This article is a part of our series of articles about the participants of Mnet’s girl group competition show Queendom, which began airing on August 29 and will end on October 31.
Lovelyz have been on the K-pop scene for five years already. They debuted in 2014 under Wollim Entertainment with Girls’ Invasion.The name of their debut album is actually really clever – they were their company’s first girl group.
Even though they released two studio albums and six mini albums in the past five years, the girls haven’t had the opportunity to show off their skills to as many people as they probably wanted to and deserved. They have a very loyal fanbase in Korea, but, probably due to the lack of any world tours or overseas events, their international fandom is modest.
A show like Queendom would seem like a perfect opportunity for such a group to expand their fanbase and show everyone that they deserve more recognition, but the opinions on whether Lovelyz managed to do that so far are very divided.
For their first performance they chose “Ah-Choo”. In the video above you can see the girls explain their choice by saying they feel the most confident that they can deliver an amazing performance of precisely that song. However, the girls agreed that they should make some changes to their stage for Queendom – they decided on preparing a more powerful choreography for their first performance.
While there was absolutely nothing wrong with their performance – on the contrary, they seemed confident and happy to be performing – not everyone was convinced that they gave it their all, including the girls themselves. Yein and Sujeong admitted that they weren’t satisfied with their stage. The girls ranked last in the first round, which was a bit demoralizing to all of them.
After that round Lovelyz were understandably worried about finishing last again, but for their second performance they managed to redeem themselves with a cover of Brown Eyed Girls’ “Sixth Sense”. They definitely stepped up their game with this stage – the choreography, the backup dancers, the styling, their stage presence – everything was on a higher level.
Thanks to this performance the girls rose up to fourth place in the second battle.
The first part of the third round brought at least one Lovelyz’ member an opportunity to show just how incredibly talented she was. The beautiful Kei completely won our hearts not only with her voice, but also with her kindness which she showed in her interactions with her duet partner Hwasa (more on their friendship here). The girls absolutely blew everyone away with their rendition of Billie Eilish’ “Wish You Were Gay“.
This performance secured them first place in the vocal unit and everyone’s admiration. We really wish these two come out with a collab once this competition is over.
Yein, Lovelyz’ representative in the performance unit, finished in fourth place this round.
We are yet to see the girls’ second to last stage later today, October 24, and their Queendom single is coming out tomorrow. According to the rest of the girls who already got to hear a preview, the song is completely different from their usual style. We can’t wait to hear it.
What do you think about Lovelyz time on Queendom? Do you think they used it wisely?