SHINee Japan Debut Premium Reception at Abbey Road Studios in London (Sunday the 19th of June 2011, the best day of my life)
Okay, so, I arrived at Abbey road at about 1pm, and before we even got around the corner we could hear all the screams, I was actually quite nervous to go around the corner haha, when we got around the corner, I actually did a double take, I didn’t expect there to be that many fans there. At this point I was still so nervous, because I was worried 1) We wouldn’t be able to get past the fans to go in 2) I didn’t know where we had to go to get to go in 3) In case the email I got was fake or something haha
So we went, and it was obvious where we were expected to enter as it was clear from fans and said something like ‘Authorized person only’ so we went to the guard and asked about people with tickets and he said we would be going in later……so we waited and nervously chatted for…oh gosh I have no idea how long it was, everything seems a bit blurry, it must have been well over an hour, then we saw Samia and her friend enter and I grabbed Jenny and went forwards, when we got to the gate we showed them our invite and they let us in and gave us special passes (It’s a shame we didn’t get to keep them) and then we had to wait for the other winners to arrive, there were 10 of us from England and then about maximum 20 Japanese fans in the end, Samia and her friend who were at the front got interviewed by loads of press, me and Jenny were second in and got interviewed by Japanese press (I think it was for fuji TV I’m not sure though) and they asked us our names, our favourite members, how we got into SHINee, I mentioned about the fact my friend Emma showed them to me and she sadly couldn’t be here today, then they asked us to give a message to SHINee xD, we also got interviewed by a friend of Rains!! Jenny got to send Rain a text from his friends phone omg haha, so after all that, we were still waiting outside (behind a van) then eventually we got to go in, we went pup the steps (and omg all the cheers from the fans waiting outside :’)) went into a room with like the reception area, along a hallway (Greenday was in a huge photo to the left) and then in the next hallway there was a huge poster for the last Harry Potter film xD, then we went down some spiral staircases and along another hallway and then we got told ‘NO PHOTO, NO PHOTO’ haha, (it was a shame though….having even one photo would have helped this stick in my memory better and make it seem less like a dream) but anyway, then we saw the room, it was studio 2, and oh my goodness, there was the stage and then the front rope was less than 2 metres from the stage, the whole room was dark apart from blue lights everywhere, and so me and Jenny got right to the front I was a bit to the left, we saw there were only 4 mic stands at the edge of the stage which we thought was odd, but we didn’t look into it too much, and so we were all waiting and had a chat to one of the camera men (who took a particular liking to Jenny haha) and that was when he said one of the members was ill, and at this point we didn’t know who, I wish none of them had been ill, I really really do, but I thought ‘Oh my goodness, I bet it’s my boy, I bet it’s my Tae’ and then one of the ladies came round the front (may have been a cordi-noona not sure) said it was Jjongie ;__; I was so disappointed, and I felt to bad for Jenny, but hey, the main thing is, I hope he has got better as fast as possible and I really really hope he is okay. Whilst all this was going on they has on loop on the speakers Hit Me, Quasimodo, Romantic, You, basically they had all the songs playing that would make us sob haha, then omg, THEN there was this TV to the right that suddenly started blasting some AWESOME Lucifer remix…omg it was awesome and it started a 3 minute forty countdown and showed all their faces and introduced them with their names, then showed clips from each other their MV’s from the original Replay and then when it got down to 0:00 they came on stage
and oh my god
The beat from the start of Replay…it was just…like magic…..I have no idea…it was just, we saw them perform their new single for the first time….I feel so utterly privileged, and they performed so amazingly, all their vocals were fabulous, Taemin did most of Jjong’s lines, but Key and Onew also did some, seein how synchronized they are with their dancing is absolutely unbelievable, and I am sorry, but fancams/music video’s do not do Taemin’s dancing justice, the way that boy pops and locks his body….it’s beyond me, it’s like he is not even human, he just follows through all his moves so flawlessly and just…I have no words AND THE SWIMMING MOVE, THE SWIMMING MOVE I SAW IT WITH MY OWN EYES, I NEARLY COLLAPSED WHEN HE DID IT I WAS SO HAPPY, AND THEN WHEN KEY PASSED HIM THE MIC BACK IDK I JUST FELT TO PRIVILEGED TO SEE THAT TOO BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING WE ALL CHAT ABOUT BUT OMG I SAW IT DSKJGGJKDBGVF and they were all smiling the whole way through, especially Onew, he had the biggest grin on his face ever and was just beaming it at everyone, you can really see why he is the leader…he is just, he yer. Key…..Key baffles me, he was just….oh my, he was flawless, seriously, I know Key is an amazing dancer, but seriously, the very few times I took my eyes off Tae, I was so amazed by Key, and Minho……where do I ever start…..Minho emits this amazing aura….his face it’s so calm and so beautiful….Minho is the hardest to explain, because he is, oh I don’t even know.
