ITZY (있지) – ICY: MV Review

ITZY is now on our list of reviews, with their song Icy.

Even if they were rookies, they proved popular in their own right. (Congratulations!) They’re still catching up by releasing Icy, and recently, named their fandom as Midzy. I won’t be surprised if fanchant now would be “ITZY Midzy spider went up the waterspout.”

Another funny thing: See if ITZY will play the MV twice: (1) as an advertisement, (2) and itself at the same time.

We have reviewed their debut song, pointing out some things to improve (which by the way, I revised the score upward). Would it be the case on their second lead song? Let’s see here:

The story describes the journey of the girls in New York. As newcomers, many are seeing them, and felt astonished with them. At that point they performed and walked with confidence, not minding what others are talking about.

They are sharing the lesson of confidence, not minding unnecessary remarks as long as you are confident on what you are. Another lesson is on value of freedom, and enjoying life. Viewers will benefit from their feature of New York City and how the people lived. They might engage viewers to travel there.

Sense of humor is seen on 0:27, where the kid shows her facial expressions. Another funny scene is at 2:46 – 2:47, and at 2:53, during a job interview.

Review by others

KPopReviewed described ITZY’s song as very energetic, expresses confidence, and “infectious”. It continuously builds suspense and energy to keep one hooked to the song. Added point was on the projection itself, harking back to TWICE’s Likey.

Weak points were on dance breaks. Even if they’re fine, they were “too awkward.” Another were expressions, which lack conviction.

TheBiasList weighed down on Icy, noting that the group performed very well in their debut song. It added that the group will stay as it establishes its genre apart with others.

Main positive factors for this song was on the girls’ charisma, noise, and energy. Pull-down factor was on vocals, which they attempted to hit high notes. It ended by telling that “frustrating elements” would not be noticed, since they are focused more on performances.

Review as whole

I find their “Blah, blah” a bit annoying. Other than that, most of the production were very good, and it can be seen that this is well-prepared and well-budgeted. I loved also how they moved the camera as if they transition from one member to the next.

Gleaning from the title itself, it might imply winter. But going further, they are playing with the words “Icy” and “I see”. Being icy contrasts their fiery nature: Spectators at first will see on them as icy, cold-hearted girls. But let them perform, and they will bring fire on the stage/streets.

On music, I appreciate the bop tone throughout the song, the blobbing tune at chorus, and the “eh-eh” remarks at the end. Opening beat shares similarities with Red Flavor of Red Velvet (at 0:05 – 0:12).

They are following the footsteps of their elder group in the latter’s song Likey. While TWICE members are going to Canada as a group, the rookie group travels independently of each other.

Another thing that stood out for me was that ITZY engages the (non-Korean) people around them. From people looking to dancers jiving with the group, the group made sure that these people are also part of the video. This adds already more excitement to the song.

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 93.00%

Scoreboard

Aspect   Criterion Points
Storyline 1 Storyline 5
Storyline 2 Consistent theme 5
Appearance 3 Colorful 5
Appearance 4 Good taste 5
Appearance 5 No Halloween, Easter, etc. 5
Appearance 6 No astrology featured 5
Appearance 7 Less horror featured 5
Appearance 8 Not too revealing outfits 5
Music 9 Exciting 4
Music 10 Not too deafening 5
Dance 11 Learned easily even by beginners 5
Dance 12 Not too sensual 5
Lessons 13 Moral lesson clearly stated 5
Lessons 14 Impart something beneficial for viewers 5
Other Matters 15 Sense of humor 6
Other Matters 16 Make it to mainstream media 3
Other Matters 17 Review by other sites 5
Other Matters 18 Review of MV as a whole 5
Other Matters 19 Shares concepts from other groups 5

ITZY (있지) – Dalla Dalla (달라달라)(Misheard Lyrics)

Good day again, guys! Second featured misheard lyrics will be on newbie group ITZY, with their debut song Dalla Dalla.

We have been serious and frank on our MV review of them last time. But on this, we will see the other side if we misheard their song. Let’s just relax and enjoy it.

