Kpopmap was invited to celebrate the rising rookie stars’ 2nd mini-album, titled “Act.2 Narcissus”. The showcase was held at the Yes24 Live Hall located in Seoul, and tons of press gathered to see what the first girl group of Jellyfish Entertainment had in store for their new promotion cycle. As expected from one of the hottest rookie girl groups, gugudan had prepared a series of performances, photo time and an in depth interview to best introduce their new album.
Get the full coverage of the focus points that you’ll need to remember for their new “Act.2 Narcissus” promotions!
gugudan’s “Act.2 Narcissus” Showcase
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1. A GIRL LIKE ME
Hana, SoYee, SeJeong, NaYoung, HyeYeon, HyeBin, MiMi, Sally and Mina opened up their showcase with an amazing intro and performance of their new title track, ‘A Girl Like Me’. The girls were dressed in retro black and white outfits as they strut with confidence and beauty. The lyrics asked the crowd if they’ve ever seen someone like them, and honestly – gugudan nailed their brand new concept! With narcissist like gestures, it was entertaining to search for the self-confident dance points in the new choreography.
2. A GIRL LIKE FASHIONISTAS
The girls’ new concept outfits were black and white dresses designed in retro inspirations paired with knee high socks. Each of the outfits were designed to the members’ own characteristics. Black and white can be less enthusiastic, but the girls came out with a fashion point! If you looked carefully, each of the girls had one colorful earring. From feathers to fluff, no two earrings were the same in design or color!
3. A GIRL LIKE SALLY
As the only Chinese member of the group, Sally took the mic to greet their Chinese fans in her native language. With her soft voice, she proudly greeted the fans in Chinese with the sweetest smile. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to understand what she had said, so SeJeong took the mic to translate that she was excited to be back and hoped for much interest and love… or that’s what she thought she said. Sally expressed that she was happy that she was able to improve her Korean since their last showcase.
4. A GIRL LIKE NARCISSIST
The group’s debut concept was a fairytale mermaid, and the girls have returned with a brand new concept. The girls changed from mermaids into narcissists for their new album. SeJeong revealed that they wanted to express the message of being proud of who you are. When asked which member best embodied the concept, Sally was chosen for her beauty. NaYoung said that she fell in love with Sally when they saw how beautiful she looked on the music video.
5. A GIRL LIKE MINA
Gugudan revealed that they’ve received a lot of compliments from their fans, and mostly for their improved beauty. MiMi revealed that out of all of the girls, Mina became the prettiest after successfully losing weight for their new album. Mina explained that she lost 3~4 kg for their new album. She continued to say that although they’re so grateful for all the compliments for their improved visuals, they hope to receive more compliments about their music.
6. A GIRL LIKE AN ARTIST
The girls’ new album consists of 5 new tracks, and it’s full of different genres. NaYoung revealed that their new album is perfect from day to night. ‘A Girl Like Me’ is perfect for the fun daytime, while soft ballad tracks like ‘Wish’ is perfect for the calm nights. The girls also revealed that their label senior, Ravi of VIXX, had gifted the group with a self-composed track! ‘Hate You’ is a cutesy song that perfectly fits the group’s aegyo vocals. Their leader, Hana, was asked whose vocal style fit the album the most. After much thought, the leader voted SoYee’s vocal style as her personal favorite.
7. A GIRL LIKE US
All throughout the showcase, we couldn’t help but have our mouths taped to our ears. The giggling sounds of the gugudan girls were contagious as the high pitched, bright laughter of the girls filled the hall. Bubbly maknae, HyeYeon’s giggles were especially the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen. As they were continuing the interview, you could tell that the girls were super close to each other as they laughed with their multiple inside jokes. When asked who they thought were the funniest, Sally pointed out that HyeBin was the funniest, because she had the most non-humorous jokes.
8. A GIRL LIKE NIGHT CLOUDS
To close out the night, gugudan performed their sub-track titled ‘Street’. The song was the complete opposite of their title track as the girls’ vocals were as soft as night time clouds. Through the slow tempo and soft whispers of love, we were able to listen to each of the girls’ unique vocal tones and talent. Just as the girls had mentioned, the song seems the perfect song to listen to just before you fall asleep at night.
9. A GIRL LIKE GUGUDAN
The newly returned gugudan girls made their promises to their fans as their last goodbye for the night. The girls hope to become closer to their fans through this promotion by holding multiple events where they can be closer to the public. They also hope that their fans will fall in love with their new album to the point that “A Girl Like Me” becomes a popular saying. Let’s get to know the girls better through gugudan’s 2nd mini-album, “Act.2 Narcissus”!
Gugudan just made their long awaited debut with their 1st mini album “Act 1. The Little Mermaid” and the title track ‘Wonderland’! We brought Gugudan closer to their fans through a live feed of the entire showcase through Twitter – at real time! Did you miss it? Don’t worry! We’ve collected the entire interview and review, just for you!
The showcase showed great potential as a successful start for the girls. Numerous reporters from various news sites came to see the newly debuted Gugudan rookies (and of course, Kpopmap!). The members presented various clips, performed 2 songs in total! The girls performed their title track ‘Wonderland’ with that innocent and youthfulness, as well as ‘Good Boy’. The girls continued on to answer personal interview questions as well as hold a session for photos.
All throughout the showcase, we couldn’t help but be completely mesmerized by these adorable cuties! But thanks to the undivided attention, we were able to find 10 unique points that can only be found at Gugudan showcases!
