Superstar K3- Episode 8
Posted September 30, 2011on:
So I didn’t update since episode 5 but I the show really rushed through the audition process and I didn’t think it was worth it to try to summarize so much info from those shows. I assume the show wanted a boost in the ratings and we all know the ratings sky rocket once you begin the live performances.
The first hour of episode 8 introduced the audiences to the nine contestants chosen to be a part of the live show. In actuality there were 10 contestants but Yeri Band’s leader went on a huge rant on his personal homepage dissing the show and basically admitting to breaking the rules of the show. Yeri Band was subsequently kicked off and nine remained. I would suggest the girls of Yeri Band kick that dude out. All he adds is drama and not the General Hospital “I love you” drama, the “I’mma ruin your dreams” drama.
The nine members first arrived at their dorms and were allowed to choose their rooms based on how early they arrived. In the end, four of the dudes had to share two queen beds. Oh the bromance! I see it coming. After moving in the group began their transformation ranging from personal trainers getting their bodies in shape to hair dressers who coiffed, teased and colored everyone’s hair.
Back at the dorm, everyone was picking on youngster Do Dae Hyun aka Denny Do (the male half of the duo Two Months). The others told him to do the dishes, take out the trash, clean the bathroom, etc, but like the sweet kid he is, he took it all in stride. Finally Denny was told to come to the practice room and to his surprise the group had prepared a birthday party for him. Pick on Denny day was just an act. Denny was so surprised that he even teared up. This kid seems really sweet. I hope stardom doesn’t turn him into a monster.
For their first mission, the members were split into groups and the winner would get a prize and would be allowed to choose the performance order for the live show. Ooh La La Session and Two Months were picked to sing “U Go Girl” by Hyori. The male solos Kim Do Hyun, Min Hoon Ki, Chris Golightly, and Lee Kyun Wool were chosen to sing “Into the New World” by Girl’s Generation. Finally the female solos Christina, Lee Jung Ah and Shin Jisoo were chosen to sing “Only You” by 2pm.
It seems that Kim Yerim from Two Months is getting a lot of love from the males contestants. In previous episodes, the lead singer from the band Busker Busker was totally smitten with her and the members of Ooh La La Session have also fallen for her charms. For the performance, the members wanted Denny to be more aggressive with Yerim but since Denny was too shy, the guys from Ooh La La Session were ready and willing to take his spot.
During their performance in front of the judges, it was obvious that Chris needs to work on his accent, that Shin Jisoo can’t dance, and that Ooh La La Session is a force to be reckoned with.
Once all the contestants performed the judges had a surprise. In order to fill the last spot for the live shows, they brought in two eliminated contestants: Busker Busker and Haze. Both groups performed their hearts out in order to secure their spot in the live show and in the end Haze was given the pass. Busker Busker looked dejected until the judges revealed that there was going to be 11 contestants and both Busker Busker and Haze joyfully hugged realizing they were both in.
The winner of the group mission was Ooh La La Session and not only did they win some awesome cameras, they got to arrange the list of performers:
2. Min Hoon Ki
4. Lee Kyun Wool
5. Kim Do Hyun
6. Lee Jung Ha
7. Chris Golightly
8. Busker Busker
9. Shin Ji Soo
10. Ooh La La Session
11. Two Months
The mission for this episode was to sing a song from six of Korea’s top song writers including YB Band, Kim Kwang Jin, Kim Hyun Suk, and Yoon Gun. Each contestant got to choose whose song they would sing and got to meet with the songwriters to get some pointers.
First up was Haze singing “Love” written by Kim Hyun Chul. Haze was previously eliminated in the last round when they went against Yeri Band. It was great that they got to come back and I actually like their rendition of the song. The fact that they can still keep their “color” while singing this song was something not every contestant was able to do.
Next up was Min Hoon Ki singing “Loving until it hurts” by Jo Jung Hyun. I don’t think he deserves to be in the top 11. The fact that he was able to get this far into the competition makes me question the logic behind the judge’s decision. There were numerous singers who could have sung circles around him and he doesn’t even have a particularly interesting voice. When he was performing, it seemed like something an oppa at at noraebang would do. Its just mind boggling.
Third was Christina singing “Don’t Go Don’t Go” by Brown Eyes aka Yoon Gun and Naul. I can’t believe she tried to sing this song. Its a pretty hard song to sing and not only that, Naul is one of the best singers in Korea and its going to be hard trying to impress a crowd if you don’t have the singing and emotional talent to pull off what Naul does.
