Lee Kwang Soo's humility endears him to fans

Lee Kwang Soo's humility endears him to fans
Lee Kwang Soo poses with his adoring fans.

SINGAPORE - Handsome, suave and sexy would not be words used to describe him.

But this South Korean celebrity had 1,300 fans eating out of his hand at his first fan meeting in Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa on Saturday night.

Nicknamed Giraffe on popular South Korean variety show Running Man, the gawky 1.9m-tall Lee Kwang Soo had an edge over his pretty boy K-pop peers.

In a rare sight for fan meetings here, men and boys were scrambling to get on stage to play games with the actor-host.

Lee, 28, whose trademark laugh involves his hand covering his mouth, charmed the crowd with his humble and shy manners.

Breaking out often into "I'm sorry! I'm sorry!" or "Thank you! Thank you!" in English every time he interacted with his fans only served to endear the gentle giant to them.

But was this whole underdog routine just an act?

Reports from the South Korean media and testimony from Lee's friends and costars such as South Korean actor Song Joong Ki, who have worked with him on film sets, say that Lee is the real deal.

As Lee fan, 23-year-old student Joshua Loi, summed it up: "Kwang Soo is proof that nice guys don't finish last.


"His appeal, even to guys, is that he's very down to earth, funny and has that 'poor thing' feel about him that makes you want to root for him.

"He has also shown that you don't have to go for plastic surgery and have superstar looks to be a superstar."

Apart from creating a positive, uplifting atmosphere at the Festive Grand Theatre, Lee also showed off his strong, emotive vocals when he covered Yoo Jae Ha's Because I Love You and Shin Seung Hoon's I Believe to shrill screams and applause from the audience.

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