MV)

THIS. IS. SO. HOT.
I do like me some rapping hip hop every so often and THIS IS SO AWESOME YOU WILL BE FLAPPING AND HOPPING AT THE END–oh wait no Tablo had that covered, sorry.


S.M. The Performance (aka dancing pretty boys)
SHINee’s Taemin & Minho, EXO’s Kai & Lay, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk & Donghae, DBSK’s Yunho

HOOOOOOOOO BOY THEY ARE ALL SO POWERFUL I had to watch this multiple times to contain my feels even though I’m usually not a sucker for dancing. This is just /THAT/ impressive.

Taemin was outstanding, and that move with putting on the jacket was great.
Kai has always been an established dancer but Lay finally gets some spotlight too! Except not really because they don’t film him as much, but I’m just glad he’s there! I LOOOOVE the trade-offs between these two, as if they’re battling it out but still somewhat mirroring each other and in sync.
THAT TRANSITION FROM THE EXO DANCE TO EUNHYUK WAS P E R F E C T.
Of course, who doesn’t already know that Eunhyuk’s an incredible dancer? :D (HIM AT 3:52 WOOOOW)
Yunho’s entrance is beyond hot. Dayummmm.
Donghae’s dancing was never that “powerful” but his moves always look so fluid! (I was SO impressed by his jump and flip part later.)

With the exception of Minho, they couldn’t have picked a more flawless line-up because these are truly some of SM’s finest dancers. No but srsly what is Minho doing there because they have enough pretty boys anyway; I never quite thought of Minho as the strongest dancer. Makes sense that he didn’t get a solo dance.


CN Blue & FT Island

Okay I have to say that I LOVE that these two groups are not only collabing but MIXED TOGETHER as if they’re one group but in two teams.
Furthermore, all of them look like they’re having soooo much fun! Look at that smile on Jonghyun’s face LOL. I really do feel like these two groups are brothers, both on and off stage. My only complaint is that they never filmed the drummers so we don’t get to see Minhyuk and Minhwan rocking out :c


EXO – MAMA

I’m not very observant so I didn’t even notice that EXO-M had come up to join their other half, so I literally SCREAMED aloud when I saw Kris filling in for the second half of the screamo bit LOL. IDK HOW I DIDN’T NOTICE THAT THE GROUP DOUBLED IN SIZE, BUT YEAH. Allkpop only labelled the video as EXO-K so I wasn’t anticipating the twist hahaha. OT12 <3

The standout here was Chen imo, who not only got to finally sing in his native language Korean, but belted his guts out and was fabulous.


Park Jimin (15&), Baek Ah Yeon, Lee Hi

For some reason, this is one of my favorite stages of SBS Gayo Dajun even though I have complaints. Something about it just sparkles.
While I feel kind of bad that the three of them (where is Yerin ;AA; ?) are crammed together into one performance, I like that all three of them were brought together because they’re (+ Yerin) JYP/YG’s fresh rookie but powerhouse singing girls who can defs hold their own just with their voices.
I must say that Lee Hi owned the solo perfs; she had the perfect attitude and hit all the right points. Meanwhile, Jimin was strong but veery pitchy, and Baek Ah Yeon lacked the power and spark to stand up to the other girls. I did hold my breath at Baek Ah Yeon’s long high note though. :’D

Then they come together to sing Mercy.
.______. which is just.. really.. very awkward because SNSD just came back with Dancing Queen, a remake of the same song. Of all songs they could’ve chosen, why…

But that issue aside, THEY SOUND DIVALICIOUS AND FABULOUS, HOOOLY.
Jimin aced this one with her belting and attitude. Baek Ah Yeon REALLY surprised me by shining here too with her high notes and runs! She was soft at first so I didn’t expect much, but dayumm. Lee Hi’s voice on the other hand seemed somewhat one-dimensional in this song.

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COLORS OF K-POP


Mystic White – Mermaid Princess
KARA’s Jiyoung, Secret’s Sunhwa, SISTAR’s Bora, 4minute’s Gayoon, After School’s Lizzy

This is the only Colors of K-pop performance that I’ve seen so far, and I do have to commend SBS for pulling all the stops for this Gayo Daejun! They did a great job imo. I mean, it’s awesome to be pulling members of a bunch of different groups, but they also had FULL NEW SONGS composed for each group. And then the members had to learn and record the songs, and learn the choreography that was come up just for this. The commitment that was put into this by both the members and production team can almost match that of what is put into a real group’s single (okay not really, but it is still admirable that they go through the entire process).

Watching this, it feels like we’re watching a new group’s debut LOL except without the rookie feel. The members of Mystic White compliment each other really well and I can see why they were put into this group.

