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G.Na tried to be strong but she couldn't hold her emotion back any longer on the 2nd season of MBC Every1′s “HyungdonDaejun’s Hitmaker.”
On January 9, MBC Every1 gave a taste of what’s to come by sharing stills of G.NA shedding tears during the filming for the first episode. The four female idols – G.NA, 4Minute‘s Sohyun, KARA‘s Youngji, and After School‘s Lizzy – appearing on the show recently had their first gathering. Luckily for them, they arrived at the location before the two MCs, and used the opportunity to share their concerns about getting along with the sharp-tongued Jung Hyung Don and Defconn.
The members firmly decided that they will not become like Big Byung, who were completely ordered around by the MCs and failed to express their personal opinions during the first season. In order to show that they are a force to be reckoned with, the girls decided to play a hidden camera prank on the MCs.
When Jung Hyung Don and Defconn finally joined the meeting, the girl group members intentionally made themselves appear as uncooperative and mentally unstable, confusing the MCs.
It did not take long for the MCs to catch up, however, and the MCs soon fired back at the idols with harsh criticism and unpleasant comments. Although the MCs did not intend to hurt their feelings, the girl group members had not expected to be met with such behavior, and G.NA even broke down in tears due to the MCs’ unfriendly attitude toward them.
Make sure to watch the season premiere of “HyungdonDaejun’s Hitmaker” on January 9 at 6 p.m. to find out what exactly happened.
2014 MBC Gayo Daejun: Ending 2014 with a Bang Written by Chelsea On January 5, 2015 The 2014 MBC Gayo Daejun, or Korean Music Festival, marked the end of Gayo season, and quite literally the end of the year 2014 for K-pop (which might be a relief considering the drama that unfolded this past year). While the SBS Gayo Deajun struggled with sound issues, and the KBS Gayo Daejun struggled period, the MBC Gayo stole the spotlight for the second year in a row with dynamic special performances and a production that seemed to go off without a hitch.
The annual MBC Gayo Daejun has the advantage of taking place on New Years Eve, which does give the show a special flare. To top it off, the show was co-hosted by trendy idols Hyeri and Soyu along with Lee Yuri, Jeon Hyun-moo, and Kim Sung-joo. While Hyeris MC abilities remain questionable, she no doubt brought the touch of aegyo the audience and producers expected.
In lieu of awards, the MBC Gayo Daejun continued their format of white and blue teams, which perform against one another with special stages in addition to group performances. Since the MBC Gayo comes last, a good majority of the performances this year were remixes of groups 2014 hits; and some of the remixes were better than others. The MBC Gayo Daejun also combined a variety of pre-recorded and live performances, which allowed groups like EXO to virtually be in two places at once to ring in the New Year. In the end, the Blue Team took the crown with the most viewer votes by the conclusion of the broadcast.
Ramblings aside, lets take a look at the performances that truly set apart this years MBC Gayo Daejun from its counterparts.
HitMaker and Big Byung kicked off the music festival with the glorious Stress Come On, before GOT7 and BTS engaged in the first battle of the evening. Whoa man, did those two stages get the fan girls going. The special choreography, combined with the well executed camera work set the show off on a good, high energy foot. (But was the Limp Bizkit really necessary?)
On the White Team, MBC also brought back SM the Ballads Breath with SNSDs Taeyeon and Shinees Jonghyun. Their vocal colors match well in general, and accompanied with the stripped-down nature of the stage, the performance was short and sweet and not at all disappointing. (Anyone else notice how Jonghyuns bow-tie matched Taeyeons dress?)
Veteran singer Hong Jin-young who newer K-pop fans may recognize from her recent guest appearance on Roommate graced the stage with the calm, but somehow uplifting Cheer Up. After all these years, the woman still has it, and it was refreshing to see her stage after a slew of high-energy dance performances.
CNBlue took the honor of being the first performance of 2015 with Cant Stop. Block Bs Zico added a rap verse to the track, making the collaboration stage even more enjoyable.
VIXXs studded black leather and freaky contacts certainly garnered attention with their performance of Error and its intense dance breakdown.
As mentioned, the MBC Gayo Daejun was littered with remixes of 2014 hits. Sistars Soyu and Junggigo took the stage yet again with a jazzy rendition of Some that may have fit better in a dimly-lit jazz bar than a bright pink and blue stage.
