Performances from MBC Gayo Daejun 2013 (that I enjoyed)

MBC’s was definitely my favorite gayo daejun this year.

B1A4 – What’s Going On? (Band ver)

SNSD/Girls’ Generation – Dance Intro + I Got a Boy
THAT.. DANCE…… they’re so fierce dayum. SOOYOUNG DAYUM.

A Pink & B1A4 – Love Song Medley

Miss A – Hush


January 7, 2014. A Pink, B1A4, Miss A, Performance, SNSD. Leave a comment.

A Pink & B1A4 – Love Song Medley (@ MBC Gayo Daejun 2013)

THIS IS SOOOOOO CUTE. One of the few collab stages for 2013’s gayo dajuns that I actually really enjoyed and wanted to rewatch over and over. I like that they paired A Pink and B1A4 who’re both very endearing, “innocent,” sweet-natured, and adorable groups.

Highlights for me:

  • Chorong and Jinyoung pairing is super cute because leaders! (They look comfortable holding hands; soooo cute)
  • CNU AND NAMJOO during “We Fell in Love” (3:36) are so lovely together! They match really well, look and sound good together, and seemed to have chemistry. ;v; They’re both pretty dorky, blunt, but cool people too.
  • One of the songs was H.O.T’s “Candy” though I reaalllyyy wish they could’ve featured Eunji in that because of Reply 1997.. ;3;
  • All the girls are super cute and they sound pretty good. ^^ (B1A4 always sounds good, so no surprise.)
  • Eunji at 0:33 fucking slayin’ errthang being the cool unnie HELL YEAH


  • I wish there could’ve been more of Gongchan. ;A; ..Only after rewatching did I realize that he DID have a part at 1:58… and he’s styled/dressed so much like Jinyoung that I got confused at times.
  • Baro had no parts….

January 7, 2014. A Pink, B1A4, Performance. Leave a comment.

Henry Lau performing “Trap” on piano (130608 Sukira)

This is why this guy is my ultimate bias.

June 10, 2013. Performance, Radio, Super Junior-M. Leave a comment.


They alternate between dance- and vocal-focused songs:
Dazzling Girl
Keeping Love Again
1000 Years By Your Side (probably my favorite SHINee song now)

SHINee is seriously such a gem of a group in the Asian pop industry. Whether it’s powerful and synchronized dancing, stable and emotional live singing, Korean, or Japanese—their execution is PERFECT. Whether onstage or offstage, they’re hardworking, genuine, sweet, and entertaining.
SHINee, I think you win.

February 11, 2013. Performance, SHINee. Leave a comment.

130201 Music Bank – Super Junior-M – “Break Down”

AAAAHHHHH It’s so nice seeing them perform on a Korean music show! Honestly, it’s a bit troublesome to follow Chinese groups because they don’t have regular music shows–it’s mostly either an interview/talk/variety show (where they usually have to lipsync) or a concert (shit audio quality).

February 1, 2013. Performance, Super Junior, Super Junior-M. Leave a comment.

15&’s Baek Yerin (10 years old) – Listen (Beyonce)

I officially give up on life.

It’s kind of interesting though because she had more power and attitude in her voice than she currently does, 5 years later.

January 24, 2013. 15&, Performance. Leave a comment.

20130119 Music Core – Infinite-H – Special Girl

For some reason, I’m rather captivated by this duo because these two are the main dancers of Infinite. And yet, they can both hold their own in both rapping AND singing. Admittedly, Dongwoo was kind of pitchy during his singing part, but all in all.. this sub-unit is a very fulfilling package.

January 21, 2013. Infinite, Performance. Leave a comment.

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!

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

130115 CNBLUE Arena Tour 2012~COME ON!!!


2) THEY FINALLY GET TO PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENTS LIVE. And the sound system is so good that I kept having to wonder if it was really live.

3) ……IT’S CNBlue. They honestly sound so good, and this is quality entertainment for an entire hour and a half.


