I arrived at Odeon West End at 4:15pm (London time), I thought it was a bit late but there were still a lot of people waiting outside or they were just standing there with their friends who were going in. I didn’t wait around as I couldn’t wait no more! I rushed in and showed my tickets to people who worked there and directed me down the stairs. As I got further down the stairs, I could hear their song ‘Hello’ getting louder and louder. I got to the bottom of the stairs and there was a little area with individual cardboard cutouts of each member from their ‘Hello’ photoshoot. (I did not think about taking pictures, but I should of) I screamed and carried on walking into the Cinema. (For anyone who doesn’t know, Odeon is a very popular cinema) You’ll probably think SHINee performing in a cinema? Everything will be clear soon, but you would have probably already seen lots of pictures of them performing anyway. I walked to the entrance of the cinema and heard some korean people talking so I stopped and listened. (LOL, What a freak! Sounded cool though!) I didn’t know my seat was as close to the stage as I thought it would be, which was good, so then I could get a closer view of SHINee. I was with my friend – we were both spazzing!! I sat on the left hand side of the cinema close to the front. There were purple bags on our chairs with things inside, which included a SHINee poster (but only A4 size), a booklet about London Korean Film Festival, a leaflet about the times of films coming on and a balloon which was in pearl aqua blue (some people blew up the balloon but majority didn’t). When you go to a concert you would wish the people sitting in front of you woudln’t have big placards/ signs, but I did!! But I survived because they didn’t really use it that much. However the person with a sign in front of me had a big head so you know, I hoped for the best. There was a big screen and a stage set up infront of it with stage lights on the side and big speakers. The song ‘The SHINee world’ came on in the background. Workers backstage were probably thinking, we need to get them more excited so they decided to put on the Replay MV, which caught every single fans eye, we all screamed when our bias showed on screen.
While that was playing in the background a man came on stage and we all 800 of us screamed.
“Hello! Welcome to the opening of London Korean Film Festival!!” (screams)
“Today, we have special guests to open this festival.” (screams)
“SHINee is performing here today!!” (EXTREME SCREAMING)
“And YOU have the golden tickets!!!” (MORE EXTREME SCREAMING)
“It’s their second time performing here in London, the other time was at Abbey Road Studio!” (SCREAMS)
“Enjoy yourself tonight!” (SCREAMS)
He walked off the stage and everyone got their cameras/ phones ready to film. I took out my phone and was aiming to press record but my thumb went a bit spastic and was shaking so my aim was a bit off. (You’re probably thinking, I don’t care about your thumb shaking! Where is SHINee?) We thought that SHINee would come on straight after the man left so everyone was screaming. But they didn’t come on stage, so we instead chanted ‘SHINee! SHINee! SHINee!’
The screen came on suddenly and started playing introductions, from Lucifer MV, to each member. Taemin first, Minho, Jonghyun, Onew, then Key and lastly all of them together. I could feel my eardrums shaking because the loudness of the screams were tremendous! Even a cameraman I saw was blocking his ears. I thought my ear drums were going to burst though, the people behind me were screaming/ screeching at the loudest and highest possible pitch they could.
In a split second, after the introductions, the whole cinema was dark and all you could see were shadows of 5 sexy men walking casually on stage.
It all kicked off with ‘Ring Ding Dong’! SHINee sported their red and black themed clothes which looked really AMAZING! Taemin’s sweet smile hit me, he was smiling at Key! Jonghyun started singing which hyped up the whole audience. I wasn’t sure if they were lip-syncing this song, but at that time I thought they did. Their dance was powerful as ever! I kept staring at Taemin, thinking to myself, is he really Taemin? Are they really SHINee? You kind of don’t believe it at first but when it sinks into you, you enjoy it so much! I was lucky to have Taemin’s dance positions mostly on my side!!! I WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY!! When Taemin sang his part, screams got louder. When they spin around at the chorus you could see all their necklaces hitting them in their face. Next on to Minho who started the first round in the gear shifting move. The whole crowd shouted and screamed!! Whenever a member starts their part in singing or are at the front dancing you can hear the increase of loudness in screams. In second chorus, Key cleverly held his neckalace as he spun around learning from the first time. Key then does some chest movement which hyped up the crowd, he did it so sexyily. Minho then put everyone on flames when he comes to the front rapping, screams were getting out of control. Members faced Onew as he sings with much energy causing fans to scream and lose their voices!! Jonghyun shoots his powerful voice out to the audience making us faint. Now Taemin takes the second round of gear shifting, his shifting are perfect! But when you try gear shifting yourself you start laughing at yourself! (or is it just me?). They finish their Ring Ding Dong performance with the identical leg cross, hand out and head face down to the side pose. Each member had fierce expressions on their face throughout (apart from that heavenly smile from Taemin), but it must of been hard try not to smile while hearing fans scream at their loudest, but I guess SHINee is obviously used to it now!!!