So when they finished performing they all grinned with their beautiful faces, at this point Onew was sweating the most, they then introduced themselves in English, then Korean and then Japanese, it was the cutest thing ever omg, they spoke mainly in Korean but they said random sentences in English, at the start Onew was reading off the board and two girls pointed at the board as if to say ‘Yer we know what you’re doing’ and he grinned and smiled at them and laughed and pointed at the board and messed up what he was saying haha, then the translator supposedly translated what Onew said, but Onew spoke for ages and the translated only said a few words and then Key rolled his eyes, looked at all of us and said ‘Ooookkkaaaaayyyyyy’ in a really sarcastic voice, omg I was laughing so much, then Key said a few words and then Taemin looked at the screen and said (whilst being nervous and adorable and dsjghjdsbdsjk) ‘W..we are s..so essited!!’ (i.e.: We are so excited) omg, it was the god damn cutest most adorable thing I have ever seen in my life and heard and I will never get over it ever, then Taemin said a few more words…and can I just say….his face, it’s absolutely, the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life, photo’s/video’s are just….they do no justice, he actually looks so much different..it’s hard to explain…I don’t know, but he is just flawless, I never thought I could fall further than I already had for him, I thought that was impossible but….and it’s so hard…everything seems to be so….blurry…like I don’t know, I remember being in absolute awe, but in some ways I can’t remember his face…like I know I can, but I was in so much shock, and I think the fact that my eyes never left his face just added to it all I don’t know omg.
They played Juliette, on the first beat, I nearly collapsed, I always said, if I ever ever saw SHINee live, the one song I would give my soul to see them perform would be Juliette, and they performed it, and it was so perfect, so utterly flawless and Taemin’s vocals just sounded absolutely wonderful, and he held on Jonghyun’s long note so well, it was just utterly magical, just…it will always be my favourite song, and I…I can’t put it into words, the dance looked odd with only 4 of them though but it was still perfect AND MINHO’S RAP, IT WAS AMAZING, I SAW MINHO RAP LIVE AT OH MY GOODNESS THERE ARE NO WORDS, HE IS JUST THE BEST RAPPER IN THE WHOLE OF KPOP I DON’T EVEN KNOW, AND ONEW’S ‘DA DA DA DA DA DA DAA DA’ THAT HE DOES OVER EVERYONE ELSES DKJBGJDKBDS IT SOUNDED SO AMAZING!!!!!
Then they all started grinning and smiling and dijghdjsbgk then they performed the Japanese version of Hello, and it just sounds so wonderful live, it sounds absolutely beautiful, and they didn’t dance to this one, but they all walked RIGHT to the front of the stage and put their hands up and started swaying them to the beat and we all joined in! xD and ever chorus Tae walked to the front and waved his hands again with the most stunning smile on his face, he is just so breathtaking, and the bass in Hello was just thumping through our bodies, it was just amazing. OH! and Jjon’s long note in Hello, Onew did it, Taemin nudged him and smiled at him as if to say ‘You do it hyung’ and then he did it, it was so adorable!
Now forgive me, it has all gone into a huge massive blur of one thing, they did another talk, and I can’t remember if it was now, I think it was and this was were I got eye contact with Taemin….it was so short, literally it was just tiny, but I saw those eyes look at me, his beautiful eyes looked at me even though it was for the tiniest millisecond, that millisecond will mean the world to me for the rest of my life, and I will never forget that moment, I have engraved it into my memory, my boy, I will never forget that one time you looked at me, ever. Then after that happened I was all flustered but trying not to cry, you know that feeling where your mouth has no idea what to do, so your lips start quivering because they/you have no idea if you are going to smile or cry? Haha well that happened throughout the entire thing xD Oh my, me and Minho had some sort of staring contest…I never even thought of that until I spoke to Nikki, me and Minho just locked eyes for ages whilst Key and Onew were talking and Nikki said to me ‘YOU KNOW HOW COMPETITIVE HE IS, I BET HE WAS THINKING OF IT AS A CONTEST’ and I was like OMFG I BET HE WAS OMFG…and I lost, lmfao I blushed grinned and looked away after a while and then peeked up and the corner of his mouth twitched and he looked back to the rest of the crowd omg haha, then I resumed staring at Taemin. OH I FORGOT! Me and Key got eye contact RIGHT at the beginning when he was on my side of the stage, he smiled….omg seriously, Key….he is SO much more attractive in real life, I mean obviously he is gorgeous anyway, but seriously Key…wow, and he is so smirky! He smirked so much throughout the whole thing! Onew was the only one I didn’t get eye contact with…or not that I remember, the main thing I remember about Onew was just him grinning the whole time and looking around everyone….he really is such an amazing leader.
