A wild Eunhyuk appeared! Much like a rare Pokemon sighting, the Super Junior member was discovered out and about in Singapore for the past two days after concluding his HallyuPopFest set on 26 May.
For those who attended HallyuPopFest over the weekend, you’d have known that Eunhyuk’s solo trip wasn’t a spontaneous one. While the other members had to return to Seoul due to their schedules, the 33-year-old made the decision to stay on for two more days, as exposed by fellow member Leeteuk. He also cheekily asked ELFs to be Eunhyuk’s tour guide, which we’re pretty sure fans wouldn’t mind.
So what exactly did he got up to? On the first day, the K-pop star posted mandatory tourist shots of himself sightseeing around our iconic landmarks – from Padang all the way to Clarke Quay, and even hopping on a duck tour along Singapore River.
However, what really amazed us was how he got around. Instead of opting for private car service, he chose to take our humble public transport just like any other Singaporean would. Dressed in a simple T-shirt, a bucket hat and a disposable mask, Eunhyuk then uploaded a series of proof shots to document his journey – including a selfie onboard a seemingly empty double-decker bus, and a picture of himself waiting for the MRT at the Promenade station.
Held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 25 and 26 May, HallyuPopFest 2019 kicked off to a spectacular start with the likes of Super Junior, Winner and MONSTA X gracing the occasion.
And while we couldn’t help but anticipate the performances during the evening concerts (check out our full coverage here!), it was really the red carpet that we were looking forward to the most. With the biggest K-pop names all in one place, one can certainly expect a whole lot of sartorial eye candy and killer looks to come.
But beyond the style front, this year’s red carpet also delivered an abundance of iconic moments that had fellow stans on Twitter buzzing throughout the weekend. From WINNER’s mad fan service antics to Super Junior’s chaotic entrance, we rounded up the standout highlights on the red carpet.
#1 Can we talk about A.C.E Byeongkwan’s crop top?
All decked out in striking red ensembles, A.C.E heated up the red carpet with their sizzling looks – but our eyes were on Byeongkwan, who was rocking a crop top that flaunted his sculpted pecs. As if his outfit wasn’t enough to win us over, the talented dancer then proceeded to send fans into a tizzy by showing off his sharp moves to their latest track ‘Under Cover’. Excuse you, sir!
Despite the scorching weather, the boys of N.Flying were in high spirits as they greeted fans with wide smiles. After answering a barrage of media questions, members Jaehyun and Chahun were asked about their YouTube channel “2IDIOTS” – and the duo didn’t hesitate to showcase their comedic antics on the red carpet stage. Guess who just earned themselves a new subscriber? Hit ’em up if you haven’t already!
#3 NU’EST Ren killing it with the killing part of ‘Bet Bet’
Screams were through the roof for NU’EST – one of the most anticipated acts of the night – as it marked their return to Singapore as OT5 with Minhyun rejoining the group after his temporary stint in Wanna One. Having recently made their comeback with ‘BET BET’, the members gave a teaser of their performance by getting Ren to show off the ‘killing part’ of the song. Let’s just say he KILLED it.
The last act to take the red carpet stage on Day 1 was Winner, and they certainly made the wait worth it. Besides treating fans to a snippet of their latest bop ‘AH YEAH’, the quartet had no qualms dishing out tons of fan service on their way out – pausing to collect flowers, pose for selfies and even signed a couple of autographs for some lucky Inner Circles. Swoon!
If you find Kanto familiar, chances are you’d have seen him on survival reality shows like Show Me The Money and The Unit. Talking about artistes he wish to collaborate with, the rapper expressed his desire to work with NU’EST’s Baekho as well as fellow The Unit pals Jun and Chan from A.C.E in the future. Make it happen, Kanto!
#6 What if KARD’s J.Seph and Jiwoo switched parts?
We all know that BM and J.Seph are incredible rappers, while Somin and Jiwoo have stellar vocal chops to boot – but J.Seph certainly doesn’t lose out in the singing department (err, sorta?). When asked which member’s parts he’d like to swap with in their recent single ‘Bomb Bomb’, he pointed out Jiwoo and even gamely took a shot at singing her lines, causing the other three to burst out in laughter at his hilarious but commendable attempt.
If you’re a Monbebe worth your salt, you’d have known that leader Shownu has recently launched his own mukbang show, Om Nom Nom Nom X. And it turned out we weren’t the only ones who wanted to watch him try local food in a future episode – Shownu himself also mentioned that he’d love to film a Singapore special if given the opportunity. Stay tuned!
We can always count on Super Junior to bring on the laughter in any situation – their red carpet appearance was no exception. The septet had the crowd in stitches when they repeated their signature intro “Urineun Super Juni– OEO” (which translates to “We are Super Junior”) every single time they turned to pose for photos. They did it for a total of five times. Yes, we counted.