I do kind of feel as though they wasted Bora’s rapping potential though, or maybe it’s just because I’m not too big a fan on that cutesy rapping style.

I LOVE THE TRANSITION from the underwater VCR to the performance, with the way it seems like they’re rising out of the water and onto stage; it’s brilliant!


Dramatic Blue – Tearfully Beautiful
Infinite’s Woohyun, BEAST’s Yoseob, Teen Top’s Niel, 2AM’s Jo Kwon, MBLAQ’s G.O

…….wow. I’m only now realizing that they literally casted all main lead vocals. Interesting.
While they sound pretty solid as a group, I guess they kind of lack that spark haha. Unlike Mystic White, it’s pretty easy to tell that this is a collab and not a real group because I don’t see them complimenting each other or making up for each other’s weaknesses? Not to mention because they’re all mostly trained in vocals, some of the dancing felt really awkward LOL.

The animation at the beginning was really cute. But then I think, WAIT.. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS STAND IN FRONT OF A GREEN SCREEN and Mystic White was freaking submerged in water LOL.

I did however enjoy how carefree this performance felt!


Dynamic Black – Yesterday
2AM’s Jinwoon, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, BEAST’s Kikwang, Infinite’s Hoya, Teen Top’s L.Joe

WOW! This is arguably the best group and performance of Colors of K-pop, and I’m not surprised. They truly are dynamic.. AND dramatic, dazzling, and even somewhat mystic/romantic.
That opening sequence was way too long and overdone though. But the actual performance is kick-ass!

They have great group chemistry! Saying that they’re a real group would actually be believable.
And I’m realizing that I guess they intended for Dramatic Blue to be the vocalist group and for Dynamic Black to be the dancing group, but it’s interesting because Dynamic Black’s vocals are actually…pretty..really good. Although a complaint would be that there’s a lot of backtrack and sometimes I couldn’t tell if they were lipsyncing. All in all, they got some of the most versatile boygroup members for this group. I mean, Joon, Kikwang, and Hoya (ESPECIALLY this boy) are all usually known for their dancing, but they also can hold up their end with their vocals. And Jinwoon is rockin’ for a member of a ballad group.

I also think that this group got some of the better choreography. THAT PART WHEN L.JOE RAPS AND THE CUBES START ASCENDING and it’s like a flight of stairs.. THAT IS AWESOMEEE. And the part where it’s like Hoya’s breaking free from the other guys’ grasp.
Not to mention, the line distribution is pretty equal all across the board. And they are all charismatic. GOOD FOR YOU, DYNAMIC BLACK. I THINK YOU WIN.


Dazzling Red – This Person
SISTAR’s Hyorin, 4minute’s Hyuna, After School’s Nana, Secret’s Hyosung, KARA’s Nicole

…uh. Okay, I really liked the opening sequence–I thought it was classy and befitting for the group. But the actual performance was kind of disappointing and dull all-around. :’c

The song and line distribution were reaaally repetitive. I have to say that the only things that changed the song up and made it have more depth were Hyuna’s raps but I wasn’t very fond of her rapping here. None of them got to show off their vocals; not even HYORIN, the queen of singing. The dancing was also repetitive and had no outstanding points. Most of the time, they were swaying and trying to be sexy.

They do, however compliment each other pretty well and are in sync. :’D

December 29, 2012. 15&, 2AM, 4Minute, After School, Baek Ah Yeon, BEAST, C.N. Blue, Dong Bang Shin Ki, Dynamic Duo, Epik High, EXO, FT Island, Infinite, Kara, Lee Hi, MBLAQ, Performance, Secret, SHINee, Simon D, SISTAR, Super Junior, Teen Top. Leave a comment.

MAMA 2012

There were some other performances I wanted to see but I can’t find them on youtube and mnet hasn’t uploaded them (yet??). :c Will update later if possible.

Honestly I wasn’t too impressed by MAMA this year, performance-wise haha.

EXO – MAMA
+ Mirotic (by DBSK)
+ Lucifer (by SHINee) ft SHINee

They performed MAMA at MAMA.
LMAOOO IT’S PERF. Anyway, none of this is sung live, and I guess I don’t mind too much since most of the MAMA perfs didn’t really focus on live singing. Plus their dances for the most part are demanding.

It was nice seeing all 12 of EXO performing together. :D Although it’s kind of weird because seeing Super Junior (back when they performed as 13) was so natural, but when it’s 12 of EXO, it feels like so many people LOL. Like the stage is cluttered and overcrowded.

