Brilliant showmanship, witty humor and heartwarming rapport made Super Junior’s one-night-only Super Show 5 gig in Singapore a memorable one.
SINGAPORE: The adoration fans have for South Korean boy band Super Junior is self-explanatory.
The moment the lights in Singapore Indoor Stadium dimmed, the predominantly-female audience – from teenagers to middle-aged ladies – screamed in unison.
When the members (Siwon, Shindong, Sungmin, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Kangin) made their grand appearance amid a brilliant pyrotechnic display, the screams rose to fever pitch.
Super Junior kicked off the Singapore leg of their fifth concert tour on Saturday with “Mr Simple”, “Bonamana” and “Super Girl”, wowing the audience with their energetic dance moves.
But the concert wasn’t just about impressing the crowd with slick dance moves and blinding pyrotechnics.
Eunhyuk got the audience roaring with laughter as he attempted to speak Singlish, exclaiming “Nice to meet you lah!” when greeting fans.
Super Junior’s humour didn’t stop there.
While one may baulk at the idea of watching cross-dressing men on stage, Super Junior had the opposite effect on the audience.
Siwon, Ryeowook, Kangin and Sungmin’s performance was definitely a highlight of the show, with them dressing and dancing as girls.
The sight of the quartet in dresses, tottering around in high heels and making come-hither pouts and cutesy faces had fans in stitches.
If that wasn’t enough, the boys drew more screams of laughter while belting out “Dreaming Hero” and prancing around on stage dressed as characters such as Thor, Ironman, Spiderman, Woody and Captain America.
Those who were looking forward to seeing the masculine side of Super Junior were not left disappointed either.
Fans shrieked in delight as Super Junior put up a generous display of muscular bodies and hip thrusts.
The boys also showcased a sentimental side of themselves, serenading fans with a medley of “Bittersweet”, “Someday” and “Memories”.
Super Junior made the audience swoon again with “Marry U”; Eunhyuk started off the song with “Will you marry me lah?”, drawing screams from star-struck fans.
The audience also put up a show of love for the boys as they sang “Marry U”, whipping out hand-held banners which read “Even when things get difficult and tiring, I’ll always be there” in Korean.
The boys ended the show with catchy tunes such as “Sorry Sorry”, with fans on their feet and cheering along.
But there was a surprising twist at the end of the three-hour-long concert – Eunhyuk reappeared on stage about five minutes after the show ended, addressing the audience about recent controversy involving Super Junior-M members Henry and Zhou Mi.
Some fans had started an online petition to demand record label SM Entertainment clearly define the boundaries between Super Junior and its Mandopop sub-unit Super Junior-M.
Eunhyuk clarified that Henry and Zhou Mi “are not official Super Junior members”, but are “official members of Super Junior-M” and “family members” to the group.
He ended the night on a sombre note, apologising and seeking fans’ understanding before walking off the stage.
Same formula, but still memorable
Super Junior’s show in Singapore had all the standard features of a K-pop concert – impressive pyrotechnics, numerous costume changes and a stage design which allowed everyone in the audience to have a good view of the stars.
Super Show 5 followed the tried-and-tested formula used in previous concert tours – catchy dance tracks, sentimental ballads, silly get-ups and comedic bantering.
The choice of songs was also questionable – popular songs like “Don’t Don” and “Superman” were missing from the repertoire.
But the shortcomings were quickly forgotten with the boys’ seemingly limitless enthusiasm and declarations of love for their fans.
The boys also did their best to make up for the absence of members Leeteuk, Heechul and Yesung, who are serving national service, by chipping in with cheeky humour and a heartwarming display of camaraderie.
It was Super Junior’s excellent showmanship and mix of charm, wit and earnestness which made Super Show 5 truly a superb show.
Credit: channelnewsasia.com, Lin Xiaoqian
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