As mentioned just before the weekend Jaurim was the newcomer in I Am A Singer (나는 가수다) this week. The first part of the seventh round aired today, July 31, and as such the songs performed were all released today as well on a digital album called <나는 가수다> 경연 7-1. ‘내가 부르고 싶은 노래’.
In this episode, people related to the production of the show commented on the pick of Jaurim that since they already had a male rock band with Yoon Band they needed a female rock band as counter part. Kim Yuna, however, stated that whereas YB is rock, Jaurim is pop.
This time around all artists got to pick songs to perform freely, and Jaurim had settled on Song Chang Sik‘s 고래사냥, making what they called a cheerful version out of it. The result was a very Jaurim sounding song better than just about everything on the cover album they put out some years back.
The other artists commented on the charisma showcased by Kim Yuna and it must’ve played way on the 500 people in the audience as well. At the end of it, Jaurim ended up with 22.5% of the votes and consequently won the first part.
YB had taken on Kang San-eh‘s 삐딱하게 and ended up finishing last. Although that’s what I personally expected after seeing the performance (reinforced with every performance following), I cannot escape the thought that perhaps there is not yet room for more than one Korean rock act at a time. I’ll be eagerly awaiting part 2 to get a clue whether this was just a case of good/bad performance on part of the two rock bands or if there is indeed something more behind it.