The first winning encore stage of KEP1ER – the rookie girl group coming out of Mnet’s survival show – draws much attention.
After 10 days of promoting WA DA DA, at M!Countdown aired on January 13, rookie girl group KEP1ER, formed through Mnet’s survival show Girls Planet 999, received their first win for the title track of their debut album.The group defeated Starship’s rookie IVE to take home the first music show No. 1 trophy of their career.
After several controversies over poor live singing and inappropriate attitude towards seniors of IVE, fans paid more attention to KEP1ER‘s encore stage. After being handed the trophy, KEP1ER did not forget to bow to the 2 MCs who are both their seniors. (G)I-DLE’s Miyeon also gave Yujin a hug to congratulate her. Yujin is a former member of CLC, under CUBE, the same company as Miyeon, so it’s not surprising that the two are close friends.
KEP1ER did an excellent job with the live encore. As the group was formed from a survival show, the members have also received vocal training. Despite the fact that it was the first winning stage, the members remained calm and confidently sang the whole song WA DA DA. Although there were still some imperfect high notes, the group was extremely serious when performing the encore stage. They did not use “tricks” such as pretending to cry or screaming out fans’ names. This unwittingly increased public criticism of IVE.
Netizens highly appreciate KEP1ER‘s encore stage:
- The group sang better than I thought, even though the members were touched, they still sang very well.
- Chaehyun is the best singer among them. The other members still made mistakes but it’s good that they sang live and seriously performed on stage.
- IVE should feel ashamed. Kep1er does much better than them.
- Although they still have many shortcomings in singing skills, at least they bowed to the MCs and performed the entire song without skipping high notes. Not like a recently hot rookie…