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7 Thoughts We Had During NCT 127's First Concert In Singapore

25 Jul 2019 by Chew Hui Ling

“We felt like we could not finish this concert with any regrets,” said a sweat-drenched Johnny, one-tenth of the K-pop mega boy band NCT 127. True to his words, the 10-member hit machine (sans Winwin) left no room for regrets as they powered through a high-octane setlist of crowd favourites like ‘Cherry Bomb’, ‘Limitless’ and ‘Fire Truck’ at their first solo concert in Singapore.

Despite it being the final leg of their NEOCITY: The Origin world tour – which saw them performing a total of 37 shows since January this year – the boys showed no signs of exhaustion as they gave their all throughout the two-hour set.

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Going into a NCT 127 concert, we were prepared to be blown away by their explosive performances – after all, the group has always been known for their killer choreography. But more than that, what we got was a show-stopping display of solid vocals, acrobatic stunts and water bottle shenanigans that made us go full-on NCTzen mode. Oh, we’ve got some sexy abs action from a certain turquoise-haired rapper too.

And because we have too much feels to unload, here are some of the unfiltered thoughts that went through our heads in a theatre full of lightstick-wielding NCTzens.

#1 “Calm down, mister!”

We all know that Taeyong can be an abs-olute (sorry, we just had to!) tease at times, but never did we expect to witness his chiselled abs in its full glory. The NCT 127 leader sent fans into a frenzy by lifting up his shirt midway through his verse during ‘Mad City’ – and this fan’s tweet below perfectly summed up our emotions.


#2 “Perhaps we cried–”

As much as we love their powerful dance moves, there’s just something about their vocals that drew us in right from the get-go. After a couple of high-adrenaline bangers, the boys then went on to serenade the crowd with a romantic rendition of ‘Jet Lag’ – a soulful ballad off their latest EP in order to show fans a “warmer side” of themselves. We might or might not have shed a tear at this point…


#3 “How on earth did they do T-H-A-T?”

If NCT 127’s performance of ‘Wake Up’ was their way of telling the world not to sleep on talent, it worked. Bringing a gigantic jungle gym onto the stage, the members impressed the audience with their smooth acrobatic moves as they climbed atop the metal structure. How dope was that?


#4 “Dem frisbee skills!”

Major kudos to whoever that came up with the idea of flinging frisbees to the audience! We’ve seen idols throw everything from flowers to candy and balls, but autographed frisbees? That’s smart; even fans at the furthest rows in the stadium were able to get their hands on one. Also, Jaehyun might want to consider adding frisbee to his list of skills – just look at him go!


#5 “The hyung line’s sexy pose battle was everything.”

While the other members were changing their outfits, the older ones were tasked to entertain the crowd… and boy, did they entertain. Chaos ensued when the hyung line decided to take turns to see who could strike the sexiest pose. Yuta and Taeil did a pretty decent job – lip bites, hip thrusts and all – but trust Taeyong to turn it into a not-so-PG water show by, uh, pouring a bottle of water all over his head.

Johnny, being his extra self as usual, was so shocked that he acted like he fainted. But when it was his turn, the cheeky chap did an encore by emptying the remaining water from Taeyong’s bottle over his own head and running his fingers through his hair. Phew, things were getting hot in there!


#6 “We stan responsible boys!”

Right after Johnny and Taeyong’s water antics, the members snapped back to reality and proceeded to diligently wipe the stage dry. It has been a good week since this happened, and we still couldn’t stop cracking up at this hilarious scene!


#7 “Cue the real waterworks.”

One by one, the boys took turns to thank NCTzens for their support, looking visibly touched as it was the last stop of their tour. Although the tour was a massively successful one, it had been particularly gruelling on Haechan, who had unfortunately sustained a leg injury at the start of the tour.

“I felt very apologetic because I thought I was being a burden, but they were so supportive throughout the tour,” said the teary-eyed maknae, before exchanging hugs with the rest of the members. “We went through so much together, and all I want to say is how thankful I am to be able to make great memories with my brothers.”

Wrapping up the show on an emotional note, NCT 127 ended the night with ‘0 Mile’ – a reminder to fans that no matter how far they are, the distance between them is always 0 mile.

Photo credits: ONE Production

NCTzens, tell us what you love most about NCT 127’s concert in the comments below!

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While Bazzi’s name might not ring any bells, his songs might just strike a chord in you.

