The Jakarta Post
It was an exceptionally pleasant evening for fans of Lee Min-ho, as they got a chance to meet and watch the actor singing at Lotte Duty Free's Family Festival 2015 in Seoul on May 22.
The Boys over Flowers' star shared the stage at Seoul Jamsil's Olympic Stadium with actor Park Hae-jin, Super Junior -D&E and Kyuhyun and Henry Zhou Mi of Super Junior-M.
Drawing thousands of spectators, including visitors from China, Japan and Indonesia, the fan meeting and K-wave concert marked the 35th anniversary celebration of Lotte Duty Free, the South Korea-based duty free shop.
The two-hour event was a unique mix of energetic hits belted out by Super Junior members and romantic ballads from the actors.
Park Hae Jin, an actor in popular dramas such as My Love from the Star, Doctor Stranger and Bad Guy, was the first to appear at the stage.
'My old friends have prepared a song for me. But, I don't sing well, so they will sing on behalf of me,' he said coyly when Japanese and Chinese presenters asked him to sing.
It didn't take long for Park, however, to go backstage to change into a black-and-white costume and return ready to sing.
Along with J-Walk musical duo members Jang Su-won and Kim Jae-duc, the 32-year-old actor sang and danced in high spirits. Several times, Park walked to the front of the stage to greet the audience sitting in the VIP area, prompting many of concertgoers to rush toward him in hopes of shaking his hand or snapping close-up photos of him.
The Canadian member of Super Junior-M, Henry Lau, made an impression when presenting his violin cover of Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal'.
It was not just about his impressive skill in playing the violin, but also about the way Lau reacted when his string unexpectedly snapped. Lau swiftly changed his grip on the violin and strummed the violin strings in a rock star style.
Next, Donghae and Eunhyuk, known as Super Junior-D&E, greeted fans with their single 'Growing Pains'.
'I say Eunhyuk, you say Oppa. Oppa, Oppa!' Eunhyuk told the audience before the duo 'Oppa, Oppa', in which Henry appeared in the middle of the song to dance along with them.
A large number of concertgoers quickly grabbed their cameras and took position as near as possible to the stage when photos of Lee Min-ho were shown on the stage's screens.
Clad in a long white coat and black pants, Lee Min-ho emerged on stage and performed a song from the original soundtrack of his serial drama The Heirs, 'Painful Love'.
Maintaining the mood of a slow romantic ballad amid the screams of mostly women fans can be quite challenging, but Lee remained calm and managed to complete the song.
In an interview, Lee Min-ho talked about his exciting experience when shooting a Lotte Duty Free's commercial that told a story of Lee falling in love with a girl he met at the duty-free shop.
Backed by a live band, the 27-year-old presented a single from his second album, Song for You, before closing the night with an upbeat song, 'Stalker'.
'Throughout the concert, I only waited for Lee Min Ho,' said Florence, one of ten customers who won a trip in a contest held at Lotte Duty Free Indonesia's shop in Kuningan, Jakarta.
'It was thrilling to finally see him with my own eyes,' the 21-year-old university student said in excitement. 'He's handsome!'