SNSD also performed a remix of Mr.Mralthough Im still struggling to find what qualifies the performance as a remix aside from the extended dance breakdown before the bridge. Something about SNSD in all black (a la Run Devil Run) is truly magical, even if the song is less than stellar.
2PM, instead of simply performing their 2014 hit Go Crazy, performed a hit medley featuring classics like Hands Up, and Heartbeat. Although, Taekyeons red get-up (complete with a cane and top hat) was probably the highlight of the entire performance.
AOA brought back a hint of their band concept for a short performance of the classic Met You by Chance. The group, sans Y, also performed a piano version of Miniskirt before performing Like a Cat.
Taemin made his first Gayo appearance of 2014 to perform Danger and Pretty Boy (Featuring Kai of Exo). Even with all the complex dance moves, Taemin maintained pretty stable live vocals, with some help from the MR in the chorus.
SM, specifically Exo, was everywhere this Gayo season. Thankfully though, they mixed up their stages with the inclusion of various b-sides and special tracks in combination with the mandatory Overdose. For the MBC Gayo Daejun, the boys performed Thunder (live!) before segueing into Overdose. The Thunder choreography really was a wonderful way to begin 2015.
While Infinite and Exo have seen a lot of each other this awards season, their MBC special stage with L, Chanyeol and Baekhyun performing Wedding Cake was subtle and sweet and significantly better sound-wise than their SBS tribute stage. Plus, we got to see a lot of Chanyeols closed-eyes emotional guitar playing, which is always cute.
One of the dark horse special performances of the evening came from maknaes Joy (Red Velvet), Ha-young (A Pink) and Chanmi (AOA) who performed Coming of Age Ceremony. The concept and choreography removed the girls from their cutesy images and allowed them to showcase a sexy side many fans did not know they possessed.
Eunji (A Pink) and Superstar K2 winner Huk Gak also impressed with a sweet performance of Break Up to Make Up.
MIBs Kangnam took to the stage with veteran singer Tae Jin-ah for the mandatory trot performance of the evening. At times, the fun performance seemed like a battle in and of itself as Kangnam and Tae Jin-ah engaged in fierce eye contact, alternating lines before dancing around the stage. If Kangnams M.I.B career doesnt work out, he certainly has a place in variety and potentially trot.
One of the stranger special stages was made up of boy groups Boyfriend and BTS, who performed We are the Future and Turn Around and Look at Me in taekwondo uniforms. The martial arts component was impressive, although slightly confusing given the song choices.
Almost hands down, the special stage of the evening goes to Ailee, Hyorin and Jessica Ho who covered the 2014 hit, Bang Bang. Not only was the song a perfect choice for the three vocalists, but the accompanying set was impressive and clean. If there were an MVP award for 2014 Gayo performances, it would go to Ailee, as she managed to slay every stage (and Ariana Grande track) given to her between the three Gayos.
Overall, the stages were clean, the collaborations impressive and unique. MBC managed to make their Gayo Daejun fun and exciting despite being last in the Gayo line-up. And nothing beats being wished a Happy New Year by Nichkhyun and Taecyeon with a fake moustache.
Readers who tuned in (or caught performances the next morning), did you have a favorite stage? Which Gayo was your favorite in 2014?
2014 KBS Gayo Daejun: Better Than Expected Written by Seoulbeats On January 2, 2015 Of the three Gayo Daejuns that the major broadcasters put on, the KBS version is often considered the most boring. While MBC has the excitement of New Years and SBS at least entertains with its frequent WTFery, the KBS Gayo often comes off as a glorified Music Bank, but without the anticipation of whos going to win the trophy at the end of the show. Throw in the usual technical difficulties and strange camera angles, and you have yourself the new definition of underwhelming.
However, last years Gayo showed promises of improvement, and that trend continues with this years edition. We have a bigger stage, better props and even decent camera work. Heck, it could even be argued that it was better than SBS 2014 effort, which is a huge step up.
Gaya and Laverne have provided their highlights below; enjoy!