Instantly recognisable by his viral hit ‘Mine’ or ‘Beautiful’ starring pop singer Camila Cabello, this year’s Bazzi’s breakout season. The soulful pop singer has been surfing the wave as he navigates complete obscurity to top of the Billboard charts, all while making the rounds on the festival circuit and his own string of gigs. Just last week alone, he performed his debut concert in Singapore to great fanfare at The Star Theatre, as well as appearing at the Good Vibes Festival in Malaysia and We The Fest in Jakarta.

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And it’s not hard to see why Bazzi is a rising star. The lovable lad oozes boyish charm as he casually banters with the crowd thronging full of girls and fanboys in between all his hits. His smooth vocals and steady falsettos are only testament to his fluidity as an artiste.

Kicking off the show with his latest banger ‘Paradise’, Bazzi launched his concert to much enthusiasm as the entire audience crooned along to all the words. The 21-year-old singer then powered through hits like ‘Gone’ and ‘Star’, and even showed off his nifty fingerwork through a solo guitar riff during ‘Alone’.

We hadn’t even started on the oh-so-relatable lyrics, penned by Bazzi the man himself. His heartfelt lines stirred up all kinds of feels throughout his set, especially about love, heartbreak, and vulnerability in a harsh world. Inspired by his own experiences, being at a Bazzi concert is pretty much him exposing his heart and vulnerability to fans through his music. He’s like the more polished, pop version of Post Malone – you can’t help but be sucked into his ridiculously catchy tunes and lyrics that everyone can resonate with.

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Ending with the very hit that catapulted him to fame, Bazzi left the concert feeling just a tad too emotional with ‘Mine’. It hit all the right notes, leaving us wanting more.

Look out everyone, we’ve got a pretty good idea of who’s going to be crowned the next prince of pop.

Photo credits: Hype Records

Entertainment

10 New And Upcoming K-Dramas To Watch In The Second Half Of 2019

25 Jul 2019 by Jasmine Ong

If you are a huge K-drama aficionado, you might have already binge-watched your fill of recent series such as My Absolute Boyfriend, He Is Psychometric and Angel’s Last Mission – Love, and are probably needing something to fill the void of your to-watch list. Look no further as we’ve compiled a list of new and upcoming shows that are guaranteed to satisfy all your drama needs. From teenage first loves to paranormal romance, here are 10 K-dramas to watch out for over the next few months of 2019.

#1 Hotel Del Luna

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Starring: IU, Yeo Jin Goo, P.O (Block B)

What’s it about: Written by the legendary Hong sisters, Hotel Del Luna follows a beautiful but fickle, greedy and suspicious female, who runs a seemingly nostalgic hotel in downtown Seoul where its only clientele are… ghosts. Because of a grave mistake she made in her past, she is made to watch over the hotel where she unexpectedly meets a young gentleman who begins working as a manager at her establishment, with no prior knowledge of its occupants despite his fear of anything paranormal.

Catch Hotel Del Luna on Viu now.

#2 Class of Lies

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Starring: Yoon Kyun Sang, Geum Sae Rok, Jun (U-Kiss)

What’s it about: What will you do to clear your name after hitting rock-bottom? That’s what a tenacious lawyer has to deal with after having his reputation ruined by a high school murder case. In order to regain his credibility as a reputable attorney, he takes on a temporary teaching position to infiltrate the school and find out the real truth behind the case.

Catch Class of Lies on Viki now.

#3 At Eighteen 

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Starring: Ong Seong Wu, Kim Hyang Gi, Shin Seung Ho, Kang Ki Young

What’s it about: Making his official debut as an actor after his stint in Wanna One, Ong Seong Wu takes on the lead role as a transfer student in this youth drama, who has to adjust to life in a new high school. At Eighteen aims to highlight the different experiences and emotions of an environment that we are all too familiar with. This drama will also mark child actress Kim Hyang Gi’s return to the small screen after four years.

Catch At Eighteen on Viu now.

#4 I Wanna Hear Your Song

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 Starring: Kim Se Jeong (Gugudan), Yeon Woo Jin, Song Jae Rim, Park Ji Yeon

What’s it about: Despite having witnessed a murder, Hong Yi Young (Kim Se Jeong) has no recollection of what happened that fateful day. Even without the knowledge to haunt her, she still suffers from insomnia. Lucky for her, she meets a pianist in an orchestra who is able to help her fall asleep every night, although he is bad at singing. With the aid of her new friend, she tries to recover her memories which could possibly lead her to the truth behind the murder.

I Wanna Hear Your Song is slated to air 30 July 2019.

