Beast Press conference, 24 June 2010


The press conference was held at Mandarin Oriental. The sofas looked really comfortable and plush hor. Saw a few familiar faces especially from the K Pop communities. Surprisingly, there doesn’t seemed to be much miggling between the main media and the K Pop world. Hmm… food for thoughts but that’s another story.

The boys were just a little fashionably late…

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Guess what, I found out that their showcase tickets were sold out within 24 hours (congratulations! Well, the fact that the price was a very resonable price of just $25 was probably a big factor. And another surprise. Their album had achieved Gold. That means the album has sold over 5,500 and in less than 2 months. Congratulations! A gold plaque was presented to all the boys by the Marketing Director of Singapore/ Malaysia. Actually, the boys were a little blur as I don’t think they know what was happenning initially and the translator didn’t explain anything to the boys at all. Obviously, they were pleased with the results and promised to work even harder in the future. Just curious, I wonder if any Korean artiste has achieved Gold for record sales in Singapre before. Anybody care to enlighten me?

Li Yi started the ball rolling by asking how did they practice their dance (steps).

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I think this was the one and only time I saw Hyun Seung ‘speaking’. He was very quiet and low key through the all the events that I attended.

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Li Yi then commented that they are considered as fashion icon (ok, this is news to me) and wanted to know what is their favourite fashion style. They looked so serious as they thought about the question… Hmmm…

Hyun Seung was the 3rd Korean male artiste that I’ve seen recently wearing a hair band. Is in vogue and considered as fashionable in Korea? I can’t imagine any of our local artiste pulling this off.

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Finally, Li Yi asked them what their goal was. I think everyone expected them to say the usual stuf- you know, better albums, become better singers etc. The standard answers to such questions. So I was pleasantly surprised when Jun Hyun (who seemed to be the leader during the press conference) replied that they wanted to be close to their fans. Good for them. Without the fans, they will not be where they are today.

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Finally, it was Q and A time for the media. And I think everyone found the first question very interesting.

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The boys were clearly embarrassed about the photoshoot and the resulting photos. I’m not sure why. I thought most guys wouldn’t be too bothered about posing half naked. Sure, they say it was unexpected and they weren’t in good shape. But I thought it was ok leh. Even Yo Seob. Of course Gi Kwang was very satisfied with his body and all the rest of the members also agreed that his was the best. What do you think?

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This was followed by a sort of related question- Yo Seob’s popularity despite his lack of a manly body. I found it rather amusing to see Jun Hyung touching YS’s hair. As I watch this, my thoughts are going wild coz errr… Jun Hyung looks as like he was caressing Yo Seob’s hair leh! Is there something going on that I don’t know about? Hmm…

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And Du Jun finally answers a question as it was directed at him specifically as the leader.

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And then the boys were asked when they think a girl is sexy. (Initially, the translator got it wrong and thought the question was what do they find is the most sexy and Du Jun replied- lips, like Angelina Jolie. So now you know, he likes thick lips. Hehe! ) Here are the answers from the boys. Du Jun was the one with the most matured answer whilst Dong Woon and Hyun Seung had more interesting answers.

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This was followed by when the boys think themselves sexy. The boys could be heard sighing away. I fear they are going to go away thinking that Singapore media is sex obsessed. Jun Hyung was actually bowing his head after answering the question….

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Dong Woon’s answer was the funniest. ^^ Good for him. I like him. He’s funny.

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Finally, the last question…and again it was Jun Hyung who answered it and not Du Jun. I didn’t have much of an impression of Jun Hyung the night before at the High-5 session (he looked so glum!) but today, he’s changed my opinion of him completely. But Du Jun was surprisingly quiet and seemed deep in thoughts most of the time. Hmmm….

And then, the press conference was over and the boys were asked to sign on the big huge poster behind them.

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A closer look at the signatures…

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The 2 magnae…

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P/s- The clips seemed a little strange. Think I may have converted it wrongly…will redo if I have the time. Sorry!

Related post:

Beast Hi-5 session recap
A glimpse at Beast showcase
Beast arrival details
Beast- Hi-5 coupons winners
BEAST- Hi-5 coupon contest
BEAST- Hi-5 session
BEAST showcase and autograph signing

Beast will be on Entertainment on 5! next Wednesday, 7th July, 8.30pm. Channel 5.

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