BTS Trying to Sneak onto My Bias List
K-pop loves copying (this Gayo also had accusations of SNSD ripping off DolceGabbana), but BTS intro with Jimin and Jungkook built on the technology behind Beyonces performance of Run The World at the 2011 Billboard Awards into a video game duel. They also didnt drag it out like K-pop has in the past (though this is likely due to their rookie status) and quickly moved onto showing off their solid rapping and on-point synchronisation. If only their vocalists were as strong as the rappers and they didnt have that ridiculous concept Id be signing up for their army ASAP.
This years KBS Gayo was thin on the estrogen, with most of the few female idols attending barely making an impact with their stages. One of the exceptions to that, though, was Ailee. Naturally. That girl is amazing, and she set the stage on fire with her sharp performance of Dont Touch Me. It was a relatively simple stage, but when Ailees around, what else do you need?
Music Blasts from the Past
A bunch of male idols dancing to songs made before most of them were even born? I did not know how much I wanted this until I saw Leo in hammer pants. The dancing itself was nothing to write home about, but it was great to feel all nostalgic about listening to Will Smith rap, as he does in Wild Wild West, while 2PM struts its cowboy stuff. The hats obscured the members faces, but it wasnt hard to see how much fun Jun.K was having.
After individual performances, Exo, Infinite and Beast come together with band N.EX.T for one last hurrah with Shin Hae-chuls To Her. As nice as it was to see everyone performing in a more relaxed mannerno choreography to follow or poses to makethe best part was seeing the members of N.EX.T letting loose. They also received proper recognition from KBS, with each member individually introduced to the audience; even if it did end up looking rather awkward, it was a nice gesture nonetheless. Im really glad this tribute wasnt left to just the idols and that other musicians were involved as well.
The Queens of the Sexy Dance A Pink?
While A Pink usually sticks with cute concepts, their stage proved that they can own sexy, too. While Im not a fan of the outfits, they also showed that you can wear nearly anything and still be sexy. Out of all the girl group dance stages, this was one of my favorites.
Kai on a throne. Need I say more?
What was wonderful about his solo during the intro was seeing his ballet training influence his dance. Idols are great at contemporary dance, but it is nice to see other genres influence their stages every now and then.
One of the few problems with KBSs Song Festival was the sound system, and Exos stage definitely demonstrated this. It was so bad it led to Baekhyun ripping out his earpiece. With Exo actually being able to sing live, it would have been nice to be able to enjoy the song without sound issues.
Infinite Faces the Music, and Wins
Sure, I could comment on the actual performance, but how was the audience supposed to focus when all of the members of Infinite were wearing their own faces on their clothes?
Once the initial shock wore off, it was hard not to enjoy Infinites stage. Their high energy stage for Last Romeo contrasted by the remixed Back kept me captivated and showed why Infinite is a top performance group.
Another Kind of B2utiful
Bringing another remix into the mix, Beast brought a new flavor to Good Luck, and the B2uty in me squealed. While theyre all individually talented, they perform the best when theyre together. Good Luck surpassed 12:30 for me despite Hyun-seungs voice sounding strained at times.
These were some of our favorites so give yourselves a pat on the back, KBS. Just dont let us down next year.
On the final night of 2014, a never-before-seen collaboration will bring together rock, hip-hop, and Trot all on one stage!
On December 31, CNBLUE, Block B’s Zico, and veteran Trot singer Tae Jin Ah are set to showcase a very special performance for the 2014 MBC Gayo Daejun.
These three talented teams of all different music genres are preparing to impress viewers with a stage that hasn’t been seen anywhere else. CNBLUE is said to have created a brand new arrangement of band music combined with a Trot melody to perform with Tae Jin Ah, who also previously received much attention for his collab with Rain for “La Song.”
Not only Trot, CNBLUE’s hit song “Can’t Stop” has also been rearranged into a hip-hop version to grace the stage with Zico.
This exciting collab stage will be revealed through the live broadcast of MBC’s year-end music ceremony on December 31!
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EXO SM Entertainments EXO and Girls Generation are among performers for the upcoming New Years celebration, MBC Gayo Daejun.
EXO was previously not listed in the lineup for MBC Gayo Daejun and addressed the concerns of their fans over this issue on December 24.
MBC Gayo Daejun features more than forty teams who will battle through music, in the end of the year performance.
