Rain, performing some of his hit songs, at the 2013 MAMA Awards in Hong Kong:
Credits: Mnet official YouTube account
I logged in last night and found my social network timelines abuzz with spazzing over Rain’s (unofficial that is sort of official) Korean (though held overseas) comeback performance. I didn’t see the show live because I was out last night, so I saw the fan reactions before I saw the performance itself. I also, unfortunately, saw screencaps before I saw the video, so I have to admit that my judgment of the performance has already been affected by my judgment of Rain’s outfit.
This was actually the first screencap that I saw. My initial reaction was, “can we just crop this photo out and not show anything from his neck down?” I was fine with his hair – actually, I love it – but the pink coat and especially those blings… I think I’ll be ok with the pink coat, as well, if not for those heavy necklaces that he’s wearing. He looked like a pimp, or more accurately, a Saudi boy suffering from Hepatitis B (you must be Pinoy to understand this) with those things on his neck.
And then, I saw a full-body screencap.
I don’t know how to accurately describe this… ensemble. Pimp daddy? A hip hop dude trying to crash a formal party? An ahjussi attempting a G-Dragon cosplay? As I was taking a shower this morning, it suddenly hit me. Rain’s concept for MAMA 2013 is…
Well, Rain certainly took Psy’s description of his concept for Gentleman seriously. Last night, Rain dressed classy – uhm, sort of – and danced cheesy.
And that is my main beef regarding his entire performance last night. There was a certain disconnect between the songs and the way he sang them. Hip Song, in particular, is usually sung with so much angst and swag. Last night, Rain sang it as if he was singing I Do or Fresh Woman. Something is not quite right. It pretty much confirmed my suspicion that Rain is still confused about the direction he is taking towards making a successful comeback.
To be fair, it wasn’t entirely bad. He actually sang well. But did it blow me away? Definitely not. Especially when I recalled that the last time Rain performed at an Mnet awards show prior to this one was the 2008 KMKF Music Festival and it was his best performance that entire year. I think I’m gonna go and watch that clip again.
Rain is really one lucky bastard. Someone from Mnet/CJ Entertainment must really love him for him to get the primest of all prime spots – an awards show that was aired not only in Korea but also internationally – to promote his comeback date (June 6, 2014) and his new reality show airing next month (!!!). The guy still has some aces up his sleeves, eh?
Incidentally, when this blog’s resident psychic made her reading for Rain last October 30, 2013, she mentioned about him doing something totally unexpected. I guess this ‘unexpected’ thing is the reality show? Although he has sort of done it before with the Mnet Japan Rainy Day series (this new reality show looked a lot like Rainy Day, but with more footage of his personal activities). For me, the unexpected part is the fact that it was only hinted at last week yet it will start airing next month.
But wait… Rain is the master of short notices, so that’s not unexpected.
Update: I left my notes at the office so I wasn’t able to check Ann’s exact words until now. She said that Rain will do an unusual project. Therefore, it might refer to the reality show itself, unless he eventually does another project that is more unusual than that.
I think they would have to carefully reconsider the tagline they are using for Rain’s comeback.
“Rain falls again.” It may sound right in Korean. but in English? I know it’s a pun on the literal rain that falls, but the person Rain? Falling again? At almost exactly the same time that he “fell” one year before? Do we really want to go towards that direction?
Right now, I’m actually itching to recall exactly what was happening to Rain on January 6, 2013. We all know that it’s not pretty.
Not only is there someone from Mnet/CJE who loves Rain. There’s also someone from that company – who may also be the same person who has been compiling Rain’s video montages since JYPE days – who appears to be a closet BiKyo fan.
Does anyone still expect to still see Song Hye Kyo’s face in any photo and/or video presentation related to Rain? I certainly don’t. But surprise! SHK made an appearance at the 2013 MAMA Awards with Rain. Sort of.
As always, when they documented Rain’s career achievements as an actor, the only leading lady that was included in the footage of his dramas and movies was the leading lady from Full House. I know it’s his most successful acting piece, to date, but he did have some solo shots in that drama, you know. All his other dramas and movies only had Rain on the scenes. They showed two scenes from Full House, and both of them had to include Hye Kyo. It even had to include one scene where her beautiful face occupied half of the frame.
Not that I’m complaining. I certainly am not.
The thing is, how can we all move on from the couple when there’s always someone from Rain’s camp who keeps our ship afloat?