#5 Welcome 2 Life

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Starring: Rain, Lim Ji Yeon

What’s it about: How would you react if you had to live a different version of your life? That’s something that powerful lawyer Lee Jae Sang (Rain) has to deal with after a mysterious car accident sends him into a parallel world. Here, he struggles to cope with the alternate version of his life where he finds himself employed as a civil prosecutor and married to a woman he had broken up with 10 years ago.

Welcome 2 Life is slated to air 5 August 2019.

#6 Be Melodramatic

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Starring: Chun Woo Hee, Jeon Yeo Bin, Han Ji Eun

What’s it about: Helmed by the director of the popular 2014 coming-of-age film Twenty, Be Melodramatic follows three women in their 30s who are best friends and are living together. What ensues is a closer look at their lives as well as the issues and romances that they experience along the way.

Be Melodramatic is slated to air 9 August 2019.

#7 Catch The Ghost

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Starring: Moon Geun Young, Kim Sun Ho

What’s it about: Making her small screen comeback in four years, Moon Geun Young is set to play the female lead in Catch The Ghost as a rookie detective on the subway police team. Due to her overflowing sense of justice and exceptional spatial perception, she tends to get herself into trouble when she reacts rashly. This spells bad news for her male partner (played by Welcome to Waikiki 2 lead, Kim Sun Ho) who ends up cleaning up her mess.

Catch The Ghost is slated to air 26 August 2019.

#8 Strangers From Hell

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Starring: Im Si Wan, Lee Dong Wook

What’s it about: Based off the popular thriller webtoon of the same name, Strangers From Hell details the bizarre incidents that a guy encounters once he moves into a cheap apartment complex in Seoul. A bit of a first for the two leads, this drama will mark Im Si Wan’s first acting role after his military discharge and Lee Dong Wook’s first drama thriller for OCN.

Strangers From Hell is slated to air 31 August 2019.

#9 The Joseon Romantic-Comedy Tale of Nok-Du

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Starring: Kim So Hyun, Jang Dong Yoon

What’s it about: Adapted from yet another popular webtoon named Mung Bean Chronicles comes the misadventures of Jeon Nok-Du (Jang Dong Yoon), a noble man who disguises himself as a woman in an attempt to escape an arranged marriage. He goes to a widow village where he meets a spirited Dong Dong Ju (Kim So Hyun), an unwilling gisaeng apprentice who learns of his true identity and seeks his assistance to escape her fate in exchange for his secret.

The Joseon Romantic-Comedy Tale of Nok-Du is slated to air 30 September 2019.

#10 Melting Me Softly 

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Starring: Ji Chang Wook, Won Jin Ah, Yoon Se Ah

What’s it about: Making his return to screen since his long-awaited military discharge, Ji Chang Wook takes centre stage in this romantic-comedy about a man and a woman who voluntarily participates in a project to get frozen for 24 hours, but by some mysterious intervention, wake up 20 years later instead.

Melting Me Softly is slated to air 19 October 2019.

Which K-drama are you excited to watch? Tell us in the comments below!

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Kang Daniel is back! After concluding an arduous legal battle with his former agency LM Entertainment, the ex Wanna One star has decided to strike out on his own by establishing his own one-man entertainment company – and it’s going to be all uphill from here.

Hot on the heels of his impending solo debut, Daniel is also set to embark on his long-awaited fanmeeting tour, with Singapore being the first stop followed by Hong Kong. With his monstrous popularity in South Korea and around the world, one can definitely expect his events to be on a massive scale – but for a fanmeet to be held at one of the biggest concert venues in Singapore? That’s a first.

To be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium (where Wanna One last had their final concert at), Daniel will stage his first ever solo fanmeeting at the 12,000-capacity stadium – a feat that no other K-pop act has been able to achieve. As if the announcement alone isn’t enough to get everyone excited, fans of Daniel will be thrilled to know that they will be taking home more than just a fanmeet experience. Besides performances of songs off his upcoming debut EP Color On Me, there will also be special segments prepared for fans to get upclose and personal with the idol.

That’s not all; premium gifts such as an exclusive fan and an official poster will be given out to all ticket holders, along with a limited edition Daniel EZ-Link card (strictly not for sale) for those in VIP and Cat 1. 50 winners for Cat 2, 30 winners for Cat 3 and 20 winners for Cat 4 will also be chosen through a system generated lucky draw to receive the EZ-Link card.

