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Jakarta Post

A K-pop frenzy in Jakarta

  • Sung Jin-jung

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 25 2012   /  11:05 am

Big fans: Boys Generation, an homage to the Korean girl band Girls’ Generation, competes in the K-Pop Dance Competition in Jakarta.The lights dimmed and silence enveloped the theater. Swathed in darkness, the audience shared hushed whispers as nine teenage boys appeared and took their positions on an illuminated stage, all clad in pristine white costumes and ankle-high boots, oversized lollipop props clutched firmly in their hands.

Then, the familiar tunes of the K-Pop girl group Girls’ Generation’s “Kissing You” blared from the stage’s speakers. The crowd erupted with explosive shrieks of delight, rising to their feet and belting out the opening cheers of the song in Korean.

Amid the deafening music and cheers, the male dancers on stage displayed impeccably coordinated dance moves, chillingly similar to the sweet, charming choreography of Girls’ Generation. U...