Best K-Pop Stage Outfits

Okay, before we start, I am no fashion expert. Really if you see me dress …well, let’s just say, I work in IT and don’t really have much direct every day contact with our clients. I come in hoodies and I’m just short of wearing sweat pants to work.
Still I know what kind of outfits I like when I dress up. So, yes, this is going to be a heavily opinion-based post. Tell me later what your favorite outfits are.

So here some of my criteria:

  • it doesn’t look uncomfortable
  • it looks good
  • it matches the person wearing it
  • it matches the song/concept somewhat
  • groups: the members have to match somewhat

These are my conditions. Why comfortable? It doesn’t matter how nice looking an outfit is, they have to dance in it. That’s hard already and you don’t have to make it harder by making an outfit they cannot move in.

The following will be in random order.

I*ZONE – Fiesta

This outfit was actually the one making me write this article since I just really adore it. All the members were the same outfit with a few small adjustments matching each member. It has the cut to fit all the members’ different looks and look good for all of them. It’s a good mix of a simple but also glam and elegant outfit. The knee high boots make the outfit even more elegant. Also the outfit matches the song well and is not easily forgotten while also being not too fancy.
Performance starts at 2:20.

G-Friend – Sunrise

G-Friend has played with many different stage outfits, going from beautiful fancy dresses to elegant suit style. The reason I love this stage outfit? Because it doesn’t look uncomfortable, they don’t have to wear over the top high heels and it’s the perfect example of a different combination of similar but different outfits. All the members have an outfit that matches them well and they pull it off amazingly. And while all the outfits are really different (and not just have like one little different detail), some even have a little different color, it combines in a good way. Also the patterns of the material matches the song really well.

Jennie – Solo

I am no Jennie fan but I actually had two performance outfits chosen for best stage outfit here. In the end this one won because of the shoes. The outfit is so simple but detailed and usually the singer would were high heels or something but she is actually wearing sneakers with it which I absolutely adore. Nothing against high heels but sometimes they are just not comfortable to dance in.
To be fair though, I like the other performances I had too. It is a glowing white outfit and the reason I love it so much, it’s different from what you would usually get from the “Solo” performances. It’s shiny but simple with just one color. It fits the outfits of the back dancers but the difference in color makes Jennie stand out still. It matched the performance and the song very well. You can find performance 2 HERE.

Everglow – Dun Dun

In general, Everglow wore a lot of nice outfits for Dun Dun but this one I really like. One thing to note here, wearing any kind of leather outfit or outfit with a leather look, is risky. A lot of time it has more of a cheap effect than the fierce look. Everglow’s outfit in this performance is simple, the colors match and the chains add some extra and combine well with the leather and fabric look. All of the members are wearing different variations of the outfit making it exceptional but also making them easily recognizable as a group.

Gugudan – The Boots

This is a very similar outfit to the one of I*Zone. Mainly in length and the knee high boots. Gugudan actually wore the outfit in different colors on different performances of this song. I chose this red one because it seems even more elegant while also giving a soft touch. Little adjustments -a jacket here, a different cut there- makes it a good outfit for all the members and still displaying their individuality. In general I like it because it is a simple but good performance outfit.

Pentagon – Dr. Bebe

I like when the overall concept includes one main color but sometimes it is just too much. Pentagon managed to just hang on the cliff. They matched red with a lot of different fabrics, patterns and clothes parts. One thing I always recommend about Pentagon, their stylist knows what matches each member. They know Kino looks great in leather pants and some others look better in a specific fabric. He gave a nice velvet jacket to Jinho and it matches him really well. One thing I particularly liked about this performance, every member wearing a suit seemed to wear the correct size. A lot of stylists seem to be getting that wrong and get suits too big which looks really strange on the idols but this was one of the performances where it matched quite well. And can I just say, I want Kino’s jacket, if anyone knows where to get one like this, tell me 🙂

Sunmi – Gashina

There is this one performance of Sunmi and Gashina where she wears a more flowy red dress. I love that one but since I could not find it, I decided for this one instead. Sunmi’s outfit is not very special to be honest, it is very simple. But the delicate design of the fabric and the red being highlighted by all the dancers in black is just a nice and astonishing sight. The outfit is simple but very feminine and matches the song well. Also, it looks really comfortable to be honest. While it is not too tight, it might be a little short though.

ANS – Say My Name

Similar to Gugudan, ANS featured their outfits in different colors but same cut and design. Personally though, I think the black one is the most beautiful. One thing that made this outfit stand out from other groups’ outfits? The chain detail on the outfit is processed in a way that makes it look fitting and not cheap at all. Sometimes with chain and glittering details like that, it tends to look cheap especially with some less known groups with less budget. It fits well onto the outfit and all the outfit variations play well with the members. I really enjoyed that the weren’t just changing the upper part of the outfit but also made some changes below the hip. Some are wearing pants, other skirts and even the shoes varied. Overall it looks beautiful but comfortable at the same time.

