This show continues to surprise me. Not all of the singers are great and powerful as they claim to be, or I’d thought and expected them to be, but music has always been more about heart and emotion to me. You don’t have to be the greatest and best vocalist out there, you don’t have to overwhelm me with visuals or showmanship, you don’t have to be known at all. All I need is a song performed with the deepest and most genuine sincerity, conveyed with his or her most earnest longing. As long as the singer enjoys and indulges in what he or she does best, I am moved in no time.
I’ve been missing out on IS2 for quite some weeks now, especially ever since Jung Dong Ha left. Checked out some eps in between then and now, and while some singers continued to improve and impress, none have left a etching deep impression on me. No particular performance has managed to reach out to me and leave me lingering with tears, moved by the sincerity and heart within.
Not until I came across this performance by a singer called Moon Myung Jin. A singer who has been buried away and has stayed away from the stage for 10 years. A singer that not many (not even some of the performers in the show) know of. A singer whom I’m surprised has not reached the level of recognition in the likes of Kim Bum Soo (I think they’re styles are eerily similar).
Check out his performance of Not Just Sadness, which is just downright moving and hair-raising. Not in the the WOW fantastic showy way, but in the most earnest and simplistic sense, of heart and genuine passion. He didn’t win the battle, but he most definitely won my heart and soul.
I don’t know where he will go from here, but I’m glad the show’s allowed him to perform on stage once again. If there’s anything that tops how much I love about the show, it’s the unearthing of (some) singers who really want and love to sing but have never had the luck or opportunity to do so in front of an audience.
Again, forever thankful for such a lovely gem of a show.
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