A shiok first date with Eric Nam

The Korean-American singer-songwriter showed us all the reasons why we’d love to see him visit us more often

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

Photos: Mode Entertainment
Videos: Genice Ooi

It’s been over four years since Eric Nam’s official debut, and yet this weekend marked the first time (gasp) the Korean-American singer-songwriter graced our shores. Prior to holding his concert last night, he held closed door interviews with the media (more on that next week), said hello to his fans through a public meet-and-greet session and was a guest on the Sheng Siong Show - all while battling a nasty cold that he was nursing.

There was no sign of that cold during the Eric Nam 1st Live in Singapore showcase held at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp, as he grooved and crooned his way deep into the hearts of the 800-strong audience that gathered to show their support for him.

“I didn’t expect so many of you here tonight, so thank you for taking the time to come and see me,” he declared near the start of his gig to the cheers of those present.

Throughout the course of the evening, his witty banter and his impressive flair for showmanship (“By the end of the show, I’d have achieved my goal if everyone is up on their feet and dancing!”) ensured that there was never a dull moment and everyone had the fun he clearly set out to have.

What’s more, there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, such as when the host asked him what the Singlish expression one would use for a really delicious meal would be. His educated guess of “Freaking good lah!” had the crowd in stitches, but the unveiling of the right answer, “Shiok!” had him repeating the word with much gusto.

Not only did he sing a good number of his own songs, such as debut single ‘Heaven’s Door’, along with newer tracks such as ‘Idea Of You’ - he also powered his way through a number of covers, ranging from the English version of BIGBANG's Taeyang’s ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’ and Taiwanese singer Eric Chou’s ‘How Have You Been’.

On top of that, he took fan requests on what to sing during the encore segment, where he gave an a cappella rendition of ‘Stop The Rain’, along with a sneak preview of a yet-to-be-released track, ‘Like You’.

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A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

One of the other highlights of his fan meeting was the game segment, where he was paired off with fans who had to guess his preferences between two options (for example, does he prefer summer or winter and long hair or short hair on girls).

The winner would then get a photo with him, along with an autographed album. It might just be us, but we reckon that the few heart-pounding minutes that the fans got to cosy up to him during their turn in the spotlight might have been the real prize of the evening.

At the end of the one-and-a-half-hour long performance, we could safely say that we’ve been coloured impressed by his knack for getting the crowd going, top-notch vocals (seriously, what flu?), impeccable manners and of course, his ability to communicate with the audience (his first language is English after all).

Above all, it’s the amazing talent that we witnessed on stage last night that convinced us that we’d be more than happy to see this hardworking 28-year-old return to our little red dot really soon, hopefully after he releases more new material.

Click on for more photos of Eric Nam 1st Live in Singapore.

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

A shiok first date with Eric Nam
A shiok first date with Eric Nam
31 Jul 2017

A shiok first date with Eric Nam

Stay tuned to Toggle for our 1-on-1 interview piece with Eric next week, where he told us more about a mystery collaboration with a girl group member that has been in the pipeline for a while, along with his confession on what really makes him kaypoh.

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