It’s September 28th, the date K-Pop fans all around Australia having been waiting for!
Like any other concert, the fans came rushing in to be the closest they can to their beloved idols. However, tonight’s concert is Australia’s first ever taste of JYJ, with Junsu, also known as Xia, taking to the stage to give Aussie fans a night they’ll never forget!
After the curtains dropped to the floor, nothing could calm down the fans as Xia made his incredible stage entrance! The entrance video beforehand gave the fans an idea of what to come, and the crowd’s first glimpse of Xia was him in his eminent presence on his ‘throne’.
The first song performed was the intense ‘Tarantallegra’ which proved Xia’s incredible and precise dance skills, and that of his talented back-up dancers. Needless to say, the fans were going crazy and the concert barely even started! The next song was ‘No Gain’ from the same album, Tarantallegra. A small intermission on screen of a cute message session between Xia and his ‘girlfriend’, paved the way for the next song ‘I’m Confessing Now’ from his latest album, which was followed by ‘Chocolate Girl’ and another amazing response from fans.
The atmosphere doubled with energy when Xia came to the stage to personally address the fans, especially with his “G’day Mate!” The crowd’s response to Xia’s Korean led him to ask “Do you speak Korean?” which drove the fans into a frenzy of laughter; even Xia giggled.
‘Rainy Eyes’ and another ballad from his latest album were performed next. An intermission of Xia and a female’s near kissing scene paved the way for ‘No Reason’. For this performance, Xia is first seen sitting on a couch with the dancers around him. As the song progresses, he begins to dance on the couch giving off a very sexual vibe.
The vibe changed with the English song ‘Uncommitted’ releasing more of the crowd’s energy before the sexy vibe returned for the song ‘Turn It Up’. Xia in a black singlet and the dancers in cool black and white outfits, they all held green towels that they used during the sensual stage performance, before releasing them to the excited audience.
The next intermission was composed of Xia’s back-up dancers and their solo or paired dance routines. They all came together for a last show of formations as they each held 2 glowing light sticks, that they also threw to the crowd. Not only did Xia’s performance gain a lot of cheers but so did that of the back-up dancers who amazed their audience with their excitement and interactiveness during the performances! Xia appears next in song ‘Fantasy’ which also received heavy cheer from fans, especially when one of the male back-up dancers hugs Xia and they both laugh!
Another talk session with Xia and the crowd, where Xia expresses the great atmosphere he is sensing and the great time he is having thus far. A special for the concert was the ’3 Wishes’ section where Xia chooses 3 fans, and each is allowed one wish, and that is for Xia to do something on stage for the fans. The first was aegyo and then the ”Gwiyomi player’ in which Xia playfully asks the male fans in the crowd to ‘turn away’. He said that he wasn’t as embarrassed to do something like this 3-4 years ago! Another popular choice that the audience cheered for was a sexy dance, which Xia also managed to go embarrassed at and giggle before dancing a bit to one of the previous songs he performed.
The next performance was ’11am’ where Xia, as in the music video, sings the first verses without music. The most extraordinary point in the performance was that every single member of the audience was dead silent through out the entire song. It was incredible to see the fans to engaged in the song that you can imagine tears in their eyes, especially with Xia’s amazing vocal ability and feelings in the song. The same was also true for the remaining ballads he performed off his ‘Incredible’ album.
The next video intermission was one with Xia facts and baby photos receiving a lot of ohs and ahs from fans! They included two very interesting points; he has performed in every continent except for Africa as of September 28th, and his weight which is currently 60kg! The next song was ‘Kajima’ which was followed by the stage everyone was waiting for, ‘Incredible’ –and with no puns intended, it was a truly incredible stage and performance!
Xia comes back to the stage for the last time to speak to the audience, telling them that he can never forget Australia and that whether as Xia or JYJ, we will always be on their minds for future concerts. He also said that his next stage will be in Japan very soon, where he will tell the fans about how successful and interactive the concert in Australia has been.
Saying his goodbyes, and with the fans screaming for more, Xia showed us his humorous side, saying that the parents of the fans in the audience must now be worried. The entire crowd reacted by screaming in sync with ‘gwenchana’ or ‘it’s okay’ in Korean. Making the near end of the show a very funny and intimate experience with Xia indeed.
The encore performance was the fantastic and lively stage of ‘Fever’, before Xia and his crew had to say their goodbyes, leaving many fans in true tears.
Thanks to all the organizers and sponsors of the event, and to Xia for making this an incredible night indeed!
[ See more pictures of XIA Junsu during his Incredible Concert in Sydney here ]