We’ve had teaser stills and other images, but here’s the first official poster for Dream High 2, the aspiring-idols-with-dreamin’-hearts-and-dancing-feet drama hoping to match the original series’ popularity.
Looks like Kang So-ra and idol-turned-actor Jung Jin-woon are the underdogs, if we’re going by the poster, with the top dogs looking down on them (literally). They are, from left to right, Sistar’s Hyo-rin, JB (who’s giving me some serious Taecyeon vibes), Park Seo-jun, and T-ara’s Ji-yeon.
Below is a teaser image with only Jin-woon and Kang So-ra’s faces visible, which evokes a Season 1 feel with the familiar costumes (even if it seems the skirts have gotten waaaay shorter).
A teaser was also released a few days ago, and I’m tickled that it features Kirin High’s new principal, aka Kim Jung-tae. We love Kim Jung-tae around these parts, since he’s a serial scene-stealer, whether he’s being scary (Miss Ripley), kicking some serious ass (Girl K), playing the hapless beta male (Can’t Lose), or being offbeat and eccentric (every other role ever).
Urg, this is one timeslot battle that makes me terribly conflicted, since Dream High 2 premieres the same day as Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. Both are youth-targeted, set in high school, and center around music. Both have some appealing cast members amidst rookies and unknown entities, and both have the potential to be over-the-top and cheesy, or total crack. One’s got a bit more flash and polish (Dream High 2 with its franchise, budget, and massive idol cast list) while the other’s a bit scrappier (Shut Up, with the band of grungy lost boys at its core).
On the other hand, I do love that I get to say, completely sincerely and without a hint of sarcasm, that this dilemma is one that may be best solved, literally, with a dance-off.