Students of Singapore Polytechnic were in for an exclusive treat yesterday when Gary Kang, who gained popularity throughout Asia with his music and variety show appearances, paid a surprise visit to Singapore Polytechnic. The Korean celebrity was in Singapore to film a brand new reality programme, School’s OUT.
School’s OUT is an original production, conceptualized by leading Korean guru CJ E&M Asian channel, channel M. Airing in Asia in 14th November, it will feature surprise school visits made by famous K-Pop artists outside of Korea, showcasing fervent K-Pop fever in Asia. The programme will feature dedicated episodes filmed in Hong Kong and Singapore – the selected cities – for this reality series.
The school’s selection is based on the youths’ support by online submissions at schoolsout.channelm.asia. The winning entry that impresses Gary the most will win a visit by him to their school. Hong Kong and Singapore were announced as the first two cities selected for School’s OUT filming.
Masked as an ordinary career talk that occurred during the semester break, the students were ardently caught off-guard when Gary appeared during the midst of the career talk and belted out Leessang’s chart-topping hit song, “Girl Who Can’t Leave Boy Who Can’t Break Up”. The students immediately went wild with excitement when they finally realised that they were the audience of his guerrilla concert. Gary was accompanied by a 5-member music band, formed by students from the Diploma in Music and Audio Technology.
Gary also gamely engaged with the school students by playing games. One of which include the seven students who wrote in to channel M to host School’s OUT. They attempted to dunk an aluminium can into a basket by only using their cheeks.
The next game, Telepathy, involved everyone in the audience. With eyes closed, Gary and the students had to do one out of two actions given – raise the right hand or the left. Those that chose the same action as Gary got to move on to the next round. After elimination, five lucky students emerged winners and each received a gift bag from Gary. The friendly and humble star took selfies with the winners and some even received a hug.
Gary delighted his audience with one more song performance – “Humility is Hard” by Leessang. He requested for everyone to be on their feet before beginning his energetic rendition. The Korean star moved around the auditorium engaging with his fans while singing the number.
Many seized the opportunity to have a selfie taken with him. They crowded around him but only a lucky few managed a shot. The amiable star responded to his audience’s support by gathering them for a group selfie using his selfie stick.
The auditorium session ended on a high note. Gary then proceeded to Food Paradise (Singapore Polytechnic Food Court 3) where he tried the cafeteria’s local delights, touted to be really delicious among the students. Massive fans lingered around while the filming was taking place, with some following Gary and his crew’s every step.
One lucky female, Jeris Lau, 18, get to play the role of a one day special journalist, tailing Gary throughout his filming session in the school. Jeris, who won an online contest, is coincidentally a Singapore Polytechnic student herself. “I would have never thought that Gary will be in Singapore, let alone be in my school, and I am really pleased to be able to shadow him, to experience how he performs and engage with his fans.”
The next interactive activity saw Gary trying his hands on perfume making with the students in the Perfumery and Cosmetic Science Centre – the first of such lab in Singapore. One of the students, Doreen Ting, 18, concocted a personalized scent just for Gary Kang at the lab.
Gary’s appearance was an unforgettable affair for his super-fans. Catch Gary during his meet-and-greet at Wisma Atria tomorrow, 2 October, 3pm.
School’s OUT will be premiered on channel M in 10 Asian countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar and Australia in 14th November 2015, 8:30pm SGT.
For more photos of Gary’s surprise visit to Singapore Polytechnic, check out KAvenyou’s Facebook page: Kang Gary for channel M School’s OUT
School’s OUT will air on channel M in Singapore:
新電信電視 Singtel TV 518 (HD)
星和視界 StarHub TV Channel 824 / Channel 874 (HD)
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Photo credits: channel M