Which EXO member might show off his “sexy thighs” next time?

We noticed a subtle difference in the way the K-pop group carried themselves during their ‘EXplOration’ showcase in Singapore.

EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore
EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore
16 Sep 2019

EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore

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Fans of EXO’s Chen may have something a little extra to look forward to the next time the K-pop kings are in town - fancy getting an eyeful of his “sexy thighs”?

Hey, that’s how Chanyeol gleefully put it during last night’s (Sep 15) EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration showcase in the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The group had just finished its rendition of acoustic ballad ‘Wait’, and were discussing Chen’s and Suho’s respective solo stages from earlier on.

Right after Suho had dazzled the 8,000 concertgoers with his performance of ‘Been Through’ (complete with a mesmerising backdrop and nosebleed-inducing shirt-ripping), Chen slowed things down with ‘Lights Out’, demonstrating powerful vocals that honestly made us worry for the state of the arena’s sound system (those high notes!).

While it was undoubtedly an impressive display, Chen admitted to feeling “burdened” prior to his performance because “Suho was really sexy just now”. After a heart-warming word of encouragement from Baekhyun (we love a supportive bandmate), Sehun cheekily suggested that Chen follow in the EXO leader’s footsteps and take off his clothes next time, which in turn led Chanyeol to make the “sexy thighs” revelation.

“He’s going to exercise so he can show you those thighs next time,” Sehun declared.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we ended up witnessing several EXO members suddenly begin an impromptu workout session of squats and lunges in their suits on stage. Perhaps they can all show off the fruits of their labour together?

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EXO were down to just six, but their performances were no less powerful
EXO were down to just six, but their performances were no less powerful
16 Sep 2019

EXO were down to just six, but their performances were no less powerful

The rest of the evening was pretty much a standard affair for an EXO gig: catchy chart-topping tunes, electrifying choreography and stage presence, and A-plus-worthy fan service (to the fan whose phone is now full of selfies courtesy of Chanyeol - are you okay?), all of which were received with the usual deafening screams.

The most glaring discrepancy, of course, was in the size of the group. With D.O. and Xiumin recently enlisting for their mandatory military service and Lay focusing on his solo activities, it was down to just six (literally half of how many there were when they debuted), but any gaps in manpower were seamlessly filled by other members and backup dancers.

Another difference that was subtler - and perhaps subject to personal opinion - was in the way the boys carried themselves. While they’ve always been consummate performers and entertainers, there was a more self-assured air about them, the kind that normally comes from experience and growth.

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EXO wished they could perform for more days in Singapore. Maybe next time?
EXO wished they could perform for more days in Singapore. Maybe next time?
16 Sep 2019

EXO wished they could perform for more days in Singapore. Maybe next time?

Someone who stood out to us in this aspect was Sehun. Usually on the shy and quiet side, the maknae (youngest member) spoke more than we ever remember him speaking at a concert here, demonstrating an attractive confidence that belied the fact that he was not in his best physical condition that day (get well soon!).

Also worthy of special mentions are Suho, who has always made an effort to speak English and gets better every time he returns (true story), and Baekhyun, who has always been an expert at lightening the mood and blessing our ears with his random bursting into song (our favourite moment was when he responded to Kai’s “sexy king” title from Suho by singing “sexy king” in the tune of their Yoo Jae Suk collab ‘Dancing King’).

With all the fun that both artist and audience were clearly having, it’s no surprise that EXO expressed their wish that there were more days of performances in Singapore. In the meantime, the group will be back in South Korea working hard on their next album and concert tour (yup, Suho confirmed this), so that’s definitely something to look forward to… as well as the sight of Chen’s thighs. Right?

EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore
EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore
16 Sep 2019

EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore

EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore
EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore
16 Sep 2019

EXO perform during their 'EXO PLANET #5 – EXplOration' concert in Singapore

EXO's concert was attended by 8,000 excited EXO-L
EXO's concert was attended by 8,000 excited EXO-L
16 Sep 2019

EXO's concert was attended by 8,000 excited EXO-L

Suho visited Gardens by the Bay after the concert
Suho visited Gardens by the Bay after the concert
16 Sep 2019

Suho visited Gardens by the Bay after the concert

Did anyone manage to spot him there?

Photo: Instagram/Suho

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How EXO’s Chanyeol impressed us in Singapore
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