Then they split up for Mirotic and Lucifer! 8DDD I enjoyed those ’cause they didn’t use the original audio but actually covered them. Kai and Kris switching off the raps in Mirotic was awesome. (KRIS RAPPING IN KOREAN YUSSSS.) Baekhyun ACEDDDDD the Changmin belt!
It was also great to hear Luhan and Chen singing in Korean for Lucifer. ^^ When SHINee came out, it was like, “oh cool!” but they didn’t do anything big with it.

f(x) were ADORABLE cheering so enthusiastically for EXO too ;u; so cuteeeee.

Super Junior – Sexy, Free, and Single

I’m an ELF and I hate to say it, but SuJu’s performances weren’t particularly interesting at MAMA. xD THAT LED SHOW PRIOR TO THIS PERFORMANCE HOWEVER WAS AWESOME AND BRILLIANTLY CHEOREOGRAPHED.


PSY ft Hyuna – Gangnam Style

Yaaayyyyy :D It’s really nice seeing all of the other k-pop stars (and just basically the entire audience) enjoying this performance and supporting PSY so much!! They were all really passionate about it.

December 1, 2012. EXO, EXO-K, EXO-M, Performance, PSY, SHINee, Super Junior. 1 comment.

121026 SMTown – Hope (SMTown in Tokyo)

This makes me smile so much! SMTown truly seems like a family. <3

I love intermingling between groups hehe.

October 31, 2012. CSJH the Grace, Dong Bang Shin Ki, EXO, EXO-K, EXO-M, f(x), SHINee, SNSD, Super Junior, Super Junior-M, Trax. Leave a comment.

Younique Unit – “MAXSTEP” MV

(SM’s dance unit in collaboration with Hyundai)

SNSD – Hyoyeon
Super Junior – Eunhyuk
Super Junior-M – Henry
SHINee – Taemin
EXO-K – Kai
EXO-M – Luhan

TOO MANY BIASES IN ONE GROUP, HOOOO.

Other than Kai, all of them are really underrated imo so I’m REALLY happy for them that they get to participate in a group like this and have exposure. xD Especially glad for Henry (him being my ultimate bias aside, he really doesn’t get many activities). Taemin’s not exactly “underrated” but he’s often underestimated when it comes to his talent.

It’s interesting because when I listened to the mp3, I couldn’t tell who anyone was other than Hyoyeon. But now seeing faces with the audio, the voices are suddenly so obviously distinguishable and it’s like, “OH. I SHOULD’VE KNOWN IT WAS ___ SINGING/RAPPING.”

In general, this whole thing is pretty fierce. :>

I like that they kept Hyoyeon like their secret weapon. At the end, it was “Hyoyeon and her bitches” LOL. I felt as though her entrance could have been more impactful though.

I’m really pleasantly surprised that Henry got the one belt HAHA. GOOD FOR HIM!

October 30, 2012. EXO, EXO-K, EXO-M, SHINee, SNSD, Super Junior, Super Junior-M. Leave a comment.

Yangtze River Music Festival – Kris (EXO-M) singing “At Least I Still Have You”

alsdkfjsld my bias from EXO singing my favorite song in the world.

October 29, 2012. EXO, EXO-M. Leave a comment.

120930 SNSD Taetiseo & EXO – DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again @ SMTown Seoul

Liking this stage a lot. They’re all fierce!

Tiffany really looks like she’s in her element and is having lots of fun. The girls all sound great. :’D I honestly didn’t recognize Seohyun though haha.

WOW I’M SO HAPPY FOR CHANYEOL who’s finally getting some spotlight with all of this rapping.

October 12, 2012. EXO, Performance, SNSD. 3 comments.

EXO-M – MAMA @ 120515 Show Champion

They didn’t sing live unfortunately but HOLY CRAP, TAO, YOU WIN ALL OF THE AWARDS for doing that awesome jump in the dance break.

May 16, 2012. EXO-M, Performance. Leave a comment.

EXO M – 120425 音乐风云榜 (eng subbed)

THEY’RE SO CUTE. AND SO VERY VERY AWKWARD.
Poor Kris has to do all the talking though, haha!

April 28, 2012. EXO, Variety/Talk Shows. Leave a comment.

Lay (EXO-M) Appreciation Post

I honestly did not expect Lay to be this talented.
But he really is the member of EXO that has the most.. surprises.

Powerful popping and smooth, sharp movements! *u* He’s such a good dancer. I can see why he’s the main dancer of EXO-M.
BUT WHEN WONDER GIRLS’ “NOBODY” STARTS PLAYING AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. KKAB!LAY. OH MY GOD. NOT EXPECTED AT ALL. He always seemed so serious to me that I didn’t think he had it in him. This is golden.

