It’s time for Win Episode 5! All members of 2NE1 and Big Bang make star-studded appearances. Taeyang coaches Team A in this episode, and G-Dragon coaches Team B, who are on a never ending winning streak.
Team A will be arranging and performing to one of Taeyang’s song, and Team B will be arranging and performing one of G-Dragon’s songs. We get a flashback of the last time the two went head-to-head back circa 2006 when they were competing to be in Big Bang. Although the program was a bit different as the members were only looking out for themselves and not competing against another group. GD (G-Dragon) recalls always losing to Taeyang during their reality show for what would eventually birth one of the biggest K-Pop groups today.
While choosing which Taeyang song to perform, Team A are stuck between “I Need A Girl” and “Only Look At Me”. They eventually choose the latter, that was released in 2008 and is what leader Minho describes as Taeyang’s “representative song”. For Team B, it’s between GD’s “One Of A Kind” and “Crayon” both of which were released just last year. They go with “One Of A Kind” as it is more flexible for inserting their own style and raps. They also choose “That XX” and “Crayon” for their dance performance. Leader B.I is getting frustrated with practice, so we think it’s about time the coaches step in.
Taeyang makes his entrance in Team A’s practice room, leaving everyone in awe. He tells them he’s heard they lost to Team B last time. To the camera he mentions, “It’s important they win this time since this battle is carrying my name.” They show them their dance routine to his song “Wedding Dress”. He sits silent for a moment before remarking: “Its not bad, but its not great either.” He tells the camera that their losses are still looming over them and the routines have a feeling of “I’ll show you!” rather than enjoyment, which is EXACTLY what CEO Yang has been saying all of this time.
It’s time for GD’s grand entrance into Team B’s practice room, and although we didn’t really mean anything by that remark, that’s exactly what he does. He quickly runs by and slaps everyone’s hands like he’s performing a concert and quickly sits down to see what they’re working with. Some people have what their thinking read out in their facial expressions, and GD’s one of those people, as he sits back and looks instantly bored. But after watching both their routines, his mood brightens up and he’s impressed. We’ll give him a pass on his manners, as we know the rapper’s had a packed schedule with his new album and touring.
GD sits down with Team B and the monitor and he goes back over the performances from an onlooker’s point of view. He says they have to have amazing chemistry so someone from the audience can say, “Wow, they’re pretty cool.” Which is a true testament for Big Bang who have countless videos on YouTube of their “cute moments” on stage. He turns into a choreographer as he reworks most of Team B’s dance routine, even giving adding in his own dance moves. Uhhh…GD, not sure if you are suppose to go this far. GD’s done over-asserting himself and takes his leave. He will drop in on another practice in a few days, but little did they know, they will be seeing GD again much sooner than that.
Both Team A and Team B get a surprise when they are invited to GD’s solo concert the next day! They get to go backstage to see the man himself before the show, but surprisingly, GD is chilling in his waiting room with all of his Big Bang Members (Seungri, Daesung, Taeyang, and T.O.P) and all of the 2NE1 members (leader CL, Dara, Bom, Minzy) and CEO Yang. For those who don’t know, this is pretty much all of YG Entertainment in one room! Soon as they enter, Seungri goes into pressuring mode and tells the 11 trainees to introduce themselves. As Team A introduces themselves, Seungri is not satisfied with Kim Jinwoo’s simple introduction and says “That’s It?”. So Jinwoo adds “I’m in charge of being cute.” to please his company senior. Team B’s introduction make everyone laugh especially Jinhwan who introduces himself as “The voice you want to listen to all night.”
GD tells them that everyone in the room will be their judges at the first official battle (the first of three, where viewers can vote for the winner). CEO Yang asks Bom who she likes, and she comments that Team A’s Minho, Seungyoon and Team B’s B.I stood out to her. Apparently Team B’s Donghyuk already has a fan in CEO Yang’s young daughter as both teams met his wife and child on their way backstage. When asked by her Mom “Which Oppa (older brother) is the most handsome?” she pointed at Donghyuk. Before they leave, YG self-appointed spokesperson Seungri shakes everyone’s hands, but hugs Jinwoo and tells him to “Wake up.” Maybe Seungri should coach a team next time around.
When people meet “others”, and those “others” leave, its quite a tradition to talk behind their backs, and that’s what’s happening right now in GD’s waiting room. CEO Yang asks his former trainees turned superstars who they think will win. Seungri chooses Team A, Daesung goes with Team B, while Dara is indecisive. CL thinks Team A will win because of their public recognition (Team A’s Seungyoon and Seunghoon both competed on “K-Pop Star” the American equivalent to “The Voice” and “American Idol”) Bom likes Team A more but wished B.I was in Team A. The majority of the room goes with Team A. The teams take in GD’s concert who instantly turns into a superstar on stage. They are blown away and all share the same envy and ambition to stand on that stage. The concert made their passion even greater, and their ready to take on the world now.
The next day in Team B’s practice room, an assistant comes in and give the boys one of G-Dragon’s suitcases for their performance. They originally were going to use one of their own as a prop for their performance. B.I has to kick it in the performance, but really doesn’t think he can bring himself to do so. Don’t trouble yourself too much B.I, because GD will probably change that idea too, when he gets back.
Back at Team A’s practice room, they practice their harmonized vocals and are surprised at how much they’ve improved. Even their vocal trainer is impressed. Taeyang’s back, and its his first time seeing the re-worked performances. He tells them: “I really like it. It’s perfect. It’s so perfect, I basically have nothing left to teach you.” Team A are smiling and happy about the compliments. He then adds, “But, it has no color to it.” Their routines have way too many things in it, because they are trying to prove themselves. Thus, by doing this, they leave no room to show off their personality and style, and who they are. Taeyang gives them a good needed lecture, and tells them to sing again, but this time do it casually and have fun, like they’re at a karaoke bar. It works as the boys are natural without technique. Taeyang has finally found a solution to Team A’s biggest problem and proves himself as one heck of a coach.
Meanwhile over at Team B’s headquarters, their seventh member enters and is in a much happier mood today. Team B show their reworked routine and G-Dragon tells them “Well done.” He tells the camera, “I saw many flaws the first time, but now they’ve slowly decreased.” We’re not sure who to thank in his case, GD. He tells Booby, he was disappointed in his rap, and thus, he sits down to coach Team B’s two rappers, B.I and Bobby, on some rapping techniques. Just as singers have vocal techniques and warm-ups, so do rappers. He tells them both to make their raps more interesting. It’s a good thing to mention, as International fans may not understand GD’s Korean raps, they can hear his style in the way he raps the words differently.
If you were waiting for the battle, you will have to wait until next episode! But stay tuned, as our Episode 6 recap is right around the corner! Watch the full English subtitled episode below courtesy of the great YouTube team WINNER SUBS.
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