The second live show of The Remix was a little bit of a let down for me since the first live show was so hype. The third show will be airing tomorrow. As a quick refresher course, I am going to share some of my thoughts about the second show. If your reading this now and expect me not to "spoil" stuff, then you should stop reading now. This is your only warning. From now on (this includes any follow-up posts about The Remix), I will be talking about who gets eliminated and such.
First off, The Remix is definitely a team competition. A lot of times singing competition are individual shows, but that's not the case with The Remix. Although the singers are the main focus of the show, the teams with strong producers and choreographers have a distinct advantage. For example, this week Soobin had his producer Rhymastic come in and drop a few bars during his performance. How nice is that? That's like cheating. The producer and the choreographer, to a lesser extent, can really make or break a team. This week some of the choreographers really stepped up their game. I was particularly impressed by the choreography of team Hoàng Thùy Linh and team JustaTee & Big Daddy.
This has got to be the best use of fence shenanigans since Super Mario World and Street Fighter II. Did you see Hoàng Thùy Linh spin around that fence like she was in Super Mario World? Then she climbed on that shit like she was Vega from Street Fighter II. Ridiculous!
In their performance, team JustaTee & Big Daddy had some sick light choreography. It brought a futuristic Tron-like feel to the performance.
Not only did the choreographers stepped up their game, but the sound engineer must have also stepped up his game. It's either that or all the performers learned to handle their mics better. During week 1, I remember hearing a lot of feedback from a hot mic. JustaTee was one of the biggest offenders last week.
The biggest surprise for me this season has been Noo Phước Thịnh. Honestly, I thought he was a product of the Vpop hype/marketing machine. I was a non-believer. Now, I believe. The boy has talent. Noo Phước Thịnh is a legit Vpop superstar.
When it comes to scoring, I feel the judges are way too nice. I don't think one judge gave a score under 8.5. Come on! There were definitely performances that were subpar in my opinion. Team Trung Quân and team Hằng BingBoong both have been huge disappointments. It was no surprise to me that they were the two teams facing elimination this week. I really expected more from Hằng BingBoong. I really like her work in Bài Hát Cuối. Since Trung Quân is a ballad singer, I can understand why he would struggle in a format like The Remix. He's totally out of his element, but I expected more from Hằng BingBoong.
Next time on The Remix, a lot of these teams need to go harder or else they will be going home like the "Rain God" Trung Quân, who flounder on the big stage like a fish out of water.