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SIXTEEN JYP

Recently started watching this variety survival kpop contest.

These bunch of kids/teens are really young. I like the assignments given to them, it’s like interview questions.

Mission 1: Are you a star?  ( similar to interview question: Do you have the qualities for this job?)

Upon seeing their individual performance, the deepest first impression will be from 1) Sana, 2) Dahyun, 4) Jungyeon 3) Natty(privilege of being the last contestant on stage).

Quite agree with JYP’s decision to promote those to MAJOR after the first mission, except for Chaeyoung. It’s seemed JYP is helping her by giving a reason why she dances the cover of all other girls group rather than she explaining it herself. It’s like she is kind of clueless. Sheer luck I felt. In fact, on her performance, I think she should do better by showcasing her own personality into the dance cover, not simply micmicking the dances of other girls group (kind of lack sincerity just copying, and definitely felt she choose an easier job compared to the rest of the girls).

Felt Momo and TzuYu would do better if placed in a group. They exudes the same style to me, plus really look about the same age in terms of appearance. Mina also seemed to fit into this group better.

 

Putting performance aside, if you are looking for idol (eye candy), I think the following people seemed more distinguish/stand out.

1) Somi, 2) Dahyun, 3) Nayeon, 4) Jihyo, 5) Jungyeon.

Some criticism has been online regarding Nayeon, saying she is arrogant, overconfident etc. She got that ex SNSD, Jessica Jung vibe. However, I think it’s necessary to feel good about her own capability. After all, this is the celebrity job, they must first have enough faith in themselves, which though Somi sometimes seemed to lack, except for when she is doing photoshoot (Perhaps if she cannot debut, Somi might try modelling instead, she seemed to have a flair for it). Her appearance also reminds me of Emily from Chinese Idol Season 2. They lookalike, but Emily is more bubbly.

 

Jihyo has also been criticised for size, esp during the photoshoot, and I haven’t find her voice very mesmerising either but at least I don’t have a problem recognising her face. She fits into 15& group. The problem with the K-entertainment industry, they got artiste who look so alike. I remembered when I watched Dream High, I though Suzy is IU. Heard of IU’s song first before I even know Suzy and Miss A.

 

Jungyeon I guessed her shorter hairstyle does help in face recognition. While her performance on Saxophone isn’t that impressive at least it makes the impact, something different (unlike just dance and sing). While somebody did sing her own composed song, which is Minyoung I think, but really, after watching the whole batch of performance, you would easily have forgotten this composed, demure girl.

 

Natty might not be the “cute” little girl you expect. Kind of felt she is acting a little to cover her ambitious, trying to emphasis her young age to gain more supporters. For once, I can see she enjoyed the stage, but when she pluck the sixteen necklace off, it seemed that it is plain inconsiderate/a little rude. She can do it more gently like what others did. Probably lack of experience for her age to handle such stuff.

 

For those I never mentioned the names, it’s either 1) they doesn’t stand out, 2) I can’t recognise their faces or both.

 

Overall, I think it might be more interesting than the YG Winner reality show.

What’s happening?

I actually gotta retype this, cause while I was about done, the Explorer crashed! ARGH! My flow of words disrupted.

 

Okay so I shall go straight to the point.

K drama currently watching, God’s Gift 14 days, Empress Ki, Emergency Couple. The order to watch is A MUST for the God’s Gift, Empress Ki (only if you like historical drama, it’s a bit long, and after the badass old man die, the attraction of this drama kinda dies down a bit for me). Emergency Couple is lukewarm, not your typical high end cast (but there’s Song Ji Hyo), if I can watched that ceramic drama starring Kwang Soo, I can survive this, though I didn’t really like Ji Hyo’s Mandate of Heaven. Similar to Emergency Couple is SLY AND SINGLE AGAIN, also currently airing. But if you ask me to choose, I would go for Emergency Couple.

Other K-drama: MAN FROM THE STARS. One word, HOT! Alien and top actress love story in short, but the conversation in the drama is so damn hilarious.

