gugudan’s 2017 wish: A music show win

The nonet told us about their dreams – both for the group and as individuals – during their first visit to Singapore

gugudan’s 2017 wish: A music show win
gugudan’s 2017 wish: A music show win
02 Oct 2017

gugudan’s 2017 wish: A music show win

Videos: Genice Ooi, Goh Wen Kai

It was a couple of hours before gugudan’s Live show in Singapore 2017 as we waited in one of the rooms backstage at the Marina Bay Sands MasterCard Theatres for the girls to enter the room. We could already hear them – after all, their makeup room was just across the corridor – as they giggled and animatedly spoke about how excited they were for their show that night.

As they entered the interview room, the nine members greeted all of us with bright smiles and slight bows – these good manners vaguely reminded us of their sunbae (company senior) group VIXX’s during their last visit here, but we digress.

It was clear that gugudan are very much perfectionists – even for their signature greeting (“Standby, cue! Hello, we’re gugudan!”), the nonet took over four takes to be satisfied with it, even trying out the greeting in Mandarin “so that local fans might be able to understand it better.”

Starting the interview proper, the girls fielded questions from us with experience far beyond their time in showbiz – after all, it’s only been about 15 months since their debut – telling us more about themselves and their small, sincere wishes for themselves and for the group.

Read on for more.

Could gugudan’s next subunit be a ballad group?
Could gugudan’s next subunit be a ballad group?
02 Oct 2017

Could gugudan’s next subunit be a ballad group?

Following the formation of gugudan’s first unit group, gugudan 5959 (made up of Mina and Hyeyeon), we asked the girls who they’d like to team up with to form their next possible sub-group.

Sejeong quipped, “All the gugudan members are very strong vocally, but in particular, we have a vocal line that's made out of these people. Could you raise your hands, please?”

Along with Soyee, Nayoung and Haebin (though we’re not sure about Mina, who slowly lowered her hand with an embarrassed chuckle), Sejeong shared that she’d “like to form a unit group with these vocal line members and take on either ballads or an R&B style.”

Apart from working hard at their music, Sejeong and Mina have recently made headlines for their respective acting projects – Sejeong being the lead of School 2017, and Mina playing the younger version of Han Ye Seul in 20th Century Boys and Girls.

We asked the members if they’d like to try their hand at acting as well, to which Nayeon responded, “Of course, it'd be an honour if I was given a chance to star in a drama but... What character would suit me well?”

Hyeyeon chimed in, “I think you'd look good as a daughter of a rich family!” whereas Sejeong and Mina added, “I think you'd also do well as a Candy sort of character. The kind of person who could power on regardless of how many hardships she faces.”

(Continued on next slide: What are gugudan’s goals for the rest of 2017?)

What are gugudan’s goals for the rest of 2017?
What are gugudan’s goals for the rest of 2017?
02 Oct 2017

What are gugudan’s goals for the rest of 2017?

With 2017 coming to a close, this also means that awards season is coming up in South Korea, where the glitzy year-end awards will dominate entertainment headlines during the last few days of the year. This being gugudan’s second time attending the awards, we asked them what they’re most looking forward to this year.

Hana shared, “Last year, we were very nervous when we attended awards shows because we had debuted so recently but this year, we’re looking forward to witnessing the passion and professionalism from the other idols and singers that we were too nervous to pay full attention in the past.”

Now that a new year will soon begin, we also asked the girls what unfulfilled wishes they have for 2017, to which Hyeyeon smiled, “Even though there's not many months left in 2017, we'd like to release a new album and show our fans with a new concept and image. Also, if we're given the chance, we'd also want to win first place on a weekly music programme.”

Dan-jjaks, you heard them loud and clear.

Click on to find out which gugudan members like bad boys, who's the best chef, and scroll to the end of the gallery to find out how to win autographs from gugudan!

gugudan's Haebin
gugudan's Haebin
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Haebin

Being one of the two members that said that she prefers bad boys to good boys, Haebin's simple explanation for her choice was, "Aren't bad boys more charming than good boys?"

Point taken.

gugudan's Sejeong
gugudan's Sejeong
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Sejeong

Sejeong's explanation was a tad longer, "I've always been someone who gets bored easily - I'm someone who can't play role-playing games for long, and even for food, I like to finish it quickly and it's the same when I read books as well. That's my style. It'll be great if there's a man who can always keep me on my toes."

gugudan's Soyee
gugudan's Soyee
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Soyee

Soyee shared that she personally prefers action movies to romcoms. "I really like blockbuster movies with a lot of action in it, and 'Inception' is a movie that I really enjoyed because it's a bit dark."

gugudan's Mina
gugudan's Mina
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Mina

"I prefer Spring over autumn because spring signals the beginning of a year - school starts for students and it's a new beginning for everyone," Mina shared.

gugudan's Hyeyeon
gugudan's Hyeyeon
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Hyeyeon

Hyeyeon thinks differently from Mina, however, as she shared that she personally likes autumn "because it's really close to winter, and winter is my favourite season. What I like about autumn is that it's really breezy and cool."

gugudan's Nayoung
gugudan's Nayoung
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Nayoung

Nayoung was voted by the other members as the person who listens to the most diverse range of music. "I really like to listen to music regardless of the genre and the reason why I like EDM in particular is because it's really exciting and anyone can listen to it and get their mood lifted. It's a very pick-me-up kind of genre."

gugudan's Hana
gugudan's Hana
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Hana

"I prefer doing the laundry over vacuuming the floor because I really like the smell of fresh laundry and after a load is done you can really smell the scent of it," Hana explained.

gugudan's Mimi
gugudan's Mimi
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's Mimi

Telling us a little more about the board she designed for her fans, Mimi shared, "I'm always grateful towards our Dan-jjaks, so I told them a bit about that in my message. While I was signing on the board, I made a mistake and signed on it upside down, so if you hang it on the wall and look at it while lying down, you'll be able to read it the right way up."

gugudan's Sally
gugudan's Sally
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gugudan's Sally

Speaking in Mandarin, Sally quipped that the "eight flowers I drew on the board signal the flower path that I hope that gugudan and Dan-jjaks will be able to walk on together for a long time." Aww.

gugudan's gift for Singapore dan-jjaks
gugudan's gift for Singapore dan-jjaks
02 Oct 2017

gugudan's gift for Singapore dan-jjaks

Whether you got to see gugudan at their first live show in Singapore, Toggle wants to give Singapore Dan-jjaks something to remember the girls by with their autographs!

After concluding our interview with them, the members each signed on mini whiteboards, which were also personalised with short messages to their beloved fans.

For your chance to win your favourite member’s signed board, simply answer the following question and the most creative entries will be picked to win.

Question: In 200 words or less, tell us who your favourite gugudan member is and why. *Please note that each person is only allowed to submit entries for only ONE member.

Email your answer together with your name, NRIC, residential address, email address and contact number to editor@mediacorp.com.sg with the subject ‘Toggle gugudan signatures 2017’.

Contest ends October 15 and winners will be notified via email.

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