LOONA – Full Moon (Cover)

Even if it does not seem that way, reading this post, but I’m very skeptical about red outfits. Red can be easily overdone. For this performance I think it fits quite well though. It fits the song and the choreo and the outfit in general is very elegant. It has slightly varying details for each member but look comfortable and while there are many details on the upper part, the skirt is kept simple, making it a good mix and not too overbearing. I think this outfit looks amazing for this performance.

Chungha – Snapping

Chungha has some of the most amazing outfits out there. No one can deny that. Why did I choose this outfit then? It is simple, one colored black and does not have many accessories. Well, yes, but that makes it even harder to pull off and Chungha makes this outfit look so amazing. Sometimes a simple black outfit is the only thing you need. It’s like the little black dress we all know, except this one has pants, a fact I love even more. It’s elegant but simple. Sometimes an outfit can just be black and not have any accessories and still look breathtaking.

(G)-Idle – Lion

This performance and song in general is quite epic but the outfits are even more amazing. First off though, why did I not choose the original Queendom performance? Because while the Queendom performance was absolute gold, I liked this outfit more. It is simple but beautiful and mainly plays with red on black. For girl group performances a rarity by the way. We often get combinations of red and black mixed together but not mainly black outfits with a red like this on top. The accessories just give the outfit and even more queen like performance and I love that while the outfits look the same if you don’t look closely, they are very different from each other, fitting the members well.

GOT7 – Crash and Burn

GOT7 had its own fair share of oversized suits on the members and while some outfit choices are fashionista worthy others are very, very questionable. This outfit might not be everyone’s favorite or even in the top outfits, for me it is though. Why? Because it fits and sits well. Yes, I just said that. The outfits fit well, nothing oversized, nothing too tight. Every member has its own style but definitely match the group concept well. There are small details as well as some color mix and it does well with the song too. The fabrics are not too fancy and not too cheap and while it is a pretty basic outfit for idol performances, it just checks so many boxes it is perfect.

Lovelyz – Lost n Found

Let’s go from basic necessities to over the top fairy like. Let me get this out first, I actually hate lilac on clothes. The color is what you put on a Disney princess of a fairyland country. Well, it matches very well here then I guess. It’s on this list because the outfit is pretty simple but at the same time seems soooo over the top. The styles vary for each member but are not anything special but mixed with the color and the performance it just seem so ethereal you just have to include it on this list.

APink – Eung Eung

Okay, we are leaving ethereal fairy land and coming back to modern times. This outfit is very different from what we have on this list til now. I give highest compliments to APink’s stylist though. It is hard to find outfits sooo diferent but so matching. It fits the members, fits the song and looks good while not making one member over dressed or another too plain. It is an amazing balance and a great example of matching non-matching outfits together and make a group.

ATEEZ – Wonderland

If there is one group out there dominating the suits game, it is ATEEZ. Their suits and uniforms fit, look comfortable and the members pull it off oh so well. This performance in particular, I love because white suits even with black mixed inbetween are hard to make them look good. The difference between the members’ outfits are minimal but still all the members make it look as if they are wearing something different while still acting as a group. The small details on the uniforms look nice quality-wise too. I am surprised though, nothing fell off the uniforms with the strong dancing but I guess that just supports the quality of the outfits? The clothes fit the performance, the group, the song and the choreo. A clean and definite win.

WJSN – As You Wish

Sooo many suits for guys, let me compliment some girls too. WJSN or Cosmic Girls definitely deserve this suits win. Both of them actually because I could not decide between the performances. While the red uniform has more of a school uniform, the darker one mixed very different styles very well. I really loved the fact that a girl group could pull off such beautiful and strong outfits and not just dance around in dresses for once. Also, let’s enjoy seeing them in not just uniform jackets and short shorts but actually with a full outfit without showing their legs half naked like so many other uniforms turn out. It is a well balanced outfit choice. The clothing fits all the members and looks very very good. Great job, WJSN! Check out performance 2 HERE.

SHINee – Stranger

SHINee’s outfit is pretty much the opposite of Chungha’s. It has so many details it’s almost over the top. But here comes lesson number 1 for everyone out there: If you know how to place it, detailing of any kind can look amazing. Similar to how simple outfits can look astonishing if you find someone who can pull it off. The detailing on SHINee’s outfits was placed well, doesn’t look cheap, is a good mix between glittery and simple fabric attachments and considering the performance and group it fits even better. The member were different outfits but match well and are easily recognizable as a group too. Let me just say, this outfit is worth an applause and I do think only a group like SHINee can pull it off.

 

So, this was my overview of the best K-Pop stage outfits in my opinion. I know…a lot of uniforms…sorry. Tell me what your favorite outfits are in the comments below. Maybe you find some I like too and I will include it in the list!

Bye for now!

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BL Thailand – Who To Know?