Considering the misheard lyrics below, the alternate title for this song is “ITZY? I Know!“. This will also be the first time we give a title to it after their group. Other alternative titles for Dalla Dalla include “May Alden Love Me?” and “Dollar Dollar.” Sounds familiar.

You may play this video while reading the following contents. Enjoy the misheard lyrics of “Dalla Dalla” (달라달라) (ITZY/있지) from TweetNewscaster!


He put. You’re mean
And they tell me:
“Where momma booger?”
Nick, I know lot
He, car they are (Anna)

So what?
See, go myself
I’m sorry, I dog a dog
Gay, really dog here
Be be be, because

Saw rock, hurry, yeah
Boom, ITZY! I know!
Say some, you tell me:
“Nuke it, or done now?”

On the good day, might lay
Show dune, lump your Mara there!
Uh, oh! Sorry!
Shall do sing a good song?

Hey, perky man
I’ll go. May Alden love me?
Here, gay come in dollar dollar dollar
We kiss your man
I might shore. How I share man?
I’ll see, go! May guy show her the heel fire?

I love myself!
Now bone car dollar dollar girl
Oh oh
I love myself!
Now moan car dollar dollar girl
No more hour, dollar dollar, yeah!

Bad bad. I’m sorry, I’m bad
I’m just the way I am
Numb seen a PSY, cause I gain it at the war
I call. She phoned it. I get it afar

No legs! (No legs!)
May Monday rose? I call your money to man (Molly to man)
Now, chip your honey guy, ah!

Now berry season. Don’t you cheer, Anna?
Next time, he show what?
Cook a money car

On the good day might Lay
Make a no-no car. Tour hot hell
Uh, oh! Sorry!
Taco, sing “Cup of Soya!”

You, perky man
I’ll go. May Alden love me?
Here, gay come in dollar dollar dollar
We kiss your man
I might shore. How I share man?
I’ll see, go! May guy show her the heel fire?

Tap your kicker
Say now, “Name a car, Arah”
I’m talking to myself
Could you cheer my shoal there? Oh!

Boogie did, who make her known to doll
Just keep on dreaming!
Oh!

Keep your chin out
We got your back, hey!
Keep your head out
Just keep on dreaming

Keep your chin out
We got your back, hey!
Keep your head out
Just keep on dreaming

Everybody!

Get boogie man
I’ll go. May Alden love me?
Here, gay come in dollar dollar dollar
He kiss your man
I might shore. How I share man?
I’ll see, go! Make a shower
The heel fire

I love myself!
Now bone car dollar dollar girl
Oh oh!
I love myself!
Now moan car dollar dollar girl
No more hour, dollar dollar!

What Is The Fandom Name For ITZY?

ITZY with their cute poses. Photo from Koreaboo.

Let’s just take a break for a while, as we answer this million-dollar question:

What is the fandom name for ITZY?

Honestly, even if I am not a fan of the group, I find this soooo exciting. Why?

While someone recommended that their haters be called as “Bitchy” or “Itchy”, many have wondered on what would be their fandom name up to this writing. And while they have some names in mind, netizens did not stop in sharing their recommendations.

The members of ITZY themselves, particularly Yeji and Ryujin, had their three proposed names:

  1. UPZY (ITZY will go higher)
  2. In Us (All in us)
  3. ITzU (Yeji must have thought of her pet dog shihtzu as she cuddles another dog in their MV of Dalla Dalla.)

How about the netizens? They have many options, aside from those mentioned:

  1. BITZY
  2. EDZY (ITZY has an edge, or advantage.)
  3. Ganzy (Stylish/Cool)

Well, if you will ask me on their fandom name, they may pick on the following names:

  1. ITSY
  2. BEETSY
  3. TEENIE
  4. WEENIE
  5. YELLOW
  6. POLKA-DOT

Or these are the alternative choices:

  1. ITSY
  2. BITSY
  3. SPIDER
  4. WENT UP
  5. THE WATER SPOUT

Just joking. 😀 However, if one will be serious about this, UPZY or EDZY will do. Their fans can also be called as EASY, implying that they are at ease with each other, and they are enjoying what the group will offer to all of us.

