Monday, 4 August 2008

Waiting for Super Junior in the Press Room

So Orchid and I were not in the Arena of Stars where the 2008 MTV Asia Awards ceremony was held. We were at the Basement of Theme Park Hotel, which is next to the Arena of Stars.

I was in the Press Room, a rather small room where the stars would drop by after receiving their award. They would then give interviews to the press.

Super Junior: (l-r) Shiwon, Ryeowook, Heechul, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk,
Donghae, Yesung, Sungmin & Eeteuk (yay! I'm so happy I finally recognise them)

So I waited for Super Junior. I remembered counting the 10 chairs on stage and thinking to myself that if SuJu were to come, one of them would have to stand.

The award ceremony started at 7pm (ended at about 9.30pm) and I watched it through the LCD screens provided in the room.

There was an audio glitch at the start so I didn't get to hear the song dance crew Jabbawockeez was dancing to. Great choreography, by the way :-P.

Shiwon speaks English

And the winner is...: Super Junior steps up to accept the Favourite Artist Korea Award.
They beat out Big Bang, Girls Generation and Wonder Girls.

Super Junior received the Favourite Korean Artist Award, which was the first one handed out that night. As you know by now, Shiwon gave a thank you speech in English. I was pleasantly surprised.

Here's what he said:

Eeteuk: 감사합니다. 우리 슈퍼주니 - 어! (Thank you. We are Super Junior!)

Fans ELFs: 'We love you all forever and ever. Thank you!'

Shiwon: Ah, I'm so honoured, thank you. I would like to say thank you everyone for all your love and support. This wasn't possible without you all.

I want to thank Mr. Soo-man Lee our producer and Mr. Young-mi Kim our president, he's like our Superman. Thank you.

And our staff and families, friends and from our heart, fans ELFs - we love you all forever and ever. Thank you!

Eeteuk: 감사합니다. 우리 슈퍼주니- 어! 감사합니다. (Thank you. We are Super Junior! Thank you.)

SuJu performs

I had to leave the Press Room to watch Super Junior perform since Favourite Artist Hong Kong winner Leo Ku was in the middle of an interview then.

I watched SuJu heat up the stage on one of the LCD TVs :-(.

Dance, dance: The boys show off their moves

Soulful: (l-r) Sungmin, Ryeowook & Eunhyuk are part of the 6 members
who sang the ballad Mirror
live

Yesung, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk, Ryeowook, Donghae and Sungmin kicked it off with the ballad Mirror, before all 11 boys (minus members Hankyung and Kibum) launched into their Don't Don and Thirst (Man in Love) medley - they so rock.

I wanna go for their Super Show concert now. Me want more!

Let us entertain you: Fans go wild as SuJu takes the stage

Quick check: 'Darn, why are our shoelaces undone?'

The boys lip-synced their fast tracks, and a local reporter said that it was a "top notch mimed performance" :-P.

Waiting...and waiting

Super Junior didn't turn up at the Press Room and I was a little bit disappointed. All that waiting for nothing...I guess they had to rush back to South Korea to promote their new track Pajama Party.

Nonetheless, here are some...err, interesting comments by the mainstream reporters I overheard in the Press Room:

Miss X: "You know the Korean boyband during the PC? The 2nd guy from the left (Ryeowook), he looks like a girl. I mean, you couldn't really tell, you know. Just put him in a dress-lah, and you have a girl right there."

Pretty boy: 'Do I look like a girl to you?'

Mr. A: "Who cares about the Korean band-lar. There were so many of them. I was outside when the PC was going on. Who cares, man?"

Mr. B: "That one's so fat (Shindong), people say he ate the other members who aren't here."

Hee hee, I think the comments are rather funny. I bet they didn't know a K-pop fan was around to jot things down. Ha ha...I kinda love my anonymity.

Super Junior, keep your word and come back to Malaysia for the Super Show concert, you hear?!

Pics credit (except for 1st pic): MTV Asia

K-popped! covers the 2008 MTV Asia Awards


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33 Comments:

audrey said...

i feel heechul was the more feminine wan..lol..not forgetting ee teuk in a dress!!!

my frens overheard som1 in the mosh pit saying this in canto "WAh..fei chai oso can become a singer/star r??"

i was like ....this person doesnt even know shindong is way more talented than he will ever be..

after all shindong also did choreographed some of suju's dance moves..

here's the link to shindong's audtion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYaoeRaNCus

Johan said...

LOL! Mainstream reporters. What do they know about k-pop and even j-pop for that matter?

joy said...

About the comment on Shin Dong,i can understand why they said that.. I mean,he's the odd one and in people's mind,it's always the good looking one with great body,great hair which will make it big in the entertainment industry. Those are the stereotype in people's mind. Honestly,i think i would too if i didn't know super junior....what more,Shin Dong. Right now,i know he's like...one of the most talented guy i've ever seen ^^

Anonymous said...

walao.. how dare they say tat to suju oppa~~ shindong is one of the best dancers in suju n they dun know tat.. so just shaddup laaa... suju is even popular then u guys tats saying tat.. if u dunno them.. dun criticize.. >.<

anyway.. suju was great during their performance...

peepoo said...

