Credit: Zannie Pixie
It was a long journey to reach Shenzhen and after checking into the hotel (same as JKS) on 26th Oct late at night, we were first excited about the hotel rooms, then we decide to play spy. We wonder where will Prince be, what he is doing and that we are breathing in the same air, under the same building. Luck was with us and we met Jason & MJ while “playing” with the lift. Aigoo……… This got us excited & we were determined to find out which floor does JKS live in. My fellow eel’s sisters who were with me were super paparazzi! They managed to get news each time they walked around the hotel. They managed to know which floor is he in, saw the gift boxes that fans gave him, saw securities walking around, etc.
My fellow sisters decide on a memorable project while I was asleep in the wee hours. Thanks to them, the booklet was passed to the hands of Auntie Jang safely.
The next morning, we woke up early & luck continued to be with us as we met Mama Jang/ Aunty/ Cherry & Min. We also managed to catch a glimpse of JKS with other fellow eels on several occasions. Although each time we met him was split seconds, it felt like minutes of explosion inside us. In the late morning after picking up the show tickets, we proceed to the show venue with excitement. Although the tickets were not printed with his face, we still felt the strong desire of accomplishment just holding them in our hands!
At the venue after purchasing his merchandise, we met many other ECI sisters & eels and we started taking photos, chit chatting and sharing information. Because of JKS, I make many friends and fate is really strange I feel. As Eileen called it: eels’ power, we sincerely hope that prince will be proud of this unity among the eels world from all over the world like: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Russia, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, USA, Germany, Australia. etc.
This scene was indeed heart-warming as many strangers become friends because of 1 pax: JKS. I am thankful for the opportunity and am glad to be part of it! We agreed to meet again just before the start of the show again.
27th Oct @ Venue: Several representatives from fan club in HK & China gave out JKS related items for use in concert such as stick on tattoos, fan with his photos, stickers, banners & white light stick so that eels can give him a white world. We were all running around just trying to collect as much as we could. As usual we could find non authentic items floating around too & people actually purchased them. For some items, Cri Show ticket needs to be shown for verification before we could redeem. We were let in to our seats ard 6.50pm as the Q was really long. We start taking photos of the stage and environment after seated. The atmosphere was great!!! It was about 70% full before the show to about 90% just before it began (in my opinion).
White light sticks were flashing around. We could hear: “white color” or “white light” each time someone turns on a colored light. We joined in the cheers as well. With thousands of people cheering at the same time, the feeling of joy was manifest. Smiles were seen on all faces we met. Encore sticks were in the hands of many eels too. Each time his face appears on the big screen by the sides of the stage, you can hear cheers and screams!
The shouts of “white lights” happened several times before the show as some audience came in with colored lights. I am sure the shouts create fear & all of them shut it up automatically. Finally someone passed them the white light instead. Eel’s powers were amazing. Soon, you can only see Sea of White. We could spot male eels too who came with their gf or wife! Whatever it is, we were all there for 1 purpose!
It was my first Cri Show in 2012. I was extremely excited. With the cheers around the stadium, I am as excited as JKS I imagined it to be.
He started the ball rolling with his purple suit as usual. Everyone was screaming the minute he stepped on stage. After a few songs, he sat down to chat. He says that he is here today as a Singer and not an actor as he just release a Japanese album. He also explained why he was “MIA” and that he’s feeling nervous because this is his last Cri Show. To him, all this felt so unreal. He explained that the real reason he was silent for a period was because he went travelling alone to think about what he has done and what he wants to do next seriously and because he did not have his cellphone with him. He said that he knows many eels from around the world came for his show & he first asked where the Shenzhen eels are and many cheered. Then he asked where are the international eels & a louder voice came cheering as one. He laughed while replying that how come the voices from overseas eels are louder! He joked, he teased and he laughs. Today, he really showed us what Jang Keun Suk as a singer can do and what Jang Keun Suk as an actor has achieved. I am proud of him during this 2hrs plus performance and this continue to stand and stay in me.
He also mentioned that he is not just Asia Prince now, but becoming World Prince soon! He wasn’t’ shy when he speaks of this & I love the confident in him. He also talks briefly about him busy with his anniversary dinner and he asked how many people following him in his Weibo now. He said he remembers the promise he made and he asked us to join him on Great wall when that day comes. When he puts up his little fingers asking for a promise, I too put out mine to guarantee that promise. What great chemistry we have! In fact I was waiting for his water guns!
The show started from a 75% high atmosphere and it soar up to 100% very fast after series of cheeky winks, cute smiles and flying kisses together with sexy dance moves. JKS himself admit that people were worried about him singing Japanese songs in China at first and that people might not understand him.
However, he choose to be himself and he wants to show the people the real him. Hence, he carries on with the plan on what Cri Show should be. He was very happy when he said that the atmosphere is extremely overwhelming and high and this erases his fear. He knows that we understand him and with this response from the audience, he know he makes the right choice to go China.
JKS also shared his plan of returning to China soon and to release an album under Team H in China but so specific date was mentioned. Hence he wants eels in China to wait for him and do not try to be a kabayaki. You can hear cheers & white lights flashing and I can see that JKS was really touched too. Camera flashes were minimized and all you can see everywhere in the hall were white light. We were able to see his eyes and his every movement of facial expression. It’s so clear! It was indeed a beautiful sight!
His performance was indeed awesome & professional! His perspiration was all over his face & dripping down so sexily onto his neck to the floor. After nearly an hour or so, he asked if we’re happy and he said he is almost dead from tiredness! Everyone laughed! That’s our Prince, JKS…Crazy, frank, unpretentious & real. His mood got higher and higher and I guess he was really happy too. Some ECI eels commented that Shenzhen’s show atmosphere was indeed good & much better than some previous show! We were really lucky to experience all these with him!. He has many outfit changed & the floral one was the best in my own view. I love to hear him sing live for some popular songs like Promise & Let Me Cry. His vocal was good & extraordinary. He was charming and he gave his best and he really walked close to the eels on stage, kneeling down at times with a smile for photo shots! Gosh, it’s like a gift from Heaven! It was also during here that eels in the VIPs sitting area all stand up onto the chairs, cheering and screaming for him while singing along with him and flashing the lights. You can just imagine the atmosphere here at this time. Crazy!
We missed that sparkle in his eyes badly that has been missing for some time & during this Cri Show, we got to see it again. All thanks to the Eels who were present. They were all so passionate and crazy that everyone keep screaming and chanting his names in Chinese: 张根硕!! Jang Keun Suk!!He cheekily repeated his name with us too. We sang along with him and interact well with him too. He said Jyo, and we replied Zikzin! He say: Say What? All replied Hello Hello (music start to play), When he shout: you miss me? Everyone says: Yes!!! And when he goes Gotta GetCHa, the crowd went: Bangbangbang…..
He really is a shining star on stage. He makes efforts to make all eels happy by walking and facing each sides of the stage whenever he can. His voice for the day was great too even though he mentioned that he hasn’t been feeling so well recently. His performance was superb to me!
I was moved by him that night. Especially encore part, he sure was crazy! He sang, dance and shake! He and the dancers continued to walk around the stage and that’s when I got that towel from his dancer. I am lost for words actually. CRI SHOWS ROCKS! JANG KEUN SUK ROCKS!!
I’m glad to follow my fellow eel sisters for this Cri Show and I am thankful to be able to be part of this experience in Shenzhen. I also thank all the people who were there to create this memorable experience for him! Let’s us all cherish him and continue to support him like we have done now for the next 20 years, 40 years and many more to come!!!! You would not want be grilled, do you? God Bless……………………..
By Zann (Zannie Pixie)