The long-awaited battle for the dominion has lastly arrived! After profitable the prequel competitors “Road to Kingdom” final 12 months, THE BOYZ secured themselves a slot within the main leagues. Joining them within the last lineup are BTOB, iKON, SF9, Stray Kids, and ATEEZ. With a lot explosive expertise in a single constructing, “Kingdom: Legendary War” can solely be nothing however entertaining. And the premiere on April 1 proved it to be very a lot so.
Want to know what occurred on this first episode? Read on and discover out.
Warning: You’re actually going to search out out what occurred. So… spoilers!
Welcome to the Kingdom
The episode began off with the winners of “Road To Kingdom,” THE BOYZ, stepping onto the battleground. Coincidentally (or deliberately), they have been sitting in the identical seats as they did within the prequel competitors. Following them have been Stray Kids and ATEEZ, the latter who additionally occurs to be the maknae (youngest) workforce. The groups all appeared fairly nervous and awkward round every post-initial introduction, and silence lingered within the air.
Just as I used to be pondering that they want some icebreakers like BTOB, in walked BTOB, who’re additionally essentially the most senior group of the six. To provide you with an thought, there’s about an 11-year hole between the youngest in Stray Kids and the oldest in BTOB. Eunkwang additionally randomly began attempting to converse in English with Stray Kids’ Bang Chan. It was all very foolish, and it efficiently lightened the temper.
Next up was SF9, who appeared like a bunch of fashions striding in, and iKON, the group which many of the boys have been trying ahead to.
LOL at SF9 bowing to BTOB.
Here’s how the sport is performed
The cherry on prime of the very giant pie chock-full of expertise is none apart from the MCs, TVXQ. TVXQ is a large a part of the Hallyu wave and can quickly be approaching their 20th anniversary, which makes them main sunbaes (seniors) to all of the teams. Having Changmin and Yunho round and giving the youthful groups affirmation will little doubt be a morale booster (although Yunho has since pulled out of the present).
The MCs defined the guidelines for the present. There might be 4 rounds in complete (excluding the Introduction Stage), of which the fourth would be the stay finale. The factors system is made up of group evaluations (25 p.c), skilled evaluations (25 p.c), home and international fan votes (40 p.c), and views on streaming platforms (10 p.c). The winner with the best cumulative rating throughout all rounds might be topped the winner, with a prize of a particular efficiency present and the group’s personal selection present. Oh, and there additionally received’t be any eliminations, so we are able to get pleasure from all six teams for the entire size of the present. Yay!
This very first efficiency is the Introduction Stage, the place every group has 100 seconds to carry out a reinterpretation of considered one of their songs that received on a music present. The winner of this can acquire 1,000 profit factors that can go in direction of their cumulative rating, and they’re going to additionally be capable of determine the efficiency sequence for the primary spherical.
As for the order of the Introduction Stage, it’s carried out in a relay fashion, i.e. every group picks who goes subsequent. Beforehand, that they had voted amongst themselves to see which group would more than likely win this complete competitors, and iKON got here in first. Thus, the group was given essentially the most coveted ending spot, and so they in flip selected the youngest group, ATEEZ, to kick off the present.
ATEEZ (performing “WAVE: Overture”)
Though iKON did say they apologized to them backstage for choosing them to go first, this was truly a good suggestion. As they debuted the most recent, ATEEZ is clearly the least skilled of the six teams, so permitting them to go first meant that they wouldn’t be intimidated after watching the others carry out. We noticed footage of their rehearsal which didn’t go so nicely due to the a number of formation adjustments, however through the precise efficiency, they carried out fantastically. It was a dynamic opening stage with a cool pirate theme, and ATEEZ actually set the temper for the night time.
BTOB (performing “Beautiful Pain”)
ATEEZ selected BTOB to carry out subsequent. Again, it is a good technique as a result of BTOB could possibly be thought of arguably much less “flashy” than the teams, and BTOB themselves anticipated as a lot. In their confessionals, they agreed that they weren’t fairly like the opposite teams, however they have been going to play to their strengths and ship concert-like performances every time. Minhyuk specifically was most keen to hitch the present, wanting to provide one thing like this a strive earlier than they obtained any older. (This is definitely their first ever survival present). The quartet carried out a choir model of “Beautiful Pain,” and it was the whole lot you’d anticipate from BTOB — stunning, highly effective, heart-tugging vocals. Hyunsik and Sungjae could must fear a bit of about their BTOB-BLUE spots!
