23 November 2012, Singapore – The SMTOWN artistes has always presented themselves a tightly-knit musical family, and this was certainly the case for the ten representative artistes who were present at the inaugural SMTOWN Live World Tour III press conference in Singapore held last Saturday.
Kangta, Boa, Yunho and Changmin of TVXQ, Donghae from Super Junior, Seohyun of Girls’ Generation, Onew from SHINee, Victoria of f(x), and Suho and Kris from EXO-K and EXO-M attended the press conference. SM Entertainment has clearly prepared their artistes well for a global audience, as several artistes introduced themselves fluently in a multitude of different languages. Most notably, BoA, reigning Queen of K-pop, showed off the fruits of her promotional stint in the US as she answered questions in fluent English, albeit with slight shyness. Kris from EXO-M also drew exclamations of approval from the reporters, impressing with his outstanding command of Korean, Chinese and English.
For many of the artistes present, Singapore is a familiar country. Onew calls Singapore “a country that never fails to make his heart beat faster”, and Seohyun displayed her sensitive side as she confessed to worrying about the health of fans who queued up at the Floating Platform a week before the actual concert.
Newer additions to the SMTOWN family expressed excitement over finally performing in Singapore. Victoria revealed that while the group has been in Singapore multiple times in the past on flight transfer, this was her first time actually stepping foot beyond the airport and seeing the city for herself. Suho conveyed similar enthusiasm about Singapore’s weather, claiming that the warmth was a welcome respite from South Korea’s harsh winter.
For veterans like BoA and Kangta however, this trip to Singapore has been a long-time coming. Both seniors last visited Singapore 10 years ago, and they were unreserved in their praise towards their Singaporean fans, thanking them for their support despite the long wait. Kangta described Singapore “as beautiful as before”, while BoA promised a fantastic stage for the fans.
Yet what was most interesting in the press conference was the interaction between the artistes. From Yunho bursting out in unbridled laughter after his drinking habits were playfully exposed by Donghae, to Onew turning to whisper to Suho seated behind him before passing a piece of tissue to Kangta to wipe off his perspiration, the SMTOWN family camaraderie was high in the air.
BoA perhaps best summarized the SMTOWN bond when asked if she had any advice to give to her juniors. Smiling after pondering for a few seconds, she concluded: “No advice, just support.”
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