MBC Gayo Daejun 2013: The Dark Horse That Slayed Everyone The 2013 Gayo season has finally come to an end! From past viewings, the SBS Gayo Daejun has always been the flashy favorite, KBS’s rendition wouldve been the one everyone hated on (but still watched), and MBC wouldve hummed along with their low-key showing. At first glance, 2013 appeared to be no different—but then MBC came and ran a fabulously produced program from start to finish. Camerawork and stage arrangements were clean, and even though they werent the most flamboyant or imaginative, the music festival was free of technical problemsthe overall experience was utterly satisfying. To top it off, the performers decided to rock the K-pop world that night, and have an absolute blast while doing itwhat a novel concept!
The MBC Gayo was a visual delight, a hands-down winner of the year. I loved the integration of the pre-recorded content with the live show; Crayon Pop’s “Bar Bar Bar” had never looked like such a hoot! I had difficulty warming up to the song when it first caught steam, but this gayo version finally hit the right notes with me. “Bar Bar Bar” is a song meant to be performed en-masse, and having tons of people participating in a flash mob in front of the MBC building was the perfect performance experience.
The special stages were a bit of a let down: the A Pink/B1A4 one was cute (but a tad flat), Key/Tiffany were awkward both on the duet front and the song front (I liked Keynot so much Tiffany), SM Towns Like a G6 didnt quite work (but at least they were energetic), and Ailee/Niel didnt mesh well with each other. Call me old-fashioned, but the best special stage of the night were the trot stages. I LOVED them, especially Tae Jin-ah. It’s great to see Korean popular music in its most traditional form, and I’m not going to lie, Park Hyun-bins “샤방샤방” is like my favorite song ever.