.. What?! He sings?! Even though he’s main dancer?!

….. What?! He plays guitar and sings?! A-and he improved since before too?!

April 26, 2012. EXO, EXO-M. Leave a comment.

Kris & Chanyeol – Two Moons – EXO SHOWCASE in Seoul

I am so late to this song and this performance, but.

THIS MAKES ME FEEL SO AWKWARD HAHAHAHAHAHA THAT “ayo whuddup krees” “ayo whusseeuup” PART MAKES ME FEEL AWKWARD but I think my heart is weak for Kris and I actually really like this performance.

Roll like a buffalo!

April 25, 2012. EXO, EXO-K, EXO-M, Performance. Leave a comment.

SMTOWN – Dear My Family (“I AM” OST)

I love SM Family ; u ; <3333 So many beautiful voices. This is so meaningful and the song sent positive shivers down my spine.

But there’s no CSJH the Grace. :c

I’m REALLY happy to see D.O. (EXO-K) and Lu Han (EXO-M) in here though! Especially Lu Han! *__* Singing Korean.

April 25, 2012. BoA, Dong Bang Shin Ki, EXO, f(x), Kangta, SHINee, SNSD, Super Junior. Leave a comment.

EXO – MAMA

Okay so I never thought I would like EXO [I’m really late to the scene ’cause I’ve really been out of touch with entertainment in general lately as any possible followers of this blog might have noticed from my complete lack of updates….] BUT MAN I AM HOOKED.

I KEEP REPLAYING “MAMA” BECAUSE IT IS JUST EPIC AS HELL. This is the new Rising Sun, except creepier and more demonic. It’s kind of scary and very angsty, but for some reason I just really like this song.

EXO-K

Let’s just ignore that entire opening sequence because ._. that.. yeah. Let’s ignore that. I’m sorry, ~*~Tree of Life~*~.

KAI’S SHARPIEFACE GAVE ME A HEART ATTACK THE FIRST TIME, OH MAAAN. He STILL freaks me out ’cause the way he moves just isn’t.. human LOL. On another note, D.O’s first solo [first line of song] impresses me so much! That belting! The singing in general is just awesome though. QwQ Really powerful. Baekhyun’s beltinggg.
Their dancing is also really sharp and in sync. ^^

EXO-M

For some reason, I actually think I’m slightly biased towards M over K.
I think what kind of disappoints me about M though is the fact that they rely so much on just one vocalist, Chen. :c And the ironic part is that he’s not even Chinese, although his voice is <33. K seems to be relying on Baekhyun, D.O. and Suho, whereas in M, it’s only Chen holding up the fort while the others aren’t as strong vocally? However, I think the rapping in general in M is better!

I like Kris :’D his rapping <3333. ALSO he is the only one that’s not scary with sharpieface LOL. It actually looks cool on him.

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EXO-K – History/MAMA (Debut Stage) @ Music Bank 120413

Objectively speaking, History was a weak performance. They were off tune everywhere, out of breath, didn’t blend, and it was just really messy in general although I know they worked hard and put a lot of effort.

MAMA, HOWEVER, WAS AMAZING. This definitely showcased how good they can be live.

D.O, BAEKHYUN, AND SUHO *_____________* were really incredible, vocally. I was extremely impressed by Baekhyun who was pretty much nearly flawless and very fierce. I was also really impressed by D.O, although that one run that he did just.. did not work ;n; but I still have to give him a LOT of credit because he has some of the hardest parts of the song.

KAI’S SCREAMO PART WAS AWESOME. YES. I worry a lot for his vocal chords, but like.. surprisingly he actually sounded really good and pulled it off!
Chanyeol rapping *u* He’s pretty good and I hope he gets more/bigger chances to rap in the future!

.. :c I want to see what Sehun can do. I can’t really judge from the ONE rap solo he has.

April 14, 2012. EXO, EXO-K, EXO-M, Performance. 1 comment.

111229 SBS Gayo Daejun 2011

K.Will & Tiffany (SNSD) – A Whole New World

OH. MY. GOD. <3333 This song!!
And yayy for another K.Will and Tiffany collab! K.Will has such a handsome, strong voice and he pulls anything off well. And although Tiffany has some weaker moments, I’m impressed with her ;_; <3 I love her vibrato. She’s gorgeous too~

Ga In (BEG), Sunhwa (Secret), Hyorin (SISTAR), G.NA, Jiyeon (T-ara), Fei (Miss A), HyunA (4minute) – Run the World

Oh my goshh *___* they are all so fierce.
I’m kind of unimpressed by Hyuna though ;w; she really doesn’t need to dance like that to be sexy. Ga In, Jiyeon, G.NA, and Fei were able to be sexy but still classy. I was especially wowed by Jiyeon O A O I didn’t know she had it in her. And she’s able to be sexy, but strong and yet innocent.

