Popular Vietnamese TV show The Remix, or Hòa âm Ánh sáng, made its Season 2 return this month. The Remix is reality TV contest featuring many of Vietnam's best new young singers, DJ's, producers, dancers, and choreographers. A team consisting of a singer (or a pair of singers), DJ/producer, and a choreographer (a new addition this year) compete throughout the season to perform live remixes of familiar songs. Last season featured many popular and breakout artists like Sơn Tùng M-TP, Isaac, Đông Nhi, Bảo Anh, and Tóc Tiên. This year the number of teams has been increased to 10 from 8 with artists like Noo Phước Thịnh, Trung Quân Idol, Ngô Kiến Huy, Soobin Hoàng Sơn, Big Daddy, Justatee, Emily, Hạnh Sino, Hằng Bingboong, Maya, Hương Tràm, and Hoàng Thùy Linh taking the stage.
Paris By Night can learn a thing or two from The Remix. The Remix is like the anti-Paris By Night. The Remix has actual performers and people in the crowd that are under the age of 30 while the audience at a Paris By Night show looks like they all fall asleep by 10PM. You couldn't pay me to watch a Paris By Night show. The Remix, however, is a live entertainment show that I can get behind. I love how they take old songs and give them the EDM treatment to come up with something new and refreshing. And guess what?! The performers actually sing live instead of lip-syncing. If Vietnamese live performance shows weren't ever your thing like me, then maybe try watching The Remix. It might change your opinion. With that in mind, here are my top 5 performances from the first live show.
1. FOREVER ALONE - NÓNG - TEAM JUSTATEE & BIG DADDY
Team Justatee & Big Daddy had the best performance of the night in my opinion. It was an interesting mixture of r&b, hip-hop, trap, and big room house (some of my favorite genres of music). It was just an extremely fun performance that makes you want to get up and dance even if you're not a good dancer. I see you, baby! Do the stanky leg! Do that nae nae!
My favorite part of the performance? It was when they busted out the Hotline Bling dance. Also, Nóng has always been my jam. I love that song.
2. DAY DREAMS - TEAM SOOBIN HOÀNG SƠN
Team Soobin kept it "nóng" with their performance by nearly setting the stage on fire with their pyrotechnics. The young boi Soobin was doing his thing in his fiery red and black outfit. I would describe Soobin's performance as smooth but intense. There was also a nice dreamy quality to it.
My favorite part of the performance? It was when they said -- F*ck the fire marshal! We setting off indoor fireworks!
3. I'M GONNA BREAK - TEAM HOÀNG THÙY LINH
Hoàng Thùy Linh knows a thing or two about getting people hot and bothered. Team Hoàng Thùy Linh up the ante and literally set the stage on fire during their performance. Seriously, is there no fire marshal in Vietnam? It seems kind of dangerous to me to have a blazing inferno on stage. Personally, I like seeing Hoàng Thùy Linh, who was replaced by Bảo Anh before the start of Season 1 because of her infamous sex scandal, back and fiercer than ever. She's got that fire in her belly -- spitting hot fire like Dylan. I don't believe Hoàng Thùy Linh has ever lived abroad, so I was pretty impressed by her English rapping game.
My favorite part of the performance? It was when they decided to rush the judges like they were executing a six pool all-in Zerg rush.
4. GẠT ĐI NƯỚC MẮT - TEAM NOO PHƯỚC THỊNH
Team Noo Phước Thịnh started off slow but finished strong. At first, I was quite disappointed in what they put out and was going into ResidentSleeper mode. I thought this was an EDM remix show and not a classical jazz/blues/ballad singing competition, you know? Just when I thought Team Noo Phước Thịnh couldn't possibly turn things around, they go and do something EPIC and TOTALLY redeem themselves! I guess I shouldn't have doubted the master of the progressive house buildups -- DJ SlimV.
My favorite part of the performance? The part when all the bats in the background started flying upwards was CRAZY! It was like watching the Dark Knight rising out of the prison pit. Then, Noo Phước Thịnh goes and puts on this massive red carpet cape like a boss! It was like Dracula morphing into his final form to take out a Belmont. Plus, a live orchestra makes everything sound so much more epic.
5. CÔ TẤM NGÀY NAY - TEAM EMILY & HẠNH SINO
Team Emily & Hạnh Sino takes the last spot on my top 5 performances list. I liked how they transformed an old, traditional Vietnamese song into something that actually sounded modern and hip while retaining the old spirit of the original song. Tropical house is what's hot right now, and progressive house is still not going away any time soon. Also, the remix of Cô Tấm Ngày Nay contains elements of a more melodic style of house music that reminds me of Tobu, who I have been listening to a lot later.
My favorite part of the performance? I enjoyed the shuffling, or shuffle dance, in the performance. Everyday we shuffling!
The 2nd live show will take place on January 10, 2016. For more The Remix news, visit the official Facebook page here; or stay tuned here at VpopFan. No promises, but I will try to write a top 5 performances list for each live show this season.