It’s time for Okay-pop’s closing year-end competition of they 12 months! As standard, MBC’s Gayo Daejejeon coincides with New Yr’s Eve, pausing halfway by for a countdown to 2023.
Though HYBE artists have been absent from the competition once more this 12 months, MBC’s Gayo tends to incorporate a larger number of genres than the opposite festivals. We had trot, folks, balladry and loads of nods to traditional Okay-pop tracks. The theme this 12 months was a obscure “With Love” and the extra intimate staging positioned the viewers proper up with the idols.
Usually, I discovered this 12 months’s competition to be underwhelming. That’s no shock, since that’s been the overall vibe round these festivals for a number of years now. Nothing knocked my socks off, however I cobbled collectively my ten favourite performances of the evening anyway.
An honorable point out goes to ATEEZ’s Halazia. Debut performances of a track at all times stand out as a result of they’re new, however I didn’t embrace it on this checklist as a result of it was primarily only a weekly music present efficiency with added pyrotechnics. It was nonetheless good, although.
Watch highlights from the KBS Gayo Daechukje right here
Watch highlights from the SBS Gayo Daejun right here
10. NMIXX – Atlantis Princess
Although the MBC Gayo was fairly boring total, its producers picked some nice cowl songs. I’m undecided the execution of this was something particular, however Atlantis Princess is considered one of my favourite Okay-pop songs ever in order that alone earns it a spot on my checklist. It’s additionally good to listen to NMIXX merely sing, unencumbered by the drastic musical shifts of their “mixxpop” sound.
9. Mamamoo – Starry Night time, Aya & Illella
Generally all you want is an effective medley, carried out properly. None of those three songs are amongst my favourite Mamamoo singles, however they melded surprisingly properly collectively and the group has such pure stage presence. I cherished the dance break transitions.
8. Forestella – Lazenca, Save Us
I’ve adored Lazenca, Save Us for a few years and by no means tire of seeing it coated by teams. Its theatrical drama is an ideal match for Forestella. They have been actually capable of lean into the operatic aspect of the track. And… that climactic excessive word!
7. CLASS:y, Jang Sung Kyu & Koyote
I’m stunned CLASS:y scored an invitation to this present given their relative nugu standing, however they seized the chance with this upbeat medley of traditional 90’s songs. These form of nostalgic levels are at all times a ton of enjoyable. It’s form of a practice for a present like this.
6. Younha, Taeil & Haechan – Password 486
Younha’s killing it along with her collaboration levels this 12 months. I’m a sucker for NCT vocalists singing rock (who doesn’t it occur extra typically?) and Password 486 was an important, energetic option to cowl.
5. Moonbin, Sanha, Taeyang & Kim Yohan – Love Killer
Of all of the dance cowl levels, this felt like probably the most notable of the evening. Although I believe the track alternative might have been extra impressed, these 4 labored properly collectively and the staging was suitably dramatic.
4. IVE – Love Dive
Love Dive has confirmed to be probably the most versatile track on these end-of-year reveals. Starship has thrown a plethora of various remixes at it and each has labored properly. This “rock” combine gave the monitor additional drive, which was significantly efficient throughout the refrain.
3. Yuqi, Arin, Yujeong, Chuu, & Yena – Step
A simple cowl stage, however anytime the extraordinary Step will get extra recognition is ok by me! I would like this to plant a seed within the business in order that we get new music of this high quality. Significantly, it blows all the things else out of the water.
2. Kep1er x Tempest – Fairly U
We’d like extra lady and boy group collaborations in Okay-pop! This was the proper track alternative for these two teams, although the combo stayed too sluggish for too lengthy. However, as soon as that refrain and iconic choreography got here in, this was bubbly, uncomplicated enjoyable.
1. Monsta X – You Drawback, Rush Hour & Gambler
This was a really well-rounded efficiency, from the lovable, outside intro with You Drawback (an underrated bop) to the very cool rock remix of Gambler. In a stronger evening, this might need ranked additional down the checklist. However, its mixture of nice songs and nice mixes makes it a simple favourite. The truth that my high spot goes to a trio of 2021 songs most likely says extra about 2022 than I meant it to!