Among the celebrities present, they were undeniably the most comfortable in front of the media – and it’s something that definitely comes naturally with experience. The secret to their camaraderie? “[It’s because] we think of ourselves and our fans as family,” the 14-year-old veteran group explained.
Even though only six members came for HallyuPopFest, Leeteuk dropped a major hint that they will be back in full force as a complete group (presumably for SS8) now that maknae Kyuhyun has returned from the army. ELFs, rejoice!
The wait is over: K-pop boy band NU’EST will be making their return to Singapore for their upcoming “Segno” concert tour this August!
Evidently, a lot has happened since then. Despite debuting back in 2012, it wasn’t until two years ago that they finally had their big break, thanks to their hugely successful stint on Produce 101 – Minhyun went on to promote as part of Wanna One, while the rest of the members continued to release music under the sub-unit NU’EST W. Following the disbandment of Wanna One last year, fans have been eagerly anticipating the return of NU’EST as a complete group (welcome back, Minhyun!).
There’s plenty to celebrate: after making their long-awaited comeback with their sixth EP Happily Ever After (which gave them their virgin music show win as OT5 with their latest track ‘BET BET’), the boys of NU’EST also held their first ever solo concert in Korea in April, which took place over three days with a sold-out crowd of 36,000. And now, they are taking their tour on the road with dates announced for Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and of course, Singapore.
The group last performed in Singapore for a small-scale showcase at the Kallang Theatre back in 2013. Just this weekend, NU’EST was here as one of the headlining acts for HallyuPopFest 2019 which was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – and member Aron gave a spoiler that they will be coming back to this exact venue “very soon”. Guess we all know what that hint is all about now: a full-fledged “Segno” concert is coming our way!
Singapore L.O.Λ.E, it’s time to mark you calendars:
General tickets will go on sale 30 June, 12pm onwards via SportsHubTix. Singtel customers can enjoy an exclusive pre-sale on 28 June from 12pm to 11.59pm, while the Live Nation pre-sale will start on 29 June from 12pm to 11.59pm. Good luck!
After first charming local audiences as the opening act for Ed Sheeran during the latter’s Asia Tour back in November 2017, Ari Staprans Leff – better known as his stage name Lauv – proved he’s just as capable of holding his very own as the main act with two sold-out shows at the Capitol Theatre.
The night begun with an opening set by rising German-born pop singer bülow who electrified the crowd with recent hits like ‘Wake Up’, ‘Sweet Little Lies’ and ‘Not A Love Song’. After a then roughly 30-minute wait, Lauv made his appearance to raucous applause from everyone in the audience – some of whom started queuing early in the day in hopes of nabbing a spot in the front rows.
Out on the intimate stage setup that had drummer Rob Ernst and keyboardist Jedidiah Lachmann fitted into LED-lit alcoves behind him, Lauv kicked off his hour-and-a-half set with his latest banger ‘Drugs & The Internet’, and wasted no time in getting his legion of fans dancing and singing along to every word.
With the setlist mostly stitched together by hit tracks from his last project I Met You When I Was 18, the atmosphere on the floor felt supercharged yet intimate all at once as the 24-year-old launched into energetic bops like ‘Paris in the Rain’ and ‘A Different Way’ as well as mellower numbers like ‘Reforget’ and ‘Come Back Home’.
After a particularly rousing rendition of ‘Chasing Fire’ however, the singer cheekily announced with a laugh: “Guys, that was so good that I ripped my pants… I don’t even have another pair of pants to change into! But the show must go on.” And go on the show did, with the heartthrob treating the audience to more of his infectious tunes that included the snappy collaborative track with fellow singer-songwriter Troye Sivan ‘I’m So Tired’ as well as a new unreleased single ‘Sims’ – which we foresee to be the next chart-topper by the way the audience was lapping it up.
In between heartfelt love songs, endearing fan interactions and head-bopping tracks, it also became clear that Lauv was genuinely moved by the support reverberating through the room, leading him to thanking the crowd for their unwavering dedication to him and his music through the years. And as the night concluded on a high with encore performances of ‘Never Not’ and ‘I Like Me Better’, we – like everyone else there – were left with full hearts and a smile on our faces, and it’s safe to say we can’t wait till the next time he stops by our shores.
Blockbuster season may have just opened with a bang, thanks to the box office success of Avengers: Endgame, but it seems like the season’s just warming up with a burgeoning lineup of upcoming films that are proving to be just as promising, if not intriguing as the Marvel powerhouse. From long-awaited Disney adaptations to bone-chilling horror remakes and Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded return, here are 13 of the biggest movies to get hyped up for this summer.
