EXO in Singapore: a timeline of highlights and hijinks

We recap what went down at the K-pop super group’s three-hour Lion City gig last night

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
03 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

Photos: One Production/Marcus Lin

It is 4:05pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. In exactly one minute, EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore will officially begin.

After an opening video that plays on EXO’s “superpower” concept, the two huge panels in the middle of the stage finally part, and the intro of the South Korean boy band’s debut track ‘Mama’ is heard. Before we know it, Xiumin, Suho, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai and Sehun have materialised (Lay couldn’t make it “due to other commitments”), and fans’ screams reach earth-shattering decibels.

4:18pm. ‘Mama’ makes way for newer smash hit single ‘Monster’. We’re happy to report that Chen hits his high note during the bridge flawlessly. His fellow main vocalist Baekhyun also kills it during his solo dance break.

4:28pm. After ‘Wolf’, EXO introduces themselves one by one in a mixture of Korean and limited English, except for leader Suho, who – as he’s done in previous years – delivers his dialogue entirely in English. A device malfunctions and ejects gold streamers in the middle of Baekhyun’s speech, prompting him to quip, “The machines are happy too!”

4:46pm. Fans got an eyeful of body waves and crotch grabs during ‘Playboy’, but ‘Artificial Love’ is when it really starts to get steamy – the sensual choreography has the boys grinding with and doing hip thrusts against a cane. Is it getting hot in here?

4:55pm. EXO pops out of giant furniture props (such as a wardrobe and refrigerator) during ‘Unfair’. Suho makes a call on a huge phone that puts those old Motorola bricks to shame and coos, “Hello Singapore, I just want to say I love you.”

4:59pm. It’s time to slow things down with an acoustic medley. Chanyeol gets a little carried away with testing his guitar and has to be told by Suho to stop. Poor Sehun accidentally – and loudly – drops his microphone during ‘My Turn to Cry’ and looks thoroughly mortified. Acoustic versions of ‘Call Me Baby’, ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Love Love Love’ are then presented without incident.

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EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
05 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

5:29pm. After performances of ‘Lady Luck’, ‘What If’, ‘Tender Love’, ‘Love Me Right’ and ‘One and Only’, the group leaves Kai and Sehun alone on stage to dance in shallow pools of water (you can almost hear fans appreciating the fact that they’re in thin white shirts). The two youngest members then make way for the vocal line (Chen, Baekhyun, D.O. and Suho) to shine with ‘Stronger’.

5:39pm. All eight members return to the stage in colourful capes and cone hats for ‘Heaven’. We feel the need to mention how cute and elf-like Chanyeol looks thanks to his pointy ears and shorts.

5:43pm. The capes and caps come off to reveal pastel-coloured shirts underneath for ‘Girl x Friend’. We notice a distraught-looking Chanyeol fiddling with his light stick, which appears to have spoilt. Perhaps it passed out when it realised it was in his hand.

6:02pm. The ominous and iconic breathing sounds of Darth Vader can only mean one thing: ‘Lightsaber’! Despite the title, the famous weapons don’t make an appearance until the end, when the members show off cool moves with glowing rods of various colours (complete with the humming sound effects). Proud Star Wars fan Suho must be having the time of his life.

6:06pm. The boys begin a lengthy conversation with the audience. As expected, our nation’s celebrated chilli crab is praised, but Baekhyun admits that he prefers the buns that accompany the dish. Concertgoers seem to agree with him, and Chen asks if it’s because they’re lazy to peel the crab. “I can help you to eat the crab,” he volunteers.

6:17pm. Suho reminds everyone that Sehun’s birthday is coming up, and D.O. asks the audience to sing a birthday song to him, which they do so in both English and Korean. When asked what he wants for his birthday, Sehun requests for 5,000 boxes of snacks for his dog Vivi. Five. Thousand. Someone clearly adores his pet.

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EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
05 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

6:29pm. The stadium gets transformed into a nightclub for ten minutes during the EDM segment, which features Chanyeol alternating between an electric guitar and a DJ booth. After ‘Lucky’ and ‘Peter Pan’, the group says their thanks and goodbyes and disappears off stage, but everyone knows it’s not the end yet. Resounding chants of “encore!” and “EXO!” fill the arena.

6:52pm. We were wondering where ‘Growl’ was, and here it is! Fans in the mosh pit start tossing various paraphernalia onto the platform for the boys to pick up and play with. By the time ‘Lucky One’ comes on, the stage is littered with toys and props. Chen picks up a strange, stretchy object and tosses it to D.O., who swings it around with abandon.

7:00pm. Baekhyun, who is now armed with a water gun, says, “To be honest, you’re not allowed to throw stuff on stage because it’s quite dangerous, but I actually always [look forward to] the encore. (smiles)” Naughty, naughty!

Sadly, the time has come for real farewells. EXO laments about time passing too quickly, but promises to be back soon with more great performances. Suho confesses that he suffered from a cramp in his legs during the energetic EDM segment and was unable to jump much, but assured everyone that he is fine and will go for a massage to feel better. Be strong, leader!

7:18pm. After three thrilling hours, The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore has come to a close. Sehun and Baekhyun cannot bear to leave and are the last to disappear behind the closing panels. Concertgoers also slowly pour out of the stadium, undoubtedly already looking forward to EXO PLANET #4.

Click through for more photos from the concert!

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
05 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
03 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore


EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
03 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore


EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
05 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
05 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
03 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
03 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
05 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore
05 Apr 2017

EXO PLANET #3 - The EXO'rDIUM in Singapore

Watch: EXO performs ‘Mama’, ‘Monster’ and ‘Wolf’

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