EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

The K-pop super group delighted 8,000 fans with sweet, sensual and swag-filled performances during ‘The EℓyXiOn’

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

Photos: One Production
Videos: Aaron Ho

Less than a year after EXO’s last concert on our sunny shores (and a week after they made waves at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony), Suho, Xiumin, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai and Sehun were back once again for EXO PLANET #4 – The EℓyXiOn and to incite thunderous fangirl screams that probably rocked the very foundations of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Kicking off the three-hour showcase at precisely 4:14pm was ‘The Eve’, a thumping, sensual song complete with loads of body rolls (because why not?). The track transitioned seamlessly into ‘Forever’, followed by the reggae-esque ‘Ko Ko Bop’.

4:26pm. After performing their breakthrough hit ‘Growl’, the members evacuated the stage save for Baekhyun and Xiumin, who then engaged in a ‘Battle Scene’ dance-off (who won, you ask? It was a solid tie). More dancing ensued, this time courtesy of Kai, whose powerful yet graceful ballet-like moves are something we could watch over and over again.

4:38pm. The lights came on to reveal that a bar had magically materialised on stage. The boys, looking very dapper in checked suits, entered the scene and played around with the props before delving into ‘Call Me Baby’, ‘Touch It’ and ‘Chill’.

4:49pm. D.O. took his place behind a mic stand and Chanyeol settled down at a piano to treat us to a lovely English rendition of ballad ‘For Life’. As usual, D.O. impressed us with his smooth-as-honey vocals and on-point pronunciation, while Chanyeol… well. Who can resist a man who knows how to tickle the ivories?

4:57pm. The group finally proceeded to address the crowd for the very first time, introducing themselves in English. Leader Suho recalled being in town with Sehun and Chanyeol not too long ago for a Skechers event, while Baekhyun praised our city’s air and chilli crab, despite the latter being a little too spicy this time.

Before moving on to the next songs, Suho issued the cheesiest ever PSA: “Please be careful while enjoying the show – for your safety, and for my heart.” Chen approved, by the way.

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EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

5:10pm. As their bandmates chilled at the makeshift bar behind, EXO-CBX (Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin) had the spotlight to themselves as they rocked out to ‘Ka-CHING!’. Baekhyun was given a giant silver coin with his face on it to wave around, while Chen was issued a huge – in both size and amount – cheque and got showered in dollar bills. Did he just hit the ‘Lotto’?

5:18pm. Just as we were still basking in the relaxed atmosphere left behind by the group’s jazzy delivery of ‘Sing For You’ (during which they got to showcase some A-grade harmonisation), in came Suho with a chair, fake martini and deadly dance moves for his one-man performance of ‘Playboy’. Gyrating? Check. Pelvic thrusts? Check, check, check.

5:24pm. Things returned to kid-friendly territory with Chanyeol’s emotional solo rap ‘Hand’. He later admitted, “The more I perform this song, the more I desire for solo performances where I can showcase my talents to you. But I have mixed feelings because I’m alone and I miss my members.” Awww.

5:33pm. Time for presents! Well, they were just little plastic balls being tossed randomly into the standing pens during a performance of ‘What U Do’, but they were little plastic balls that were in the [probably sweaty] palm of an EXO member just a second earlier. We may even have seen Chanyeol kiss one before passing it to a very lucky fan as well. She must have been on ‘Cloud 9’.

5:40pm. A sincere discussion about each of the members’ solo stages somehow ended in an amusing mess, with Chanyeol imitating Suho’s singing in the latter’s musical and promptly getting called a “crazy crazy crazy man” by Baekhyun. Hmmm, can’t say he didn’t deserve it.

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EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

5:54pm. It was finally Chen’s and Sehun’s turns to shine with their respective solo stages. Chen’s performance of ‘Heaven’ occasionally had us worried that the stadium sound system might not be able to withstand his earth-shattering high notes. Have you heard this fella sing live?

Unfortunately for those who were looking forward to it, Sehun did not go topless during his swag-filled song-and-dance delivery of ‘Go’, which happened during The EℓyXiOn in Seoul. If his face alone could cause such a commotion, we can only imagine what the sight of his abs would have done.

6:07pm. Everyone got on their feet as the concert reached its climax with energetic numbers ‘Coming Over’, ‘Run This’, ‘Drop That’ and ‘Power’, which was claimed to be their “last song”. But we all knew that wasn’t true, and neither did the fans, who started chanting “E-X-O” as soon as the lights dimmed.

6:28pm. Sure enough, EXO returned to the stage with the nostalgic ‘Don’t Go’ (what a fitting title for an encore song, don’t you think?) before saying their final thanks. Fans took the chance to sing the birthday song to Xiumin, despite the fact that the actual day isn’t until three weeks from now. Still, he clearly appreciated the gesture, flashing finger hearts and a gummy smile in response.

6:45pm. Those in the mosh pit started throwing various paraphernalia on stage during ‘Angel’ in the hopes that one of the member would pick it up and fool around with it, but there was no bigger #achievementunlocked moment than when Chanyeol grabbed a fan’s phone and started videoing himself and the others with the front camera. What a souvenir.

6:49pm. The EℓyXiOn in Singapore was about to come to an end for real, but before that, EXO made sure to take a big group photo with the entire stadium. “We have to go back to Korea, but we promise to see you again. Pinky promise,” declared Suho.

We don’t doubt he’ll be able to stay true to his word.

Click through for more photos from the concert!

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore
04 Mar 2018

EXO’s sizzling, ‘Power’-packed showcase in Singapore

Watch:
EXO performs ‘The Eve’ and ‘Forever’
EXO performs ‘Ko Ko Bop’ and ‘Growl’

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