Aladdin (23 May)
As the third Disney fairytale to get its story reimagined through live-action story-telling, Aladdin will follow in the footsteps of its animated counterpart as he weaves the tale of a street urchin, the magic lamp he finds, and his blossoming love story with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Similar to the previous live-action remakes of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, fans of the animation should expect a more updated version of the film, which will see the addition of new characters, songs as well as slight changes to existing key roles.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (30 May)
Though it has been five years since the first Godzilla film which introduced us to the MonsterVerse of Kaijus, Godzilla: King of Monsters will feature an all-star cast of creatures including Mothra, Rodan and Godzilla’s greatest foe, King Ghidorah, as they face off with the titular beast in monster battles of epic proportions. Plus, Stranger Things fans will get to enjoy Millie Bobby Brown’s debut on the big screen!
Dark Phoenix (6 June)
Since the completion of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, there has been high expectations of Dark Phoenix which is to be the first official X-Men film to premiere under the Marvel and Disney umbrella. Picking up from where we last left the team of mutants in X-Men Apocalypse, the group is forced to take down one of their own after a mysterious figure manipulates Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) into threatening the lives of her friends and the world at large.
Men In Black: International (13 June)
If you loved the dynamic between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Thor Ragnarok, you’re definitely going to enjoy the duo’s reunion as partners in Men in Black: International. Unlike the OG Men in Black franchise, the new installment will take things global instead of staying in their home ground of New York City. The story follows Tessa’s Agent M as she begins her probational trial period as a Men in Black alongside Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) to investigate and neutralise the threat within their organisation.
Rocketman (13 June)
Despite having a change of lead three years after the film went into development, Elton John’s biopic Rocketman is finally slated to be released with Taron Egerton playing the legendary singer through his breakthrough years. Unlike the successful Bohemian Rhapsody, this film weaves in performance pieces like legitimate pieces of musical theatre – so expect a musical, visionary fantasy that is fuelled by Taron’s brilliant performance and vocal talent.
Toy Story 4 (20 June)
Contrary to popular opinions, Toy Story 4 is not a continuation of the third movie in the franchise. Instead, it chronicles the toys years after the teary conclusion of its predecessor as they are forced to deal with Bonnie’s new makeshift toy, Forky (Tony Hale). When the newest addition escapes during a family road trip, Woody (Tom Hanks) naturally goes off to save him, but gets separated from his friends in the process. What ensues is an unlikely reunion with old friends and a period of self-discovery when he learns what it truly means to be a toy.
Annabelle Comes Home (27 June)
Having already haunted our nightmares with Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, the member of the Conjuring Universe is back to give us sleepless nights with its third installment, Annabelle Comes Home. Though it does not serve as the long-awaited sequel to Conjuring, this next chapter will star Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as fame paranormal legends Ed and Lorraine Warren, as they bring the doll back to their home for safekeeping. Unfortunately, an unholy night of horror awaits when Annabelle awakens the evil spirits within the room, targeting the Warrens’ 10-year old daughter and her friends.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2 July)
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, our friendly neighbourhood superhero will be making his return with the sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Deciding to unwind with his best friends Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya) and the rest of the gang on a school trip to Europe, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is begrudgingly made to say goodbye to his few weeks of relaxation when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) enlists his help to uncover the mystery behind the elemental creature attacks that have been causing havoc across the continent.
Child’s Play (11 July)
In this reboot of the 1988 cult classic Child’s Play, the slasher film will see a re-imagination of the killer doll, Chucky (Mark Hamill), as a high-tech toy gone haywire that begins menacing a mother and her son. Although the character won’t have much of a personality change, this modern take does mark a slight change from its original backstory where the doll is possessed by the soul of a killer.
The Lion King (18 July)
Known to be one of the most endearing Disney animations of the ’90s, the live-action remake of The Lion King has been one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2019 alongside Avengers: Endgame. Featuring a stellar and diverse cast of characters, the story will remain similar to the 1994 animated film where a mischievous young lion will have to cope with the loss of his father, his existence and his destiny. Much like all Disney remakes, there are bound to be a couple of changes here and there but not to worry, you’ll definitely be hearing the iconic songs including some new ones penned by Beyonce and Elton John!
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (1 August)
After eight successful films, the Fast & Furious franchise is back at it again uniting fan-favourites Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Despite getting off to a rough start in 2015’s Furious 7, the pair has since formed an unlikely alliance to save the world whenever needed. This new spin-off sees the duo work closer than ever as they attempt to take out Brixton (Idris Elba), an invincible super soldier who’s in possession of a lethal bioweapon.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (15 August)
In his ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino takes audiences back to Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, at the height of hippie culture in Hollywood. Despite rumours circling around the shared ill-fated timeline with the Charles Manson murders, Quentin has assured that the film would focus on the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age – where his characters Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are struggling to make a name for themselves in an industry they no longer recognise.
IT Chapter Two (5 September)
Following the impressive casting choices for the Losers’ Club as adults, IT Chapter Two is back to pick up where it left off, 27 years after the first film. After attempting to put those horrific memories of their childhood and Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) behind them, the gang returns to Derry to put an end to the evil entity once and for all, not knowing that it’s going to be an uphill battle as Pennywise has become stronger and crueler than ever since their absence.