THEN THEY PLAYED RING DING DONG 8D It was so awesome! Seeing all the moves live dskjgjdbs omfg and you know the movement just where they put their hands on their chest and like swivel round? Yer? Well you know Taemin’s top? It had like big square holes in it? He got his hand and mic caught inside ^^;;; he looked so pissed off with himself, I wanted to go help him haha, but he eventually got it out and carried on like nothing had happened but looked frustrated with himself! Oh and apparently Key’s necklace fell off, but I didn’t see that, I was concentrating on Taemin haha, and Minho and Taemin swapped round like usual for the rocka rocka rocka bit, first time round Minho was at the front doing the gear shift move, then Taemin was the second time, oh and in the bridge (my favourite part) Onew and Taemin shared the lines! AND MINHO/KEY’S RAP SOUNDED SO FUCKING AWESOME OMFG THERE WAS SO MUCH ATTITUDE!
NEXT WAS LUCIFER
AND IT WAS UTTERLY FABULOUS! They all really went for it, they were sweating absolute buckets, but like always they just performed flawlessly, TAEMIN’S BUTTERFLY MOVE DSJGBFKJDSBKSD IT WAS AWESOME! and in Onew’s part, the bit just after the centipede move (WHICH LOOKED SO COOL BY THE WAY DGKJBDSKJ) Onew walked to the front of the stage and sang AND THEN KEY WALKED FORWARD and put his right arm on Onew’s left shoulder and started his part and had the best expression on his face ever! Then Tae did Jjong’s long note, and he did it SO WELL!!! AND THEN MINHO’S RAP DSGKJHDSKJGBDS HIS EXPRESSION WHILST RAPPING IS SO AMAZING (I only managed to see the end of it because I was watching Taemin singing that long note and watching the concentration on his face and the way his throat moved dskjgbdskjds and the way his left arm/hand curled upwards…he is so mesmerizing to watch) OH AND ONEW’S VOICE CRACKED HAHAHAHHAA IT WAS THE FUNNIEST CUTEST THING EVER AND HE GAVE A GRIN XD, none of the other members actually reacted to it, but it wasn’t a huge crack, so that is probably why, the whole thing I was watching Taemin more or less, and his dancing…well I have already said, it is just unreal, the boy is so talented, and seriously the way they all sing so perfectly whilst dancing is just amazing, they just sounded so wonderful (and no they were definitely not miming haha I can tell the difference)
When they finished Lucifer we were all clapping and screaming TAKE A BREAK TAKE A BREAK because they all looked so tired, One smiled at us all and took a cup of water from someone behind him, so a gulp passed it to Key, who took a gulp and passed it to Tae, who took a gulp and passed it to Minho who finished it, they really should have had a bigger drink than that, but never mind. They then had a breather and kept waving at us to say 1 moment whilst they had a little laugh, then Onew started talking in Korean, then 5 mic stands suddenly appeared, and we heard Onew mention Jonghyun a couple of times, and then the translator came on the speaker and said something like ‘As you know Jonghyun has not been well, it was a real shame as he was so excited to perform, but because he is so determined to perform, he decided he wanted to sing the last song’ and then,Jjongie came on, and he had the most adorable outfit on I have ever seen, he had like this little green cape thing and this wooley hat…omg he looked so adorable and he gave the sweetest eye smile ever and introduced himself and then talked for ages in the softest voice I have ever heard, all his words were like blurring together it was so soft, so beautiful.
Once he finished talking and we all cheered and said ‘GET WELL SOON’ the curtain behind them dropped to reveal an orchestra…..they sang Replay (Japanese version) with a live orchestra…..there has never been anything more beautiful played to my ears..ever….it was the most beautiful magical piece of mucic I have ever heard….plus this is the first time I had heard Jonghyun live…and his voice…there are no words. All their voices…they all compliment each others so much, all their voices are so different, that they just come together to create the most beautiful, amazing music I have ever come across in my life, that is my second favourite SHINee song now (the orchestra version) it was just….it sang to my heart and plus, I got another brief eye contact with Taemin, this one was slightly longer and this time I smiled instead of just looking shocked…I oh guys, I wish I could have taken you all with me, it was just the best day of my life, I really hope SMENT/EMIJAPAN upload the video’s for it…because it was just phenomenal, it was…utterly breathtaking, the whole event was just….I don’t know how I got so lucky…..but whoever/however/whatever caused me to get those tickets, I am forever in dept to you, because I saw my Tae….I saw him and I saw my boys….I can never be unhappy now…even though it sort of feels worse, because I want to see them again and again and again….this day will never be beaten and I just.
Thank you SHINee, thank you for everything you have done for me, thank you for inspiring me, helping me think of goals and hoping to achieve my dreams, Taemin, thank you for telling us to smile, you’re right it does help…and Taemin…thank you for everything, I will never ever ever be able to explain how much I owe you. ♥
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