LOL..hahaha..omg, thanks for posting and giving me a good laugh today..that was hilarious! i'm not a fan of their music nor am i a hater either. i don't listen to their music but i like their personalities since watching "full house". those comments from the reporters just crack me up!

alchocoholic said...

Their dancing was superb but they need to improve on the art of lipsyncing if they're gonna "cheat" their way through a performance... it was so obvious! I mean come on, britney and ashlee simpson get flak for lipsyncing so how come everyone is fine with it when asian performers do it?

I wish there had been more asian performers though... would have been nice to see more korean groups!

coro said...

Omo. si won speaks english? i didn't know that.. so how was his english?
did Suju lipsyn all their song? hope not..

Anonymous said...

how rude! saying ShinDong ate other member! if i was there i'll probably shouted at that person!Anyone says bad things to SuJu Oppas is sooo going to PAY!

I never thought Ryeowook as feminine! but Heechul is! ahaha

oh i was right! they were lip-synch! well..i don't mind at all, i used to it and their performance was great despite it as like really late!

MimieJay

Anonymous said...

how rude! saying ShinDong ate other member! if i was there i'll probably shouted at that person!Anyone says bad things to SuJu Oppas is sooo going to PAY!

I never thought Ryeowook as feminine! but Heechul is! ahaha

oh i was right! they were lip-synch! well..i don't mind at all, i used to it and their performance was great despite it as like really late!

MimieJay

miss_tree said...

kimchi kisses to all k-popped crews!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

oh, so favourite korean artist was the 1st award given that night?
sheeshhhh.. I MUST, for whatever cost, watch the rerun today..
i even looked up mtv site for videos of them performing, but to no avail!
i guess even mtv doesn't realize our existence here..
those who have been k-popped!!
LOL

guess they have not been hit by hallyu waves yet.. i meant those reporters who commented SuJu.

heather said...

funny!

those were the same thoughts I had when i had first met them.. although it was a little different because i thought there were more girly-looking than just ryeowook.. i had somehow a different view of shindong before. I said hmmm he's fat yet he's there so he must be really talented.

btw, heechul looks dead and drugged in MTV Asia awards

joy said...

alchocoholic, I agree with you. They should improve in their lipsyncing because it was really bad. Their mouth were barely moving O_O. And yes again,agree with your second statement. I can't seem to get it why the asian singers always manage to escape and not get busted due to the lipsyncing. English singers would have already get the "Boos..." from audience

Anonymous said...

this is really minor but i just wanted to clear up that they don't say "우리 슈퍼주니어, huh!" but they say "우리 슈퍼주니 - 어!" it makes less sense when you put it in english because of the syllable difference of junior in korean and in english.. so it'd be kinda like "we are super juni - or!"

Liz said...

@anonymous, ah so that's what they are actually saying. Kewl. Will make the changes then. Thanks anonymous! :-)

Anonymous said...

haiii liz...
can u put more info related to their super show..
i cant wait their coming back to malaysia..
thank you :)

-yun-

Orchid said...

@anonymous...thanks thanks. I was wondering what Eeteuk keeps shouting!
우리 슈퍼주니 - 어

Anonymous said...

journalist should criticise.
they should learn to respect and to be fair instead of criticising people's outer look.

Anonymous said...

i mean SHOULDNT

Bubbles said...

Actually what eeteuk was saying was: oori neun Super Juni-o(r)e(h)yo! (like a twist in the last syllable of junior and also a more polite way of introducing themselves with the -ehyo suffixed) It is their signature intro :)

Also suju sang 'mirror' LIVE (hence the mics they were holding while performing). They usually lipsync their powerful dance songs as it is really tiring to do power dances and sing at the same time. But check out some of their 'don't don' videos where they sang live damn well and danced their power dance too.

I was there at the MAA too and my friends who did not know shin dong (or only knows him as the fat guy in suju) were amazed at his dancing skills. I think he deserves more credits! shindong is amazing!

Nozomi said...

I thought the same thing about shindong when i first saw super junior, but then i saw his moves and was like "wow big boy can move!" he motivates me to want get up and move.

As far as who looks more feminine in Super Junior, they all have had their moments. I could see how Ryeowook would look like a girl.

Thanks for the awesome coverage of the event.

|| Lyññ || said...

Poor Shindong... yesh! These ppl are so narrow minded... just like what joy said... don't judge ppl based on their appearance... how to become a reporter like that?

I was surprised that they lip-synched the song... but how do u expect them to dance like that and singing perfectly? I think their performance was the best that night!!

Love the pics u guys put up!! This is like my k-pop resource... ^^ keep up the good work k-popped!!

Anonymous said...

