NU’EST brought the ACTION back to Singapore for the third time!
After a very successful full-fledged concert in June this year, the quintet boy group returned with the ‘NU’EST In Singapore With L.O.Λ.E’ showcase for the Korea Festival 2013 at the Singapore Expo on Oct 26th.
NU’EST’s performances are never short of powerful dance routines, catchy hit tracks and great energy. What pleasantly surprised many is the boys’ intensified stage presence and charisma since their debut last year.
Not to forget NU’EST has some of the best stage outfits to complete the concepts and jazz up the sets. With three outfit changes for 10 song numbers, members JR, Aron, Baekho, Min Hyun and Ren went from masculine and suave to casual chic, and showed that they look good in almost everything!
Hearts never fail to skip a beat when NU’EST’s intro-track ‘NU. Establish, Style, Tempo’ is played. Coupled with the boys’ chiseled faces that flashed across the screen, fans were gone into a trance from the onset!
Not missing a beat on their part, NU’EST emerged on stage within seconds and opened the show with an intense performance of their new song ‘Beautiful Ghost’, and heart pounding hit track ‘Action’.
You know the boys were totally working it out there on stage when they were already sweating buckets after two songs with powerful routines.
Waving to fans, JR called out “Annyeong Haseyo! Leader JR here. We are so happy to be here as an ambassador for Korea at the Korea Festival 2013.” Ren added, “Thank you so much for inviting us back to this beautiful country, Singapore!”
Smiling, Minhyun said, “So grateful to see so many of you here today. What we can do is to do our best here on stage and give all of you a memorable time!”
Having been in Singapore so many times now, how do NU’EST feel about the sunny island?
Aron quipped, “It is definitely a great honor to be back, the city is beautiful, and so are the fans!” and Baekho continued, “I really want to ride that big Singapore Flyer!” Well, we are sure fans wouldn’t mind waiting for you boys there in the air!
So how different is it compared to the previous visit? Instead of focusing on their own experiences, NU’EST shared, “We brought with us some new songs to show today since our comeback ‘Sleep Walking’. Hope everyone can enjoy!”
Next was ‘Hello’. Judging from the booming cheering, the soothing ballad is still one of the fans’ favorite. And as promised, NU’EST performed ‘Pretty’ from the latest album for the very first time in Singapore. To our delight, the upbeat new track comes with sexy hip dances that got fans all fired up!
Continuing the heat was a very generous fan session where not five, not ten, but 30 fans who got picked by the boys won themselves autographed posters, goodie bags and a group photo. We swear we also saw one of the fans dash right into Ren’s arms!
With so many fans’ particulars to read out, the emcee passed the baton to Aron – “since everyone would probably want to hear his voice more than mine!” That was the start of a hilarious episode!
So Aron knew ‘zero’ Korean when he started as a trainee and English is his first language. No doubt about his English ability! But when it comes to reading Singapore’s local names and streets, Aron went a little all over the place and sounded funny and adorable. With a cute and ‘desperate’ expression, Aron went “Don’t laugh!” that sent fans into another fit of laughter!
After a good time and a video break showing the boys’ endearing side in sunny Thailand, NU’EST returned stage with latest title track ‘Sleep Talking’. Already capturing all eyeballs with their choreography where the boys take a lift of their tops to reveal their waists – fans were pleasantly surprised to see ‘SINGAPORE’ tattooed on their waists! Equally sweet was seeing NU’EST performing the catchy songs ‘Introduce Me to Your Noona’ and ‘Not Over You’.
Yet another round of surprise! Fans got the chance to take home ‘a piece of NU’EST’ as members each brought a personal item and chose the loudest fans. *Ouch, our ears!* Five lucky souls bagged Baekho’s cap, Aron’s T-shirt, Ren’s backpack, Minhyun’s striped long sleeve pullover and JR’s compass. If you think the lovely presents all went to our high(er) pitched female fans – well, JR chose to pass the compass to a male fan!
Almost coming to the end, JR asked, “Did you guys all enjoy? Thank you so much! We really enjoyed today and really hope to see all of you again the next time we come!”
“Did you have fun? Louder, louder, I cannot hear ya!” teasing the fans, Aron continued, “It really meant a lot for us to see all of you here. We have one more song for you…”
The supposedly last song was none other than the debut song of NU’EST – ‘Face’. But the boys certainly could not bear to leave their fans hanging, and treated everyone to two more songs ‘Sandy’ and ‘Beautiful Solo’ before the much anticipated Hi-5 session.
A night full of surprises and laughter, we await NU’EST to bring the action back to Singapore again!
Officially KMUSIC would like to thank MediaCorp VizPro International for the invitation.
Article by: Kathryn Zhang
Photos by: Hidayah Hamdan
Edited by: Danielle
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