Best of Weekly Music Shows is back for another week of fantastic performances! Things are finally returning to a more regular schedule after the Olympics, and I couldn’t be happier for the influx of spectacular stages. CLC, NCT U, Weki Meki, and Yang Yo-seob (Yoseob) made head-turning comebacks that may have brought them new fans.
As far as winners on shows go, Momoland took home trophies for “Bboom Bboom” on Mnet M! Countdown and KBS Music Bank. iKon won for “Love Scenario” on MBC Show! Music Core and SBS Inkigayo. Congrats to them!
It’s been an exciting week with the Olympics, but I’m not here to award any medals. I merely wish to share my favorite performances from the past week. If you would like to do the same, then please do so in the comments.
Yang Yo-seob’s “Where I Am Gone”, Mnet M! Countdown, February 22, 2018
I still remember my first year as a K-pop fan and coming across reaction videos for Yoseob’s “Caffeine”. I’m delighted to see that he hasn’t lost any of his charm since that song dropped years ago. The staging for this performance couldn’t be more ideal, from the phone booth entrance to the faux street background. I did notice the different spellings of his name, but what’s in a name? Yoseob, Yoseop, King He-Can-Get-It, I don’t care as long as he keeps singing like this.
NCT U’s “Boss”, Mnet M! Countdown, February 22, 2018
First of all, Taeyong is dangerous. Secondly, so is Lucas, one of the newest members. After some self-debate and mild screaming, I chose this one because it displayed the full spectrum of the choreo wonderfully. The members’ expressions were priceless, and their moves were quite sharp and clean. Combine that with steady camera work and you have a solid foundation for a fabulous routine. Also, the stylists deserve a raise for the uniforms.
Gugudan’s “The Boots”, Mnet M! Countdown, February 22, 2018
I’m right about the boots. They are magical footwear. Aside from that, we can’t ignore how smooth these ladies are in executing their choreography. I don’t know if there’s some strange curse following former female contestants of Produce 101, but it’s weird to me not seeing such a talented group explode in popularity. The song is catchy, the dance is chic and matches the song, and the girls ooze with charm. I can’t really think of a reason not to like this.
CLC’s “Black Dress”, MBC Show! Music Core, February 24, 2018
It’s a night and day difference between “Black Dress” and “Pepe”, their debut song. The ladies have truly come into their own with this sexier image, and it appears this style will stay. Not complaining, especially with their scrumptious black outfits that showcase their individuality while simultaneously displaying a level of unity as a group. Seungyeon caught my attention with her dance break, tearing up the stage with her slick spins. I’m still in the market for a bias, too, so she could become mine.
Oh My Girl’s “Love O’ Clock”, SBS Inkigayo, February 25, 2018
If this song and stage look familiar, it’s because Oh My Girl performed a shortened version earlier this year. This group is an example of why fans should give “innocent” girl groups a chance. Look at those moves and notice how intricate their choreography is. I’ve danced with large groups of girls, so I know firsthand how much effort is required to pull off this routine while smiling and not smacking each other by accident. I feel privileged that I got to see them perform live at Kcon LA last year, so hopefully, they’ll be invited back for another round.
Readers, who did you enjoy this past week?