Korean trio JYJ performed to a rousing audience at their first official showcase in Singapore last Saturday night
Text & Photos: Loh Chuan Junn
Video: Fiona Lin & Tay Yixuan
It didn't matter what language one spoke, one's ethnicity or religion. For when it came to JYJ, legions of fans flocked together as one united nationality of Cassies (short for TVXQ's fans, Cassiopeia).
At JYJ's first official music showcase at Singapore Expo last Saturday, fans from all over the world turned up in full force, armed with all things red (the official colour of Cassiopeia).
We were almost deceived that it was National Day from the sea of red - only that it wasn't, because then there won't be shrieking screams of hyperventilating fan girls.
Kicking off their gig at 9pm - an hour behind schedule -, JYJ's Kim Jae Jung, Park Yu Chun, and Kim Jun Soo, made their grand entrance with much aplomb, clad in a chic and stylish white ensemble that were befitting of their idol stature.
Belting out a series of dance tunes from their album, The Beginning, the threesome charmed the jam-packed hall of overzealous ardent fans with their slick dance moves right from the start of opening tunes "Empty", "Be the one" and "Be my girl".
And without prompting, the audience went wild with delight, dutifully swaying their red light sticks to the beat of the music while lapping up every moment of the trio's appearance on stage.
Although exciting stage props were noticeably missing from the idol group's performance, fans were equally entertained during the showcase's interludes, where they were treated to behind-the-scenes video clips of JYJ's journey to the making of their first English album.
Having sang about "seeking for the perfect girl" in their first single, "Ayyy Girl", which JYJ collaborated with renowned American artiste Kanye West on, the trio were quizzed about their "ideal girl" during the interview segment of the show.
To which, Yu Chun, 24, simply replied, "As long as she likes me!"
Fellow members Jun Soo, 23, bashfully expressed that "it's the feeling that matters" while Jae Jung confessed to having a fetish for "beautiful hands".
Currently embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with SM Entertainment in Korea, JYJ thrilled fans when they shared a piece of good news during the finale of their one-hour showcase.
"It's (the showcase) short...but we'll probably be back here next year for a concert!" announced Yu Chun in fluent English, causing heart palpitations amongst throngs of elated fans in the hall.
It might just be JYJ's beginning in Singapore, but one thing's for sure; it won't be the last we'll be seeing of the lovely threesome.
Video: Highlights of JYJ's first showcase in Singapore!
Hopeful Cassies throw JYJ a warm reception in Singapore
From TVXQ to JYJ
Kicking off their gig an hour behind schedule, JYJ made their grand entrance in a chic and stylish manner.
Singapore Expo Hall 3 transformed into a sea of red last saturday when Cassies (short for TVXQ's fans, Cassiopeia) from all over the world turned up with red (official colour of Cassiopeia) shirts, light sticks and banners in support of JYJ.
Working their magic on stage, JYJ charmed the jam-packed hall of overzealous ardent fans with a series of dance tunes from their album, The Beginning.
Members of JYJ - Kim Jun Soo(left), Kim Jae Jung(center) and Park Yu Chun(right).
The threesome collaborated with American rapper Kanye West and songwriter Rodney Jerkins on their debut English album, and described the experience as "really enjoyable."
Showcasing their slick dance moves, the lovely trio grooved to the start of opening tunes "Empty", "Be the one" and "Be my girl".
Sharing a piece of good news with fans during the finale of their one-hour showcase, Yu Chun announced in fluent English, "It's (the showcase) short...but we'll probably be back here next year for a concert!"
언제나 비가와도 칠흙같이 캄캄한 어둠이 와도...
그대 곁에서 기다릴께 ...
Nothing better than that...