IU & Yoseob (BEAST) – What I Want to Do Once I Have a Lover

SOOO CUTE. Yoseob must be so happy! HAHA. They’re both naturally adorable and are both great singers.

FT Island & f(x) – Don’t Cha

“Radies let’s go!”

SNSD & Super Junior – Technologic; We Can Make the World Stop; Moves Like Jagger

They’re all so fierce <3
But this video was definitely made by awkward SeoKyu couple at the end LMAO LMAO I LOVE THEM ♥♥♥♥

2NE1 – Ugly + I Am The Best

Admittedly, I kinda don’t like that CL just shouts everything during lives, but I was pretty impressed with her singing the chorus during Ugly [: it was powerful but on pitch and full of passion. Although she skipped the “pretty”s =w= haha. They’re such good performers.

Super Junior – Mr. Simple

KYEEE thank you SBS for that awesome opening VCR segment!

C.N. Blue & Wonder Girls – Tainted Love

Somewhat an awkward collab but they’re all good. xD I’m surprised Yoobin sang. Yonghwa looked kind of afraid of them LOLLL. I think Wonder Girls pulls off rock pretty well though.

Kim Hyunjoong & After School

This is really cool, with the flashlights and choreography. *w* So many people must be envious of Hyunjoong right now lolol, almost got to kiss both Kahi and Nana.


[alternative LQ but SBS official link if embedded is deleted] 

Hip Hop Stage Part 1

Gary (Leessang), Dynamic Duo +
Taecyeon (2PM), Junhyung (BEAST), Hoya (Infinite), Mir (MBLAQ)

WOW I LOVE THIS. The hip hop stage is my second favorite of all of the gayo daejun performances this year, I think. [: There is so much passion and energy here.
First of all, I’m really happy for all the idol rappers that they got to do a stage like this. ^^
GARYY <3333 I’m used to Running Man and it’s sooo weird seeing a fierce Gary haha! LOOK AT SEOHYUN at 1:48 though lmao she’s just awkwardly clapping even though it’s a hip hop stage, and then she follows Hyoyeon and G.NA with their gestures, and she’s soo awkawrd… hahaha.


[alternative LQ but SBS official link if embedded is deleted] 

Hip Hop Stage Part 2

This part though is the shit.
Yoon Mirae aka Tasha comes out and SLAYS ALL OF THEM. GIIIIRL, I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR YOU. Holy fudge. Yoon Mirae = all of the rest of their swag added up.
I loved her after Running Man’s hip hop special because she was really sincere and she and her husband were really cute, but I had no idea she was this badass. <3

SMTOWN – The Sound of Hanlyu

Holy fuck. This is what my life is about. Fuck. Can I just marry all of SMTown? SMTOWN ORCHESTRA IS LIKE THE BEST THING OUT OF ALL POSSIBLE BEST THINGS THAT EXIST. O A O

These 9 minutes of your life are worth it. First you’ll be impressed.. then you’ll be impressed even more.. and then even more blown away and even more and more!!! It never ends O A O They are all amazing as fuck and they just keep throwing more and more spazz-worthy awesomeness at you.
SMTown is really, truly talented… ;_____; Not only are they the best on variety and have great personalities and hearts and are all really superior-looking people, but.. talent in instruments, singing, rapping, dancing.. All that charisma and stage presence and beauty and wonder and. Wow. I’m really happy.

HENRY VIOLINNN <3 Siwon drums!! Seohyun and Ryeowook keyboard!! Sunday and Jungmo guitar!! VICTORIA’S SOLO DANCE. All of the fierce dancing! TIFFANY’S BEAUTIFUL FLUTE.
And… The Devil’s Cry…………. Taeyeon and Changmin. how. how did they do that.

Anyway, wow, watch this! They are all really talented ♥
Gayo daejuns were really boring this year, but this performance was definitely the bestttt<3 Made the gayo daejuns worth it.

January 8, 2012. 2NE1, 2PM, 4Minute, After School, BEAST, Brown-Eyed Girls, C.N. Blue, CSJH the Grace, Dong Bang Shin Ki, EXO, f(x), FT Island, G.NA, Infinite, IU, K.Will, Leessang, MBLAQ, Miss A, Performance, Secret, SHINee, SISTAR, SNSD, SS501, Super Junior, Super Junior-M, T-ara, Trax, Wonder Girls, Yoon Mirae. Leave a comment.