MBC Star Audition 위대한 탄생 – Episode 25
Posted May 20, 2011on:
Well this week had some strange surprises. We got to see Kim Yoona as a pirate, Kim Tae Won turned into Park Wan Gyu, and there were guests galore.
Kim Tae Won had a personal schedule (it must have been extremely important that he missed this because the odds of one of his mentees being eliminated this week was pretty high) so Park Wan Gyu (a former singer for KTW’s band Boohwal) took his place for the night. People might also remember him as a guest judge in a former episode that really was one of the best episodes of the entire season. *found out from boohwal.wordpress that KTW is in Australia filming Qualifications of Men.*
KYA came bearing a bedazzled eye patch due to a virus. She could have worn sunglasses but she rocked that patch like a BOSS.
This week’s challenge was to sing an OST from a movie and I’m so glad with the song/movie selections. Their guest mentor was none other than Dokko Jin aka Cha Seung Won. Cha noted that an OST is extremely important in a drama or movie and explained to the three that it’s important to show the feelings of the song.
The three then played the guessing game with Cha. Lee Tae Kwon got “21” which is his age. At first Cha guessed he was 40 which cracked everyone up but soon correctly guessed his age. I’m surprised because no one ever thinks Lee Tae Kwon is 21. Next was Shayne who got “Shin Seung Hoon” and one of the clues he gave Cha was “I don’t have a girlfriend” to which Cha blurts out the correct answer. Although later Cha wants Shayne to verify whether thats actually true. Finally ChungKang got “165” which is his height. When Chungkang asked Cha to guess his height Cha replied “160” which is basically like 5 feet 2 inches. Totally different from 165 which is like 5’6″. Puah!
First up was Baek Chung Kang singing “Fate” from the movie “The King and I.” I loved the movie and the song and because of that, it was hard for me to disassociate it from the original singer but damn if ChungKang didn’t bring it. The song matched him so well and he hit that last note really well.
KYA said that he did better than last week while Mentor Shin stated that he really liked the movie and felt like he was watching it. Mentor Lee said that the song fit his voice and noticed he tried to listen to the sound of the band but she also stated he had gone off pitch. Mentor Bang said it was good but that he needed to work on his pitch as well.
KYA: 9.2 KTW: No Vote Mentor Shin: 9.3 Mentor Lee: 9.2 Mentor Bang: 8.7= 36.4
After his performance, we got to see him perform a guerilla concert. If you don’t know what that is, a singer promotes a concert for the day and shows up at the specified time and place to see if anyone actually shows up. His concert was a big success and during his performance his parents surprised him and he tried to hold back tears because its been years since him and his parents have all been in one place. And like all Korean crowds, they all started chanting “Ul Gee Ma”, don’t cry. I don’t know why that annoys me. I know they’re just saying that to make him feel better but I’m thinking “dude, let the man cry!”
Next up was Shayne singing “If you come into my heart” from “A Dirty Carnival.” Its the movie that turned Jo In Sung go from a pretty boy to a hard ass gangster. The movie was alright but nothing close to “The King and I.” The song has sort of a jazzy bossa nova sound which is really hard to get right but it looks like Shayne won them all over. I know I don’t have the greatest listening skills but I seriously have trouble understanding him. For example, instead of saying “I’m going to run to you” it sounds like he’s saying “I’m going backwards.”
KYA said that it was a great song match while Park Wan Kyu said that if Shayne’s accent was perfect he would have given him a 10 and said he’s beautiful (lol at him trying to mimic KTW). Mentor Lee said that he wasn’t in harmony with the band like he was last week while Mentor Bang stated while Shayne’s charm lies in being able to smoothly transition throughout the song, he didn’t see that today.
KYA: 9.2 KTW: 9.5 Mentor Shin: No Vote Mentor Lee: 9.0 Mentor Bang: 8.9= 36.6
We then got to see Shayne wooing the ladies at a girl’s college, trying to get them to come to his guerilla concert. His former group mates Jo Hyun Woo and Hwang Ji Hwan came to help the guy out. They passed out fliers and balloons and at showtime Shayne performed to a huge group of screaming girls.
Finally, Lee Tae Kwon performed “Love Potion Number 9” from the movie “City of the Rising Sun” starring a whole lot of now famous celebs including Jung Woo Sung and Lee Jung Jae. I remember renting this on VHS because someone had told me I could see the two main actors in a shower scene but all I got to see was the two running through the city before I got bored and shut it off. I’m such a perv. The performance was alright. His voice as usual is great but he’s so awkward running around stage. And how mean was KTW telling TaeKwon he looked like Jung Woo Sung and then laughing in his face!
KYA said that she was happy watching him while mentor Shin said that he fixed his rhythm problems from rehearsal while Mentor Lee said that while he’s slowly understanding how to express the lyrics but to not stop trying while Mentor Bang said that while it was fun, there were problems with his rhythm but he looked cool.
KYA: 8.8 KTW: No Vote Mentor Shin: 9.1 Mentor Lee: 9.2 Mentor Bang: 9.3= 36.4
TaeKwon got to do a concert at his old high school and it was full of lolz. The kids went wild and screamed he was very good looking and after his performances, they had a little talent show involving the high school students. One girl started to dance provocatively and got all up on TaeKwon catching him off guard. Another guy started bboying to which TaeKwon promptly cried “ELIMINATED!” haha. It finally ended with TaeKwon dancing to “Gee” and its just as bad as it was when he first tried.
While votes were still being cast, the three met with a singer they’ve always wanted to stand on stage with (how freaking lucky are they!). Baek Chung Kang got to meet Kim Kyung Ho and sang “Father.” Baek actually sang a Kim Kyung Ho song for his first audition way back in China. And OMG Kim Kyung Ho is freaking awesome. The show must be doing amazingly well if they’re getting all these famous singers to come on the show. Baek was actually criticized for imitating Kim at that first audition and Kim said that while the judges felt that way, he didn’t and he was really happy that Baek sang his song.
Next up was Shayne and Jung Yup singing “Nothing Better.” And how cute was Shayne being the accompanist to Jung Yup. Man I wish Shayne would show more excitement like he did when he met Jung Yup. He’s always trying to be so calm and sometimes it comes off as indifference. Anyways, Jung Yup said Shayne sings Nothing Better much better than him which I must disagree with. No one can hit those high notes like Jung Yup. But Shayne comes in a close second.
Finally Lee Tae Kwon picked an surprising singer. He picked Yang Hwi Eun because he was touched by her singing and wanted to stand on stage with her. Its surprising he picked her because it came out of nowhere. I thought he would pick someone more rock like ChungKang had done but went totally 180 and picked ahjumma Yang Hwi Eun.
Finally it was the moment of truth. The three were told to come forward and the first person to go on to the next round was Baek Chung Kang who couldn’t hide his relief.
The remaining two stood for what felt like hours until the MC finally revealed that Shayne would be the eliminated contestant. Shayne sighed and I felt like he was both disappointed but also relieved that this entire marathon was over. He left his home for another country, without knowing its language or without any friends and endured 7 long months of training. While he isn’t going home with the prize, he’s definitely going home with an unforgettable experience.
In his goodbye speech, he expressed his gratitude to his mentor, his fans, and his competition while his mom and mentor looked on with pride. I was never a fan of Shayne’s voice but I really admire him for having the balls to come to Korea and for getting so far in this competition. Good luck Shayne!
Next week is the finale!!!! Omg I’m so nervous.