It’s time for WIN Episode 2!
Episode 2 begins with members of both Team A and Team B getting styled before making their way to a press conference. This press conference is the announcement of the reality competition series as well as an introduction of the teams to the media. Before being brought out, CEO Yang Hyun Suk answered some questions from the reporters in the audience such as “Is this another version of Big Bang?”
After returning, the teams get straight to work on choosing their songs for the next month’s monthly evaluations: June. In the practice rooms the atmosphere is drastically different; Team B still high off a win, are goofing around while Team A are in serious mode. Team B choose T-Pain’s “Turn All The Lights On” for their singing performance while Team A goes with Alicia Keys’ “A New Day” as their song selection. Although mostly suggested by Taehyun, he later finds he can’t hit all the notes that Alicia does in the song, something even their vocal trainer points out. Before monthly evaluations is a little thing called Video Evaluations, which records the teams’ practice and is sent to the CEO so he can see the direction each team are going before the monthly battle. Meanwhile, the more Team A practices, the more they get frustrated withe even small mistakes, while Team B have little difficult and head home early.
The guys of Team B get ready to film their video evaluation when in walks CEO Yang, giving Team B a shock. He downplays his presence and tells them to perform like they normally would. His unannounced arrival must have really thrown them off, because CEO yang rates the video evaluation as their worst one yet. He also tells two of the members to find their place in the group, because they seem non-existent. Team A is also shocked when CEO Yang shows up, and its just as entertaining the second time as the first. Unfortunately, Team A do even worst than Team B causing CEO Yang to call Taehyun out for his sub-par vocals, although he’s the main vocal of the group. This leads to Taehyun breaking down in tears for the second time this episode.
This also leads to a focus on Taehyun and his singing abilities seen through flashback clips from his YG audition tape in 2011. CEO Yang calls him “essential to the team” and defends his recent harsh criticism of the trainee by stating, “I know his strong points. But in order for him to improve his weak points, I must point them out.” More compliments pour in from even the vocal trainer who says Taehyun’s specialty lies in going from high notes to low. Even fellow Team A member Seungyoon (Who already has a solo career at this point) insists that Taehyun deserves to be the main vocal. But there’s on upsetting thing: Through the clips shown ranging over the last to years, viewers can see Taehyun’s singing style change from its original happy form to more of a hip-hop style, which is YG’s style. Taehyun himself dotes on this drastic change admitting he changed his style to fit more into the company.
Team B’s spotlighted member this episode is Bobby. Bobby is described as the mood maker of of his team, however, upon the announcement of WIN, his whole demeanor changed. We see him video chatting with his Mom and the rest of his family who are in Virginia, as Bobby is from the United States. He says his dream his to move his mother to Korea after his debut. There’s a lot of tears in this particular episode as Bobby breaks down after encouraging words from his folks. Bobby also auditioned in 2011, as CEO Yang praises his hip-hop style and appreciation of music.
After the evaluations, CEO Yang tells Team B they are going ona two day vacation to refresh, and the monthly evaluations will be held upon the moment they return. During the vacation, the closeness of the veteran members, Bobby, Jinhwan and leader B.I is highlighted. As for Team A, CEO Yang gives them exactly where they need: A team-building vacation. The five members learn the importance of teamwork through rowing a boat in the same direction.
The final part of this episode features some celebrity guest appearance as Block B’s leader Zico visits his friend Minho, and gives him some leadership advice as he’s been struggling with leading Team A. G-Dragon is shown through a video message praising Minho’s rapping abilities. But the biggest surprise comes when the members return form their respective vacations as Epik High makes a unexpected visits to watch their last rehearsals for the monthly evaluations. Tablo compliments Team A right off the bat jokingly because of their handsome looks, but he offers even more praises after seeing their routines. They also drop in on Team B and are even more impressed as DJ Tukutz says they’re going for “total entertainment”. They leave their final thoughts with the camera as Mithra thinks Team A is more to his liking, while Tablo states that Team A is better in singing, while Team B dances better, a true fact that’s been evident since Episode 1.
Watch the full episode below courtesy of WINNER SUBS, and preview the next episode below as well.
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