Welcome to another edition of Best of Weekly Music Shows! A score of groups made their comebacks, which weren’t without their noticeable differences. In particular, it’s the first time Winner and Teen Top promoted after losing a member. Their comebacks were probably the most bittersweet for this reason. Regardless, fans were eager to hear from their faves again since new music beats disbandment news any day.

Girl’s Day, Highlight, and IU showed they still reigned supreme on the charts with their wins last week. IU’s may have been the more surprising achievement considering she hasn’t performed on any music shows yet. It’s good to see everyone prospering, so congrats to all of them!

While I don’t possess any trophies, I do like sharing my favorite performances from music shows. I also like hearing what stages our readers enjoyed and encourage you to list them in the comments below!


Monsta X‘s “Beautiful”, KBS Music Bank, April 7, 2017

One of the hardest things to achieve on stage is charisma, yet Monsta X possesses it in spades. It’s hard to deny that they hold a special captivation over the audience as they perform. Their light and silky wardrobe functions as more than eye candy; it also enables them to move freely for this choreography. On top of that, the members know exactly what kind of fan service to give to the camera. I haven’t been able to see them perform live, but based on this, I know it would be electrifying.


Winner’s “Fool”, SBS Inkigayo, April 9, 2017

From the stark white setting to the moody choreography, this performance stands out for displaying Winner’s strengths. Party tracks are great fun, but few groups can tell a story through a ballad. I prefer the somber side of Winner since it shows off their vocals better. The members maintain the mood well with their strong expressions, breathing life into the stillness of this song. The dance isn’t flashy and it doesn’t need to be. This performance is Winner at their finest and strongest.


Oh My Girl‘s “Coloring Book”, KBS Music Bank, April 7, 2017

It may be due to my film school background, but I’ve always appreciated the attention to details in these stages. This stage of Oh My Girl’s “Coloring Book” included the use of graphics and color effects to replicate the MV. I love the brightness of their costumes as well as their lively faces. I’ll always place high importance on a group enjoying their performance because the audience has more fun when the group loves what they’re doing. The choreography is bubbly and matches the spirit of the song without toning down the difficulty of the steps.

Dreamcatcher‘s “Good Night”, MBC Show Champion, April 5, 2017

Continuing down the path of fabulous choreography is Dreamcatcher. The heavy rock sound isn’t my favorite, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy other aspects of this stage. The obvious attention-grabber is their dancing. No detail is spared. Their hand movements are precise, and they move together as one body. Once upon a time, there were only a couple of girl groups going this hard in choreo, but now it’s raining excellence as these groups realize the importance of a strong dance. All the producers need to get Dreamcatcher on their year-end shows because they are nothing short of amazing.

Gugudan‘s “A Girl Like Me”, MBC Show Champion, April 5, 2017

It’s not often that I find myself shouting during a performance, yet here I am yelling “Get it, ladies!” after ten seconds. I will never tire of this song or their stages for it. Gugudan pours so much energy into this routine that I get excited from seeing the thumbnail pop up in my YouTube recommendations. They’ve got all the essentials for an entertaining routine. Their attitude is on point from every shoulder shake and hair flip. All girl groups should exude this much confidence when they hit that stage.

Readers, what did you like from last week’s performances?

(YouTube [1][2][3], Images via MBC and KBS)