Kang Daniel was a shy, sweet, sexy good sport in Singapore

Kudos to the idol for being game enough to consume a certain spiky fruit on stage.

Kang Daniel was a shy, sweet, sexy good sport in Singapore
Kang Daniel was a shy, sweet, sexy good sport in Singapore
18 Aug 2019

Kang Daniel was a shy, sweet, sexy good sport in Singapore

Photos: UnUsUaL Entertainment

There were several notable firsts at Kang Daniel’s Color on Me fan meeting here last Friday night (Aug 16).

For starters, it was the former Wanna One member’s first visit to the Lion City since making his solo debut (and a very successful one at that) about a month ago. He also has the honour of being the very first South Korean star to hold a solo fan meeting in the Singapore Indoor Stadium, a venue typically reserved for full-fledged concerts.

He was even the first South Korean artiste to eat durian (a first for him as well) on stage.

That last one, as it turns out, was not originally in the programme. The emcee sprung the unexpected gourmet challenge on Daniel as a surprise, calling it a collision between “the king of K-pop and the king of fruits”.

The 22-year-old idol appeared genuinely confused at first (we would be too, if someone suddenly asked us to try a strange, spiky fruit that we’d never seen before), but clearly, backing out is not in his nature. After taking a quick sniff of a piece of durian and looking not at all disgusted by it (“Smells like fish!” he exclaimed), Daniel popped it into his mouth without hesitation.

The verdict? “Not bad!”

We don’t recall ever seeing such a calm and favourable reaction from a foreigner trying the infamous fruit for the first time, but Daniel deserves major props for the sole reason of being so daring and spontaneous in front of thousands of spectators.

(Continued on next slide: Does Daniel still keep in touch with his Wanna One members?)

Does Daniel still keep in touch with his Wanna One members?
Does Daniel still keep in touch with his Wanna One members?
18 Aug 2019

Does Daniel still keep in touch with his Wanna One members?

Another unscripted moment came during the Q&A session, when the emcee decided to cautiously ask Daniel a question that was not submitted beforehand (it’s standard practice for Korean agencies to screen their artistes’ interview topics, but hey, the KONNECT Entertainment founder and CEO is his own boss now).

“Do you still keep in touch with the other Wanna One members?”

We learned that not only is Daniel still in contact with the 10 other Produce 101 second season winners he shared a wildly prosperous year-and-a-half with, he caught up with his former bandmate Ong Seong Wu (fans went crazy at the mention of his name), who was also here just several months ago.

“I had a lot of concerns about my fan meeting so I spoke to Seong Wu hyung (older brother) for strength and encouragement,” he said.

Well, whatever it was Seong Wu said or did clearly worked, because the event went off without a hitch and was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.

Photos: Twitter/Wanna One

(Continued on next slide: Daniel was adorably shy and charmingly modest)

Daniel was adorably shy and charmingly modest
Daniel was adorably shy and charmingly modest
18 Aug 2019

Daniel was adorably shy and charmingly modest

One thing - and it was a very adorable thing, if we do say so - we noticed about Daniel was his tendency to become extremely shy every time he had done something that was actually really cool, impressive, or sexy (or all of the above).

For instance, his “punishments” after a guessing game segment required him to take on two dance challenges. Needless to say, his renditions were met with enthusiastic screams of approval from the crowd, but Daniel himself responded to his own antics with the most paiseh-looking (embarrassed) grin on his face.

His bashfulness popped up again when he was tasked with showing off his collarbone, and then the baseball pitching skills he demonstrated in his hometown, Busan, at a game last month.

He was charmingly modest too. When the emcee quipped that Daniel is also known for his abs, he humbly brushed off the compliment (although anyone who’s seen his physique before knows it’s something to be proud of), and when it was pointed out that his home team had won the match he threw the opening pitch for, he sincerely remarked that it was the players who achieved victory through their own hard work.

(Continued on next slide: More stories about Daniel’s sweetness)

More stories about Daniel’s sweetness
More stories about Daniel’s sweetness
18 Aug 2019

More stories about Daniel’s sweetness

We heard more stories about Daniel’s sweet side from the emcee, who shared several anecdotes from their interactions.

Apparently, the emcee had apologised to Daniel for not informing him about the durian beforehand, but the latter graciously responded with, “It’s okay.” The emcee also recalled how well-mannered Daniel was while they in discussions about the press conference the previous day.

Daniel’s kind attitude was evident from the way he treated the interpreter as well. Whenever there was a particularly lengthy sentence to translate, Daniel would pat the interpreter on the back to encourage him.

Ladies and gentleman, this is Kang Daniel. Kang Daniel is nice, humble, and a very good sport. Be like Kang Daniel.

Click on for more photos from Kang Daniel’s Color on Me fan meeting!

Daniel poses for a picture with his fans
Daniel poses for a picture with his fans
18 Aug 2019

Daniel poses for a picture with his fans

Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore
Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore
18 Aug 2019

Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore

Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore
Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore
18 Aug 2019

Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore

Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore
Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore
18 Aug 2019

Daniel performs at his first solo fan meeting in Singapore

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Kang Daniel wants to puts his fans before everything else
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Wanna One makes first Singapore visit

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