They have gained loyal fans for their ability to tackle challenging and intense races each week on television.
On Saturday, the popular cast of Korean variety show Running Man displayed their skills at a two-hour fan meet at The Star Performing Arts Centre.
This is the group’s second time here, following their first fan meet at the Singapore Expo last October.
Members Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, Haha, Kim Jong Kook and Song Ji Hyo competed in relay races together with fans on stage, drawing deafening cheers from the 2,600-strong crowd.
The quintet also displayed their singing prowess by performing a few song-and-dance routines, which got the fans on their feet. Here are some of the night’s highlights:
Staying true to the theme of Running Man, the cast randomly chose 23 fans to go on stage to participate in different relay races with them.
Undergraduate Jeffery Leong, 30, was one of them. He even enjoyed being heaved onto the muscular back of Kim in one of the races.
Said Mr Leong: “He is a very strong guy and very friendly. We worked together as a team, just like how you see them do on TV. There was immediate bonding between us on stage.
“It was very exciting and I felt very honoured to be so close to my idols on stage.”
The five flaunted their individual talents, singing their own songs as well as covers of hit songs, including Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning and Billy Joel’s Just The Way You Are.
Eventually, it was Lee and Ji who stole the show with their hilarious parody of catchy chart-topper Trouble Maker, originally sung by K-pop idols Hyuna and JS.
For the performance, the 1.9m-tall Lee cross-dressed as Hyuna, and performed sexy dance moves next to Ji.
Banking executive Jacqueline Soh, 28, said: “This was my favourite part of the night. Kwang Soo did not care about his image and went all out for the fans. It was very funny and entertaining.”
She added: “I laughed till I teared.”
In a first on Running Man’s current Asian tour, local fans planned a touching surprise for the cast.
As the event drew to a close, the lights suddenly went off.
The audience then turned on their light sticks and mobile phones and sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in unison.
The sweet gesture left Song in tears, while the other members bowed and thanked the fans in response.
A customised cake was also brought on stage for the cast, completing the gift from the fans to their idols.
POWER OF THREE
It was evident that the cast of Running Man members could not bear to say goodbye to their local fans, as they went through a total of three encores.
In one of them, they performed their own rendition of K-pop group 2PM’s Hands Up, bringing the atmosphere to an all-time high.
Teacher Celine Ong, 22, said: “It was very surprising that they came out several times. It made me feel that they were very appreciative of us and did not want to leave us.”
Running Man is showing on ONE (StarHub Ch 820 and 124/SingTel mio TV Ch 604 and 513) on Fridays at 11.45pm.
This article was first published on Dec 1, 2014.
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