If KPOP has SHINHWA, IKO has R-ME. Though the years that SHINHWA stayed together is incomparable to R-ME, but their long lasting friendship could be compared.
The original members of R-ME (Royal Melody) are the three girls (Jaezel, Hyunie and LJ) who are friends since childhood, classmates since elementary, and grew up with KPOP together. They love dancing and so performed in various events in their school, added several members who are also their childhood friends, and later became one of the first cover groups in the Philippines.
NAME and MEMBER CHANGES:
The group had several name changes. Their original name as a cover group was “4NE1” with 4 members, then changed to “F4”, then became “Royal Melody” or “R-ME”
R-ME had several member changes for most of their performance due to some unbreakable circumstances. Let’s see the evolution of R-ME members from these photos:
And just like legendary KPOP girl groups Jewelry and BABY VOX, R-ME recently passed their name down to a newer generation.
SUB-GROUP and SOLO ACT:
During 2011, R-ME had a sub-group that covered SISTAR19. The sub-group is called “R-ME 2.0” and had dance cover videos posted in the internet:
CLICK HERE TO WATCH R-ME 2.0 “Ma Boy” by SISTAR19 Dance Cover Video
Jaezel, the center of R-ME, also promoted as a solo cover artist since she covers Hyuna in 4Minute.
4NE1 first performed during the Iloilo Kpop Organization’s 2nd Gathering dancing MBLAQ’s “OH YEAH”. Unfortunately, one of their members was absent. However, the three performed well and proved that they can be professional even if they lack one.
They also made cover videos even inside their classroom. Here’s one of their cover videos:
They gave an intermission number as R-ME (a five-member group) and officially covered 4Minute during the RED CROSS YOUTH JKPOP Dance Contest last March 2010.
R-ME enjoyed covering different groups. They also covered T-ARA in the Iloilo kpop Mini- concert last October 2011.
When you say fangirling, R-ME never fails to show how fangirls are when it comes to choosing performances. They dance not to impress, but to express. Express their passion for KPOP and performing. Examples are their performances during IKO’s 4th and 5th Gathering:
They also participated as one of the FRONT ACTS during the Iloilo Pop Concert 2012, collaborating with some members of EL!TE (their hobaes), and Beat By Arts.
R-ME and the rest of the Filipino KPOP fans celebrated when DAUM (a famous Korean Site like Yahoo) featured them for “SHOUTING KOREA”. This is historical for during that time for Philippines was not yet acknowledged by Korea. R-ME was one of the firsts who supported Korea internationally, and sent information to Korea that their are fans in the Philippines, too.
By covering 4Minute’s Hot Issue and Hyuna’s HUH, they conquered SM City Event Centre as the winner for the Iloilo KFEST 2011 KPOP Dance Cover Contest.
Jaezel won as 1st Runner Up in Iloilo Kpop Organization’s 5th Gathering COSPLAY COVER CONTEST where she as usual covered Hyuna.
They went by the name of “Iloilo Kpop Organization’s Legendary Cover Group” by being the longest-running cover group in the organization. In addition to that, R-ME is also legendary for they are one of the original members of the organization, and helped it grow.
Members of R-ME also made the first entertainment company inside the organization which lead others to create their own. They are also the first ones who had courage and confidence to make music video dance covers encouraging others to make as well.
We can say that R-ME became the DRIVING SPIRIT or the ENCOURAGING SOUL of IKO members. In other words, THE PACEMAKER. This is what separated R-ME from every other cover group in Iloilo. Yes, they ain’t current, they ain’t on top, they ain’t the best, but they are stable, and never faded through time.
R-ME lasted because of these three ladies who from start to end, are members of the group. They are the solid leaders to their cadettes (“Cadettes” is also the name of R-ME’s fansclub).
R-ME should be respected for they tried to standstill though many storms that tried to defeat them. They ran, they hid, they attacked, but never gave up because they are R-ME, and they fight for their passion and love of performing.
Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Pictures From: DJ Empire and R-ME Official Facebook Accounts
Videos From: DJ Empire Official Youtube Account