“…나 다운 나를 더 보여줄수 있게.”

“앞으로 잘 부탁해 (We Together)” by Produce 48 | Shalla and I watched the first Produce 101 on a year-long delay (I think), and didn’t bother with the second because we’re girl group people. We did watch Produce 48 religiously, except for last week, because we were actually watching a K-pop group. This performance – from last Friday’s finale – captures most of who I rooted for this year. Takeuchi Miyu, main vocal: I knew she wouldn’t last, but she just hovered long enough, and yes, I am a fan of her smoky vocals now. (She could not hit that vocal, though.) Lee Chae-yeon, awesome dancer and arguable sob story: she looked so bad-ass when she finally became the center for this performance. Yabuki Nako, who Shalla describes as the “new angel of Korea”: her funnily effortless performance of GFriend’s “Love Whisper” meant this inside joke at the concert, and perhaps brought her to the final 12. Heck, I understand why Ahn Yu-jin seemingly fell out of favor with the voters, but I’m happy my primary bet finished fifth. But this performance also features Jo Yu-ri, she who hogs the spotlight and makes everything about herself. This spoiler finished in third, and while the rankings have been crazy – she was 18th last week; that isn’t unusual this season – she kicked out even the most obvious winners. I mean, Lee Ka-eun at 14th can’t just be Yu-jin’s curse catching up with her. (Also, Kirin-chaaaaan!) Shalla got so disheartened she doesn’t intend to watch the finale anymore. I did yesterday afternoon. We both agree Yu-ri ruined the whole thing. Yep, I’m going there. [NB]