“Let’s be together for the rest of our lives,” says a teary-eyed Bae Jinyoung halfway through Wanna One’s One: The World concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – a 10,000 capacity show that might just be their fans’ last time seeing the 11-member group performing in front of them before their impending disbandment at the end of the year, for their own concert tour at least.
The band will return to headline the upcoming HallyuPopFest in September, but till then, they left us with plenty of memories to remember. The rigid security checks did put a damper on everyone’s spirits, but the boys more than made up for it with their powerful charisma and blistering performances. Fan service aside, it was also a chance for them to display their individual talents while still maintaining their impeccable teamwork and stage presence as a whole. Here are 11 of our favourite moments during #OneTheWorldinSG.
#1 When they got us shook with their explosive energy
Kicking off the set with a string of high-energy hits such as ‘Burn It Up’, ‘Never’ and ‘Energetic’, it wasn’t even three songs in that the members started sweating bullets from the intense choreography. It’s heartening to see them giving their all for each performance without showing any signs of exhaustion, and if anything, it only makes us love them even more. Amirite, fellow Wannables?
#2 When Minhyun and Jinyoung stole the show from the start
Apart from their group stages, Wanna One also managed to squeeze in solo segments in between their packed three-hour set, allowing each member to have their turn in the spotlight. First up was Minhyun and Jinyoung – and boy, they certainly knew how to please their fans. As if Jinyoung’s dance solo wasn’t enough to make us weak in the knees, Minhyun spiced things up further with a steamy blindfold performance. No abs baring like what he did in other countries, but hey, we’re not complaining.
#3 When the Pink Sausages teamed up
99-liners Jihoon and Woojin – affectionately known as 2Park or Pink Sausages in the fandom – do pretty much everything together, so it’s no surprise they would choose to share the stage with each other instead. Looking dashing in all-black suits, the pair showed off their perfect chemistry with one another with a sizzling dance routine. Name a more iconic duo than ’em – we’ll wait.
#4 When they tried their hand at Singlish
The concert went on for a good 45 minutes before the boys finally took a breather and greeted the fans. Although it was pretty obvious they were following the script throughout, which came across a tad overly rehearsed at times, we like that they tried to add in elements of our local lingo – think “chio” and “so shiok” – into their concert banter. Oh, and they ate chilli crab the night before.
#5 When God Daniel commanded the stage
When we talk about abs, Daniel is arguably the first person who comes to mind. The man’s never been shy when it comes to showing off his rock-hard packs, but he proved that he’s more than just his hot bod by showcasing his modern dance skills during his solo – a refreshing change from the B-boy stunts we used to witness from our resident human fidget spinner.
#6 When Jaehwan hit dem notes
Every member in Wanna One are no doubt incredible singers in their own right, but Jaehwan’s vocal chops are seriously hard to beat. The powerhouse vocalist impressed with an acoustic rendition of ‘I’ll Remember’ during his solo, effortlessly hitting the notes and giving us goosebumps every single time. To say that we were mindblown would be an understatement.
#7 When DJ Hankki took over the decks
The party was just getting started! Leave it to Jisung — or rather, DJ Hankki – to rev up the crowd, accompanied with his best hype men Daniel, Woojin and Jaehwan to bring the energy to an all-time high. While Jisung was helming the decks, Sungwoon surprised us with an epic dance break to a remix of Charlie Puth’s ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ by none other than Jisung’s DJ alter-ego. What else can Wanna One not do?
#8 When Guanlin made our noona hearts swoon
Among the individual stages, the member we were looking forward to the most was Guanlin. And the talented maknae definitely didn’t disappoint, flaunting his smooth moves with a jaw-dropping dance solo to Lil Dicky’s ‘Freaky Friday’. It seems like just yesterday that the 16-year-old was the Cube chick we always cooed over on Produce 101 – but now, he’s more than capable of holding his own on stage. We couldn’t be more proud!
#9 When they gave us ‘healing time’
Unlike their previous albums, their latest studio effort 1÷x=1 (Undivided) is made up of unit collaborations with big-name producers Zico, Dynamic Duo, Nell and Heize. And fans were particularly excited to see the 11-member group performing in their respective units. Heize’s team, The Heal, stood out to us the most – with Daehwi launching into a melodic piano intro, before letting Seongwoo take centre stage with an emotional dance sequence.
#10 When they dished out secret fan service
No K-pop concert is complete without some mandatory fan service. Much of their setlist were heavily dominated by choreography, but that didn’t stop Wanna One from sneaking in some finger hearts here and cheeky winks there – all to reciprocate the love and support they’ve received from their beloved Wannables.
#11 When Wanna One and Wannables become one
Things got a little emotional when they winded it down for slow numbers like ‘I’ll Remember’ and ‘Always’, with fans raising up banners that read “Wanna One and Wannable forever” as they earnestly sang along to each and every word. “I think you guys can sing better than us,” quipped Daniel. “Wannables are the best!”
Like all good things, the concert came to a bittersweet end and each of them took turns to express their heartfelt gratitude to the fans in attendance. “I feel that Singapore has one of the loudest cheers. I’ll definitely come back again!” exclaimed Woojin. Minhyun couldn’t have wrapped it up more aptly, “Thanks to all of you, I’ve made great memories to take home.”
Same here, Minhyun.
Image credits: ONE Production
What was your favourite moment of the night? Comment down below, Wannables!