Or they can be called as BUSY, telling that the group is busy in providing all what we K-Pop fans need. At the same time, fans are expected to be busy in promoting the group, considering that this is a newbie one.

(Latest Update: Midzy has been their fandom name now.)

ITZY (있지) – Dalla Dalla (달라달라): MV Review

Good day, readers! This year marked the rise of new groups from different entertainment companies. Among them is JYP Entertainment, who recently launched their new group, ITZY (있지). They debuted last February 12, with five members, namely Yuna, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yeji.

And for the first time, we are going to review the debut music of the new group, Dalla Dalla. The song is also freshly-baked. Hope this review will be helpful for the group in their next projects. You may watch first their MV here before reading the review:

Storyline

  1. Video must have a storyline – 3 points

The storyline revolves on the girls who changed their outfits before going to the airport, with the aim of reaching at different destinations, including tunnels, buildings, flats, and a dog parlor.

I gave this rating, as the MV should have made the storyline clear enough even for those who don’t understand Korean. It does not matter how anyone would interpret it.

  1. Theme must be consistent and clear – 5 points

While their storyline lacks depth, they applied their theme consistently throughout the whole video. Especially on featuring what’s inside the airport. Actually, the theme revolves around the journey members are making.

Appearance

  1. The music video as a whole must be colorful – 5 points

I must say that their MV is the most colorful so far. This deserves an excellent score. And they nailed it perfectly: They used special effects to depict changing colors of flats, their room, and their dog, as seen on 1:09 – 1:25, 1:58 – 2:01, and 0:54 – 1:01, respectively.

  1. Must be done in good taste – 5 points

I did not see any part that will make me avoid looking on the video. Nothing awkward or gross is being featured there.

  1. Does not celebrate Halloween, Easter, or similar celebrations – 5 points

The MV has no celebrations as mentioned. They only celebrated their being free and their desire to dream high.

  1. Does not feature astrology – 5 points

No trace of astrology is featured in the video.

  1. Less horror is featured in the video – 5 points

I did not see any thing in the video featuring horror.

  1. Not too revealing outfits – 5 points

Though their shorts are short, that was quite decent enough.

Music

  1. Ability of the music to excite the listener – 5 points (Updated)

In fairness to the group, the music by its nature is exciting. However, that was not enough to push me to hear it till the end.

Sorry. I updated this score after several listens, and I can tell that this is sooo exciting.

  1. Music should not be deafening on the ears – 5 points

Even if it is played at a loudspeaker, the music does not irritate the listener. Nothing loud was heard in the whole music.

Dance

  1. Dance can be learned easily even by beginners – 5 points

Beginners can easily learn the dances ITZY is featuring in the video, especially on the chorus part.

  1. Dance must not be too sensual – 4 points

This lacks one point, as I have noticed something. I find it off Chaeryeong dancing at 1:44.

Lessons

  1. Moral lesson must be clearly stated – 5 points

They imparted the important lesson – to dream high and never stop reaching on our dreams, as heard on their lyrics. Them being on top of the car tells us viewers that we should always aim higher, or aim to be on top in everything we do.

Another lesson they taught us is to follow laws. Instead of arguing with and beating the airport security officers, they follow the standard airport protocols. They submit themselves for inspection.

Last lesson they taught us, albeit unconsciously, is on carrying their bags. These represent our willingness to bring everything – whether good or bad – everywhere we go. Every contents in the bag will be helpful for them, and us, to survive as we go on our journey.

  1. They must impart something beneficial for their viewers – 5 points

They made a good choice on featuring how to take care of animals, even by just cuddling them. This shows how we are ready to care for our pets. This is seen on 0:54 – 0:55 and at 2:02.

Other Matters

  1. Inject sense of humor in the music video – 5 points (updated)

Sorry. I did not see anything funny in the music video. That would be a great help to lift up the mood of listeners. They should have taken a cue on TWICE when they debuted in Like Ooh-Aah, as Sana tried to flex her muscles but failed.

Sorry again. Updated this, as I have overlooked another funny scene, where the girls are changing outfits inside the elevator. I find it funny also how they threw clothes upon sensing CCTVs. Where’s Dahyun, by the way?

