Check Out 4Minute’s Jiyoon on Unpretty Rapstar
Kyung Ho Kim, Oct. 31, 2015, 10:51 a.m.
4Minute’s Jiyoon has been getting off to a weak start on the survival program Unpretty Rapstar. On this week’s episode, Jiyoon was unable to find a partner at first in this week’s “Teamwork Battle.” In the end, she was paired with Wonder Girls’ Yubin in a girl group collaboration.
Thought to be the weakest team by their fellow contestants, the pair used this prejudice as fuel for their fire. In order to avoid a permanent elimination, they came up with various ideas and worked hard. Jiyoon surprised everyone by using the lyrics from her widely-criticized introduction rap as a hook.
On stage, the two girls worked their long years of being idols to their advantage, giving a synergetic and exciting performance. The judges were especially impressed with how the pair, especially Jiyoon, revived her much-mocked line and showed how the criticism didn’t get her down. In a complete turnaround, the pair took first place.
At the end, Yubin praised Jiyoon, saying, “This couldn’t have happened without her.” Jiyoon was equally grateful to her partner, saying, “Her idea [to use the line] was a gift from the gods.”
Unprety Rapstar is a 2015 South Korean music competition program focusing on female rappers. The show, a spin-off of Show Me the Money, premiered on January 29, 2015, on Mnet and is hosted by Korean rapper San E. In August 2015, it was confirmed that the show would begin airing its second season on September 11, 2015.
Jeon Ji Yoon is a South Korean idol singer. She is a member of the girl group, 4Minute, formed by Cube Entertainment in 2009. She is also a member in the duo sub-unit group, 2Yoon, with Gayoon, also formed by Cube Entertainment, in 2013.