Suffering from withdrawal symptoms after a month’s worth of Kpop hype in Singapore? Here’s a recap (with photos) of the Kpopped month June.
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First up, Super Junior on the 6 of June. In a flurry 9 out of the active 10 arrived in Singapore to launch the new Samsung phone Galaxy S, the first time in the world, followed by a mini showcase of 5 songs, namely Bonamana, Yesung’s solo It Has To Be You, Rokkugo, Pajama Party and finally well-known Sorry Sorry.
At the press conference, the boys showed off their humour side – Leeteuk kept praising Samsung saying, “My father Samsung, my mother Singtel, I love Singapore!” Other members also took photos and played random sounds from the phone, making the media laugh throughout the session.
The showcase after the press conference was as entertaining. During the showcase Ryeowook’s birthday was celebrated, and fans sang the birthday song in Korean while the boys had a mini cake fight onstage. Super Junior left Singapore that very night, promising to return again – for Super Show 3 next year.
Next up was Wonder Girls who came to Singapore on the 12th to promote Sony Ericsson, participate in a charity auction and also have a showcase featuring 6 songs: 2 Different Tears, PCD’s Don’t Cha, So Hot, Nobody, I tried and Tell Me.
At the press conference the 5 girls were bombarded questions about their current activities and in general, more personal issues. Like a question about whether they accept the American ‘open’ attitude and whether they were offended by Taiwan host Xiao S when she probed about their ‘first time’. The girls took it graciously and Yeeun answered, “We understand the difference in cultures, so we don’t get offended”, “It was actually fun, we would like to go on the show again!” Another question was about how many children they wanted to have, and while Hye Lim said “2 to 3?” Yeeun said she would like to have 5 children!
Also, a day before showcase the girls travelled to four locations in Singapore to promote SE, and lucky fans who answered some trivia from them also got to take photos with the girls themselves. As the Wonder Girls re-embarked on the second leg of their concert tour, there is possible hint that they may stop by local shores again – however a while later.
Thirdly came U-Kiss, the 7 multinational boy group boasting of their knowledge of both Chinese and English. They arrived for 3 days worth of activities, having their meet and greet, going on local TV show Sheng Siong Show, having their showcase and then on local radio station 100.3. With all these activities, they were actually the first Kpop group to appear on Singapore free-to-air TV and Radio, isn’t that awesome?
During their free time the boys caused a pretty big sensation by going shopping at ION, jogging at East Coast, swimming in the middle of the night etc. Of course they were mobbed by fans wherever they went but instead of pushing them away, the boys let the fans stay and take photos, how sweet is that?
Some trivia of U-Kiss while they were in Singapore: Alexander actually gave Kevin a new nickname: Mervin. Kevin was said to swim pretty well so with Merlion as the local icon, he linked it with Kevin to form “Mervin”. Also, Alexander’s aunt lives in Singapore (wonder who?). In two interviews with U-Kiss, all the boys said Alexander was the “aunt” of the group, perpetually nagging at them to eat well. And other than eating the most, maknae Dongho was in fact also the biggest bully of the group!
There’s no definite plan to return soon but Alexander mentioned that they want to stopover in Singapore for their Asia concert tour if possible.
Finally the last group to wrap up the month was none other than Cute Cube’s Beast. There was a huge hu-ha at the airport on their arrival day as it coincided with U-Kiss’ departure for Korea. The amount of fans at the airport that day was double the size of previous kpop group departures, most probably because both groups were there. There was a minor stampede at the departure area when a group of fangirls fell and apparently from hearsay, Soohyun from U-Kiss wanted to help but was pushed along by the guards. Alexander, despite the chaos, was smiling and waving to all the fans until the end. A lucky fanboy even got Eli to autograph on his album before they entered the hall. Even inside, Alexander and Kevin still tweeted about how much they hated to say goodbye.
The amount of fans slowly moved to the arrival area afterwards and the crowd was huge when the 6 boys of Beast appeared in casual outfits, smiling and waving at fans. Even while travelling back to hotel, they kept their curtains open and were waving to fans. Yoseob was spotted filming the fans with their manager Jiyong’s camcorder.
The following 3 days were packed with a Hi-5 session at IMM, showcase at Mediacorp and a fansign back at IMM. The response to these events were huge – both showcase and fansign tickets were sold out the day it was released, so much so the organisers added 1000 more slots which, if the number of tickets for Hi-5, showcase and fansign were totalled, came up to 5000 tickets; Hi-5 with near 1000, showcase about 1000, fansign near 3000.
The only free time Beast had was on the first day when they hopped on the Hippo bus tour and in fact, enjoyed it very much.
Beast did a preview of their showcase at the Hi-5 session with hit song Shock, and further wow-ed fans at the showcase with ALL the songs from their “Shock Of The Era” album – Beast is the Best, Bad Girl, Mystery, Easy, Special and Oasis (Yet was during interview). Lucky fans that were in the first two rows of seats got loads of fanservice and even shook hands with the boys. Two girls, dubbed by fans as the “Oasis girl” and “the girl who played the game” got even luckier. Many went hysterical watching them interact with the boys (…actually it really seems like the boys had fun instead; the two girls look a little too stressed).
There was an interview segment during the filming of Entertainment on 5, and each of the 6 boys showed off their talents. Dongwoon said he was good at piano, Hyunseung danced/popped, while Kikwang said he was good at any kind of sports and immediately went on the floor to do pumping! Junhyung did his rap part in labelmate Hyuna’s song Change, with Doojoon beat-boxing in the background, and for Doojoon himself, he just mentioned he loved soccer (following which the host got the crowd cheering “Dae~ Han Min Guk! (Korea)”). Finally Yoseob denied his dance talent and adorable looks and sang a few lines of Yet, which further mesmerized the fans.
Even though a lot of fans complained about problems with Mediacorp’s queuing and seating arrangements and restrictions (when it was supposed to be a showcase instead of a recording, forcing fans to not take photos/videos and even no fanboard-raising), there’s no denying the boys’ performance won over the disgruntlement.
The fansign was yet another sight as around 2000 fans turned up, with even aunties and younger kids joining the queue. The organiser managed to pack everyone into the Sky Garden, which was pretty impressive, and moreover everyone with the ticket managed to get all the members’ autographs – a great improvement from previous fansigns. Even though fans were rushed offstage, the boys tried to greet everyone in the limited time and fans still left satisfied.
The same night Beast boarded a coach to Malaysia for their activities in KL the next day. Yoseob did a shoutout to the fans before boarding: “I love Singapore!”, and even on the bus, he put a tortoise soft toy at the window to bid fans goodbye. They left with fans singing “Easy” – the line that goes, “I don’t want to say goodbye.”
And after all the grieving.. let’s all start prepping for Kpopping July, with 2AM, Lee Minho, After School and F.Cuz! (and rumour has it that one more Kpop artist may come too! But let’s leave it at that~)
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