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.
At this point in their career Mamamoo need no introduction. During the past five years since they debuted with their first mini album Hello which gave us the legendary “Mr. Ambiguous”, Solar, Moonbyul, Wheein and Hwasa have released nine mini albums, two studio albums (one in Korean and one in Japanese) and they have won 21 awards at various awards shows. If you take a look at any of their live performances, you’ll know why people say that they have some of the best vocals in the whole K-pop industry.
Ever since the first episode of Queendom, even before any of the performances, the rest of the contestants showed deep respect for and appreciation of Mamamoo’s artistry. Oh My Girl’s Seunghee went so far as to say that she is “such a big fan”, and honestly, we can relate.
The girls were first to perform on the show, and their performance of “Decalcomanie” really started off the competition with a bang.
After the performance Moonbyul said how happy they were that they could show such a beautiful and interesting stage, because on music shows idols usually don’t have much freedom. They continued to use that new-found freedom in all of their subsequent stages as well.
For their second stage they had to prepare an AOA song and they decided to go with “Good Luck”. Their performance showcased two things Mamamoo are very good at (besides singing their lungs out) – playing to each member’s strengths and standing out. When asked by the MC what their concept for this stage was, Moonbyul replied that it was something like “four mini concerts that still work as a whole”.
While this performance is undoubtedly unusual, the girls brought it all together in a way few other groups could and earned themselves another second place.
When it was time for the unit performances, Hwasa was chosen to represent Mamamoo in the vocal unit, while Moonbyul went on to become the leader of the performance unit.
Right from the start of this competition it was obvious that everyone was in awe of Hwasa, but the next two Queendom episodes really drove the point home. Queendom’s resident It girl had not one, not two, but three girls vying for her attention and wanting to sing a duet with her. Hyejeong, Minnie and Kei all gave it their best shot to win Hwasa as their duet partner, but in the end it seems that the way to a woman’s heart really is through her stomach – Kei asked Hwasa to have some of the kimbap she brought and the rest was history.
If you want to read more about Hwasa and Kei’s friendship, you can do so by clicking this link.
Both Hwasa and Moonbyul absolutely excelled in that round – Hwasa and Kei won first place in the vocal unit, and Moonyul ranked second in the performance unit.
During their last performance before the final battle Mamamoo proved that they don’t need flashing lights, crazy choreographies or a million backup dancers to blow everyone away – their best assets have always been their incredible voices.
The jury is still out on this round’s rankings – we are yet to see Park Bom’s, Lovelyz’ and Oh My Girl’s performances, but seeing that Mamamoo left half of the contestants and the audience in tears, we are sure they will not be disappointed with their ranking.
Just recently it was announced that the girls are gearing up for a November comeback and this Friday they will release their Queendom single. It’s a good time to be a MooMoo!
Do you think Mamamoo has benefited or will benefit from their participation on Queendom?