Some time ago I released a series of BL introductions and BL 101 if you’re new to the genre. I also included a Who To Know? then but I decided to make a new one, just because so many things have changed. 2019 was a great year for BL shows even if we had to wait a lot and there were some down phases. Overall it was a good year with many new shows, many surprises and one or the other gem down the line.

In this post I want to give you an updated version of who to know in the BL acting world, specifically Thailand because that is the one country where you see some actors return either for main roles or at least for supporting roles in other shows. Also because it is the one country with the most BL shows I know, so I decided to go with what I do know.

So here are some of the actors you should know and recognize when delving into the world of BL…enjoy…

Singto Prachaya Ruangroj (He’s Coming To Me)

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Born: 1994
Let’s start off with a name you should really know. He has been on the acting radar ever since he acted in the highly popular SOTUS series alongside co-star and friend Krist Sangpotirat Perawat and has been on the up-and-coming ever since. He has acted in multiple other shows including the U-Prince Series, Friend Zone and the touching series He’s Coming To Me alongside Ohm Pawat. In 2020 he will return with the non-BL show Turn Left Turn Right as well as in the second installment of Friend Zone, Friend Zone 2: Dangerous Area, both GMM shows. He has proven multiple times he can act well and can play different characters, especially with his character in He’s Coming To Me, he showed he can play the shy but playful character too and can adapt to his surroundings and co-stars. Definitely a name to be curious about in the future, especially because he didn’t seem to be against playing a BL character after SOTUS and is one of the few actors who played LGBT+ characters in more than one series. We fans definitely thank him for it because he really is one talented actor.

Mild Suttinut Uengtrakul (Love’s Coming)

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Born: 1993
You may not have known his name but you might have seen his face multiple times. He has appeared in some shows either as a main character or a supporting role. He has been part of the main couple in the charming Love’s Coming, as well as the kinda confusing The Best Twins. You may have also seen him in the movie Red Wine in the Dark Night, the messy series What the Duck and at the moment he is starring as Techno in TharnType The Series. He is one of the examples of seeing an actor develop. While in the beginning his acting seemed awkward and strange, he has really changed and learned over time and shows some good acting scenes in TT. I am very curious where his journey takes him in the future.

Mew Suppasit Jongcheveevat (What the Duck)

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Born: 1991
This actor has some scandals, issues and whatever behind him but I still want to mention him here. First because he seems to be really good at adapting to different characters and also because he was connected to the messy and confusing What The Duck. Seriously, even until now, I don’t get the series. But since he acted in that show, I decided to give him another chance with the new TharnType The Series. And while the show is quite on the edge regarding some of their content, this actor definitely delivers a steady and balanced acting job. Before it was hard to judge whether his acting made Pree in WTD awkward or whether it was the character itself. Well, TT proves it was the character itself (actually no real surprise there, the show is a full on crash against the wall) and I definitely hope Mew will continue delighting us with shows.

New Thitipoom Techaapaikhun (Kiss Series)

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Born: 1993
If you don’t know New, you are either totally new to the BL genre or you are just clueless, like totally. I count New Thitipoom as one of the three actors with the most BL shows on his record. The other two being Singto Prachaya (SOTUS, Friend Zone, He’s Coming To Me) and Gun Atthaphan (Puppy Honey, Theory of Love, The Blue Hour, and so on…). New has acted as Apo in Water Boyy The Series as well as Kao in the long running series Kiss, a series that is currently airing its third and highly anticipated installment, Dark Blue Kiss. But his roles also include a lot of non-BL roles, like as Singto Prachaya’s best friend in SOTUS, M. He was also part of multiple installments of the U-Prince series and had a main role in the 2019 shows Wolf and Love Beyond Frontier. Seriously, his acting record is quite long and it seems we will get to see more of him in the future. He has developed his acting and proven time and time again he knows how to do a scene well. I cannot wait to see more of this cutie and see where his future is leading him 🙂

Tay Tawan Vihokratana (Kiss Series)

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Born: 1991
New’s longtime co-actor and another GMM TV boy. Tay Tawan is another name you should definitely know. His acting record is pretty long too. He has acted as Pete in the long running series Kiss, a series that – as I mentioned above – is currently airing its third and highly anticipated installment, Dark Blue Kiss. He has also appeared as a supporting role in more shows I can count, and had a main role in Secret Seven and the 2019 drama series 3 Will Be Free. In 2020 he will have a supporting role in the GMM TV series Military of Love. Tay Tawan is steadily building his acting record with the one or the other BL show or character and I appreciate that he seems to be open to play more complex and complicated characters. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this great and charming guy in the future!

Saint Suppapong Udomkaewkanjana (Love By Chance)

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Born: 1998
Saint first came onto everyone’s radar with the highly popular and fanatically loved BL series Love By Chance. Even I have re-watched the series more times than I can count. In his more recent acting projects he has taken on roles different from the shy and quiet character Pete from LBC. Currently he set to act as Tutor in the 2020 BL series Why R U?, a series I’m looking forward to dearly. Different from a lot of actors on this list, he has almost only been acting in shows and no big movie projects. He did do some short movies/music videos that can be found on Youtube but otherwise he has taken to shows on television. I’m really curious what is coming for this young boy in the future, especially since he is only 21 this year, so we will see how he builds up his acting record and repertoire. He has already proven he can play tougher characters too. I hope after 2020 he will appear in more BL shows too and not leave the BL world behind him like some others did after some time.

