The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The South Korean boy group kicked off their first concert of the new year with ‘The EXO’luXion’ on our sunny shores

Photos: AC Music Entertainment, SM Entertainment
Photos: AC Music Entertainment, SM Entertainment
10 Jan 2016

Photos: AC Music Entertainment, SM Entertainment

Although ‘Lightsaber’, EXO’s catchy collaboration track with Star Wars, was not included in their The EXO’luXion in Singapore set list last night, the proverbial Force was still very much with the South Korean nonet.

For three hours, Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Chen, D.O., Kai and Sehun entertained thousands of screaming fans in the Singapore Indoor Stadium with beloved hits from their debut EP Mama, brand new winter album Sing For You, and everything in-between. As expected, the showcase – EXO’s first concert of 2016 – was peppered with K-pop’s fail-proof elements: loads of sweet talk (“It’s so hot because of you!”), VCRs (pre-recorded mini films that play during intervals) that were either cool or cute, and a touch of sexy (courtesy of Kai and Sehun dancing in wet, thin half-buttoned shirts, as well as a peek at the boys changing behind a paper screen).

Something a little out of the ordinary was the sci-fi feel that popped up every now and then: the opening video mentioned a “Planet Evolution 9” and had each member flaunting their assigned superpowers (from hydrokinesis to teleportation), and the band danced with glowing lightsaber-like rods during ‘El Dorado’ and ‘Hurt’. One fan even threw a Stormtrooper mask on stage at the end, which was quickly picked up and given to leader Suho, a well-known Star Wars enthusiast.

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The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

Unlike their last gig in August 2014, the members did not get to shine with solo stages of their own – not that anyone was complaining, of course. In fact, it was nice to see a group that has dealt with the controversial loss of three members having fun together, especially with Chinese member Lay, whom fans worried would be absent due to his busy individual schedules in China.

Something that brought us back to that first EXO PLANET show almost two years ago was Suho’s effort to deliver his self-introduction entirely in English, which, again, ended up being a little awkward but also utterly adorable (the giggling and cheering crowd would agree). Other small but memorable and squeal-inducing moments include maknae (youngest member) Sehun’s mischievous attempt to get main vocalists Chen and D.O. to kiss (he did not succeed) and soon-to-be birthday boys D.O. and Kai embracing (a simple gesture that drew raucous shrieks of delight).

Energetic, heart-pounding sets weren’t the only things on the agenda –the lads got to show their sensitive sides with ballads as well. While D.O., Baekhyun and Suho serenaded us with ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ and ‘My Answer’, Lay took over former member Luhan’s parts with Baekhyun and Chen for the Mandarin version of the heart-wrenching ‘Miracles in December’. Audiences were also treated to a presentation of acoustic lament ‘Sing for You’, which was released just a month ago.

Towards the end of the concert, Suho had an exciting announcement for everyone: EXO would be releasing a new album and embarking on more activities in 2016. Chanyeol, after expressing his regret for not coming to Singapore more often, also said that the group would come and visit the Little Red Dot regularly.

We’re sure EXO-L will be there to welcome them with open arms every single time.

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

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The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

Chanyeol
Chanyeol
10 Jan 2016

Chanyeol


Xiumin
Xiumin
10 Jan 2016

Xiumin

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

Suho
Suho
10 Jan 2016

Suho

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

Sehun
Sehun
10 Jan 2016

Sehun

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

Lay
Lay
10 Jan 2016

Lay

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

Kai
Kai
10 Jan 2016

Kai

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

D.O.
D.O.
10 Jan 2016

D.O.

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

Chen
Chen
10 Jan 2016

Chen

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

Baekhyun
Baekhyun
10 Jan 2016

Baekhyun

Note: Photo from a previous EXO'luXion concert in another country.

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore
10 Jan 2016

The Force is strong with EXO in Singapore

The second day of EXO’s “EXO PLANET #2 – The EXO’luXion – in SINGAPORE” happens today (January 10) at 3.30pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets, priced from $128 to $288, are available on Sports Hub Tix.

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Get to know each of the EXO members
EXODUS: EXO then and now

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