I think its awesome that you guys were invited as press!! I am korean and can speak it, but reading is a different matter, so I come to your website for all the k-news! I love your website since you post news without the negative/judgemental opinions.

Thanks for your coverage of SuJu! So glad that they won. As for some of the comments...I think they were kinda nervous since it was such a big event and overall as a group, I think they were a little uncomfortable since they don't speak english well. Usually Kangin and Eeteuk who speak so eloquently in korean really couldn't contribute. I think Siwon did a great job; he seems to master the languages better than others.

As far as Shindong...he has more talent than any of those reporters have in their pinky finger!! SuJu is not SuJu without Shindong. He is awesome and cute, too! :)

As for the lip-syncing, like bubbles said, you can't dance like that and sing live, no matter who you are. But do check out their videos where they sing live or better yet, get their Super Show album of their concert. It's one HOT album.

Once again, thanks for all your hard work on the website! You guys are amazing as well! :)

Orchid said...

@anonymous who can speak korean, thanks for your comments. =)

Valerie said...

ryeowook just has really nice, defined cheekbones. he's such a cutie.
uggh, yesung looked so good that night!
thanks soo much for sharing your pictures of SuJu! they all looked great.
well, i was concerned with Heechul. he didn't look too bright during the red carpet and press conference. I loved him when he did Explorers of the Human Body show.

wawa said...

reporters and their comment...herm!!!

well, i'm not really into the korean music scene compare to the film scene... but after i watched SuJu in MAA, i was impressed with their performance except, they should learn more how to lipsync...

their dance??? i loved it so much & shindong really can move lar! don't judge a book by its cover... by the way, MAA was my first time watching SuJu performance & of coz my first impression when i saw shindong, 'wow, they got a big guy in SuJu but he really can move!!

p/s: SuJu's fan, i'm keen to know more about SuJu!!! any good song to recommend and plus i do love the ballad that they sang in MAA!

jocelyn said...

AWW those reporters are so damn mean sometimes.
they dont know anything about SUJU yet they're judging them.. -_-
--
thanks for the update!!
---
is a video of their performanceS?
i really wanna see them!! ^^

itsRaining said...

shit those reporters...

i dare them 2 say that in front of the elfs in korea, only god knows how bad their injuries might be

Cio said...

wow!
you guys got invited as press?
thats big time :D
i always said you were hiding something lols

great article as usual
and i wonder if you laughed out loud when you heard the comments, liz :p

Liz said...

Hi Cio, I didn't laugh out loud, but smiled politely :-P.

I don't blame them actually. If we were in 2006 and you were to ask me about a 13-member Korean boyband, I'd probably have nasty comments as well :-).

To know K-pop is to love K-pop :-P.

Rose said...

Agreed with mainstream reporter. Who cares about Korean artist. But then looks when they perform. Mosh-pit people when silent. Mosh pit ppl were the one that have been picked to been there. Come on where are their fans that cheered before that. Does the boys in mosh-pit silenced them or what.

Their perf kinda draggy. they should sing Marry U and Don't Don full song. Since I'm not their fans and only knew few songs only.

No that I biased or anything. Not to forget the silent treatment for SNSD when annoucement for Korean nominees.

rEbEcca said...

i'm waiting for Super Junior Show in Malaysia.. the news not out yet??

suju.saranghae.emily. said...

OMG. These reporters are so damn mean, yo. I hate it when people are commenting such negative things on SuJu. It just makes me wanna punch their faces. Sometimes, I just feel like yelling at those people who say such bad things about SuJu. If you people out there, those who are not a fan of SuJu, you can just keep quiet. And DON'T be so RUDE. If you don't like them, just pretend you don't know them. What's so hard about that? DX
Actually, ShinDong was the FIRST member of SuJu i know. Cause i watched a Korean drama, which ShinDong also acted in it. That's how i knew him. And i began to know more of SuJu. And now, I am a BIG FAN of theirs. Sorry if I'm being so sarcastic. ^^
Well, as in the Girly thing, I don't think that RyeoWook looks like a girl. I'm not sure about this, but in my opinion, I don't think that he looks like a girl.
All of the SuJu members are SOOOOO CUTEEEE ^^ They all have different great talents. And they're so friendly, they're also really good in fan service. That's why I LOVE THEM!
SUPER JUNIOR, HWAITING! ;D

everlastingfriend said...

people are really commenting! and i want to take part too as i'm their HUGE fan!

and i got to say that they were really nervous to perform that night and were very amazing too. i was there and i could saw their faces before they perform. the mirror performance was live and actually VERY GOOD as they're very nervous. and the thirst performance was lipsync. but their moves were VERY AMAZING despite their lipsync. they have no prob in lipsync if you watch their other videos of the same song but i thought they must be really nervous as it it an international event.

and what the heck with the screaming part? we, I were screaming really loud that my throat sore that night for screaming my heart out. but i think maybe you didn't heard because we were AMAZED by their performance and shouldn't we kept SILENT when they were singing? it is the basic for RESPECT, right?

 

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