- I wasn’t too into Strawberry, but I felt Good Time had some really good potential to show off this group’s talent. I really liked Haeyoung on Produce 101 for her raspy vocals, and I’m really noticing Suyeon’s, Yeorin’s, and Jiseo’s clear vocals; Choyoon’s rap’s aren’t too shabby; Rachel’s gonna get noticed for her body proportions for sure; and also Miso’s cuteness (that’s a cute 16 year old - I’m such an Unni Fan). Fighting Girls!
- I got into Gugudan through Produce 101 and eagerly anticipated their debut. Despite showing off impressive vocals from Haebin and Sejeong, the debut did not really do it for me. It’s strange because the girls are ridiculously talented; I just wish their company produced them a stronger debut. However, I watched a few of their variety appearances and I really like this group’s dynamic. They’re all pretty cute. I’ll be rooting for you, Gugudan!
Members (L to R): Genie (91) - Vocal, Dance; Kimi (93) - Rap; Hyogeun (94) - Makane, Rap, Center; Sora (90) - Leader, Vocal; Say (93) - Vocal
2016 Releases: Why Not (debut)
- SOME MOTHERLOVIN’ Unnies, THANK BUDDHA! (I’m not used to being an unni fan!) I saw the four members on Produce 101, and was super interested in them with their hip-hop concept from day one. Their debut was so strong; that was a great song that showed off a more mature and urban style, which I really appreciated in comparison to the many cute-concepts on the kpop scene this year. They showed off Kimi’s and Hyogeun’s rap, Genie’s self-autotune, & Say’s deep vocals and Sora’s power vocals. Get’em, Girls.
- For a group that hasn’t even formally debuted yet, Pledis Girlz is too strong. I’ve been interested in the pledis girlz since 2013 now, and have watched them grow up so nicely! They’ve had concerts; they’ve released a self-produced single; and two of their girls are in IOI (Pinky and Nayoung). Also, Seungyeon appeared on Girls’ Spirit, showing off her incredible vocals. Siyeon, Kyungwon, Kyla, Eunwoo, Yaebin, and Nayoung are producers and lyricists! Also, Nayoung and Pinky act as choreographers. This group is going to be phenomenal.
- WJSN caught me with their songs Catch Me and Secret! It’s clear that the group can pull off multiple concepts and has strong members. They are a clean and talented group. The vocal line (Yeunjung, Dawon, Soobin, Dayoung, and Seola) proved to be extremely capable; EXY even appeared on Unpretty Rapstar Season 2; and Cheng Xiao is gaining huge amounts of popularity. I hope that some of the other members get more line and screen time with the progression of their talents.
2016 Releases: Crush, Dream Girls (debut), Whatta Man, Very Very Very
- I’ve been watching out for IOI since I heard about Produce 101. Each member has wormed their way into my heart, and I hope to see them continue to grow. Stone Nayoung’s incredible leadership and adaptability; Sohye’s constant improvement; Pinky’s growth as a vocalist; Chaeyeon’s hard-work and humble attitude; Somi’s versatility; Sejeong’s kindness and determination; Mina’s cuteness and rap debut; Chungha’s choreographic poweress; Yoojung’s triple-threat talent; Yeunjung’s incredible cider vocal; and Doyeon’s hilarity and upcoming actress/model experience. I want to see them flourish, and I cannot wait from them to reunite in 5 years!
Members (L to R): Jisoo (95) - Vocals, visual; Jennie (96) - Rap, Vocals, Dance; Lisa (97) - Dance, Rap; Rose (97) - Vocals
Company: YG Entertainment
2016 Releases: Boombayah! (debut), Whistle, Play with Fire, Stay
- YG did not disappoint. I know some fans were saying that they were overhyped and overrated, and I’m over here like, how can you possibly think that? These girls are ALL talented and gorgeous! And stop comparing them to 2NE1 (this may cause issues, but I think that they may be even stronger than 2NE1′s debut year). You have adorkable Jisoo as not only a visual, but a talented vocalist and aspiring actress, badass Jennie who can slay in maybe any area of entertainment if she desires; Lisa who is one of the most talented dancers in the kpop game right now; and Rose with the voice of an angel. Their songs are dope and catchy, combining youthfulness with edginess. I absolutely adore them.