Earth Pirapat Watthanasetsiri (Water Boyy The Series)

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Born: 1994
Funny enough, Earth is one of the actors most BL fans know the name and the face of. Mainly because he seems to appear everywhere. He had a main role in Water Boyy The Series and the second installment of the Kiss series – Kiss Me Again, as well as a supporting role in the popular shows Love By Chance and Theory of Love. Let me translate – he acted with New and Tay from the Kiss series, also with New in Water Boyy, he appeared with Saint, Perth, Mean and Plan in Love By Chance and also Off and Gun in Theory of Love. Whoever you are a fan of, at least one of their shows had Earth in them. No wonder why most fans know his face and name. 2019 and 2020 also showed he seemed to be open to playing LGBT+ characters, something I highly praise him for. He appeared as part of the surprise fan-favorite couple TwoUn in Theory of Love, with his co-star White Nawat Phumphothingam (Love Sick) and is set to appear in the BL series A Tale Of Thousand Stars in 2020. It seems like a dramatic but wonderful love story, so I am excited for it. I’m excitedly asking myself where he will pop up in the future.

Off Jumpol Adulkittiporn (Theory Of Love)

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Born: 1991
Another 91-liner, the oldest age group on this list. Off has been on the radar of BL fans ever since his role in Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey. He played the cold but caring Pick and was first paired with his now long-time co-star and friend Gun Atthaphan. They have shown multiple times they have perfect chemistry and GMMTV has given them even their own shows like the talk show OffGun Fun Night (which is currently airing season 2) and the BL series Theory Of Love, where we could finally see Off and Gun as a drama couple again. In Theory Of Love, Off could finally show his matured and complex acting which didn’t really show in Puppy Honey. Even if TOL is a story full of bad timing and even worse decisions, the series is definitely one of the BL shows with the best acting. I really hope Off takes on more complex characters in the future, he has already appeared in a lot of non-BL shows too, and I’m excited to see how his acting develops to even better levels.

Gun Atthaphan Phunsawat (Theory Of Love)

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Born: 1993
There is a reason why people call Gun Atthaphan the king – or sometimes queen – of BL. First, he is 26 years old in 2019 and still has a baby face. Second, I don’t think anyone has acted as a LGBT+ character as many times as him: Senior Secret Love: Puppy Honey, Bittersweet Chocolate (and it’s second installment), Love Love You, The Blue Hour and Theory Of Love. And he pulls all of the roles off perfectly. Gun has shown steady and good acting from the beginning and has been known for taking on more complex roles and characters. He played tough bad asses, as well as cute and shy guys. He also appeared in non-BL roles, most known, he appeared as the straight A’s student Punn in the drama heavy and fan-favorite series The Gifted. In 2020 he is returning as Punn for the second installment The Gifted Graduation. I’m curious what projects he is going to do in the future but judging from his current acting I’m quite sure, he is the one actor I trust to pull of any role given to him.

Earth Katsamonnat Namwirote (Love By Chance)

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Born: 1996
This is quite a new name on this list. His acting record isn’t that long right now but I expect more in the future. He had a main role in the popular series Love By Chance and is set to appear in the dramatic BL series Until We Meet Again in 2019. He is definitely part of the cutie line on this list and seems to be really good at adapting to his co-stars and giving good chemistry. I’m excited to see him in UWMA and curious how his acting developed since his last project. I think we can expect more from him in the future, especially since he doesn’t seem to shy away from playing LGBT+ characters.

Fluke Natouch Siripongthon (Red Wine In The Dark Night)

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Born: 1996
Fluke Natouch is one of the few actors who has acted in as many movies as TV shows, although it seems his movie roles have been bigger than the TV roles he got. He appeared in the widely known movie My Bromance, where we still don’t know when the second installment is going to come out, also in the dark and moody movie Red Wine In The Dark Night and in the movie Ghost Ship. I still have no idea whether that movie is a comedy or a scary movie…it is a change from what I’ve been watching til now and Fluke definitely pulled of the role of Yorla in the movie. I really like him in the movie especially because the role was so different than what you might know from him usually. As for shows, he appeared as a main role in Part Of Love, had a few supporting roles and is set to appear as a supporting role in the 2019 non-BL show Blacklist, as well as the main character in the 2019 BL series Until We Meet Again. He has yet to appear in a highly popular BL series but I think UWMA has good chances and he is also one of the few actors where I don’t worry about his acting skills at all. He has proven himself multiple times and he can definitely pull of fun but also serious characters.

