Two weeks ago, Sydney was graced with the presence of kpop boy groups JJCC and Boyfriend. Holding a two night concert at Carriageworks on the 5th and 6th of February. The boys put on an absolutely spectacular show that you can read about here, but after everything was over they returned to Seoul to continue their regular schedules, all except for one.
Local Sydney born idol, Henry ‘Prince Mak’ of JJCC, had other plans. Staying home for an extra two weeks to visit friends and family as well as host special dance workshops at XO Dance Studio and guest appearances on SBS PopAsia, also appearing on local news tabloids. Now it’s no secret that Prince Mak has become a huge star, a story most Key’s will swear by especially Sydney locals. But what is it about him that makes fans change lanes so easily? Is it his contagious smile that causes you to melt? His undying love for Pikachu and meat pies? If you have ever had the amazing opportunity to meet him then I think you know what I mean.
Throughout the past week Prince Mak has been interacting with fans almost everyday, also appearing on Sydney YouTuber Wengie’s channel to talk about his life as a kpop idol.
Lately JJCC has been a hot topic for Australian kpop fans curious as to what it is Prince Mak has been upto, and not all his fan interactions are with his own fans, some are with other JJCC members fans and it’s funny to think that Prince Mak is stealing everyone’s fans having them all to himself. He did also manage to make his way down to Melbourne for Lunar New Year celebrations with SBS PopAsia’s Jamaica and Andy, meeting an eager bunch of fans and watching amazing performances from the local talent.
Now this week he has hosted dance workshops teaching the dances of JJCC’s ‘Where U At?’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Insomnia’, which was then all filmed in a huge collaboration video, participants quickly found that learning kpop dances might not be as easy as they thought, practicing for hours during each workshop, fans were able to discover what a great teacher he is. Andy making an appearance and staging a sort of “Things idols have to deal with everyday” scenario where everyone pretended to follow and craze over Prince.
But alas all good things must come to an end, Sunday marks his last public appearance scheduled as Prince Mak and Andy participated in the Dragon Boat Race at Darling Harbor, they were cheered on by fans there to show their support. Scheduled to return today, Prince Mak has left with something fans will talk about for weeks.
For me being someone who lives in the furthest city away possible from Sydney, seeing all the updates on Facebook and Twitter, I can’t help but feel jealous of everyone’s experiences and selfies, he just sounds like such a genuine and chill guy. Not to mention all the gifts he has received, I think he’s going to need an extra 2 suitcases if he wants to take them all home.
Were you able to attend one of the workshops this week or meet Prince Mak? Share your experience with us in the comments.
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