It’s time for the commencement of the second battle in WIN Episode 7 which means new challenges and new judges. If you didn’t know it, JYP is back! And also this episode delivers a twist for one team who has to appoint a new leader making the most dramatic episode yet. With only four episodes remaining, get caught up with WIN below.
The episode begins with Team A, Team B and CEO Yang commenting on the voting results from the last round. Team A are happy for their first win, Team B promise to do better to win the voters’ hearts and CEO Yang believes the age group of the voters determined the results. The two teams are gathered in a practice room when a choreographer enters and tells them they will be back-up dancers for the upcoming recording of G-Dragon’s M! Countdown performance for “Crooked”. B.I commands both groups for the practice of the performance and he feels uneasy correcting his hyungs in Team A. But Taehyun, (who is still wearing his funny Obama shirt) assures him its okay to yell at everyone.
Unfortunately during the blood, sweat and tears of practice, Team A’s leader Minho hurts his ankle and must go to the hospital for a X-Ray. The doctor tells him his ligament is damaged and not to dance. The next day, both teams wait backstage at M! Countdown where the choreographer officially pulls Minho from the performance. Minho expresses his sadness saying, “I will probably regret this for the rest of my life. I don’t feel good right now.” G-Dragon finishes his performance for “Coup D’etat” and goes backstage to greet the teams and watch the practice video for their dance. The teams take a moment to look at the rapper in awe, and it makes GD feel weird. Despite this, its nice to see the Big Bang leader in a new light after his last appearance on WIN.
But that quickly changes, as Takeover GD returns and he tells the teams to disregard most of the moves and “play around”. But since its his stage, its his rules. We only like picking at GD, and we mean it all in fun as we know the rapper has a sweet side to him. Like for example, right before the “Crooked” performance he introduced the teams to the audience and even shouted out Minho off stage.
It’s time to get down to business for the second battle round and CEO Yang will personally deliver the assignment. The assignment is a well-known song of his choosing, a dance routine (That doesn’t have to use original choreography) and a original song that the teams must compose and arrange themselves. For Team A’s song, CEO Yang gifts them with Tamia’s “Officially Missing You”.Team B is assigned Justin Bieber’s “Baby. The show gives us a quick history on both songs and artists. He tells Team B to put more effort into vocals, in other words, rappers B.I and Bobby always shine with rap, it’s time to show a different side to the group other than hip-hop. Similarly, Team A not to rely on hip-hop because pitting themselves up against Team B in terms of it, they will always lose. He wishes to see their vocals shine as well. As everyone on both teams comment to the camera how stressed they have automatically become, someone in Team A is about to have a lot more on their hands.
CEO Yang addresses Minho’s leg injury. Minho tells him the doctor told him to rest for up to two weeks. Without looking up, CEO Yang tell them: “This is bad. If the captain who holds the key to the boat, what will happen then? I’ll be changing the leader.” The camera zooms around as to asking who the new leader is, but its elementary. Kang Seungyoon is appointed. Seungyoon has previously shown his leadership skills on the show, and already has a successful solo career to back it up. But still, its heartbreaking for Minho as he’s had his whole world crash down all thanks to a leg injury. As soon as CEO Yang leaves the meeting room, Minho cries for a bit to release some of the shock and sadness.
Team A work on arranging the song, and its obvious at this point that they will rely heavily on the Korean version of “Officially Missing You” that was released this summer. They choose the concept of missing their old selves from the past and how things use to be between Team A and B before the competition. Minho enters and Seungyoon explains the concept to him. It’s hard to watch in this moment as the team dynamics are changing, and it seems awkward for Minho to play follower to a new leader. But he then tells Seungyoon, “I believe in you. No matter what, I’ll listen to you.” If you’re wondering what’s going through Seungyoon’s mind at the moment, he tells the camera his heart is hurting, but he will choose to lead the team not console Minho.
Seungyoon is taking the best approach, because until the first viewers’ vote just last week, Team A have NEVER won in the show’s two month history. Even in the JYP episode when the teams weren’t competing against each other, Team A lost for YG Entertainment. Meanwhile over at Team B’s headquarters, the six discover a game with characters of themselves and take some time out to play it. They are all teenagers of course. For the arrangement of “Baby”, they decide to do a cute, fresh take on the song where it will be all about vocals. They remind of that they are teenagers, so its time to embrace that. In fact, we wouldn’t mind it if they return to their game now.