Past K-drama(last year): Personally felt THE HEIRS is a little overrated. Perhaps credit to the cast but really, I cannot appreciate the plot. MASTER SUN is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This drama is a light hearted ghost encounter, romantic story.

And I am recommending,

VARIETY SHOW: I AM A SINGER season 2 (China edition). The older singers are simply great, and as expected. But the younger generation are what to look out for – Zhang Jie (Jason), Shila ( A Malay lady singing Mandarin songs, her efforts and foresight you must credit her for it. She has powerful vocals.), and G.E.M ( a HongKong singer). Among these 3, G.E.M is my bias. Well, simply because she is talented, got vocals, skills and looks, plus she is so young and can perform to this standard is like WOW. I’m really looking forward to what she will sing in the finals. She reminded me of Taylor Swift. So if G.E.M sings Swift’s song, you can be guaranteed I will glue myself to the couch. It would be interesting how a guitar arrangement song (Swift) can be transformed in the hands of G.E.M to make it G.E.M’s own distinctive song, I like her arrangement (or rather Lupo’s) for Jay Chou’s song and some others. I wasn’t following the show from the start and I don’t know who is G.E.M before the show. It happened that one of her competition song is the most viewed in my country, and I thought that title of the song is one that I knew of, out of curiosity I went to check it out. Only to find out that the song she sang is in Cantonese, which I don’t even understand! But somehow, I find it pleasing to my ears. From then on, this lady is in my radar. HA.

 

 

2013 drama

Don’t know where to start?

Don’t know what to watch?

Fret not! The ratings are out (Top of the page). =)

K VS J

Ikemen desu ne

The Japanese version of You’re Beautiful. Honestly, I didn’t find this version as appealing as the original. Shouldn’t comment on looks but as a consumer, I am superficial. You’re beautiful (kdrama) original cast is more of eye candy to me, and this is what a idol drama should offer.

Past dramas

As a TV fanatic, It’s no wonder that sometimes there are so many dramas that you would missed out dramas where you don’t know the cast, but yet there’s wonderful plot. Normally I would watch dramas based on 1) actors involved, 2) plot.

There are some actors who I only watched their previous works if I came to identify them (gaining popularity now) . Examples of dramas I missed which I think is worth watching, Return of Ijimae, Baker King Kim Tak Goo.

Searching for a singapore drama titled With you (also about soul switching I think). Which happens to be the famous plot/trend in dramas today.

Trending

Been lured to Chinese historical drama, but I can’t pin point the reason why. Though Chinese dramas are long (in terms of the number of episodes), but I find that the pace isn’t as slow as compared to some Kdrama…Jdramas are by far, short yet to the point. Kdramas, have very nice conversation, and comedy mixed. Well-balanced, though I find it repetitive plot at times a little uncreative. But still, I do look forward to Kdramas, since it’s twice a week for most. So I can get to some other stuffs, but also because it’s only twice a week, tend to break the flow of the drama. Tdrama is more eye-candy for me.  HKdrama has both eye-candy, nice well-paced plot.Though now I see more collaboration of HK-Cdrama. Preferred the old TVB dramas.

Chinese Historical drama has just the most realistic historical backdrop, from the scenery to the props. Though the animation(if any) looks fake (explosion scenes). In fact I’m worried that Chinese historical drama may be too dry for me, but oh well, the latest one ‘palace: locked heart’ proved me wrong. Reminded me of some other time travel series.

time travel series list:

  • A step into the past (HK)
  • 1000 years of love (K)
  •  King of yesterday and tomorrow(HK)
  • The myth not the Jackie Chan movie(C)
  • Palace: Locked heart (C)
  • Holy Pearl: ONGOING in (C)
  • Upcoming: Startling each step (C)

Another trend is the body/soul switching.

  • Secret Garden (K)
  • Just follow law movie (singapore)
  • 49 Days: Ongoing in (K)

Or Girl acts/becomes boy.

