Super show, indeed!
By Chew Wan Ying
IT is not hard to fathom the appeal of boybands. With the exception of hardcore music fans or purist critics, who wouldn’t enjoy watching a bunch of cute-looking guys singing and dancing to a string of fast-paced songs?
Better yet, these boys know exactly when to flash their dazzling smiles – and their well-toned bodies.
This was what we got at Super Junior’s maiden concert here on Saturday night. Presented by Redstar and Marctensia, the concert, part of the group’s second Asian tour, Super Show 2, was a super success.
Fans of the group – dubbed E.L.F (for Everlasting Friends) – poured in from different parts of Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and China to Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil from as early as 4pm.
By 7pm, the stadium was packed with fans who waved their sapphire blue glow sticks – a trademark of Super Junior fans – while waiting patiently for Super Junior to take the stage.
When they did at 8pm, the screams and cheers by the 15,000-strong crowd was deafening.
Despite no-shows from Kang-in, Han Geng and Kibum, the sight of most of the Super Junior lineup – namely leader Lee Teuk, Kyuh Yun, Ye Sung, Ryeo Wook, Sung Min, Eun Hyuk, Dong Hae, Shin Dong, Si Won and Hee Chul – was enough to send the fans into frenzy.
Any form of barrier was practically non-existent as the stage was designed in a way that enabled the band members to get closer to their fans.
The first surprise of the night arrived when two of the members emerged from behind the last row of audiences at the beginning of the show.
What followed was three hours of non-stop entertainment, which saw the boys dancing to their massive hit Sorry Sorry, singing their hearts out in My Beautiful, changing into animal costumes, fooling around with water guns and even cross-dressing!
Yes, you heard us right. The show started with the boys showcasing their slick dance moves in hits like Thirsty, It’s You and She’s Dangerous.
Kyuh Yun turned in a moving rendition of Forgive Me that almost rivalled the original version by Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao, while Hee Chul, nicknamed The Dangerous Cinderella, stole the limelight with his fancy costumes and his near-maniacal presence.
The SJ boys knew how to tease their female fans, by baring their flesh every so often and displaying acts of ‘bromantic’ affection between the members.
Just when you thought Super Junior was all about looking good, they changed into various animal costumes and started fooling around, with Kyuh Yun singing Puff, the Magic Dragon.
It was not long before they started running around the stage with water guns, bubble blower and stuffed toys.
But this was merely a prelude to how fun and crazy the boys could be. Aided with wigs and make-up, Shin Dong, Hee Chul, Ryeo Wook and Eun Hyuk were next transformed into Korean girl group f(x) and they strutted around the stage singing f(x)’s hit Chu.
Needless to say, the audience went wild. Near the end of the show, Lee Teuk was so overwhelmed by the audience's response that he started crying when the group was performing Shining Star.
“We’re coming up with a new album,” an apparently moved Lee Teuk told the passionate crowd.
At 11pm, the curtain finally came down with the last song of the night, Marry U.
Published March 21 2010