Ohm Pawat Chittsawangdee (He’s Coming To Me)

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Born: 2000
Say hello to the youngest actor on this list. He may be the youngest but his acting record is…well, long, especially considering he is only 19! He made his debut into the BL world with Make It Right and as part of the fan-favorite couple FrameBook. Ever since then he has a appeared in non-BL shows like War of High School but also reprised his role as Frame in Make It Right 2. In 2019 he also surprised everyone with the BL tearjerker He’s Coming To Me alongside Singto Prachaya and giving us a couple we didn’t know we wanted but we loved them nonetheless – seriously their chemistry was awesome. Currently he is starring in the series Blacklist and set to appear as a main role in the 2020 shows The Shipper and Military Of Love. He is definitely on the up-and-coming and considering he is so young, I think we can expect to see even more and even better projects in the future.

 

Special Mention:

Yacht Surat Permpoonsavat

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Born: 1997
He is the only one on this list, I think, who has not been a main character in a BL series. He has mostly been set as supporting and guest character but he has appeared in the widely known Love By Chance. Also pretty recently he acted in The Effect. And after watching I have to say, both times he has acted as the best friend you could ever wish for in life. I mean seriously, you just have to love him. He has not appeared in many shows and has not been a main character that is why I’ve only mentioned him on the side but I just wanted to get it out there, that his characters are really the best friends you could ever ask for. And his acting is also really natural, maybe because it’s similar to himself or because he is an amazing actor. Whether it is one or the other, I wholeheartedly compliment him and hope we see more of him in the future.

 

So this is my list of Who To Know and who to look out for. I hope you liked it. I tried to add actors who appeared in multiple shows whether as a main or as a supporting character. Let’s see how they will surprise us in the future, I hope we see more of them whether it’s BL shows or not! (although I’d appreciate the one or the other BL show 🙂 )

Top 10 K-Pop Centers (Member)

Before I start, I’m not talking about something like a K-Pop institute or so but like it says in the title, I’m talking about the members (position). For everyone who does not know: K-Pop groups normally have positions and roles for each member. The standard is: the leader, the main dancer, the main vocal, the visual, the maknae (youngest) and the main rapper. Normally the best dancer or the visual gets the center position most often. Of course, there are exceptions and of course, the center can not always have the center position because the others have lines too. But during the chorus we mostly see the center position. This was highlighted a lot in the idol survival show series Produce 101 where the trainees had to assign positions in their groups. It’s funny how it got more attention there, while in the groups themselves it is mentioned less and less.

Well, in this post I’m am gonna share my own opinion about the top 10 members in groups who have center positions (or who are in the center a lot and suit the role well) and who are doing a great job. My judging criteria are:

  • they do a good job at dancing, singing, etc. and do not mess up in the front (at least not regularly)
  • they pull your gaze to them and make you focus on them
  • they have good facial reactions to the song and whatever is going on
  • they are put in the center a lot

Note that this is my opinion, so if you want to add someone, just tell me in the comments below, I love exchanging opinions 🙂

Note: some members/groups may not be mentioned because their center changes quite often depending on the song or sometimes just because there are a lot of members.

10 – Jungkook (BTS)

BTS is known for giving great performances and having a great stage presence. So, of course, the center has to do an amazing job. Jungkook does just that. He is good at singing, dancing and giving good reactions. There’s a reason why people say he is pretty much perfect. The reason why he’s at number 10? Because he does not stand out as much. Meaning: BTS as a whole is a presence you won’t see regularly and all of them have a great aura but regarding stage presence, Jungkook is not the top contender in his group. Still, he has the official center position for a reason and is one of the top talented idols out there.

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9 – Soyeon ((G)-Idle)

(G)-Idle is a newer group and not as known as some others on this list, but still Soyeon deserves to be here. While I did not really watch her pre-debut, she manages to catch your eye and delivers some of the best gazes and stage energy ever. She catches your interest for the future. Let’s see where it goes…

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8 – SinB (G-Friend)

SinB is another member on this list who does actually have the official center position in her group. And she has it for a reason. She delivers performances with such a confidence and energy, you get the feeling she knows exactly what she is doing and she is doing it perfectly. She matches every song and feeling and while she is more on the back bench in the music videos, she stands out even more in the live performances, making her an unbelievably good center.

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7 – Yoona (Girls’ Generation)

Girls’ Generation is one of the few groups where the center position changes over the years depending on the song. Whatever song it was, though, if you put Yoona as a center, she proved she could do an amazing job. She pulled your gaze to her and engaged you into the song. While she may not be the best dancer or best singer in her group you could just see her take you on a ride with the song and make you listen even more closely, whatever genre the song may be.

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6 – Hani (EXID)

This choice is pretty clear, I think. I mean the fancam of Hani made the group more known and gave them some recognition and they actually managed to keep the fame which is not always the case. Hani, though, while she does not really stand out in her group since EXID in total and the other members have a big stage presence too, she does deliver all the right feelings and faces for the songs. She looks sexy when it needs the sexy concept, she looks lovely, when she should look lovely and she looks fierce, when it’s a strong and cool song. She matches the songs and stages and gets you even more engaged into the song.

