Last week was the celebrated Music Bank in Chile 2018 and for the second time, a Music Bank special was presented in the country. As we can remember back in 2012, the iconic city of Viña del Mar was the home of the first edition of this show in Latin America and ended up as a total success – a siren to call Korean music to this side of the world.
With this opportunity, we were able to see a more experienced lineup with the amazing girls of TWICE and the rookie record-breaking boy-group, WANNA ONE included. The excitement of fans intensified the moment the doors at the Movistar Arena opened a hundred meters long row and was already placed waiting to access to it.
This time, the show was presented by Park Bo Gum and TWICE’s Jeongyeon who had a busy night changing outfits, together with a Chilean MC this halftime between performances was marked by the exchange of cultures of these countries, and with an amazing presentation of the groups this Music Bank edition started.
As the opening act, the boys of B.A.P performed some of the most memorable songs in their career as “Warrior”, “Hands Up”, “No Mercy”, “Bangx2” and “That’s My Jam”.
Along with the fans, B.A.P had an amazing stage with this energy that characterises them. This presentation filled The Movistar Arena with screams from fans and already telling the level this show will have.
The next ones to go on the stage were SF9. This group that debuted less than two years ago got a lot of attention from the Chilean fans. Starting with the song that made them recognised “O Sole Mio”, then continued with their recent song, “Mamma Mia” and one song from their first album, “Roar”.
Even being a not so famous group, they heated up the stage especially with the parts in Spanish like “Te Quiero” (I love you). Their fans’ love became evident as there were loud fan chants and raised banners for the group.
Up next was VIXX, which made the public go crazy with their special performance of Camila Cabello’s “Havana”, together with a sexy choreography which was one of the best moments of the night.
The nine girls of TWICE were one of the most highly anticipated performers at the concert. Being a very famous group not only in Korea but all over the world, TWICE has an amazing reception from the country.
Performing one of their biggest hits like “TT”, “Cheer Up”, “Likey” and “Knock Knock” was undoubtedly the peak of the night and to thank all the fans, they did a contest to give a signed album to the one who danced “TT” the best.
But the concert didn’t end up there. WANNA ONE, the record-breaking rookie idol-group with their debut mini-album “1+1=0”, and probably the rookie group with more influence in the charts definitely impressed the crowd with their hits “Energetic”, “Wanna Be”, “Burn It Up”, “Beautiful”, and “Pick Me/NaYaNa”.
After their “Havana” performance, VIXX came out to perform very good songs from their repertoire including “Shangri-La”, “Chained Up”, “Fantasy”, “Desperate”, and “Dynamite” that together with their “Havana” cover, made a six-song stage and an amazing night for this amazing boyband.
Finally, SHINee’s Taemin being the only artist who already did present in the country this time as a solo artist, started his stage with one of the most famous songs from last year, “Despacito”. As the song became very popular all over the world, specially with Justin Bieber’s version, Taemin sang with an amazing Spanish pronunciation that made the performance even better. Then presenting the title song of his last album, “Move” that made the crowd dance with him.
Taemin also performed the touching ballad, “Hypnosis” which made the fans swing their arms. Taemin ended his stage with “Goodbye” as well as his first solo song, “Danger”.
You may think that was the end, but KBS and the artists surprised everyone else with three special stages! TWICE performed Sunmi’s “Gashina”, SF9 covered BTS’ “Fire”, and finally WANNA ONE performed one of the most iconic K-pop songs by Super Junior, “Sorry Sorry”.
This edition of Music Bank is a reminder of how big K-pop is in the country. There is still a lot of work to do, but with more diverse music and more support from the fans; I’m sure this is just the beginning of the expansion of this genre, especially in Latin America where these groups get more media attention each day.