Credit: Yahoo! Singapore NewsSuper Junior performed to a sold out crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium (Photo courtesy of Running Into The Sun …
It’s almost impossible not to like these nine hard-working, talented and well-mannered boys from Korea collectively known as Super Junior.
They showed just why over two nights at the Indoor Stadium as they sang, danced, joked and teased their way into the hearts of the sell-out capacity crowd.
In town for the Singapore leg of their SuperShow 4 World Tour, the current SuJu line-up features Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Siwon, Donghae, Yesung and Ryeowook.
Much of the pre-concert buzz was over whether de-factor band leader Leeteuk — who is due for a call-up to the Korean military any time now — would be able to make his Singapore appointment.
So it was no surprise the fans reserved their loudest shrieks when the 28-year-old took to the stage on opening night on Saturday.
Racing through a 36-song setlist that kicked off with the rousing opening number SuperMan, the boy-men from Korea captivated their nearly 6,000-strong audience of mainly teens and students right from the start and never let go.
[SLIDESHOW: Super Junior in concert]
Just like the opening concert which kicked off their world tour in Seoul last November, fans were treated to a spectacular light-and-laser stage production that cost over S$2 million to produce.
It had it all: fireworks, water fountains, flying bicycles, suspended cranes and the main centrepiece — a sprawling 360-degree stage that extended to all corners of the Indoor Stadium.
High-tempo booming numbers like Mr Simple, Perfection and A-cha got the fans on their feet as the boys displayed their trademark high-energy choreography that has inspired countless wannabes.
Every chance they got, individual members got as close to the fans as possible, thanks to the stage design that allowed fans to come within touching — and shrieking — distance of their idols.
The 360-degree stage allowed fans to get up close and personal with SuJu. (Yahoo! photo)In the midst of all this, the music was certainly not forgotten.
Led by the charismatic, multi-talented Leeteuk, the members took great pains to remind the audience they were not just pretty faces but that they could sing and/or play a musical instrument.
In particular, Kyuh Hun, arguably the group’s best singer, impressed with his keyboards and harmonica playing, while Leeteuk dazzled with his piano and saxophone skills.
Fellow SM Entertainment artists Henry and Zhou Mi from Super Junior M — the Mandarin offshoot of group proper — dropped by and got the crowd going with a Bruno Mars medley and a Mandarin song, “Because of You”.
But the boys were not afraid to show their goofy side too — and this is really what endears them to their army of fans.
Shindong, the weightiest of the group, drew laughs when he appeared in drag in his solo number while Sungmin transformed into Marilyn Monroe in “Good Friends”.
After nearly four hours, they left the best for last, as they saved their biggest hit, “Sorry, Sorry” for the encore before closing off with the uplifting Miracle and Destiny.
Something for everyone
Zoey Lee and her group of SuJu fans have seen the SuJu concert over 10 times. (Yahoo! photo)Zoey Lee, 25, a Malaysian working in Singapore who was there with her group of die-hard fellow ELFs (Everlasting Friends, the official name of the SuJu fan club), was among 11,000 fans over two nights who coughed up good money to watch the concert.
(Tickets cost $168 for the balcony and $228 for the arena, terrace & mosh pit)
She raved about the “awesome” show and has “lost count” of the money she and her friends have spent on SuJu concerts. (Her group bought tickets for both nights)
Having watched them perform over 10 times in concerts throughout Asia, she told Yahoo! Singapore the appeal of the group was that they are all “very talented, very handsome and funny, each has his own unique character. “
Singaporean Khairil Malek, 18, agreed.
The poly student, who was with his sister and six other friends, has been a Suju fan for the last two years. He said he liked the band because despite their age, the band members were still very childish and down-to-earth.
“This concert was much better than last year’s (Super Show 3) because the fans were really into it this time,” he added.
Indonesian Anindita, 20, flew in from Jakarta together with her nine friends specially for the concert.
Despite not understanding most of the songs, she explained her love affair with Super Junior and her favourite member Yehsung.
“Their songs are very good and all the band members are very nice to fans. They all have great voices and great attitude and manners,” she said.
Francesca Lee, 14, with her cherished poster of Donghae. (Yahoo! photo)But perhaps the happiest fan of the lot was Singaporean Francesca Lee, 14, for whom it was a night she will never forget.
The Sec 2 student was one of the select few who received a personal gift from the band — a poster of Donghae straight from the man himself.
Beaming from ear-to-ear, she told Yahoo! Singapore about the special moment they connected: “I was looking at him and then he looked at me and he reached out to give me the poster… I will put his poster in my room where I can look at him everyday.”