The Gugudan showcase started off on a note that differentiated them from others! The whole concept for the comeback album was The Little Mermaid and Wonderland. To get the audience in the perfect mood for the showcase, the concert hall was full with fairy tale music! While we waited for the showcase to start, we were welcomed with the sound of tracks from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, as well as common background music found in fairy tale themed amusement parks.
2. WONDERFUL VOICE
As the Gugudan girls performed their title track, “Wonderland”, one member in particular caught the attention of the audience. The main vocalist, HyeBin, belted out her notes at the climax with the most peaceful expression and without missing a key! HyeBin proved that the Gugudan girls are the latest rookies to look out for by showcasing her vocal talents that are unlike a rookie, but more of a veteran!
3. WONDERLAND POSES
During the photo time segment, the Gugudan girls gave a surprise present for the reporters as they individually posed in what they called the “Wonderland Poses”. Each girl posed in a way that conveyed their interpretation of the Wonderland concept. What was even more adorable was that the girls admitted that they had practiced the poses for 2 whole days! Just for the showcase!
4. WONDERFUL MEANING
All the Gugudan fans have been wondering, what does Gugudan mean?! Well, the girls explained that their name stands for 9 girls with 9 different characteristics! The girls also each represent a number from 1-9. Hana represents 1, because she is the leader. SoYi represents 2 for the Yi in her name, which sounds like 2 in Korean. SeJeong represents 3, because the Se in her name sounds like three. So she took the Se from her name to represent the 3 leaf clover, which stands for happiness! NaYoung represents 4, because the Na in her name sounds like ‘sa’, which means 4 in Korean. HyeYeon represents 5, because of her habit of saying “Oooh” as her reactions. Oh sounds like 5 in Korean. HyeBin represents 6 for her unique 6th sense like personality. MiMi represents 7, because she’s Gugudan’s lucky girl. Sally represents 8, because 8 is the lucky number in her hometown, China. MiNa represents 9, because as much as 9 is the last number, she works hard to complete the group!
5. WONDER LIKE CHOREOGRAPHY
The girls certainly prepared for their debut performance! The girls had showcased the performances for their two songs, “Wonderland” and “Good Boy”. Both performances were full of unique and creative choreography that kept the audience alert and completely entertained! The most powerful dancer and maknae, HyeYeon, showed us the main point dances to the “Wonderland” song that fans should be on the look out for.
6. WONDERING WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS?
We had to ask. With so many new girl groups with similar styles, how did Gugudan prepare to set themselves apart from the rest? The girls confidently answered that their unique theme was the differentiating point! The girls plan to promote on a theatrical theme, with “The Little Mermaid” being the first act. Even their choreography contains a lot of theatrical like performances! With the latest trend being soft innocence, the girls hope to set themselves apart with their bright forwardness and strong energy. The girls had also expressed that they would like to be known as “KeukDanDols (KeukDan = Theater and Idols) aka Theater-dols!
7. WONDERFULLY PRACTICED
It seems Jellyfish Entertainment sure knows how to prepare their rookies! The girls were well prepared and practiced for the showcase. Their performance was on point, their reactions were on point and the in depth answers to the reporters’ questions were on point! The girls carefully answered each question with sincerity, honesty, and depth. At one point, we were confused if they were rookies at all!
8. WONDERFUL BRIGHTNESS
The whole showcase continued on well past an hour; however, the Gugudan girls didn’t seem phased by the length at all! The girls were constantly bright and so full of energy from the beginning to the end. The girls laughed so brightly that we couldn’t help but laugh along, and the girls had the perfect reactions to every joke and curve ball the host, MC DingDong, had prepared for them!
9. WONDERFUL FAMILY
Being the first girl group from Jellyfish Entertainment, the Gugudan girls probably felt a lot of weight on their shoulders. To help them recharge their confidence and strength, the seniors of Jellyfish Entertainment had surprised the girls with a video present! Each senior from both artists to actors alike, cheered on the girls with a short but meaningful message. The Jellyfish family love was definitely strong.
10. WONDERFUL FUTURE
Great news for the Gugudan girls! The girls had debuted with their song, “Wonderland”, placing at 17th place on the music charts! 17th place may not seem a lot, but with so many powerhouse groups making their comeback and monster rookies debuting, the 17th place for a just debuting rookie is certainly something to be proud about! The great potential for their future was ever to evident not only through their music achievements, but also the amount of questions the reporters had for the girls. Usually, a rookie team would have a minimal amount of questions from the audience, but the amount of hands of reporters that went up for questions were certainly remarkable! With so much love and attention at such an early stage, the girls had expressed that they hoped to become a group that consistently improves to present the audience with outstanding quality of music.
That completes the 10 unique things you can only find at a Gugudan showcase.
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Home to boy group VIXX, Jellyfish Entertainment announced their finalized plans to debut their first female idol group.
On June 7, 2016, Jellyfish Entertainment released an official statement saying, “We discussed a lot about when Kim Sejeong and Kang Mina would join our girl group. The result was that Kim Sejeong and Kang Mina would join their fellow trainees, who have trained together for many years toward one dream. The agency has actually been preparing to debut a girl group for a few years now. In preparation, we had revealed a few of our trainees, Kim SeJeong, Kim NaYoung and Kang MiNa on Mnet’s “Produce 101.”