Like Jennifer pointed out herself, this fan account is somewhat different. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows…
I just want to share my fan account but it’s not the usually kind that you read on the blog. I can’t share that I shook his hand or took a photo with him although I wished I had the opportunity. My fan account is about his visit here to Malaysia. As a Malaysian fan I was angry, sad and embarrassed at the way he was treated here. I blame the organizer for the poor unprofessional job they did in organizing this event. However, through this whole event, it has shown and proven to me that Lee Seung Gi is really in a class of his own. There is no other artist like him. I’m not talking so much of his singing but more of his heart and attitude. There are many artists who have talent that even supersedes Seung Gi’s but not every artist has a good heart to go with that talent. I witness this at the fanmeet and that is what I want to share.
Since Seung Gi arrived in Malaysia, he had to endure some unpleasant moments. His radio interview with the English station was horrible…not his fault at all. The DJ was clueless as to who SG was. He did not do any research or find out more about the person you’re interviewing which is totally unprofessional. Even though I’m not a DJ but common sense tells me to prepare for my interview….duh ! The DJ just rattled off questions to him and there was no interaction at all with him. He did not even have the courtesy to ask SG to greet his fans. There was no small talk exchanged like asking him how he found Malaysia, was the weather too hot for him…you know those kind of friendly ice-breaking questions when you meet someone for the first time. The interview was advertised for 30 minutes but when you remove all the songs in between that was played (and they weren’t even his songs!), the whole interview took only 10 minutes. You could sense that SG found that interview a strain because he’s usually relaxed and jokes at his interviews. A lot of the fans were disgusted with the DJ.
Then came his close door press conference which was poorly conducted. Again it was not his fault. He was made to stand on stage by himself with the MC at one end and the interpreter at the other end. It was cold. The media was busy taking photos of him while he was talking and they were not allowed to ask any questions. Only the MC could ask questions. Even one reporter commented that the press con was too short but he said that he was impressed at SG for his good attitude throughout the whole event. I saw pics of the presscon and I was so sad because SG did not give his best smile or look very happy as compared to all the other press conferences he did and I don’t blame him.
So I went to the fanmeet feeling sad and not really excited because I did not know what to expect. To make it worse, the venue chosen for the fanmeet is not our best. We have way better venues but they choose this mall to have his fanmeet. The concert was held on the 15th floor of the mall. It is covered but the back part of the floor is open air and so you don’t feel the air-conditioning. So what more on the stage with all the lighting?? I think it was harder for SG. The place is not even theatre style set up like Kallang Theatre in Singapore. It’s one level and they place plastic chairs on the whole floor and section off the seats according to the ticket price!! Can you believe that…plastic chairs? It’s like holding a concert in a shop-lot! I just sat there thinking what SG must be feeling since he arrived in Malaysia and the crappy way things were done for him. I thought he may not be his usual cheerful self and will just go through the fanmeet on “remote-control” mode. But I don’t blame him if he did it like that because I was so irritated at the organizer for doing this to him and from Tryp’s blog I know that the Malaysians fans were also upset but we could not do anything for him.
But was I so WRONG ! From the very first song LEE SEUNG GI rose above the difficult and sad circumstances surrounding his visit. He gave his utmost best! He proved again to be the star, artist, entertainer, super nice guy we all know him to be and love. He was happy, relaxed, joked and interacted with us. He made us laugh and go “goo goo gaga gaga” over him. He teased us and said that since we screamed so loudly during his kissing scenes on the videos shown, he must do more kissing scenes in the future. He also teased and said Malaysian fans like to see him take his clothes off! When the six ladies went up on stage to learn the dance steps, he asked them one by one if they like to dance. One of the conversation went like this:
SG: Do you like to dance ?
SG: What do you like ?
Lady: YOU !!
Seung Gi just burst out laughing and the lady got a hug from him 🙂
In the singing game, the MC asked the ladies individually what they like about SG. One lady replied she likes SG because “He is LEE SEUNG GI”. Seung Gi liked that answer and went and gave her a hug 🙂
After he sang “You’re my Woman” he said normally when he sings that song he’s happy but today he said he felt sad singing that song and you could see he was getting emotional and trying to suppress his emotions. [Maybe he felt sad for his Malaysians fans seeing that they got a rotten deal from the organizers?] At that point, he made me speechless and limp…OMG OMG ! He also said that he felt like he was giving a concert in Korea (that tells me he felt at home here). I don’t think he has said that at any fanmeet before (correct me if I’m wrong). I’m so glad be felt the love and admiration from the Malaysian fans. That made his trip here worthwhile.
Maybe I’m just being a “sentimental fool” but I was touched by him. It was almost like he knew that no matter how badly his visit was organized, the Malaysian fans came in full force to see him and support him on a wet rainy night at a not so nice venue located at a not so nice area. The fans loved him no matter what and should not be penalized for the crappy job of the Organizers. You can say that he’s being professional but I say that what he did came from a very kind and sweet spirit within him. Not many artists can do what he did. Most artists will come and do their thing and you can sense that it’s just a job to them. But with Seung Gi you know it came from his heart. The performance he gave that night spoke volumes. I went home walking on air 😀