For avid followers of K-pop, it’s a well-known fact that Seungri has a stupendous sense of humour, which the chap effortlessly demonstrated when he took centre stage at his long-awaited solo concert in Singapore last Saturday (23 Feb).
The BIGBANG member, who performed in front of an intimate crowd of 1,600 at The Star Theatre as part of The Great Seungri Tour, was loud, wildly entertaining and at times self-deprecating. Not exactly the kind of person you would expect from one of the most well-loved K-pop groups in the industry, but that’s precisely what makes the 28-year-old even more likeable in our books.
Despite promoting without his fellow hyungs, the natural-born performer was more than capable of holding his own on stage. The set-up was fairly minimal, with the presence of two male dancers and occasional smoke effects to complement his pared-down yet robust performances. But that didn’t hinder the seasoned idol from putting on a bangin’ show for his dedicated legion of local VIPs.
From showing off his Singlish chops to jokingly calling out his agency, his comedic antics never failed to draw peals of laughter from the audience. Here are Seungri’s best golden quips of the night.
“You guys can sit down, y’know? This isn’t a dance song!”
Kicking off the show with an upbeat performance of BIGBANG’s ‘Bang Bang Bang’, Seungri got the crowd up on their feet right from the get-go as he brought the atmosphere to a high. Thereafter, he winded it down with a cover of Jay Chou’s ‘The Longest Movie’, which is a slow ballad number. Despite his pleas in getting fans to sit down, he was met with a chorus of no’s which prompted him to play along, “Don’t be mad, I’m trying to be nice!”
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“I have the best Singlish accent among Korean artistes. No one else can say it like this.”
No stranger to our sunny shores, the K-pop star is known for being friends with notable personalities such as local socialite Kim Lim and has made numerous visits to Singapore in the past year alone. Thus, it’s of no surprise that the chap had managed to master our colloquial language. “Are you having a good time lah?” he began, before proudly declaring that he has the best Singlish accent. “I’m the best [at Singlish], because I love Singapore so much.”
“Because my company didn’t give me the job, I have to find work myself.”
One can obviously tell that this concert tour was arranged by Seungri himself. There was nothing fancy about it – no dramatic pre-filmed VCRs, no live band like what VIPs are used to at BIGBANG concerts, just two lone backup dancers – but he pulled it off nonetheless. “I didn’t plan to do a tour, but it’s all thanks to your support,” said Seungri, who didn’t forget to take a jab at YG Entertainment for the lack of resources. Even though he meant it in a joking manner, fans started booing over the mistreatment. He quickly laughed it off, “C’mon guys, this is life.” We love an unbothered king!
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“If you wanna propose, let me give you guys one tip: bring this bass.”
“This show started last summer. I wanted to bring the best production in the world to the stage,” he explained with a hint of sarcasm that didn’t go unnoticed, before going on to demonstrate how each component plays an important part – from the flashing lights (“Doesn’t it look like a Christmas tree?”) to the theatric smoke effects (“This isn’t Universal Studios BTW!”). When it came to the woofer for the bass sound, he playfully told the male audience to use the venue’s woofer bass for their proposals to amplify their love, literally. Hear that, lads?
“After seeing this picture, I can’t eat tamagoyaki anymore.”
Although the other four members are currently away for their military duties, Seungri always made sure to mention the group in any situation, be it on variety shows or during his concert ments. In a segment where he displayed funny BIGBANG images that he grabbed off Google, the cheeky maknae took the opportunity to poke fun at G-Dragon’s famous centre-parted blonde hair which looked similar to tamagoyaki (Japanese egg roll). “I really love Japanese food,” he said. “But after seeing this picture, I can’t eat tamagoyaki anymore. Sorry, I just cannot.”
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“You guys can stay with me because I’m not a bad guy.”
Towards the end of the two-hour show, Seungri noticed that fans were holding up banners with the words “I’ll stay with you” written in Korean and blurted, “You guys can stay with me because I’m not a bad guy. I don’t know why BIGBANG has a bad boy image.” He later pointed out the hilarious irony of the group releasing a track titled ‘Bad Boy’ in 2014, but GD and Taeyang contradicted themselves by dropping ‘Good Boy’ one year later. He exclaimed in disbelief, “What the h*ll? You want to be a bad boy or a good boy? You decide and tell me.”
“I promise I’m not gonna become fat. I’m gonna be more shuai, ok mah?”
Things ended on a rather bittersweet note as Seungri said his last goodbyes to Singapore VIPs. After wrapping up promotions for this tour, the 28-year-old will soon be enlisting in the army later this year (G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang and Daesung will be discharged from June onwards). Sensing that fans would be sad to see him go, Seungri jokingly assured them that he will not get any fatter or uglier, and return “more shuai (handsome)” than before. Before bidding farewell, the warm-hearted singer brought out our national flag and paraded the stage as he took one final bow.
— 🍒 (@tbhseungri) February 23, 2019
Photo credits: CK Star Entertainment
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