I wanted to wait a few days before writting my fanaccount, I wanted all the emotions to cool down so that I’d be able to reflect more on it.
So, now that a few days have passed already… Here it is.
This has been the most incredible and unreal 2 days of my life. I arrived in Barcelona on Thursday, and the first thought when landing has been “so, I am in the same city as JYJ right now”. This thought came as soon as the wheels of the plane hit the ground, and it suddenly made me very nervous. Because on the day after that I had to attend the press conference at El Poble. I’m a fan but I got my press pass as a professional media. I would need to look professional, and I wasn’t sure I would manage to, because I had never seen them in real.
So I arrived at the venue early but I was surprized to see that there was already people who had set up tents and had spend a night there already. If you consider the fact that there had been like a storm in the night, and that they still had more than 35 hours to wait for the concert to begin, I was really admirative. Haha even I am not such a dedicated fans.
Though I was in front of the venue… I was scared to enter. I suddenly got really nervous… But what else could be done? So I went to see the staff members, told them about being invited to the press conference (the staff to give the accreditations wasn’t here yet so I have to wait) and met other people from my country who also had accreditations and also weren’t sure about what to do, so it helped me feel a bit less nervous.
Though some things happened after that, I’ll directly jump to when the press conference started. I’m not going to talk about the content or anything, since I was there as a media and I have to show some professionalism, even if it’s only this much. Seeing the boys in real, from so up close… It really seemed unreal. Because they were just like 3 or 4 meters in front of me, just sitting at a table… It didn’t feel like have superstars in front of me. It was like having these people who come to tell you about their job at uni. Excepted that they were handsome. I think they didn’t even wear any make-up, or if they did it was REALLY light. But even though they have really handsome faces.
I got shocked at how similar they look from all the pictures and videos, yet still seemed so… different.
I am Jaejoong-biased. And Jaejoong really looks like an angel, he has this features that make you feel quiet and relaxed. Yoochun is totally handsome and also has a hot stare. His eyes when they look in your direction… It’s really no joke. As for Junsu… he his handsomer than what I thought. I’ve always considered him as the cute baby of the group, but he also looks really smexy… But that’s a different feeling from Yoochun. If I were to explain it, I’d say… It seems that Yoochun knows how handsome and smexy he is, and he plays a bit with it but Junsu still looks so innocent and genuine… Haha, anyway, that was the first impression I’ve had of them.
The press conference went well, really, it went smoothly. The boys seem to have a curious nature, they really looked a lot at the journalists, maybe trying to asses our reactions and such.
In the end I went out thinking “They are not like unreachable gods… But really like the best human beings on earth”.
At this point I have to say that it’s a fortunate thing that I’ve met such nice people there… If you guys recognize yourself, hi, I was happy to meet you^^
At the fans that were queuing already, I have to tell you sorry… We kind of left the venue with our press pass very noticeable on purpose, having seen the boys already, and knowing that there would be the other press conf the day after that… We were really excited and hyper and we thought it would be fun to see the fans reaction at seeing people with passes… Haha sorry for being total meanies.
So, on the second day, I went to the press conference at the Salon del Manga. The feeling was really different from the previous day. I don’t know if it was from the make-up, or because they had their stage outfits… But they looked different. I think it may also come from the fact that THEY were different… As in acting differently.
They were in a great moud I think, since they smiled a laugh, laughed a lot etc. Especially among themselves, haha they talk a lot with each others during press conf”.
But I think it was due to the questions being asked in spanish, and then the answers being translated… Since they can’t speak spanish, it’s not like there would be a point listening to the spanish talking anyway. But that led to a very funny situation when on of the western girl there asked a question in Korean. From what we can tell, Junsu realized very quickly that it was in Korean but Jaejoong and Yoochun must have been unfocused, since it took them a while to realize that and they laughed so much when they did. Haha that was so funny and cute. But they looked pleasantly surprized that someone would try to ask a question in korean.
Somehow… Junsu seems the most at ease during press conferences. I think he’s the one who talked the most, also he was the one who was answering the more naturally (in his way of talking, not in the content of the answers… Just the way he was talking, and moving his hands while talking and such)
At first I was worried that I’d feel out of place since I don’t speak spanish and that was the only translations that were done… But instead I looked at them and it was also a very interesting thing, not because of how handsome they are (and god knows they are) but because I could observe their interactions, the changes on their face depending when they were amused, annoyed, bored, happy, embarassed… That was a great experience.
After that came the showcase of the Salon del Manga ~~ we entered before they open the doors for people who were queuing. It was funny to see people running towards the stage, with all kind of signs, banners, flags, cosplay outfits etc. (if the people desguised in rabbit and chicken read that… haha you really looked cute lol).
The people were obviously very excited, and Junsu’s mother who was here seemed pleased already. Haha I think she was happy to see that people were excited to see the boys. When the boys arrived, the crowd went wild, for real it was impressive to see people so excited by a showcase, especially from where we were seating. Seeing them jumping and making the fanchants clearly made JYJ feel even better than what they did at the press conf just a few minutes earlier.
That’s when it stroke me: the boys don’t care about how many people they’re singing in front of. They just want these people to be happy, they want to see that the people in front of them really support them and love them. The fact that people knew the fanchants and were jumping with energy, it made them happy. I think that made me fall even more for them. They’re super stars, yet they give as much energy on stage whether it’s in front of 40000 people in Japan or a few hundreds people in a 2-songs showcase in Spain.
