CN Blue's most touching present was from a fan who attended all 100 of their gigs
PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
New Korean boyband CN Blue have received many gifts from thousands of fans over the past year, but one present stood out and touched their hearts.
Band leader Jung Yong Hwa, 21, tells Life! in an interview via a translator: 'There is a fan who attended all 100 of our gigs in Japan when we were performing in clubs and bars.
'She collected all the ticket stubs and gave them to us as a present. We were so touched, knowing that there is someone who gives us so much support.'
The quartet were in town over the weekend for a showcase for fans who bought tickets between $68 and $168.
They debuted in Japan last August, before returning to Korea to release their first five-track mini- album, Bluetory, early this year.
They also released another six-track mini- album, Blue Love, in May. A mini-album usually contains fewer tracks and is released more frequently than a full album.
It was the band's first visit to Singapore and the members - Jung, Lee Jong Hyun, 20, Kang Min Hyuk, 19, and Lee Jung Shin, 19 - were shy and polite at the press conference.
Unlike members of a typical Korean boyband who sing and dance in synchronised moves, CN Blue play their own musical instruments.
They have been compared to another Korean boyband, FT Island, who debuted in 2007 and who also play their own instruments.
Brushing off the comparisons, Jung says: 'It is a good thing to get compared because it motivates us to work harder for fans. We treat them as good friends, and not rivals.'
Becoming famous at such a young age has its inconveniences, he says. 'It's great that people recognise us now. But we have to be polite and look beautiful whenever we are dining in restaurants as there would always be people taking photos of us.'
But the young men seem to lap up the attention as well, with Lee Jong Hyun adding: 'When people recognise us, it means that they know who we are. It feels good and I don't see any disadvantage with that.'
Inevitably, they are asked about the girls they would date. Lee replies: 'We want to date someone we can feel comfortable with, and can communicate with.'
But Lee Jung Shin gives an unexpected answer: 'I am the youngest in my family and also the youngest in my group. I don't mind dating a girl who is older than me because I want someone who can lead me and take care of me.'
Would they date their fans?
Jung smiles and gives an answer that will certainly make all the young girls sigh: 'We came all the way from Korea to Singapore because we want to date the fans here. We can't wait to see them.'Source: Jocelyn Lee for The Straits Times (Singapore)
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