4Minute’s Jiyoon proved on the October 30 broadcast of “Unpretty Rapstar 2” that she had the last laugh on her haters.
After getting off to a weak start on the survival program, 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.”
Watch the performance below: