“조금만 더 기다려주길.”

“Very Very Very” by I.O.I | Shalla took a belated interest in Produce 101, that massive Korean survival show at the beginning of the year that whittled down 101 female trainees from multiple agencies into the 11-member year-long project group I.O.I. We’re actually still a bunch of episodes behind, as if that would ruin the suspense of the ending for us. I’ve been more interested than usual in their latest release, Miss Me?, solely because it’s their final release before they all go their separate ways. I wasn’t a fan of Chrysalis, which was too heavy. Their new EP’s title track, “Very Very Very”, initially struck me as a Twice cast-off (even if Park Jin-young has never written for his newest star group). But then I realize it’s because the first person I heard if Jeon So-mi, I.O.I’s center – who barely lost a shot at joining Twice (it was another reality show) and arguably shot up Produce 101 because of that background. She sounds very, well, Twice: a sharp vocal. In the few episodes I’ve seen, I realize I’m more partial towards Kim Se-jeong. Listen to the second voice on the song. That changes this whole thing from a Twice derivative to Stellar’s Sting period. Why she’s stuck with the extremely saccharine Gugudan, I will never understand. [NB]

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