Here were the judges’ points for the first three performers:
Lee Seung Chul: 84 Yoon Mirae: 83 Yoon Jong Shin: 71
Lee Seung Chul: 81 Yoon Mirae: 85 Yoon Jong Shin: 76
Lee Seung Chul: 87 Yoon Mirae: 87 Yoon Jong Shin: 84
Fourth was Lee Kyun Wool singing “If I were me” written by Kim Hyun Suk. He came out with new yellow hair. That was about as interesting as it was going to get. No emotion in his singing and like Min Hoonki, I’ve heard oppas at NRB singing just like him.
Fifth was Kim Do Hyun singing “I’m a Butterfly” by Yoon Do Hyun. Cute how they have the same name. The dude’s English needs work but he’s got heart and I think the audience really responded to that.
Sixth was Lee Jung Ha singing “Letter” by Kim Kwang Jin. The first fice contestants were pretty lackluster and Lee doesn’t really help. Ooh La La Session must really know whats up because the first six are basically the first six that are definitely going to get cut from the competition. There is no way any of these contestants are going to make it to the final two. I would also put Chris in there but I’ve been consistently wrong about him so…
Here were the judges’ points
Lee Kyun Wool:
Lee Seung Chul: 82 Yoon Mirae: 82 Yoon Jong Shin: 73
Kim Do Hyun:
Lee Seung Chul: 89 Yoon Mirae: 88 Yoon Jong Shin: 78
Lee Jung Ha:
Lee Seung Chul: 90 Yoon Mirae: 87 Yoon Jong Shin: 87
First up from the next group of singers was Chris Golightly singing “Sincerity” by Kim Kwang Jin. I just can’t understand what the hell he’s saying. Its obvious that he can sing but the fact that he can’t pronounce the words to what he is singing makes it hard to believe that he understand what he’s singing. Not only that, because of this I can’t focus on his tone or pitch or anything because I’m focusing on how awful his pronunciation is.
Next was Busker Busker singing “Tokyo Girl” by Kim Kwang Jin. I love how everyone makes fun of the drummer and calls him Nicolas Cage. I know his name is Brad but in my mind he will forever be the Nick Cage of Korea. Puahaha. Their performance was lackluster. Instead of highlighting their “color” the song made them looks boring and amateur.
The final performer of this group was Shin Ji Soo signing “Na Na Na” by Kim Hyun Suk. This song was sung by Yoo Seung Joon and is a dance/rap song. She slightly acknowledged that her personality has polarized viewers and she seemed to have toned down the “I’m a crazy controlling bitch” side of her personality. She’s got an alright voice. People seem to love her unique tone but it just sounds like she’s sick. Remember that episode of “Friends” where Pheobe gets a cold and ends up having this husky, rapsy voice and when she sings “Smelly Cat” everyone falls in love with her voice? I feel like that’s the extent of Jisoo’s voice. If she swallowed the phelm in her throat, she’d be in trouble.
Here were the judges scores:
Lee Seung Chul: 79 Yoon Mirae: 85 Yoon Jong Shin: 90
Lee Seung Chul: 84 Yoon Mirae: 82 Yoon Jong Shin: 82
Shin Ji Soo:
Lee Seung Chul: 87 Yoon Mirae: 82 Yoon Jong Shin: 86
Finally the last two performers and really, the only two that I actually wanted to see perform. These two probably have the best chance of winning, although I feel like the producers are trying to get Yerim from Two Months and Shin Ji Soo to be rivals for the final. I mean who didn’t see John Park and Huh Gak in the final round?
First up was Ooh La La Session singing “Setting Moon” by Kim Hyun Chul. *actually not sure what the song is called*. OMG they were so freaking good. No only are they singing, they are dancing and every member was in sync with each other. The only thing that bothered me was that some of their mics weren’t placed properly and two of the members continued to go off pitch several times during the harmonies. But its all good because they really blew everyone else away.
Last was Two Months singing “Hey Wolf” by Kim Kwang Jin. Compared to Ooh La La Session, this group went low key singing with an acoustic guitar and sitting during the entire performance. They were alright but they really didn’t highlight anything that is special about them. I think that’s the problem with singing a song you don’t really like or know well- it ends up becoming a chore. Still these two were way better than most of the other contestants.
Here are the judges scores:
Ooh La La Session:
Lee Seung Chul: 93 Yoon Mirae: 90 Yoon Jong Shin: 92
Lee Seung Chul: 93 Yoon Mirae: 88 Yoon Jong Shin: 86
While the judges scores were being calculated with the audience votes, there was a cheesy group performance that doesn’t need to be talked about any more than I have and then it was down to determining which two contestants would be eliminated this week. About 30 minutes was devoted to this and in the end Haze and Min Hoon Ki were eliminated. Not surprising.
Next week is another live round. I predict the eliminated members will be Christina and Lee Kyun Wool. Of course I don’t think these two are who should be eliminated but that’s the thing with audience votes. They’re like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.