J=J Magic of Love (Sans Karin) JAM EXPO (credits: Jplop)
It's interesting to see them not utilize Ruru on this song. Most of Karin's parts go to one of the original girls. Akari got a couple big lines.
Probably didn't want to give the n00bs too much to think about this early into learning the back catalog.
That's a rough performance everyone, especially Sayuki. They sound much better on other songs from this set. "Magic of Love" is a pretty tough song to sing, and that one of the vocally stronger idol groups would have this much trouble with it shows the limitations of idol singers. Probably should have gone with "Romance no Tochuu" instead.
I'm pretty sure this was the end of their setlist for this event, so I can understand them getting a bit breathless here.... Wish if they were going to do this song they put it near the middle, though... They have a couple of still climatic songs with not as much vocal pressure they could've done to end it instead. But yeah, Sayuki's runs were all over the place and not pleasant this performance.
Also, I think they don't want to push Ruru right off the bat... Dunno, she's a master at learning lines quickly, so that wouldn't have been the issue. Plus she's been told she needs to work on her emotion/feeling for songs, so maybe they didn't want to give her a big, emotional song like Magic of Love until she's a bit more practiced.
EDIT: I'm not sure when this chant started, but I died at the wota saying "Koko da yo, Tomoko" after her line "Where are you?"... The Niconico chat exploded with it too and had me laughing.
PS: MM'17 sang something besides Love Machine, Morning Coffee or 1, 2, 3! They sang Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru on a tv program