They love being on stage, they love having their fans in front of them. As long as that is the case, as long as they can do that, they’ll be happy.
That made me very excited for the “real” concert. I won’t talk about what they sung and how they sung it, many fanaccounts did that already, and I’m sure you already all guess that it was AMAZING. They’re so good on a stage, they give everything they have.
But what was great was their interactions with the audience. I think they trully were surprized at a few things, including how energetic people were, how well they knew the songs, and also at how we knew about their individual activities… (OK boys if you read that… If you can use the Internet to stalk on your fans, we also can do it to know everything about you, you know? lol).
Though there was language differences (Once again they were translating everything in spanish but hello, a lot of people that were there can’t speak spanish you know? They are worldwide superstars, did you expect only spanish people to come? Really?) the communication was somehow easy… JYJ and the fans went along very well lol, both sides being playful and seeming really happy.
Though the concert was great (the boys were born to be on a stage) that’s what was the best. Their smiles, their laughter, their mischiefs, them trying to understand what the audience were screaming, asking the translator girls what it was if it was in spanish… Also them dropping a few tears here and there, them looking so touched by the “thank you” boards during Fallen Leaves… All this was the best.
It wasn’t just a concert. It also wasn’t just press conferences. It was the three boys I admire the most on earth realizing that they were famous everywhere, that people even in Europe would travel to see them, that even those of us who can’t speak a word of korean properly still know the lyrics of their songs.
As a fan, it was a great moment. Not because I could finally see them. But because I could see them so happy. I’ve said this several time already in the past, I want to protect their happiness, I want them to know that we’ll always be here. I want them to know that they deserve everything in this world.
And really, saturday night, I had the feeling that all my wishes had been granted. I wish that they’ll keep this concert as a precious memory, because for sure we will. There’s no way I’ll ever forget the precise moment at which I thought “This is what life is about. This is what should always be. This is what I’ll alway be fighting for.”
Just for that… JYJ… Thank you.
Friday we arrived in Barcelona. It’s a beautiful city but the lack of time probably made me think otherwise. I don’t know. Let’s move on to what really matters. Saturday the 29th and JYJ in Barcelona.
On Saturday morning we got up early so we could see the preview for the concert, part of the Salón de Manga. When we arrived at the sports hall there as a huge line already in front of us. Half an hour after the scheduled opening time the doors open. Everyone rushes inside and the MC tells them “No corrais, no corrais!” (Don’t run! Don’t run!). In the meantime, she asked how many people from other countries were there and for people to raise their flags. We did as she told us and screamed our hearts out! We were about seven Portuguese girls there but we sure were heard! They come on the stage and the crowd goes wild. They are gorgeous, that we already know, but in person it’s something else. They are drop dead beautiful and they have something that pulls you in in a way you can’t take your eyes off them. In spite of the straight faces in the beginning (yes, Jaejoong, I’m talking to you!) their faces soon lighted up, seeing our passion. The performance was short but sweet. Empty and Get Out got people jumping and cheering, crying for more. That would come later that day. J
After we left the sports hall and posed for a very cute Korean photographer, we decided to go to the coffee shop next door. Who was there? Junsu’s parents! His father was looking at two of us (we were 4 but me and the other girl had gone to the bathroom) and made this gesture as if asking if they wanted him to sign the Portuguese flag we had but they thought he was doing it for someone else and didn’t go up to him. So when we got out of the bathroom and this girl wanted to take a picture with him, we all went and asked him to take a picture with us (to what he kindly said yes). After the picture was taken we talked a little bit about football and Portuguese players and found out he is a fan of Nani, Ronaldo and “Pigo” (so adorable!). After this small talk he shook our hands and stepped aside. When we left he was still there but was also leaving so we thanked him in Korean and bowed. I think we made a good impression on him! We liked him a lot, he was very kind and nice to us.
Around 5 in the afternoon we went to Poble Espanyol, where we met with other Portuguese fans. Let’s just say we were the life of that line, we talked, laughed, danced, sang, it was amazing! The concert was fantastic. They are amazing live singers, their energy is unbelievable and they are so sweet! The talks were so nice and funny ❤ There was this time when one of them asked how many countries were there but the stupid interpreter didn’t translate that part. But one of us has a good Korean level so she understood the request and told us to scream Portugal and lift the flag. Result: everyone was quiet, we were screaming Portugal at the top of our lungs and everyone was staring at us, JYJ included J Their Spanish is so cute, I especially liked the part when Yoochun said “Bésame mucho” and everyone started to sing ~Bésame, bésame muchoooo~, it was very funny! Their charisma is off the charts and the show was incredible. The choreos are awesome and their voices are omg can’t even describe, they are so good, even with all the dancing going on. The energy they transmit, the emotions… but the best was their smiles, their joy that quickly was ours too, my heart was beating so fast. They were happy to be there, happy because we were there. It was and unforgettable experience that I hope can happen again in Europe and other parts of the world because they deserve all the success they’re having and much more, they deserve all the support and courage we gave them Saturday night. THANK YOU SO MUCH, JYJ! 정말 감사합니다!
P.S: Later I will update with photos 🙂