Mnet‘s male spinoff of successful dance show Street Woman Fighter has just kicked off its preliminary round. The preliminaries, dubbed Be Mbitious, see a group of hopefuls trying to make it into the shortlisted group. The preliminaries consist of two rounds. First, all the contestants have to copy choreography for the iconic “Hey Mama” mission in Street Woman Fighter. If they get a pass from the choreographers, LaChica and Holy Bang, they can choose another contestant to give a “No Respect” sticker to. They can then battle it out in pairs. Those who have the pass, a “Respect” sticker, choreograph a sequence while their “No Respect” counterpart has to copy it. The dance battle is a do-or-die situation as the winner moves on to the actual show.
Single’s Inferno contestant and dancer Cha Hyun Seung received a “Respect” pass and selected breakdancer Midnight Blue to compete against. He had noticed that Midnight Blue was not adept at choreographed dances and stuck to his break dancing moves. Although the battle determined who would move on to the actual show, Cha Hyun Seung’s consideration and kindness for his opponent impressed viewers.
Midnight Blue kept slipping on the floor as it had been wet and slick.
Cha Hyun Seung quickly noticed this and began to try to herd Midnight Blue to the opposite end of the stage instead.
Another contestant, Noh Taehyun (originally from boy group HOTSHOT), had also noticed this and immediately ran off.
Noh Taehyun returned with a towel to hurriedly wipe the stage down for Midnight Blue. Cha Hyun Seung also gestured with his hands for Midnight Blue to move over.
While keeping up the battle bravado, Cha Hyun Seung gently moved forward to try to give Midnight Blue the hint to shift his position.
At the end of the battle, he approached his opponent first for a hug and handshake.
Both Cha Hyun Seung and Noh Taehyun received praise for their kind actions towards another contestant.
- “1:11 Noh Taehyun who got surprised after seeing Midnight Blue slip and ran off to get a towel is so amazing..!! Cha Hyun Seung who moved aside and helped [Midnight Blue] stay on the opposite side of the stage so he could do the battle is also cool. It’s kinda like these small acts of consideration shows a true spirit of a battle.. So cool…”
- “[Cha Hyun Seung] is impressive for looking so at ease even though it’s his first battle… If you watched the broadcast, maybe it’s cuz of his 19 years of experience or maybe he’s born with it but he seems to act smartly, the more I watch him. His ease and manners make him seem more charming on a survival show.”
- “It’s not that Cha Hyun Seung was good at the battle but he led the mood and even tried to break the opponent’s spirit with his expressions and that was how he was in the lead… I think the judges saw that too and cheered for him positively. Since it was slippery with water during Midnight Blue’s turn, Cha Hyun Seung gave up his side of the stage which makes him look like a good person so let’s keep the malicious comments in check. Feedback is great but personal attacks are just malicious comments and you guys are just killing a person.”
Check out the battle for yourself below!