Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice

The former Wanna One member, who was in Singapore for his fan meet, charmed audiences with his sweet vocals, smooth moves, and Singlish

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
08 Apr 2019

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice

Photos: Hatchery

January 27 is likely to be a date that Wanna One fans will never forget.

That was the day when the K-pop group held their very last concert, Therefore, in Seoul as a final farewell before they disbanded. Wanna One, which consists of the top 11 contestants from reality show Produce 101 Season 2, was never meant to be a permanent one. Right from the start, fans and members alike knew that the boys would have to go their separate ways sooner or later.

While Singapore wasn’t blessed enough to be able to bid our goodbyes to Wanna One before they disbanded, we were lucky enough to have had them perform here thrice throughout their one and a half years together. The last time was in September 2018 during HallyuPopFest 2018.

Fast forward half a year later, and we could hardly believe our ears when we heard that former Wanna One member Ong Seong Wu would be making his way back to Singapore for a gig. We knew that it would be only a matter of time before the members of this hugely popular group would return, but we didn’t quite expect that it to be this soon. Not that we’re complaining, of course.

Held at ZEPP@BigBox last Saturday (April 6), Ong Seong Wu 1st fan meeting Eternity Tour in Singapore was the last stop in his current tour, and the 23-year-old pulled out all the stops to ensure that by the end of the night, everyone in the audience left with huge smiles on their faces.

Seong Wu, who has yet to release his own solo album, delivered on every account despite not having any tracks to call his own. 

One of our favourite moments was when he had to perform the choreography to a random list of Wanna One’s hits (‘Beautiful’, ‘Day By Day’, ‘Energetic’ and ‘Burn It Up’ were the songs played), and he pulled it off perfectly until ‘Burn It Up’ came on and you could see the short moment of panic while he tried hard to recall the dance moves from that particular part of the song.

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
08 Apr 2019

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice

He also put on stunning performances of Lee Sora and Kim Jinho’s respective tunes, ‘Please’ and ‘Love This Moment’, which reminded us of why and how he captured the hearts (and votes) of viewers around Korea when he was still a contestant on Produce 101.

What truly impressed us, however, was when Seong Wu said a long list of Singlish phrases that he learned specially for his Singapore fans: “I want to say gum xia to all my Singapore fans ah, you all always cheer for me and ai wa. I guarantee chop with you all hor, I confirm bei buay ki everything we do together one. Must always stay and support the ah ok.”

For those who are scratching your heads in confusion at this point, here’s what it means.

“I want to say thank you to all my Singapore fans. I know that you always cheer for me. I promise you that I won’t forget everything that we have done together. Please always stay and support me.”

This was a much upgraded version of the ‘I love you la’ that we often hear other artistes saying, and Seong Wu’s smooth delivery of the lines made us wonder how much practise went into it.

In return, he was gifted a very special caricature - a photo of his head drawn onto the body of the Merlion (Ong-lion? Mer-Wu?), which tickled the audience endlessly.

Before the night came to an end, however, we were brought even further down memory lane when Seong Wu performed ‘That’s What I Like’, the very song that he danced to during the Produce 101 ranking evaluations. 

He was also caught brushing away tears when a video, which was prepared by fans, played on screen. The snippet that touched him was when he shouted ‘Wannable’ thrice during the group’s final concert, and the singer later explained that he got emotional “because I was wondering when I’d be able to shout the name ‘Wannable’ again.”

At that point, there was nary a dry eye in the venue as fans were reminded that they’re not the only ones who miss Wanna One dearly. The members definitely do, too.

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
08 Apr 2019

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
08 Apr 2019

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice
08 Apr 2019

Ong Seong Wu is sugar, spice, and everything nice

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