  1. Ability of the song to make it to mainstream media – 4 points

Most likely, the mainstream media will pick it, given that the music is quite exciting enough, not to mention the hype given on the group and the music.

  1. Review by other sites – 3 points

Here are some comments by netizens:

I don’t like this debut song. The song was not catchy

ITZY got everyone confused! Their vibe reminds us of every Kpop girlgroup mix all together

I better watch teaser than MV. I am so disappointed.

Doesn’t sound that good tbh. Sounds very generic as if they trying a bit hard to sound different.

I see them as Black Velvet concept

I don’t find them cringey. I think they are awesome and loveee the choreo…

I like their line distribution and vocal range

The views are because of people’s curiosity really. I don’t think it’s a strong debut

Maybe they’ll do release better songs next time.

Another one caught my attention:

At 1st listen: This song is meh

2nd listen: Hmm, not bad, I guess?

3rd listen: DALLA DALLA! I LOVE MYSELF!

The most compelling comment is this:

They reminded me of Crayon Pop at times. But the feeling I got wasn’t nostalgia. It was confusion.

1:09 when they start dancing will definitely remind you of bar bar bar. Their harmonization during the chorus, and the solo rap segments are broken up similarly…. 2:46, that part [of Crayon Pop] just cemented it for me.

Obsessed and Assessed viewed the group and their music as hyped up. The blogger added that he/she became skeptical on the teasers. It viewed the song as “impressively bad”, and that it was incoherent.

The reviewer had explained fully the reason why the dog changes colors, and why the airport is featured. It represents the individuality of each members, and that they have same dream: to reach the sky.

It finally ends with a note that it was one of the most disappointing debuts coming from one of the most famous entertainment companies.

AllKpop reviewed the song as pretty and playful. By describing how the song plays upon the MV and the members, it was indeed exciting and catchy. It tells that the difference between other girl groups would be on “energy and enthusiasm.”

The Bias List explains the fact that ITZY was created as another girl group to watch out for. It pointed out that the song was a mash-up of different genres from different K-Pop eras. However, it stressed the random structure of the song and the lack of final hit to make it more powerful.

  1. Review of the music video as a whole – 5 points

Overall, the music video as a whole has a beautiful concept. They had presented something different from their music video, though they combined concepts from other groups, as we will discuss later.

  1. Other factors
  • Comparison between ITZY and Dalla Dalla with that of TWICE – 3 points

If you will recall, TWICE’s debut music was Like Ooh-Aah. This served as energizer, and this was indeed exciting. Now, given that ITZY is also under JYP Ent., it cannot be avoided that they be compared with TWICE. It cannot also be avoided that some commenters will tell that TWICE has exciting moves and music, while the newbie lacks it (as of now)

  • Sharing dance steps with other group – 5 points

Their dance step at 2:28 – 2:30 closely resembles that of GFRIEND’s Sunrise (in 0:48 – 0:50).

  • Resemblance with other members – 5 points

At 1:41, Lia (?) looks like Jisoo of BLACKPINK

At 1:56, Yuna resembles Tzuyu of TWICE. And at 2:09, Ryujin resembles Sana of the same group.

  • Sharing concepts with previous MVs – 5 points

They copied some concepts from other groups. This is noticed on the last scene where they pose for a finale, and then elevator door is shut. It recalls the elevator used by PSY in his MV of Gangnam Style.

  • Shares similar melody – 5 points

The melody of the song shares that with TWICE’s Like Ooh-Aah (2:452:57), particularly at 2:46 – 3:00.

Also, at 0:23 – 0:38, the tune resembles that of Meghan Trainor‘s “Me Too” (0:05 – 0:21)

TweetNewscaster’s Overall Rating: 89.17% (Updated)

Final Words

Some points merit better rating, and I already revised this rating upward to reflect better my view on the group.

Given that they are being sold out as an alternative to TWICE (or other girl groups under JYP Ent.), they must prove that they can equal or surpass what the former group achieved. This is to not degrade them or compare them with another girl group, but for the newbies to learn more from them. Anyway, they will create their new sense of identity later on.

This review will somehow help ITZY get on track, and keep these considerations in mind. This is to guide them on the goal they want to achieve.