While on the BIGSTAR trail, I headed down to SBS to try to get into the audience for MTV The Show.
The SBS studio is at Digital Media City (D.M.C.) and you can get there by going out of Exit 9 and walk straight. You’ll cross one major T-junction and you’ll be able to see the SBS Prism Tower.
As usual, regular ticket applications are insane and really difficult to get and the best bet is to always try to go into the show with a fan club.
I joined the queue for BIGSTAR and since I met the various criteria they had set, I was given as #9 in the queue to enter the show. While I got #9, it wasn’t a guarantee to enter the live show because there were numerous fandoms there and the various fan managers had to discuss to see how many to let in from each fandom. From the point of being numbered, it was about an hour’s wait to know if we get to go into the show or not.
As it turned out, 10 fans from the BIGSTAR queue were allowed in!! I was really happy but at the same time, the happiness was short-lived as I realised that Haifa (who is a new friend, an OnlyOne and also a fellow ELF) didn’t make the first cut into the show. I felt really bad as she was the one who told me all the times and locations of the various BIGSTAR filming/appearances and I wouldn’t have been able to see BIGSTAR if it weren’t for her.
Still, the fans who didn’t managed to get in were told to wait as they might let them in if there was enough seats available. So as I went in, I was really hoping that the other fans were able to get in somehow.
NOTE: Once again, photos are NOT allowed during the live shows but as usual, I was being naughty and I sneaked a photo because I wanted a 인증샷 (proof shot) to enhance my blog post. ^^
I was standing in the 3rd row from the performance stage. There was a stage at the side where the hosts of the shows would stand with their guests (if any).
I must say that the live show was a really confusing experience. There was no producer to cue any audience applause or anything like that. Also, the artists who have already pre-recorded their performance would also come up on stage to perform half a song… which is extremely confusing for us in the audience because we couldn’t tell who is live on broadcast and who has pre-recorded. We only know a performance was pre-recorded when they walk off the stage mid-song.
Also, many times, there was nothing going on on stage but we could hear the audio of some videos being played… but the problem was, we couldn’t really tell what kind of video it was. It was because the audio wasn’t entirely audible and not because I couldn’t really understand Korean that I didn’t know what was going on. Even the Korean fans in the audience had no idea what was going on.
So all that said, I now understand why no one cheers/claps at the beginning of the performances on the live shows… because we didn’t know we are on-air. Hahahahaha.
Also, I realised that people only cheered for the artists they’re there to see. I think it’s a Korean thing where they don’t cheer for the other artists. And it’s been said that the Korean fans will not be very happy with you if you cheer for other artists especially if you entered with a particular fandom; which was an extremely weird concept to me because we’re just used to cheering for everyone for the sake of making some noise and show basic support. Oh well, when in Rome, do as Romans do I guess. My nose and throat was giving me problems still so I barely cheered for BIGSTAR let alone any other artists.
Still, it’s always good to watch BIGSTAR perform live (and I was standing smack in the middle so I had a really good view)! Check out their performance of their latest song “달빛소나타 (Shine A Moonlight)” here:
That said, Seventeen, Monsta X and Jessie caught my eye and ear as well. Check them out!
After the live broadcast ended, we did what ever other fan did, hahaha, go and stand at the carpark exit and wait for the vans to drive out from the carpark. Hahahaha.
I managed to see VIXX’s Hongbin, BIGSTAR, half of Seventeen and a few other girl groups leaving. In fact, Zest-Z walked out form the main entrance. LOL.
I heard that Zhoumi left really early so I didn’t get to see him. I would have loved to see Zhoumi and wave to him at least or something you know, show him some kind of love. Oh well.
It was an interesting experience overall and it was really fun to hang around after the show with all the new friends I’ve made; and that’s what stalking has always been about, the fun with the people you’re hanging out with while being in suspense over whose van is driving out next and the bragging rights for who you managed to spot and what happened then.