No doubt these plots are fresh in the sense it adds another scope to the normal plot of romance, action, comedy. But an overdose can kill. Adpoting similar plot, but yet make it stands out is not easy. I do look forward for 1 that really catches my attention. So far, I find them though interesting, but not realistic/logical enough, which to me is like a loophole in the plot.

UPdates

  • One million star legend (taiwan variety show)has knocked out Shane Lai, and the little boy from season 1.

 

  • Korean drama Bad Guy is only going to resume on 30th June. ARGH!!! All thanks to the world cup. Having quite a long break from watching this drama, it’s difficult to stay tune to it.

 

  • Korean drama Athena posters are out.

 

  • Ip Man movie of Ip Man in his teen is showing in cinemas.

Love is in the air

Recent taiwan/China idol dramas are focusing very much on romance…starting from P.S man to Summer’s Desire and Scent of love. Summer’s Desire versus Scent of love(since both are in episode 4 now), and the former is for audience with a strong taste of sad story. Scent of love is more lighthearted and a little comedian. Acting wise, Summer’s Desire is much stronger compared to Scent of love. Target audience for both shows seemed to be women, given how the plot unfolds for both. I would say Summer’s Desire is more matured in terms of storyline, and the actors can bring you in. While Scent of love seemed a little weak. Nonetheless, looking at stronger leads, them doing well is no surprise, but chances for younger actors come very little, and of course when there’s the opportunity, newbies normally grabbed hold of it rather than wait for a good one least the audience forgets them. Personally I would put them on par, since the ending of the drama is important too.

Scent of love casts:

Summer’s Desire Casts:

For more info, refer to pages>>>>

Variety Shows

After the hype of Cinderella Sister, the dramas I’ve been watching seemed to be on hold. Couldn’t find one that’s really impressive. Even Bad Guy or Bad Boy seemed a little lack in something. Perhaps the impression of IRIS is too impactful. To me Bad Guy is kind of like The Devil also known as The Lucifer. Thus, instead of recommending new dramas to watch. I switched to recommending variety shows instead for this week.

  1. Let’s Go Dream Team SEASON 2-3! Look at the artistes athletic side. Besides, you don’t really have to understand Korean to watch this. Minho from Shinee, Junho from 2PM. Your kpop artistes show you besides singing and dancing, they are equally capable in sports.

2. One Million Star Legend! What’s so amazing is the contestants are past seasons participants. Except that they   are no champions(the first) of their own season. Hence, the second chance in life/second chance for them to pursue their dreams. Catch them in actions once again! Have they shown any improvements/difference? (from taiwan)

24 Contestants names: (beside the name is the rank they got from participating in a particular season)
Season1:許仁杰/Stanley Hsu(7) , 謝震廷/Kevin Hsieh(8) , 徐宛鈴(11) , 蔡政霖(13)

Season2:葉瑋庭/Uni Yie(3) , 吳忠明/Quack Wu(4) , 魏如昀/Queen Wei(8) , 林道遠(12) , 戴安娜/Diana(20)

Season3:簡鳳君/Sammi Jian(4) , 賴聖恩./Shane Lai(5)

Season4:張心傑/Mark Chang(2) ,康禎庭/Connie Kan(4) , 吳勇濱/Ben Wu(10),  洪千涵(11)

Season5:劉明湘/Rose Liu(2), 徐詠琳/Rachel Hsu(4) , 楊駿文/Ami Yang(6),  胡采書/Marsa Hu(10),  吳薇(12),  古孟杰(19)

    張 豪(17),吳心芸(21)

Season6:閻奕格(not a contestant from season 6 but a challenger from season 6)

The last contestant is from Season 6.

new drama recommendation

A man called God

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Featuring: Song Il-kook, Han Chae-young ,Han Go-eun, Kim Min-jong

Plot so far: Song Il-kook getting revenge on a group of old man who destroyed his family. But he and his sister survived from the event.  So who is his sister? Where is she now? Is she the reporter? (my speculation)

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