[NEWS] A big splash at SMTown Singapore
SINGAPORE – It was the biggest gathering of the SM Entertainment family in Singapore, featuring a slew of the Korean record label’s A-list artists – but, in the end, it was Super Junior who stole the thunder, thanks to their use of Singlish.
Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, SHINee, BoA, Kangta, f(x), TVXQ! and EXO, they were all here, armed with a slew of some 50 songs.
It was the first time the SM Town tour was in Singapore, and so, when a mega-group like Super Junior attempt to speak in local lingo, it wins hearts.
The Hallyu Kings presented a flurry of hits, including Sorry Sorry; Bonamana; and Sexy, Free & Single.
But Lee Hyuk Jae’s cheeky “I love you lah!” sent the crowd into gales of laughter.
Mr Enoch Chin, 23, who won a pair of concert tickets in a My Paper contest, said: “The episode was utterly hilarious, and I would certainly give them an A for effort.”
That good grade goes to collaborations and duets between various artists, too.
But again, a Super Junior member was involved in the best one.
Kim Ryeo Wook from the band, along with SHINee’s Lee Jin Ki (Onew) and EXO’s Byun Baek Hyun and Kim Jong Dae (Chen), performed Journey’s Open Arms.
And boy, did they do the song justice, thanks to their unexpectedly gorgeous harmonies.
Of course, no K-pop concert is complete without sexy girl groups. Girl band f(x) opened the gig, decked out in red outfits.
The excited crowd sang along to every word of two of their big hits, Hot Summer and Danger.
But the nine-piece Girl’s Generation were the ones to watch.
They wowed with their signature one-two punch of strong vocals and booty shakes, which they presented to some of their biggest tracks, including Gee, Run Devil Run and The Boys.
The sub-group Taetiseo’s Twinkle – comprising Generation’s lead singer Kim Tae Yeon, Hwang Mi Young and Seo Joo Hyun – was also a show-stopper, thanks to the fact that all three could hit the high notes perfectly.
If there was one artist who failed to deliver, it was BoA.
During a press conference prior to the show, she had looked bored, often staring off into space.
Onstage, the K-pop queen was all snazzy moves and soaring vocals on Hurricane Venus, My Name and No. 1, but it came across as mechanical and lacking soul.
Mr Ching Yi Sheng, 27, a systems analyst who also won My Paper concert tickets, was not put off.
“It was (only) a huge pity that she sang only three full songs, and that it started to rain heavily during her duet with Oh Se Hun of EXO,” said the loyal BoA fan.
What made the concert, in the end, was the fantastic party vibe.
At the press conference, Super Junior’s Lee Dong Hae said that there’s camaraderie between the stars, thanks to the fact that the groups have been touring together since May.
He revealed that TVXQ!’s Jung Yun Ho once broke out into a goofy dance after having too much to drink backstage.
The mention of the incident drew laughter from Jung.
“It is something that is unimaginable, something which is so unlike his usual charismatic image,” said Lee, smiling at the memory.
Onstage, that camaraderie was obvious at the concert’s end, when the stars got together to sing the song, Hope.
They danced freestyle, and playfully splashed each other with water from water bottles.
It was a fitting end to Singapore’s biggest K-pop concert to date, which cost $5 million to produce and took some 96 man-hours to set up.
A worthwhile effort, given the exuberant outcome.