The fourth episode of Queendom 2 shows us the remaining performers in the second round VIVIZ, Kep1er and Hyolyn.
First up to bat is VIVIZ, who took on covering WJSN’s Unnatural. Their goal was to change their image with the song, similar to what WJSN did.
The rapping proved to be a challenge for SinB and Umji but not as much as the rapid-fire vocal that Eunha had to sing.
In addition, her solo choreography practice was not working out as she wanted, having never danced with a male partner nor having the flexibility to do the mid-air leg split.
The actual performance was a fiery Latin-inspired concept that differed from their sentimental first-round outing. It had WJSN excited and touched at the effort to re-interpret their song.
I thought VIVIZ did a great job changing up the song to fit their style and the entire stage was an exciting start to the show. The only hiccup was Eunha’s solo during the dance break. The timing for it was off, and it left her heartbroken.
Despite that, I believe they accomplished their mission of changing their image.
Second to hit the stage were Kep1er, who had extreme difficulties picking a Brave Girls song that was relatable to them since they’re all primarily babies. Rollin and Chi Mat Ba Ram were performed on the show, which immediately disqualified those songs. Also, cross off After We Ride for being too mature.
They came across We Ride and started to debate some of the lyrics. It was hilarious watching Youngeun explain what a burnout in a relationship is to Hikaru.
It went as far as them placing a video call to the Brave Girls to explain it to them. Yuna and Eunji explaining it like aunties giving relationship advice was comedy gold. Cross We Ride off the list too.
The other funny thing during this call was Brave Girls guessing Kep1er would pick High Heels as their cover song during this call. Sadly that turned out not to be the case.
Instead, Kep1er went with Pool Party, a song they felt could be translated into their style without too many problems. Their version started well with Pool Party by itself. However, when they incorporated the chorus of Rollin into the song, they lost me. It sounded poorly placed to my ears and would have been better left out altogether.
The rest of their stage played up to their strengths of combining their group’s cute and powerful aspects into one.
Despite putting in a decent effort, Kep1er left the stage in tears. Two incidents occurred. Firstly, Dayeon fell off the stage in the song’s finale, and secondly, Yujin could not dance correctly due to the slippery surface caused by bubble residue.
They didn’t give up in the middle of a performance, so you’ve got to give them credit.
Hyolyn was the last person to perform in this round. The other competitors consider her the toughest to beat and believe her going on last shows who the boss is.
She narrowed her choices down to PTT, Why Not, and So What. All of them had their various charms, and in the end, she decided to take on So What.
Unlike her last stage, which was bright and lively, she decided to go dark and gothic. Starting her performance hanging over the stage in a ring, she already had the attention of the audience and her fellow competitors. The rest of it was shock and awe carried by Hyolyn’s vocals and the charisma of herself and her dancers.
Unlike Kep1er before her, incorporating a second song (PTT) was done much more smoothly and sounded more natural to me in placement.
With all the performances completed, it was time to see the results of the self-evaluations and the final rankings.
At the end of round, one VIVIZ was the punching bags. This time, WJSN took the shots from their fellow competitors. EXY did not look too pleased, but not to the point of having her head explode like SinB in the previous round.
The weab votes had everyone guessing that LOONA would take first thanks to their large international following, but it turned out that the weabs were overwhelmed by the shock and awe of Hyolyn and placed her in the top spot for the second time. LOONA ended up becoming runner-up in their first official battle in the competition.
Brave Girls failed to impress the weabs with their aunties doing magic and stealing things routine and were ranked last.
Lastly were the final overall rankings, including the live audience votes. WJSN placed right in the middle at third. So even though they showed outward joy, internally, there were frustrations about how they could be sliding into mediocrity.
Hyolyn once again achieved a perfect score, to the surprise of no one. She thanked her team and mentioned that the pressure was on her again for the next round. LOONA got out of the basement and placed second. So they will probably not be near the bottom again for the rest of this show’s run unless COVID takes them out again.
It came down to Kep1er and Brave Girls for who would come in last, with the latter ending up with a pitiful amount of points to rank sixth.
Minyoung was incredibly upset at the outcome, and the rest of the Brave Girls were discouraged, wondering if they were that bad. And that ended the second round of Queendom 2.
The previews for episode five gave glimpses of the formation of the dance and vocal units for the unit round.
Unfortunately, the editing for this particular snippet seems to display Eunha as a stuttering loser no one wants to work with, but we’ll see if that is indeed the case or not.
And for the dance units, members of Street Woman Fighter are there to whip them into dancing machines. I look forward to the upcoming torture of the idols.