Celeb Crushin’: Super Junior

It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick(s) of the week, multiple milestone-marking K-Pop group extraordinaire Super Junior

It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick(s) of the week, Hallyu Royalty Super Junior
It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick(s) of the week, Hallyu Royalty Super Junior
18 Aug 2015

It’s time once again to swoon over our star hottie pick(s) of the week, Hallyu Royalty Super Junior

Photo: S.M. Entertainment

Super Junior and their legion of dedicated fans, ELF (Everlasting Friends) marked another milestone in the group’s 10-year young career yesterday (Aug 17, GMT +8) after they were announced by FOX as the Teen Choice 2015’s first-ever Korean winners.

The win was made doubly sweet with dual triumphs – the group edged out groups such as One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer to clinch the Choice International Artist and their fans, the Choice Fandom award.

While some have called the group has-beens in the light of younger, (subjectively) better looking idol groups debuting on an almost-daily basis, we take a look back at some of the biggest achievements this K-Pop group extraordinaire has made throughout their decade in the biz, proving why they’ve earned their well-deserved spot as K-Pop royalty.

First Korean group to win at the Teen Choice Awards
First Korean group to win at the Teen Choice Awards
18 Aug 2015

First Korean group to win at the Teen Choice Awards

Photos: Heechul's Instagram (@kimheenim), Teen Choice 2015

The annual awards show saw many of their trademark Teen Choice surfboards going home with their new owners earlier this week, but with the Choice International Artist and Choice Fandom award winners’ announcements conspicuously absent from the live show.

During the voting period, resident diva Heechul updated his Instagram, sharing his confusion of what the awards show was about but added that “my kids (fans) have also grown old and don’t have the energy to click their computer mice but they say they want to give their oppas the first spot”.

His worries proved to be unfounded, as he posted a victorious selca with the simple caption, “Shut up and worship #SuperJunior #ELF”. Indeed. 

First K-pop mega group
First K-pop mega group
18 Aug 2015

First K-pop mega group

Photo: IVYClub

Back in the day, five or six members in a group was already considered a full house and in 2005, project group Super Junior 05’s line-up of an astounding 13 members was met with doubt.

Their popularity led the to-be rotational group to retain their members and drop the ‘05’ from their name, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now that they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary, not all of the 13 original faces are present any longer – with Hangeng and his high-profile departure from the group, Kibum on an indefinite hiatus and members bowing out of the spotlight temporarily to complete their mandatory military services – but the group and its dedicated fans are still going strong.

First generation of the international Hallyu wave
First generation of the international Hallyu wave
18 Aug 2015

First generation of the international Hallyu wave

Photo: S.M. Entertainment

In not-so-ancient times, K-Pop was more likely to be mistaken as Chinese Pop than recognised for being Korean – but the international Hallyu wave changed that.

Together with the Wonder Girls’ ‘Nobody’, Girls’ Generation’s ‘Gee’ and many more, Super Junior’s ‘Sorry Sorry’ catapulted kimchiland’s offerings to a global audience. Never mind that they had no inkling of what the lyrics meant (save for a smattering of occasional English words) or couldn’t tell the members apart (they all look the same), these viral hits effectively caught the attention of the world and served as the gateway for many curious audiences to explore this then-lesser-discovered genre of music.

First Korean group to stage 100 solo concerts
First Korean group to stage 100 solo concerts
18 Aug 2015

First Korean group to stage 100 solo concerts

Photo: S.M. Entertainment

Every group worth its salt has worked its way up to where they are, and Super Junior has made its way from the smaller venues they played at in the beginning to mega venues such as the Tokyo Dome.

On their fourth tour, they finally made it to the 50,000-seat Tokyo Dome for a two day gig, in which the members were visibly emotional when thanking their fans for the opportunity to perform at the highly regarded venue.

In addition, they are also the First Korean group to have had a South American Tour as part of Super Show 5. While the tour only brought them to four cities – Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima, their fans, who rarely get a chance to see their much-loved idols in the flesh, gathered to show their support for the band.

First Korean celeb to hit 4 million Twitter followers
First Korean celeb to hit 4 million Twitter followers
18 Aug 2015

First Korean celeb to hit 4 million Twitter followers

Photos: Siwon's Twitter (@siwon407)

Choi Siwon, who recently graced us with his third visit of the year, is the group’s resident social media guru. Clocking in at a cool 4.9 million Twitter followers and over 2 million Instagram followers at press time, his random, quirky and hilarious social media updates have proven to be a hit in the Twitterverse.

As the first Korean celebrity to hit four (and soon to be five) million Twitter followers, he keeps things fresh by ensuring that his various social media platforms (he has a Weibo account too!) are updated with inspirational quotes, goofy pictures, snapshots of his furkid Bugsy, sneak peeks into what he’s working on, travel updates and suave selfies – you know, just to provide variety enough to satisfy all tastes.

First Korean group to hold their solo full-scale gig (at a stadium) in Singapore
First Korean group to hold their solo full-scale gig (at a stadium) in Singapore
18 Aug 2015

First Korean group to hold their solo full-scale gig (at a stadium) in Singapore

Gone are the days of catching 15 minutes of your favourite idol at a joint concert or in a sardine tin-isque environment (think: clubs or pubs) in Singapore – these days, it’s more about how many days of a full-scale gig you’ll be getting to maximise the amount of time you can spend ogling your idols.

Super Junior was the first Korean group to hold their solo full-scale gig in Singapore back in January 2011 in a two-day extravaganza that was Super Show 3, which resulted in many a fan scrambling to head to other stops to get more of the group.

Not to disappoint their fans, they have returned to our sunny shores for all their following concert tours (Super Show 4, 5 & 6). While they have promised to return for Super Show 7, the looming enlistments for Donghae, Eunhyuk and Siwon might mean that the next time we see these supermen ham it up for us might be a number of years down the road. Until then, we’ll wait for the return of the kings.

Related: Super Junior Wins Choice International Artist at 2015 Teen Choice Awards
Related: A Super Show of firsts and lasts
Related: 5 things you see at every Super Junior concert

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