“How are you doing? I am very curious.
Flower blooming season makes me miss you more.
Song called ‘Re-birth’ is made when I had lots of time to think.
This song is like a letter, written with all my heart for you.
I hope my feelings are sent to you.
A Name ID means Be Identity which means you complete my identity.
I hope you like your new name.
I wish i could make our tomorrow brighter.
- kim hanbin”
😭😭😭😭 can someone tell me if there is a way i can subscribe to 131 label newsletter next time? 😭😭 kim hanbin thank you for this 😭😭😭
My personal ranking of the groups on Kingdom now that I've (re)watched the performances from eps 2 and 3.
I am not very familiar with some of these groups, the one I know best is ATEEZ (I can name all the members and I like a few of their songs), while the one I know least is SF9 (literally all I know is they have 9 members and that one of them isn't performing because he's injured😭).
This got really long with my explanations so, long story short:
This level of stage production felt almost unfair to everyone else...seriously. I am a fan of Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 and it goes so well with ATEEZ's whole vibe...well it certainly goes with the pirate theme. HongJoong starting the performance brought the energy level to 12000 immediately. San looked so fierce...boy was screaming - and the pink hair looks fantastic. Yeosang being lifted by one of the backup dancers at one point...loved that. Jongho is the most intense vocalist in all of Kpop...the look he gets when he's singing is honestly scary. That high note of his was absolutely insane. They all had their moments and the eye contact they made with the camera was constant and intimidating. I loved hearing them struggle a bit with the (live!!) vocals from how hard they were dancing. The first time I saw ATEEZ perform I thought these kids were out to conquer the world, and that is the feeling I get every time I see them, Kingdom being no exception.
2. Stray Kids
Again, the stage production...hello? I loved Lee Know and Han's intro especially. Felix's makeup was sick. Their outfits and accessories in general were top notch. Shout out to the one backup dancer mirroring Bangchan, that is some intense core strength. I liked the sinister music during that part and how Bangchan slightly altered the melody of his line to fit it, very creepy. I wish the backing track had been lowered...I could hear some of them (especially Han, I.N. and Changbin) delivering strong vocals, but they were being overpowered by the track, which is a pity. The people ask for more Seungmin (he's really the one member that I felt we didn't see as much as the rest). But they REALLY came through with the energy, Han especially. In terms of stage presence and charisma I really do feel ATEEZ and them are in their own sphere.
Ugh, the mics are ON! The VOCALS!! No one else on this show is singing live like THAT (but to be fair, they are not dancing like the others either...). The harmonies were seriously stunning. The instrumental of the song was beautiful, and so were their sets/props, they weren't kidding with the "Theater Ver.". Minhyuk's sword section was fun to watch and it brought a performance element that was much needed for BTOB. That being said it's really hard to rank them because even though their performance is phenomenal, it feels like they're not competing in the same sport as the others...I wouldn't be surprised if they finished last for that reason.
4. The Boyz
They had great energy and stage presence. Really nice (live!) vocals from some of the members! One of the members really stood out to me, I believe his name is Juyeon (?), he was the one who had that dance sequence with the backup dancers behing the stretchy fabric...I don't think I've ever seen it done like that, it was really cool. I assume he's a main dancer within the group, and his expressions were very solid throughout the performance. Overall, I thought the performance was creative and these boys really looked like they came to win.
The song was really freaking cool. I liked that they had mostly female backup dancers! The part where they lift them up on their shoulders was cool, and so was the solo part that followed, with one member (Chani?) and one of the backup dancers. I'm not sure the guy who danced the intro is, I think it's Taeyang? I hope it is because he's now my favorite. The performance overall was good and honestly hot but I didn't feel the same amount of energy from everyone and some of that lipsyncing really took me out of it :/.
First of all, I am biased towards those songs, I have listened to both Love Scenario and Killing Me an infinite amount of times, but I think it was my first time seeing either performed without B.I., which was very sad. I really enjoyed the beginning, with the jazzy feel, but I really don't think Love Scenario was the song for that peppy dance break...doesn't really fit the mood imo (if it wasn't for that I probably would have ranked them before SF9 tbh). However I really liked the mix on Killing Me. I feel like I didn't see the members shine equally though (did Song get any lines?) - that being said, this is something I only noticed because I am somewhat familiar with IKON...
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