AC Bonifacio Wins Second Place In BLACKPINK's "How You Like That" Dance Cover Contest!
"This was so, so unexpected. I've been doing all my K-Pop covers just because I love them and it was my way of showing support and never in a million years would I have thought that we would win second," AC said
Talk about the ultimate reward for being one of Manila's biggest Blinks!
In case you haven't heard, AC Bonifacio, a Kapamilya artist known for her crazy sharp dance moves, is a massive BLACKPINK fan. And when the four-member K-Pop girl group announced that they were holding a dance cover contest for their latest single "How You Like That" earlier this month, worlds literally collided for the 17-year-old.
There's no other way to put it; she freaked out about the chance to show off her fangirling for her favorite Korean music group, even calling on the help of professional videographers, a production team, plus a glam squad to pull off what she had in mind for the competition.
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⚡️ HOW YOU LIKE THAT (dance cover) ⚡️ thank you to the most amazing team out there! @chaptersph we've been filming together for a while now, and im so glad to call you family @makeupbylinuy @iammjrone @nascheisnasia for making the all the looks become reality!! 🤯 my mom, @acnaticsofc , and everyone for keepin me motivated thru everything! @ncatphilippines for providing all the amazing accessories to make the looks complete! 👼🏼
Filmed by Chapters by Mayad, the dance cover and music video in one had AC perform as each of the BLACKPINK girls; she had separate outfits and makeup looks for her takes on Lisa, Jennie, Rosé, and Jisoo, and more impressively, different sets, too! The fact that AC and her team managed to execute everything despite quarantine-related challenges made the entry all the more deserving of recognition.
Clocking in at three minutes and a second, AC's dance cover had everything on point; from the choreography to her projection of BLACKPINK's signature sass, all the way to the seamless editing and K-pop-esque wardrobe.
But AC's entry's biggest wow factor has to be how it was a one-woman performance. She willingly learned all the song's steps (with some of them meant to be performed solo by each of the BLACKPINK members) to be able to pull of the dance cover on her own.
AC's was the only solo performance among all the acts recognized in the contest, including the big winner! In the end, AC and her team's efforts landed her a second place win, something that she didn't expect to happen despite all the work she put in.
Check out what AC had to say about her win, plus a couple of BTS shots from the shoot:
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alright i dont know where to start. my bestfriends called me congratulating and i was completely unaware and i jumped out the car and starting screaming and told the team!!! This cover meant SO SO MUCH TO ME because before this alot was being said about me and i wanted to back off cause im human, i get hurt and i was scared of what people would say. but we all pushed thru because we absolutely love blackpink. Not just me but the whole team. We pushed thru because no matter what people said it would not change the love and support I have for Blackpink. THIS WAS SO SO UNEXPECTED 😭 ive been doing all my kpop covers just because i love them and it was my way of showing support and never in a million years would I have thought that we would win 2ND??? 😭 I wanna thank EVERYONE. from the team for making this all work even if we were under certain rules. The team for ALWAAYYS hyping me up even if i was getting tired. To everyone, my @acnaticsofc who watched and constantly streamed GO TEAM BAHAYYYY and just all the support is so so overwhelming i cant thank you enough seriously. My heart is so full and im on a roller coaster of emotions right now BUT THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART 😭🖤💖 this is for all of us.
As the contest's second placer, she'll reportedly receive a cash prize amounting to about P246,000.
The contest's first prize winner was Premium Dance Studio - Yemin Boss, an adorable child dance duo from South Korea, while third place went to Vietnamese all-girl dance troupe B-Wild.
Aside from AC, another Filipino celeb, Ella Cruz, also joined the contest.
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[BLACKPINK ‘How You Like That’ DANCE COVER CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT]⠀ ⠀ This is an announcement of the winners for [BLACKPINK ‘How You Like That’ DANCE COVER CONTEST]!⠀ ⠀ We would like to thank everyone for your dedicated interest and participation. ⠀ With gratitude, we have selected 2 extra teams for the Special Award, in addition to the original 3 winning teams. ⠀ A small gift will be provided to the winners of the Special Award. ⠀ ⠀ 🥇GRAND PRIZE WINNER : PREMIUM DANCE STUDIO - YEMIN BOSS⠀ (https://youtu.be/aP867B_Alsk)⠀ ⠀ 🥈2ND PRIZE WINNER : Andree Bonifacio⠀ (https://youtu.be/k_8vyomYE7E)⠀ ⠀ 🥉3RD PRIZE WINNER : B-Wild OFFICIAL⠀ (https://youtu.be/OSA9vlyP9YM)⠀ ⠀ 🏅SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS : T.B. Unicorns / Mikayla Channel⠀ (https://youtu.be/aois3Q7VlSo)⠀ (https://youtu.be/GKfdXgsGzo0)⠀ ⠀ We would like to congratulate all five teams, and once again thank everyone who participated! ⠀ ⠀ Each team’s prize and gift will be rewarded once the guidelines sent to the provided email address are followed.⠀ ⠀ #BLACKPINK #블랙핑크 #HowYouLikeThat #HYLT_Dancecovercontest #WINNER_ANNOUNCEMENT #YG
This isn't AC's first brush with international stardom though. In 2015, she and her then dance partner, Lucky Ancheta, were featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show and in the same year, went onstage with Ariana Grande for her Vancouver, Canada show.
There's no doubt in our minds that AC deserved her big win, and a massive congratulations is due to the young performer! We're definitely excited to see more of her in the future!
Check out her full "How You Like That" dance cover below:
And BLACKPINK's original music video here:
Stills from "(BLACKPINK 블랙핑크) - ‘HOW YOU LIKE THAT’ DANCE COVER 댄스커버 // Andree Bonifacio" on YouTube channel Andree Bonifacio | Background photo by Bekky Bekks on Unsplash
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