Here’s AY’s perspective on the fan meeting:
It was Seung Gi’s sixth fan meeting and the third time that I saw him in person. So many fan accounts have been written about meeting Seung Gi and the previous fan meetings. What else can I add to that which is meaningful and interesting…? Well, it turned out that I really didn’t need to worry because Mr. Lee Seung Gi never ceases to amaze and impress.
I was very lucky to get a really really good seat which was right in the middle of the ﬁrst row. That means, throughout the entire 2 hours of the fan meeting, Seung Gi was standing no more than 5 feet directly in front of me. The only things that stood between us were the lights and the monitors. In fact, when he stood on the edge of the stage to throw the dolls to the airens at the back, he was literally almost stepping on my face!!
Once settled in my seat, I decided that taking pictures would not be my top priority. I did not want to distract myself with focusing the camera, worrying about the angle, catching a funny expression. I wanted to soak it all in with my naked eyes. I wanted to see Seung Gi directly and not through the lens of the camera. My focus was on his every word and action.
Among the Singer Seung Gi, the Actor Seung Gi and the MC Seung Gi, I like MC Seung Gi the most. In Singer Seung Gi, I see a talented musician. In Actor Seung Gi, I see a passionate performer and in MC Seung Gi, I sometimes, manage to catch a glimpse of the real Seung Gi. Last June, at the airport, I hardly saw him. In fact, he was running away from us. At the Seoul Concert, he was standing at the end of the extended stage. So half the time, what I saw was his back. Yet, at the second Singapore fan meeting, with Seung Gi being only 5 feet away, I saw a young man with heart.
Everything about the fan meeting was right. His hair was right. His costumes was simple but stylish. He looked so good in the plain white t-shirt (LSGfan would love it ) and the plain black t-shirt (I think LSGfan would like this too) that I could overlook the quilted white jacket and the ﬂowery blue jacket. He was refreshed, not tired, happy and at ease.
On his second visit to Singapore, the press there described him as ‘conﬁdent’, ‘comfortable’ and ‘down to earth’. I totally agree. But there was more to it. Since I last saw him at the Seoul concert 2012, Seung Gi has perfected his art as an entertainer.
Seung Gi was relaxed but in complete control. The awkwardness he used to have when he blew kisses or when he unbuttoned his shirt was gone. He could now reach out to his fans without hesitation. He offered to shake hands and hug those who lost in the game. He talked about being ‘sexy’, with humour. When asked about his feelings after some accidental intimate touching, he said in good humour, “It was good.” He could be such a tease. He wasn’t even shy when the fan gave him a back hug. All the things that idols are supposed to do, he can now do with ease BUT with a difference. He did it with heart and I believe, out of his desire to really get close with the fans.
He was considerate. He told his fans not to treat him as a celebrity and to go to the max in the games without worrying about him getting injured. But how could the fans NOT treat him like a celebrity when he is, in every aspect, a superstar. I loved the palm- ﬁghting game. With each contestant, there were one or two seconds when he moved his hands to the side to give the fans a chance to push him back, but when they were centimetres away from his chest, as if he were sacred, many of them held back and stopped and lost balance. I wondered if that was his trick, to retreat in order to beat..lol.
When the fans screamed at the GFB kiss scene, the lights were not on him but he pointed at the fans and laughed at their reaction, like someone laughing at a friend who made a silly remark. When he sang, he tried to pull everyone into his songs to dance and sing with him. He even recognised the fans from last year’s fan meeting. When he saw the fan, he said, ‘I remember you,’ as if he had just run into a long-lost friend. And then asked, ‘Are you still together?’. That’s it. That’s how we tease our friends. And he did all those without pretence and he enjoyed every moment of it. The fan meeting was not just a job. It was really an opportunity for him to meet his old friends.
He made every effort to shorten the distance between himself and his fans. He tried to be as ordinary as he could, to be at the same level with them. But it is in his attempt to be ‘ordinary’ that shows his ‘extraordinary-ness’, that sets him apart from other celebrities, that explains his prevailing popularity.
At the Seoul concert, some Korean fans asked me why I liked him. I told them that I liked him because in him, I saw hope. He is positive, purposeful and conﬁdent–qualities that I think young people should have and I hope young people can be inspired by him. The pictures that I took were not high quality (I do not have steady hands) but I think I can see more clearly of him now.
The games might be planned. The back hug might be rigged (regardless of what number the fan chose, it would be the back hug. It would NEVER be the kiss scene). His speech in English might be scripted and he was reading it from the prompter on stage (yes, I saw that too) but the feelings and sincerity naturally ﬂowed from the heart. At least, that was what I saw and felt. Seung Gi is not running from his fans anymore (that is, when he is not at the airport). He is running towards them. And that requires conﬁdence, self-assurance and humility. And that is what a fan meeting should be all about.