SF9 (performing “Good Guy”)
Going up after BTOB was SF9, minus Rowoon who was experiencing again ache. “Good Guy” is the music that gave them their first win and is an important music to them. It was one which that they had a variety of enter on, so for it to have carried out nicely on the charts gave them a lot wanted confidence. The group additionally talked about wanting to indicate everybody what they as a bunch are able to since most of them branched out into solo actions pretty early on in their profession and are extra typically identified for that. While there was a tiny hiccup within the efficiency the place Taeyang’s mic pack fell off (it fell off through the rehearsal too), he was counseled for not being flustered and staying laser centered on his efficiency.
Stray Kids (performing “MIROH”)
SF9 selected Stray Kids to carry out subsequent, their reasoning being that they didn’t need THE BOYZ to go up proper after them. Immediately, we have been proven Felix trying very apprehensive. He had made consecutive errors throughout rehearsal, and once you see the efficiency, it’s simple to grasp why. The strikes are all so interconnected that one improper transfer causes a domino impact of errors. But fortunately, their precise efficiency went off flawlessly. It was such a spectacle, it felt like an end-of-the-year awards present efficiency. There was even a flamethrower-esque factor at one level! They positively went all out and turned in a single show-stopping efficiency.
THE BOYZ (performing “The Stealer”)
Next up was THE BOYZ, performing “The Stealer” which was considered one of their releases put up “Road to Kingdom.” They equally had rehearsal woes the place Juyeon wasn’t in a position to stick his touchdown, and the present proceeded to indicate clips of him being fairly unfortunate through the prequel competitors too. But once more, their worries have been for naught as a result of the precise efficiency proved them worthy of the title of RTK winners. The complete factor was like a chunk of artwork, fantastically executed and visually beautiful. The music itself could be very dynamic too, going from high-intensity beats to melodious traces, and it allowed the group to indicate completely different sides of themselves within the brief span of 100 seconds.
iKON (performing “RHYTHM TA”)
Last however not actually not least, we have now iKON. The group has arguably essentially the most spectacular resume out of all of the teams, having not solely essentially the most music present wins but in addition having joined essentially the most quantity of survival packages. (This is their fourth total, and for Bobby personally, it’s the fifth.) They delved again into their hip hop roots and delivered a witty, dance-heavy efficiency of “RHYTHM TA.” The ease and swagger they confirmed was actually one thing that comes from expertise and simply made it all of the extra enjoyable to look at. Everyone was clearly amazed by seeing them carry out up shut, and it’s simple to grasp why they have been voted more than likely to win.
The efficiency movies have been uploaded instantly. The voting interval was solely imagined to be for an hour, however was prolonged to 4 days. (It was open from February 23 to 27). Thus the teams have been despatched again, after which they reconvened days later in their respective areas to look at the announcement of the outcomes.
There have been 3.Three million votes in complete (every voter may vote for 3 groups, so there have been 1.1 million voters total).
In fifth place, with roughly 500 thousand votes, was ATEEZ. They have been a bit of disillusioned with their placement however have been much more decided to battle tougher within the subsequent spherical.
In fourth place, with roughly 530 thousand votes, was SF9. They had been apprehensive that the worldwide followers wouldn’t reply nicely to their music alternative as a result of that they had by no means carried out it abroad earlier than, so that they have been very proud of their rating.
Side observe: Cue each iKON and BTOB freaking out over probably inserting in sixth place:
Coming in third, with round 540 thousand votes, is a really delighted BTOB. Changsub actually melted and slid onto the bottom with reduction.
In sixth place is… to be continued! *shakes fist* The different three rankings might be introduced subsequent week.
Overall, this primary week of performances delivered, and every group efficiently confirmed off their personal private coloration. In the preview for subsequent week, the theme “To The World” appears to be like downright superb. I’m additionally trying ahead to the potential collaboration week and different fascinating themes which may be forward!
Catch the primary episode of “Kingdom: Legendary War”:
Which of the performances was your favourite? And which theme do you wish to see within the coming weeks? Let us know within the feedback under.