THIS SHOW OWNS ME, OWNS ME OWNS ME OWNS ME MY BRAIN CAN’T EVEN FUNCTION! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
It’s a rare case of obsession and love, as I’ve never really been much of a TW series fan. The last I’ve ever watched fully was In Time With You, and though my love was equally immense for that where I rem I had endless to die for squeesqoonworthy moments, I did suffer bits from dragginess and frustration with the narrative motif of certain characters (especially You Qing, when dealing with her relationship with Li Da Ren and the other guy Sunny Wang played). But I adored the execution and the vibe, as well as the amount of thought and consideration put into the dialogues. It was really a one of a kind piece, you don’t get a lot of those in mainstream Taiwan industry, which is almost always amassed with chic flics and sugary cheesy stuff which give you major whiplashes right from the beginning.
Then The Pursuit of Happiness came along, and literally SLAYED ME. This IS PURE SOLID STUFF, about almost everything anything that you want to know about falling in love and finding the love that you want and need.
Bear with me. <3333
I BOW I BOW I BOW I KNEEEEEL to the master with such PS skills.
Or should I say Song Hye Kyo and Kim Woobie for their ability to look good with anyone everyone in any picture.
It’s fan made, but just lookin’ don’t you want a Korean version of The Bodyguard already?
I don’t need to repeat, but I can’t help it!
AHHHHHH, SHOW YOU ARE SOOOOOOOO EFFFFIN UHMAZZZZZING!!!!!!!!!
I didn’t even know who LED Apple were before this show, and I will be honest to say I that I judged them way before they performed. Their visual idol-ish look made me think they were going for something more visual and blingy, and MEH yeah they will just go all dancy and rock-ish to cover up for their not so good singing skills. I knew it. But I was so wrong.
So so so wrong.
Bad bad me for pre-judging. And I thought I’d learned well from Sandeul’s case. Was absolutely completely jawdrop stunned and blown away by LED Apple’s rendition of ballad legend Shin Seung Hun”s “Invisible Love“, esp vocalist Han Byul‘s rock solid delivery of such a melancholic song. You could feel the surge of emotions in his singing alone, the emptiness and devastation. You look at them and you cannot see or sense how much power these young idols have. They may be young, but the way they sing they sing from experience, as if they have been like this since forever. And although they did not win (beaten by the equally amazing V.O.S), theirs definitely left the biggest and most lasting impression.
I AM SO NOT WORTHY.
I think at this rate I’m going to have an IS2 feature on my blog every single week, DARN!
credits: P Kingsford @ Youtube
Never judge an idol.
Before and until you hear him/her sing.
This is B1A4‘s Sandeul ripping hearts out with Lim Jae Bum‘s I’m a Candle Before You (released in 1984, 6 years before Sandeul was even BORN!).
How am I supposed to keep calm and NOT vote WIN for such an emotional and powerful performance?!
This episode was a whole lot of DAEBAK and AWESOMENESS. One must not miss this Lim Jae Bum Special, trust me, you will be amazed by the combination of vocal prowess shown in here. It had one of the best singer lineups and performances I’ve seen in IS2 in ages, AGES. And you know I am an IS2 buff regular watcher. You may get episodes with great vocalists, but you don’t get equal top notch performances all across the board all the time. Everyone in this episode was in top form, gave their very best and sang like deserving champs. And don’t even get me started on the emotional delivery.
Sandeul only managed to edge Wheesung and K. Will by less than 10 points (who’d beaten Moon Myung Jin, ALi earlier, all whom were not surprisingly themselves, AWESOME as usual!), so go figure, imagine the quality of sound and music you’re getting from this.
You know? If I had to plead and beg you, I am willing. GO WATCH IT NOW!
Check here for full performances: Lim Jae Bum IS2 Special – Eng Subs
credits: maltesers eugine / KBS World @ youtube
Imagine how hard and tough it must be for celebs and artists to make it big, to venture into the massive limelight and to stay there long enough to reap its benefits. There are plenty of lucky ones, who get there in a blink, but there are more, even more who struggle and strive hard but never get to see the light at the end of the tunnel, who are shoved under the masses of bling and flashy appearances. I always think art and music, it’s all about passion and love for what you do best. But ultimately, it’s also about the recognition and acknowledgement you get from people who appreciate, and who know how good you are.
Last week’s IS2 Special on veteran singer legend Choi Jin Hee featured one of the most emotional IS2 performances I have EVER EVER seen in IS2 history, by an unknown singing group J2M (formerly known as MTOM). It’s always lovely to see unknown and underrated stars make their way into the scene through IS2, one of the best platforms to launch or re-launch one’s music career, what better than to have an already solid bunch of music fan-lovers to judge you and to give you all the boost of confidence you need? A lot of unknown and underrated singers made significant marks through this show, my favs including ALi and Moon Myung Jin.
And in this episode, J2M.
Watch and be prepared to be WOWED!
It’s not all about their soulful and powerful vocals, their wonderful harmony and their outpour of emotions. This was a performance that came with a story, a story that I believe many upcoming and struggling performers can relate to from the deepest of their hearts. This was a story about struggle and perseverance that led to hope and light at the end. I cried watching them perform, moved by the sincerity and passion, the unleashing of their yearning to be known just for once. I sobbed even more when they took to the stage with their story, holding in tears culminated from years of struggle and determination.
I have no idea if they will break out even further after this IS2 (I hope they continue performing on IS1 of course!), but this is one performance that will linger for long. Definitely.
Thank you so much IS2!
credits: video @ Youtube