Quirky costumes get Swift response

SINGAPORE - It was hard not to spot avid Taylor Swift fans Rachel Soh and Rebecca Quek at Monday's concert.

Miss Soh, 18, had bright lights strung around her neck, while Miss Quek, 19, was wearing a kangaroo onesie throughout the US singer's 75-minute show at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Monday.

The students were on their feet dancing throughout the concert.

For their enthusiasm, they were rewarded by Swift's mother, who picked them for Club Red, an exclusive post-show meet-and-greet session.

During Swift's last song, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, the girls were approached by Mrs Andrea Swift, who asked them: "Do you want Club Red?"

Mrs Swift and other members of Swift's team have been known to look out for enthusiastic fans who dress in creative ways or hold up big, colourful banners at shows.


"I wasn't even sure there would be Club Red in Singapore, so I dressed up for fun," Miss Quek told The New Paper yesterday.

She was among 8,000 fans at Swift's first of two concerts here. The pop and country star, who was last here in 2011, will perform a second show tomorrow.

Miss Quek, Miss Soh and about 30 other lucky fans were the privileged few who were led to a red-themed room after the concert. The fans spoke with Andrea Swift and her daughter, who had changed into a black dress.

Miss Soh said: "When Taylor asked me, 'How are you?', I just started crying. She then jokingly said 'That good, huh?' before giving me a hug.

"She smelled amazing."

Miss Soh and Miss Quek, who each paid $288 for top-tier tickets, added that Swift revealed that her next album would not be out any time soon.

Also at Club Red were undergraduates Joey Lai, Jolene Lim and Samantha Sim.

The trio, who had also bought the $288 tickets for both of Swift's shows, had caught Mrs Swift's attention with their enthusiastic dancing, flashy LED signs that spelled "Red", and cat-ear headbands as a nod to Swift's kitty fascination.

Miss Sim, 22, called it the "best night" of her life.

"Andrea talked to us about her early life in Singapore and Taylor was so thankful that we would also be attending her June 12 show," she said.

Mrs Swift had spent part of her growing years in Singapore when her father, who worked for an engineering company, moved here for work.

This article was first published on June 11, 2014.
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