SHINee’s interview with iWeekly Singapore


What can we expect from the SHINee World concert Singapore?
Jonghyun (JH) : SHINee’s Pearl Aqua ocean!
Onew: I think the excitement level depends on the person, the important thing is that we get to spend joyous times with our fans.
Taemin: Our solo stages.
Key: SHINee’s comedic side.
Minho: The stage design and the entire performance.

Each member’s favourite segment is……
JH: The final song!
Onew: The solo stages, and the ever-changing stage, images etc.
Key: Solo stages!

At SHINee World Taiwan, Taemin specially came out as a blonde babe. Would Singaporean Shawols get to see that? Would there be other surprises?
JH: We’ll keep it a secret first, keep guessing!
Onew: Still unsure!

The concert title is “SHINee World”, what do you think is equivalent to having the world?
JH: The world!
Onew: All the time in the world. Enjoying every moment.
Taemin: Our music.
Key: Us, you, and the lovely stage.
Minho: We want to show the world what we can do!

In SHINee’s perfect world, what is the most important rule to achieve something?
JH: Respecting others is the most important.
Taemin: Always having a humble attitude, we can’t be complacent just because we are famous. We can’t slack and we have to continue working hard to improve.
Key: There isn’t any.

SHINee has been promoting a lot in Japan lately, and popularity has soared among the Japanese. What are your thoughts on the overseas market, especially Japan?
JH: It’s a really rare opportunity.
Onew: It’s really great, I hope to be able to visit every country.
Taemin: I will cherish it.
Minho: It’s a rare opportunity! I’m still trying to learn from it.

To celebrate the Japanese debut, your record label arranged for SHINee to hold an event at London’s Abbey (Road) Studios. How does it feel to be the first ever Asian artistes to perform there?
JH: We were really happy.
Onew: Seeing the walls graffiti-ed with the word “SHINee”, beside feeling shocked, we felt pleased.
Taemin: It’s an honour, it’s like a dream come true!
Key: We’re really touched, I hope that we would have such performance opportunities again.
Minho: It was brilliant, everything was a brand new experience. This event gave me a deep meaning.

To have a big fanbase in Europe, what do you think of the fans doing a flash mob to get you to perform in Europe?
JH: Really thankful, I hope we get a chance to visit again.
Onew: Really fascinating, I would want to take part in the flash mob too, if given the chance.
Taemin: It was surprising, but we can’t be satisfied just like that, we must work harder.
Key: Other than “thank you”, it’s still “thank you”.
Minho: Grateful and thankful. Hope to have more opportunities to perform in Europe.

As a global Hallyu star, why do you think K- Wave is so successful?
JH: To be able to promote my country, Korea, in this way, is really something to be proud of.
Minho: Beside spreading the SHINee culture to the rest of the world, I’m really happy to be able to spread the Korean culture.

Your Japanese debut song is “Replay”. If you could replay any moment of your life, what would it be?
Onew: Every moment, I can’t really answer which moment.
Taemin: Back to 12 years ago.
Key: None. I like it now.

” 누난 너무 예뻐” is the Korean version of “Replay”. When you were singing it in Japanese again, did the memories from your debut days flash past your mind?
JH: A lot of interesting things happened when we first debutted.
Onew: I remembered when we still looked very young and fresh.
Key: There were memorable and fun times.
Minho: Very precious, I will never forget those good times.

Minho, you have a sports background and you joined “Let’s Go! Dream Team” Did it evoke your hidden competitive spirit?
Minho: No, I like to challenge myself, I get inspired through sports.

Jonghyun, at “Immortal Song 2”, your good vocals got recognition from several musicians and idol singers voted you as the winner. Do you think you were born with the good voice, or did you work hard for it?
JH: Both. But I don’t think I’m a really great singer. Haha.

Onew, as SHINee’s leader all the while, are there any bittersweet things you want to talk about? At an interview last year, the members picked Taemin as the “boss”. Has Taemin become the “leader” since then?
Onew: I can only say each member has done his duty and did his best. Hahaha!

Taemin, as the maknae, you were picked by your hyungs as the one who is most matured. Do you really think you are the most matured?
Taemin: Wow, I don’t exactly know

Key, you acted as a cute fanboy in the video at SNSD’sconcert. Since debut, the craziest fans you’ve met are……
Key: Some fans know me better than I know myself!

The thing/person that inspires the actions of SHINee’s fans the most is……
JH: Korea’s great singer, Wheesung.
Onew: The arts and culture.
Key: Good food.

Previously on “Hello Baby”, you became dads. Did you change because of it, or what did you learnt from it?
JH: I became a kid again.
Onew: The child’s learning ability is strong, he absorbs (things we teach) like a sponge.
Taemin: A sense of responsibility.
Key: I relieve stress on the show.
Minho: The baby is very adorable, it would be great to love and take care of a baby brother like him.

If you could participate in any ‘live’ show and could do anything you want on the show, what would you do?
JH: I would send each member to the place he first went, and then film how he spends the day.
Key: I want to join an outdoor ‘live’ show.

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