On top of that, fans who purchased a VIP ticket are entitled to a meet-and-greet group photo opportunity with Daniel. Cat 1, Cat 2 and Cat 3 ticket holders will also stand a chance to win a send-off party pass to end the night on a memorable note.

Oh, you’re spoiling us, Daniel!

Kang Daniel Fanmeeting In Singapore 2019

Kang Daniel Fan Meeting: Color On Me In Singapore
Date: 16 August 2019
Time: 8pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $298, $238, $188, $148, $98 (all seated)

Tickets will go on sale 27 July, 10am via www.sportshubtix.com.sg. Good luck!

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Known as probably the holy grail for all pop culture geeks, San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is undoubtedly the biggest must-attend event of the year.

Spanning a total of five days, the annual extravaganza is always packed full of celebrity sightings, exclusive panels, exciting first peeks and of course, some jaw-dropping reveals. From the grand reveal of Marvel’s Phase Four to The Walking Dead movie, here’s a round-up of all the big announcements that dropped this past weekend at SDCC 2019.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 4

Defined as the hall where mind-blowing announcements and appearances are made, the venue lived up to its name when Marvel Studios made their epic phase four reveal at the legendary Hall H. A total of 10 new titles were unveiled and added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – namely Black Widow, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Eternals, Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, What If…Hawkeye and Thor Love and Thunder.

In addition to the already thrilling news of the day, fans at the panel were treated to some major star power when familiar faces from the respective titles made an appearance on stage, including a reveal of the star playing the brand new female Thor, Natalie Portman.

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The Witcher

The trailer of Netflix Original series The Witcher was released during the title’s panel at SDCC, where fans were given a first look at the live-action version of the monster slayer Geralt, played by Henry Cavill. Based off Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novel series that sparked the popular video game of the same name, this series will take ardent fans of the franchise on a visionary journey alongside Geralt as he rights some of the world’s biggest injustices.

IT: Chapter Two

One of the most talked-about horror movies slated for release this year, IT: Chapter Two continues to impress and build anticipation when they showed off an early look at the brand new full-length trailer, along with three never-before-seen extended scenes – which only proved just how much this production has upped its inventive scares since the first film.

Snowpiercer The Television Series

If you’re a fan of the comic book series or the standalone film that came out in 2014 with a rather talented ensemble helmed by Chris Evans, you might be happy to know that a television series is set to make its debut in Spring 2020. As it’s not a remake of the film, this series will still stay true to the essence of the original Snowpiercer vision, which focuses on the remnants of humanity who survive in a train that circles the globe.

His Dark Materials

Perhaps as one of the most highly-anticipated television series co-produced by BBC and HBO, His Dark Materials is author Philip Pullman’s trilogy of young adult fantasy novels which gave us the 2007 film, The Golden Compass. The new trailer of the latest iteration of the books introduces Logan’s breakout star Dafne Keen as the female lead Lyra – accompanied by a star-studded cast of characters including James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson. Though there’s no definitive release date of the series at SDCC, they did tell fans to expect it in late 2019!

Steven Universe: The Movie

Following the announcement made back at SDCC 2018, fans of the animated series are finally given a closer look of the film with a trailer that teases a new threat arriving in Beach City, forcing the Crystal Gems and Steven to take action. Though not much details are revealed, a release date has been confirmed for 2 September on Cartoon Network.

The Walking Dead

It seems that Comic-Con has become quite the platform for major departure announcements since Andrew Lincoln. This year, the panel announced the exit of the katana-wielding Michonne, played by Danai Gurira, from the wildly popular Walking Dead franchise. Despite the sad news, the panel still ended on a rather positive note with the premiere of the season 10 trailer, as well as an exclusive teaser for The Walking Dead movie which will be released exclusively in cinemas.

BONUS: That awkward Game of Thrones panel

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One would think that a packed hall will always be a good thing, but that wasn’t the case for the Game of Thrones panel, which was ridden with bad juju. It would have been a productive discussion about the controversial end to the series if the creators and show runners, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, hadn’t decided to pull out of their scheduled appearance mere days before Comic-Con opened.

To make matters worse, the remaining cast members of the series were still scheduled to appear and were left to defend the ending after a very awkward opening about acceptance from a Comic-Con representative. In spite of the gentle reminder to be courteous to the members of the panel, it seems that fans were really not here for it. Still seemingly unable to accept the abrupt change in character arcs, the packed hall collectively booed Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who played Jamie Lannister) when he attempted to defend his character’s death. Yikes!

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