88Rising’s Asia Rising Forever online concert was held yesterday, and as promised Kang Daniel and Rich Brian managed to pull off a remote dance battle.
Kang Daniel kinda savage. He seemed to be letting Brian stick in it a bit like he had a chance and just crushed him at the end, lol.
As promised, others in Korean entertainment showed up (no Lim Kim stuff yet), with LOONA having a bunch of stuff, CLC doing a pre-recorded performance (come on, Cube, let them shine), Hyukoh having a set, and Jackson making a surprise appearance.
LOONA – “So What”
LOONA – “Colors”
LOONA’s Yves, Chuu, Heejin – “I LIKE U” (orig. NIKI)
Jackson “100 Ways”
The dance battle went about how I wanted it to, while both Hyukok and Jackson presented themselves in ways that I think meshed perfectly with the concert’s theme of kinda presenting a raw, unfiltered (and LIVE … or at least the illusion) performances that kinda took you into their locations.
Meanwhile, LOONA came off better than CLC thanks to a cover of an 88Rising artist (nice touch), though I was kinda disappointed that they opted to mimic what the audience likely thought of K-pop in doing pre-recorded, heavily structured stuff instead of them being allowed to kinda wing it. Think both groups were capable if allowed, but I suppose that provided some risk, which is always too much for most companies now.
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