Watch: JooE, Moonbyul, Kim Seonyou, And Moon Sua Impress In Vocal Battles On “The Second World” + Round 1 Rankings Announced

“The Second World” has announced the results for Round 1!

JTBC’s “The Second World” features eight skillful girl group rappers going head-to-head in a singing competition to break the prejudice that rappers lack vocal talent. The contestants include former Wonder Girls member Yubin, former AOA member Shin Jimin, MAMAMOO’s MoonbyulOh My Girl‘s Mimi, WJSN‘s Exy, MOMOLAND’s JooE, Billlie’s Moon Sua, and CLASS:y’s Kim Seonyou.

The program is hosted by Paul Kim and the judging panel known as “voice readers” includes Kim Bum Soo, Jung Yup, Apink’s Jung Eun JiBTOB‘s Eunkwang, and MeloMance’s Kim Min Seok.

Last week, the contestants officially began the first round of one-on-one vocal matches, featuring battles between Yubin, Shin Jimin, Mimi, and Exy.

On the September 13 broadcast, Moonbyul went up against JooE and Moon Sua against Kim Seonyou to close out the Round 1 matches. At the end, the final rankings for the round were announced.


Wanting to properly showcase how hard she worked during the 12 years she spent as a trainee, Moon Sua highlighted her confident vocal ability with a performance of BTS’s “The Truth Untold,” accompanied by an orchestra.

For the song that describes her best, Kim Seonyou picked Younha’s “WINTER FLOWER” and filled up the stage with her powerful voice.

Moon Sua – “The Truth Untold” (BTS)

Kim Seonyou – “WINTER FLOWER” (Younha)

The voice readers’ votes were divided three to two, with Kim Seonyou being named the winner. She excitedly shared, “After debuting, this is the first time I’ve performed on my own. I’m so happy and thankful to have received such good results.”

The round’s final battle featured Moonbyul and JooE. Although JooE was initially feeling pressured after being chosen as Moonbyul’s opponent, she shared a different perspective, saying, “This is actually better. It’s exciting if the underdog wins.”

Moonbyul explained that she wanted to appear on “The Second World” to showcase her singing, but also impressed with her bass, guitar, and drumming skills while performing DAY6’s “Congratulations.”

Unfortunately, eight days before the competition, JooE was diagnosed with COVID-19, leaving her only one day to practice after being released from quarantine. As a result, JooE had to rehearse her performance of Jessie J’s “Domino” at home by herself. On top of these difficult circumstances, JooE ran into numerous hurdles during rehearsals but stayed strong to complete her performance well.

Moonbyul – “Congratulations” (DAY6)

JooE – “Domino” (Jessie J)

Ultimately, Moonbyul won all five of the voice readers’ votes and she tearfully commented, “I felt a lot of pressure because MAMAMOO is a vocal group. Everyone said such kind words and I thought that in the future, I’d have to sing with a lot more confidence. Thank you so much.” Given how emotional she was, Moonbyul explained, “[I realized] I’m living well. I tried this and that by myself but I thought that I’m taking one step forward well which is why I think I teared up.”

The final ranking for Round 1 is as follows:

  1. Moonbyul
  2. Mimi
  3. Kim Seonyou
  4. Shin Jimin
  5. Exy
  6. Yubin
  7. Moon Sua
  8. JooE

Episode 4 will air next Tuesday at 8:50 p.m. KST!

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