  • 0:30:52 – Yonghwa plays keyboard
  • 1:12:34 – Jungshin sings. Like, he actually SINGS and even goes into a controlled head voice. I was surprised enough to see him with significant rapping parts, but he can sing too…

January 18, 2013. C.N. Blue, Performance. Leave a comment.

MBC Drama Awards 2012 – Kim Yoojung, Yeo Jingu, Kim Sohyun

ALL OF MY OTP FEELS. Despite I Miss You ending up being kind of a flop, the first 6 episodes starring the child/teen cast Kim Sohyun and Yeo Jingu are just….my favorite thing ever.

I love this performance and just the idea of it so much. I’d assume there to be a bit of OTP-fanwar going on about who Yeo Jingu’s better paired with: his partner Kim Yoojung from The Moon that Embraces the Sun, or Kim Sohyun his partner from I Miss You who had an unrequited love with him in Moon/Sun.
While I’m rooting more for Yeo Jingu and Kim Sohyun, I have to say I do like Kim Yoojung and that she and Yeo Jingu worked really well together. I DON’T KNOW.

But anyway, this performance plays on this era-crossing love triangle among the three actors as Jingu goes from his Moon/Sun character to Han Jungwoo from I Miss You. IT’S ADORABLE.

Props to Kim Yoojung for showing that she’s a lovely singer on top of cute girl and brilliant actress. :’D Kim Sohyun sounded really nice on the lower notes, but to be fair, her song was more difficult and encompassed more high notes so I can’t mark her down too much for being shaky.

January 2, 2013. Kim Sohyun, Kim Yoojung, Performance, Yeo Jingu. 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.


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

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.
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


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…

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.



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.

SNSD – All I Want for Christmas is You

This was for their SNSD’s Fairytale Christmas special last year, but revisiting it, I’m just as impressed as I was before!

I love hearing ALL of them having singing solos. <3 They sound great!

December 23, 2012. Performance, SNSD. Leave a comment.

120501 SNSD’s Sunny – “Fly Fly Away” in Catch Me If You Can

The start is a bit rocky, but by the middle, you think, “WOW her vocals are surprisingly strong!” and then by the end, it’s just “ALSDKFJISFJSLKFJSLK SUNNYYYY QAAAQ”

December 23, 2012. Performance, SNSD. Leave a comment.

121221 Music Bank – Year End Special

Ailee ft Infinite H – Heaven

WELL HELLO THERE, HEAVEN WITH A RAP. I’m ashamed that I didn’t see this coming. For some reason,  I was expecting Dongwoo and Hoya to only come in dancing, perhaps each having a classy couple dance with Ailee as implication of fighting over her–BUT NOPE. A FIERCE RAP. And they all sound fabulous! Ailee’s belting<3

Chunji (TEENTOP), Donghyun (Boyfriend), Zelo (B.A.P) & Sungjae (BTOB) – Loving U

There is always a performance of boygroup members trying to be cute and doing a girlgroup’s song. This time it’s SISTAR’s Loving U, with all members of pretty new or not yet blown up groups :D I guess this is the new generation of Wonder Boys!

But who I didn’t expect to see here was Zelo ._____________. B.A.P in general is very.. not.. that cute, even when they are being cute. Except somehow it fits a little because Zelo is so young and naturally cute, but he’s not…girly cute. I DON’T KNOW. THIS IS REALLY WEIRD.

Sohyun (4minute), Jiyoung (KARA), Suzy (miss A), Sulli & Krystal (f(x)) – Feliz Navidad + Santa Baby + Last Christmas + White

How can the ’94 line be so full of flawless and adorable girls, I don’t even. They’re all perfect.

I was worried a bit about their vocals (although I know Suzy and Krystal can defs hold up their end when it comes down to it) but I think they fared pretty well~ Slightly disappointed by Sulli though haha even though she’s my favorite. But I love seeing these girls collaborate, especially since they’re also known to be friends. ^^

December 21, 2012. 4Minute, Ailee, B.A.P, Boyfriend, BTOB, f(x), Infinite, Kara, Miss A, Performance, Teen Top, Zelo. 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.

+ 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.

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