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5 – Ayno (VAV)

This name may come as a surprise but it is a deserved spot in the list. I was surprised myself. Ayno is mostly in the center for his group and there is a reason for it. He knows how to pull you in. He makes the chorus even more catchy and he has the gaze and the dancing and knows how to use it all to be a great center. I admit even if someone else is singing the chorus, your eyes are gonna be on him. I don’t know if he has the official center position but I do think so. He definitely deserves it :)(VIDEO)

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4 – JooE (Momoland)

The next four spots are taken by idols who know how to make themselves known and who know how to deliver a performance. For JooE it is less her adapting to a song but more her stage energy, though. She does every single song with an energy that makes you notice her and watch her. Her energy makes you enjoy the song more and have more fun with the upbeat Momoland songs. It doesn’t even matter if she is in the center or not, she shows an energy you don’t see every day.(VIDEO)

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3 – Kai (EXO)

I have to admit, I’m not a Kai fan. I don’t know why, don’t ask me. At the same time, I do have to admit that he is great as EXO’s center. He is a great dancer and good singer and shows everything he’s got as the center. I still remember he already stood out in their debut song Mama and it only got better and more amazing over time. He definitely deserves to be called on of the best K-Pop centers out there.(VIDEO)

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2 – Taeyong (NCT)

I was no NCT fan when they debuted. Their music isn’t my style (whatever sub-unit it may be) and I wasn’t into their concepts either. Well, I’m still not their biggest fan but even I see that Taeyong is…well, different than most idols. He has a stage presence that you can rarely see anywhere. He delivers the right gaze and the perfect energy in every video and every live performance. It was seriously surprising how calm he seems in real life (or real life as portrayed in reality shows and so on). He seems rather shy there while on stage he seems more like a force to be reckoned with. An idol like Taeyong definitely shows what a performance has to look like.(VIDEO)

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1 – N (VIXX)

Talking about stage presence and performance, let’s take it to the kings of concepts, VIXX, and their leader, N. While he may get some of his talent from studying dance and whatever not, there is just no real explanation for his over-the-top stage presence. The group in general lives off of pulling you into their songs and concepts but N has the talent to just take you in even more and focus on him like no one else out there. Whether it is a video, a performance on TV or a live performance in front of you, he takes it all. I still remember showing a VIXX music video to friends and one of them just went like “Who. Is. That?” when seeing N. His little smirks, winks, smiles, waves and all the other little moves support his and VIXX’ stages and make you enthralled in their music. I’ve never seen anyone who could pull you in as much as him whether it is in Korea or anywhere else. He is someone who keeps your eyes on him whether he’s your bias or not. And while he manages to get your attention all the time, he knows how to make the other members shine too and supports them. I guess, that’s what a performer and leader can do. I hope we see more of him and VIXX when he is done with his military service. (VIDEO)

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So these are all my top choices. For me a center is someone who can keep you watching and who improves the performance even more. One thing I do think that every group needs is someone with a specific stage presence to fill the center position. If you don’t have that it is gonna be hard to make people notice you.

Who are your favorite choices for center whether it may be the official center position or just a member who mesmerizes you?

My Top 10 K-Pop duos

K-Pop duos are not as uncommon as someone would think though they have been mentioned less and less in the past few years (with a few exceptions). In the following post I’ll talk about the top K-Pop duos who always impress and leave a lasting expression (in my opinion). Sub-units included by the way!

Note: if you have a different opinion leave it in the comments below, I always appreciate new takes on the topic 🙂 also note I did some research before writing but the topic is not as widely spread as you would think, so it was hard finding more duos and check them out.

Note2: There were originally the Top 20 but it got a little bit confusing with who I liked better so I just decided to go with 10 instead, so maybe I did check out some duos you know, that are not mentioned on this list. 

#10 – GD & Taeyang

Yes, there have been big (like really BIG) scandals around Big Bang, but I’m not here to discuss that, so I’m just gonna judge them by the song now. GD & Taeyang have not released a lot of songs, I know, but the song Good Boy is just so addicting and catchy and I still remember when it came out, everyone knew it. And for a sub-unit to get so much recognition is uncommon.

#9 – HiSuhyun

While there was only one song, this song was amazing. Everyone knows that both Lee Hi and Suhyun have amazing and distinctive voices and together they just sound so great. Lee Hi’s soulful and deeper voice and Suhyun’s higher voice, I just love it. Also I adored the music video, it was really cute.

#8 – 15&

One of the best vocal idol duos I guess. Both of the members, Park Jimin and Baek Yerin, have amazing vocals and proved time and time again, that they can sing and enthrall an audience. It’s unfortunate they are not getting as much recognition as they should get but maybe someday in the future they will finally be more known out there.

