More than 8,000 fans gathered at the first fan meeting of YG ENTERTAINMENT’s new boy group “WINNER”, heralding the birth of a next-generation Korean Wave idol group.
“WINNER” (Gang Seung Yoon, Song Min Ho, Kim Jin Woo, Lee Seung Hoon, and Nam Tae Hyun)‘s first-ever official fan event named “Hello! WINNER” in Japan held at Serushi Square in Osaka on the 2 this month (Mon.) was flooded with Japanese fans who came to see WINNER members, including those who are to attend the fan meeting.
On the day of the event, fans flocked from early in the morning to see WINNER members and even though it was a weekday, Serushi Square which can accommodate 8,000 persons was full of fans even before the beginning of the event, highly elating the atmosphere.
At the event, WINNER introduced themselves and talked about how they liked Osaka in a fluent Japanese and learned Osaka’s dialect on the spot, spending a pleasant time with fans. Plus, they greeted 300 fans selected by lots on the stage, and each member presented their strength like a cappella, singing, and dance.
A Japanese insider said, “WINNER says perfect Japanese and they even sang their songs in Japanese on the opening stage of BIGBANG’s dome tour. They showed improved Japanese skills at the event, naturally answering MC’s questions on the stage.” “Fans who exchanged greetings with WINNER members were touched to tears, and WINNER was also pleased by fans’ enthusiastic welcome”, added he.
He went on to bring the news of WINNER’s high popularity in Japan, saying “Now, the first fan event has been held in Osaka and fans all across Japan are calling for fan event in their towns.”
WINNER has recently been standing on the opening stage of BIGBANG’s Japan six dome tour, which is the first-ever case of such concert for a foreign artist.
WINNER captivated more than 150,000 audience of the BIGBANG tour, by singing their own song “GO UP”and Tamia’s “Officially Missing You” reinterpreted in their own style, at BIGBANG’s concert at Osaka Kyocera Dome held for three days from the 29 last month.
Meanwhile, WINNER continues to stand on the opening stage of BIGBANG’s six dome tour on the 7(Sat.) and 8(Sun.) this month at Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome, on the 14(Sat.) and 15(Sun.) at Nagoya Dome, on the 19(Thu.) and 21(Sat.) at Tokyo Dome, on January 4(Sat.), 2014 at Sapporo Dome, and finally on January 11(Sat.) and 13(Mon.), 2014, at Osaka Kyocera Dome again.
Credits : YG-Entertainment