I know I’m around the same age as a lot of Kpop artists. I share the same year as Onew of SHINee, but man these boys got me feeling old. They’re from 1992-95, so it’s a little weird critiquing a bunch of kids on their performance. It’s kind of like I’m some judge for a talent show.
But whatever, because these boys are owning it.
You could probably mute these guys and they’d still put on an impressive performance. Visually, Teen Top know what they’re doing. The precision and energy in their choreography is really good. I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by Teen Top, but I honestly was. Probably because Girl’s Day, Miss A, ZE:A and Son Dambi failed to bring me anything worth appraisal that Teen Top managed to really hold on to my entire attention this week. The deliver was 100% there both nights of their debut stage.
Vocally, though, is where I’m most intrigued. Teen Top, particularly Niel (lead vocals, obviously) are in complete control of their breathing. Even Miss A, who are recently showcasing a jam-packed dance routine in their live stages, are breathless by the middle of their performances. This kid, though, even with a solo dance break still manages to sound relatively good by the end of ‘Clap‘ (or crap, haha).
Teen Top show a lot of potential to become one of the top boy bands in Kpop. I’ll definitely keep an eye on them.