#7 – Norazo

I discovered this duo of Jo Bin and Lee Hyuk quite some time ago and tbh, they are strange. And not just a little bit, but really strange. Still I love them so much. Especially because they do really funny music videos and performances but all of that with a straight face. That’s what I call professionalism. I do think it’s sad that one of them decided to leave the group but he probably had his reasons. And the new song with the new member Won Heum is like really catchy, so no complaints from me. I appreciate that Jo Bin decided to continue on with the music and Norazo.

#6 – Bolbbalgan4

Okay, let me be honest here. I’m not really a big fan of Bolbbalgan4. I’m not. There music style is not really my taste and I don’t really fancy their songs but even I have to admit, the make good music and people love them a lot. That’s mainly the reason they are on this list and so high up. You just cannot escape BOL4 when talking about duos.

#5 – Davichi

Davichi is probably one of the most known duos in the K-Pop industry. Ballads over ballads over ballads. And all of them are really nice to listen too. What made me love them even more is when I saw a performance of them. They could really sing as well as the recorded song. Which, even I have to admit it, is rare to find these days. There are not many artists out there (worldwide) who sound the same when singing live and when playing a recorded version. So, thanks for the amazing live performance, Davichi!

#4 – Super Junior D&E

There are a few sub-units and units that made it to the top of this list. SuJu D&E is one of them. The duo consists of Donghae and Eunhyuk and is a sub-unit of the K-Pop group Super Junior. They actually had a lot more releases in Japanese than in Korean but I still love them. Their songs are sometimes catchy, sometimes funny, a few times serious and touching but always charismatic. They mix so well and it is just so much fun to watch them together. In general, I’m a Super Junior fan as one of the legends in the K-Pop genre, as well as them being amazing in so many different things. D&E just ask for your attention and they’ll definitely get it.

#3 – TVXQ

Originally TVXQ! was a five member group but after some contract trouble they split and only Changmin and Yunho remained. But still, they make an amazing duo. One thing you can say about every single one of their songs and performances – they make you look and stare. They just capture your eye whatever they do and no matter if there are like 10 background dancers. Yunho and Changmin just match so well with each other and you see them complimenting each other in every way.

#2 – Trouble Maker

Not really a sub-unit, more like a special unit, Trouble Maker. Consisting of Kim Hyuna (of 4minute – disbanded) and Jang Hyunseung (formerly from Beast). When the unit first started, there was sooooo much going on. I think so many people freaked out over them and their song Troublemaker. Also, on stage kissing? Yes, you heard right. First there was a co-ed duo out there, which was pretty rare in 2011 when they debuted, and then the even kissed for a performance. In general both of them knew how to tease the audience and make them swoon. I have to say both of them are awesome performers, so it is really sad that they disbanded when Hyuna left the label.

 

:Honorary mentions:

Sister19 – A group that had like one hit song but that one really hit it big. I mean people still know the song.

JJ Project – Even if the members themselves are a little bit embarrassed every time their JJ Project debut song is mentioned I do still remember how that song is just great for full volume and just rocking it out while jumping and dancing like a crazy person.

 

#1 – Akdong Musician

And here it is, my number one. I know it probably wasn’t that much of a surprise. But let’s be honest, right from the beginning AKMU got everyone excited with their interesting lyrics, composition and voices and signing with YG Entertainment was a great decision for them. They released a lot of different song. They have different sounds but you can still hear it is them, so you can really say they found their own sound. I cannot wait for Lee Chanhyuk to come back from his military service and them to come back from their hiatus.

 

So these were my top 10 K-Pop duos. What are yours?

Review: ReminderS

Filling every BL fans heart with giggles and a big smile was the short series ReminderS. Here a short review about the series and why you should probably check it out. But judge for yourself.

I tried to skip any spoilers but I probably didn’t succeed all the time so sorry.

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General

ReminderS is a 3 episode short series (more like a special) aired on LINE TV. It was released from April 17th to April 20th 2019 and features actors from the popular BL series’ Love By Chance (2018) and Love Sick (2014 – 15). The trailer came out like a week before the special actually aired…Okay, maybe it was a month before but I’m not too sure. It definitely wasn’t long before the show actually aired. The full title of the show is REMINDERS Because I Miss You. While it was not clear in the beginning if the LBC couples would feature in the show (which they are not), the trailer already told all the fans that we would see the long-awaited return of one of the original BL couples, Phun and Noh from Love Sick. As for the LBC actors, it features Perth and Saint (originally acted as Ae and Pete in LBC respectively) as Pin and Son, and Mean and Plan (originally playing Tin and Can respectively) as Two and Wish. All three are already couples in the series and it is about them facing some drama in their relationships.

Do not be confused now though – this is a special. Which means the episodes are at most 30 minutes long and there are just three (!) of them, so there isn’t much to the story, since the show is, in fact, mostly a reminder and to remember some of great feelings we had when watching the original shows.