In addition to EXO and Girls Generation, tops performers such as CNBLUE, BTS, GOT7, 2PM, BEAST, INFINITE, 4Minute, SM The Ballad, Soyou x Junggigo, Block B, Ailee, KARA, Red Velvet, SHINee"s Taemin, and others will appear.
The lineup also includes veteran artists such as Tae Jin Ah, who will undoubtedly bring trot to the K-pop stage.
End of the year performance shows provide K-pop fans with the opportunity to watch hours of programming featuring their favorite artists on one stage.
MBC Gayo Daejun will be one of the last end of the year performances of 2014, following the SBS Gayo Awards and KBS Daechukje.
MBC Gayo Daejun will be held on December 31 at 8:55 KST and will include special stages in addition to performances of hit songs from 2014.
Open Thread: KBS Gayo Daejun Written by Chelsea On December 26, 2014 With the Christmas festivities behind us, its time for yet another Gayo Daejun! Tonight KBS will hold their annual awards ceremony, hosted by SNSDs Yoona, 2PMs Taecyeon, and comedian Lee Hwi-jae.
KBS has hinted at a promising and diverse line-up of special stages, including Infinite x Exo as well as Taeyeon (SNSD) and Hwanhee (Fly to the Sky). KBS also announced that Exos D.O. will narrate the introduction and conclusion of the awards festivities. There are sure to be some surprises in store this evening as the best acts of 2014 take the stage.
While no YG artists will be in attendance, SNSD, Teen Top, 2PM, Exo, CNBlue, Beast, Infinite, Sistar, Apink, AOA, Ailee, Vixx, BTS, Block B, B1A4 and Secret are all confirmed to be in attendance.
Following the SBS Gayo Daejun on December 21st, the KBS Gayo doesnt have particularly large shoes to fill in terms of quality. None the less, given hints at the line-up and attendance list, expectations are high.
Join us in the comments below and let us know what you think about the evening as it unfolds!
Two of this year’s most popular male groups, EXO and Infinite will be collaborating for a special stage at the upcoming 2014 KBS Gayo Daejun.
According to a representative of the year-end festival, fans can expect to see the two teams perform on stage together on December 26.
EXO and Infinite are taking this year’s theme seriously, and they will unite for a collaboration stage inspired the show’s theme ‘Music is love.’ As both teams are well known for their outstanding vocal and dancing skills, not to mention their handsome looks, fans are already anticipating to see how the performance will turn out.
It has been revealed that EXO and Infinite chose each other as their ideal collaboration partners, and they worked together on everything from the song to the overall performance.
A producer of the end-of-the-year show said, “Even the producers are anticipating the collaboration of EXO and Infinite. The producers have intervened as little as possible in everything from the song choice to stage directing. In order to make the stage stand out, we have prepared impressive set props for them to use.”
2014 KBS Gayo Daejun will air on December 26 at 8:30 p.m.
MBC has revealed its final jam-packed lineup full of amazing artists for the 2014 MBC Gayo Daejun.
On December 24, MBC explained that EXO recently confirmed their appearance, after fans questioned why the group was not included in the lineup that had been announced on December 23.
The entire list of artists includes over 40 teams: EXO, TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, BEAST, INFINITE, SISTAR, 2PM, Ailee, CNBLUE, BTS, GOT7, 4Minute, Fly to the Sky, A Pink, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, SM the Ballad (Taeyeon and Jonghyun), Block B, B1A4, SHINee’s Taemin, KARA, Dynamic Duo, Secret, VIXX, BTOB, AOA, BIG BYUNG, Soyu x Junggigo, Girl’s Day, Teen Top, Red Velvet, Sunmi, T-ara, Boyfriend, Mamamoo, Lovelyz, Hyorin x Jooyoung, Huh Gak and Eunji, Crush, Zion.T, Hong Jin Young, Rumble Fish, HyungdonDaejun, as well as veteran singers Im Chang Jung and Tae Jin Ah.
The year-end MBC Gayo Daejun will be showcasing performance battles between a number of teams consisting of different groups and singers that received a lot of love throughout the year.
Not only will these artists be singing songs of the past as well as hit songs of 2014, they are also preparing a variety of stages that feature all genres such as dance, ballad, hip-hop, rock, trot, and more.
The 2014 MBC Gayo Daejun will be broadcast live on December 31 at 8:55 p.m. (KST).Which artists are you most looking forward to?