It’s time for another surprise celebrity guest as Akdong Musician drop by Team A’s headquarters. They personally sing the song, as it was their audition song for K-Pop Star season 2, in which they went on to win earlier this year and chose YG Entertainment as their prize. Team A mentions their version inspired them and are then asked to perform what they’ve prepared for the battle. The brother-sister duo are in awe and genuinely like it.
Meanwhile all of Team B are in the car, and everyone is under the impression that they are going to a costume fitting. But the dongsaengs know what the hyungs don’t as Yoonhyung tells the camera with a sly smile that they are actually heading to his house. Team B’s youngest are always up to something, and it’s no different this time as they’ve decided to treat the oldest members B.I, Jinhwan and Bobby to barbecue at Yoonhyung’s parent’s restaurant as a way to thank them for all they’ve done for the group. And not just within this competition, but since they’ve met as the members of Team B have been training together as six since 2012. They all get out as B.I is so surprised and happy. Yoonhyung greets his mom as they all sit down for some good home cooked food. But Yoonhyuing, Donghyuk and Junhoe have one more thing up their sleeve.
The three youngest members have prepared letters for B.I, Bobby and Jinhwan as a way to show their gratitude. Yoonhyung goes first, and his is for Jinhwan. As he starts his letter, everyone cringes, but when recalling the past time when he wanted to give up and Jinhwan was there for him, makes everyone settle into the serious mood. Soon, Yoonhyung breaks down and starts crying which doesn’t maker it any easier for Jinhwan who’s been holding back tears. Soon, it only gets more hysterical, and if you were watching this episode at a high volume out in public, get prepared for stares. But it only shows why Team B are such an incredibly strong team and you were rooting for Team A up until this scene, prepare for a change of heart.
Team A have their own sentimental scene as they awaken oldest member Jinwoo at 12AM with a surrpise birthday cake! The battle is the same day and they later express they really want to win since it’s his birthday. Wow, this episode is really a appreciation for the hyungs.
The teams arrive for the second battle rounds and the judges enter. For this round, the judges are Superstar K’s Yoon Jong Shin (who also currently stars on SBS’ “Barefoot Friends”, but is probably best known for the variety show “Family Outing”). Show Me The Money’s Lee Hyun Do, who looks to be the toughest to please. And last but not least, K-Pop star judge, empire builder, R&B singer, the producer behind songs for Cassie and Will Smith, newlywed J.Y Park! JYP makes his return after his last appearance a few weeks ago, and its always a pleasure to see him. Team B starts it off with their performance of “Baby” with the plan they originally said they were going with: more vocals, less rap. But it literally makes Bobby invisible.
JYP notes this as he says B.I can fit any style but Bobby can’t shine outside of a hip-hop style. His score is 90. Yoon Jong Shin comments that he really likes Jinhwan’s voice, but as for the other sings of the group, Donghyuk and Junhoe, they’re too similar. His score? 85. Lee Hyun Do taps in to Team B’s motto, which is to make people happy when watching them and he likes them because of this. This method will never fail for anyone in the K-Pop world, just ask Girl’s Generation. His score is 85, and we don’t know why. 260 points is their total now.
Team A is next. They start strong, but oh no, Minho forgets some of the lyrics to his own rap! Maybe he should have taken his own advice and freestyled like he once told B.I, but who knows if that works with ballads.
Yoon Jong Shin cuts right to the chase and says, “Starting with your flaws, Taehyun, you should give more feeling.” We guess he doesn’t like high notes. He asks Minho if he messed up a little, in which the former leader shyly admits. Fortunately, Yoon Jong Shin doesn’t mind it and doesn’t think it mattered. He’s heard Seungyoon sing live before and says he’s improved (which makes us confused if he once competed on “Superstar K” or “K-Pop Star” or both, having been heard by both JYP and Yoon Jong Shin). 89 is his score. Lee Hyun Do found Seunghoon’s rap too seldom but found the harmonization “beautiful and full of energy”. His score is 80, which shocks the life out of Taehyun. So that only means it’s time to ask an R&B expert and who better than JYP to right the wrongs of scoring so far? JYP comments that he really wanted to see Team A win. But what he’s really saying is that his score will not help them beat Team B this round. The “half air, half voice” master tells Seungyoon his voice had too much vibration. He tells them that what they need to win lies not in their skills but in their hearts. He advises them to change their mindset. And with that, his score is 85 which gives Team A a total of 254 points, and their fourth lost.
But wait! This is only the first part of the three part second battle. The teams still have to perform their dances and original songs. But unfortunately you have to wait until our next recap! Watch the full episode below courtesy of the awesomeness that is WINNER SUBS.
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