Also I had some people asking again why the LBC actors are not acting as their LBC characters. Check this out, I mentioned some possible reasons there: HERE

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The story

So the story of the series is pretty simple. All six are students at university, some of them studying together but as far as I understood, most of them are studying different subjects. Not that that fact is sooo important but well…
In general, the story skips a lot with introducing the cast as couples right from the beginning and PinSon/ TwoWish already knowing each other but getting to know PhunNoh in the series. And getting to know each other more leads to more misunderstandings than you would think.

The series also features some cameo appearances. Some, we already saw in the trailer, but some are a welcome surprise. I won’t spoil them though 😉

The new couples

I won’t say more about the story but let’s just talk about the couples. As for the PinSon and TwoWish couple, it’s like they took the LBC characters’ best traits, added some spice and fun to it and created them for this show. Which translated to “it’s awesome to watch”. Also the new characters seem to be a little more natural for the actors and seem to represent more of their own character than the previous characters, making the couples seem even more convincing, which is really needed since we don’t actually see them falling in love but are just stuck in the middle of their relationship, so chemistry and convincing feelings are a must. And Perth, Saint, Mean and Plan deliver. One thing I really appreciated here was also that it wasn’t just couple scenes but that we got some Perth / Mean fun scenes too. It was interesting seeing them acting together, especially since this time their characters didn’t hate each other. Really enjoyed that.

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The comeback couple

As for the Phun / Noh couple. The chemistry those two had…well, after 5 (!) years I was afraid it would be really awkward and it wouldn’t be there anymore, BUT IT IS! Yes! Right from the first episode of the special it’s there. The actors and the characters seem so comfortable around each other that you just get the feeling they actually spend their time from school until college together and didn’t follow their own paths and projects like in real life. And I think that says a lot for their acting abilities and chemistry that it’s still as strong as ever after 5 years. Here I also want to compliment them on their acting in general. Love Sick was always a classic and I love it but we all have to admit, a lot of the acting was awkward in the beginning because they did not have much acting experience. Well, seems they learned a lot in those 5 years, because they were really really good in ReminderS. They really give you the feeling they’re not actors but you have their characters in front of you. And this is one of the things I liked about Love Sick in general. It just sucked you in. ReminderS isn’t any different. It’s short, it’s not much story, but all of the couples suck you in and you won’t be able to stop watching them and cheering for them.

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One thing I loved in the series – while there was drama for all three couples, some had more and some had less and all of them actually featured different problems. And I loved how Phun and Noh helped the other couples while also facing some insecurities of their own.

Okay, but…

Since it wouldn’t be a real review if I did not mention the bad stuff too, here it is: ReminderS big bad thing is…it’s not any good if you haven’t at least watched Love By Chance or Love Sick. ReminderS is, like its name says, pretty much a “reminder” of the couples, the actors, the memories, the shows. It is mostly a sentimental show. Which means if you neither enjoyed LBC or LS, don’t watch it. If you enjoyed one of them though, this is definitely a must-watch. Especially since it is a promotion for the long awaited upcoming third season of Love Sick.

The memories

I kept the most important stuff for the end. If you are a hard-core Love Sick lover, like me, you will pretty much stop three seconds into the first episode. At least I had too. The music just takes you right back and I just remembered the time I started watching Love Sick and actually getting into the BL world. I had watched other shows before but this one introduced me to the Thai BL world and ever since then I have to say, my life changed. While others watch Game Of Thrones and bet who is gonna die next, I’m sitting here grinning like a fool because I get a major flashback from 3 seconds of a song.

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For those non-Love Sick fans or viewers, you have to understand: I had never before watched a show like Love Sick and its chemistry before. Remember the first time you watched a Thai BL series and how you felt back then. The one show that made you fall in love with Thailand and Thai BL. For me that is Love Sick. And seriously, we have so many shows where we won’t get a another season (Love By Chance, Addicted, WaterBoyy, 2Moons – at least not with the same actors, etc.) that a lot of LS fans thought that we won’t ever get more from Love Sick. Technically it has a second season and after five years you just stop thinking about it…until they announce it and you go crazy. Also because it wasn’t clear if the actors are coming back and still have the same chemistry. Well, ReminderS settles that I think (although I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll keep praying for it even now).

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ReminderS for me was like a trip back to innocent little me starting to watch her first Thai series, not knowing what to expect, and experiencing for the first time a couple she cheered, cried, laughed, screamed and giggled with more than ever before and finding out that being close to someone doesn’t necessarily mean being physically close but it can also mean that you care for someone more than for anyone else. I think that best describes it.

Conclusion

So, yes, ReminderS mostly has sentimental value for me but whether you are a LBC or LS fan, ReminderS is a great heal for you heart and for watching something light and short to enjoy yourself.

And while I almost fainted in the first three seconds of the series, seriously the ending sequence pretty much killed me ❤

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If you are a LS or LBC fan, watch it. If you are not a fan of at least one of those shows…why not? And if you haven’t watched them, please watch them and be sucked into this craziness with us, so we can all wait together for the third season …that still has no release date T.T

Bonus for Love Sick fans – just found this one, I could not stop laughing remembering. Still remember this scene?

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