The second song came on straight after Ring Ding Dong. I was shocked that they were going to perform it but I was happy at the same time because the first time I saw them perform this on youtube I REALLY REALLY liked their dance. It was Senorita!!! I was excited as ever, around 30 seconds into the song they did their SEXY leg move!!! OMG!! I stared at Taemin doing this and I fainted on my friends shoulder (not literaly). Shawols were having their best times of their lives watching that move. It was sooo SEXY!! Taemin came to my side… I SCREAMED LIKE NO TOMORROW!! They did another SEXY move after that too (don’t really know how you explain it but they have their two arms up by their side and push their crotch forwards?! LMAO), I was just watching Taemin do it and *faint*!!! He felt so close to me! Even though I wasn’t sitting right at the front. His hair was a bit curley (that’s how I like it), his face was perfect and his body wore his clothes extremely well! I felt like I was in heaven! Then his elegant spin to the middle of the stage ready for the shoulder move! Screams were probably heard from outside of the cinema!! *huk huk* I wish to be back there right now!!! When they step to their right and grab the air Taemin looked at me!! Dreams come true when least expected! Dance break was somewhat very complicated and looked hard but was probably too easy for SHINee to handle. A camera man was in my way, so I shouted MOVE! MOVE! in a jokey way, not expecting him to move but he turned around and heard, he looked sorry then moved. My expression was – Oh, Thank you! SHINee progressed on with more smooth hand movements and dances, followed my Minho’s breath taking rap. The song reached its end with more air grabbing and more SEXY moves. Finishing with the famous Airplane Pose in which all fans screamed with joy.
SHINee finally took a break and introduced themselves to everyone in english! Taemin introduced himself extremely cutely (if thats a word). Then it was Key’s turn and was like “YOOOOOOOO~” causing fans to scream and shout for him! The man came back on the stage and asked them a few questions, I can’t remember most of them but one of them were: “I heard you crashed the Odeon website, How do you feel hearing about this?” Fans screamed even more! They had a women translator, she was lucky!! Standing right next to them and talking to them. Then she translated back. All members spoke at least once apart from Minho, he was very quiet. SHINee were sweating so much after two songs, which just shows how much effort they put into it. Jonghyun and Onew grabbed water which was placed on stage at the edge. After Onew drank the water, Taemin took it and he drank out of the same bottle!! ONTAE!!! I SPAZZED IN MY SEAT WHICH WASN’T ENOUGH SPACE FOR SPAZZING! Whenever the man said something fans were screaming, but SHINee hadn’t a clue what fans were screaming about so their faces were a bit confused until the translator did her job. Onew was very smiley and happy to see so many fans in London screaming. Taemin answered a question and his voice is so clear and fresh!!! The man then went on with “Now that we have heard a few of your hit songs, I’ve heard that you have prepared some individual stages?” The feeling in the screams were incredible, we were all excited to see that they had for us!!!
They put on a clip of SHINee performing in all the different countries they went to from SMTOWN, so that they could get ready for their individual songs.
They played an introduction before every member who was going on next.
Up first was Onew. He walked into the stage with an entrance of screams. He sang The Road to Me by Sung Si Kyung. The instrumental played and I knew it would be an amazing song… he started singing then fans were cheering but people and workers told everyone to “SHHHHHHHHhhhhhhh!!!” His voice was as clear as crystal and so smooth. He was still sweating from the earlier performances which just shows how hard working he is. Half way through the song in between the verses he did this wink, but i’m not sure if it was a wink or a cute expression, maybe both. Made fans go wild! He’s secretly a disguising cupid who made us fall in love with him. Onew’s voice live is what you really want to hear!!! I cannot describe his voice live. Quality was amazing!! I was speechless!! He finished performing and he ended on “So nice to meet you! Thank You!” – How sweet!!
Now it was Jonghyun’s turn. I thought my dream had come true when I heard this song start. He sang Nothing Better by Brown Eyed Soul!!! He walked on stage and sat down on a chair. He started singing and fans screamed like hell. What can I say? His voice is what you hear on the internet but live is even better. When he sings the high notes, it looks really easy for him which it obviously is!! I got annoyed though because a camera man started filming the audience where I was sitting, so he was in my view of seeing Jonghyun sing beautifully. He smiled in between the verses, which made fans crazy and go wild!!! Stop it Jonghyun, You’re too handsome for my eyes!! Everyone peacefully listened carefully to his angel voice!! He sang the last line “Nothing Better~~~~~~~~ (fan shouted:’THAN YOU’) *audience laughed and Jonghyun smiled then continued*…Than You~~!” Cheers and claps were made.
After was Key! He came on with his trendy fashion! Everyone in the cinema new this song… Tik Tok by Kesha! He loves this song!! Remember him singing this in the car in The Making of Muzit? Anyway… this was a good song after the two amazing ballads Onew and Jonghyun did for us! Fans were singing along and dancing in their seats. He had a lot of energy, his dancing was cool and he interacted with fans a lot. He walked over to the left side of the stage where I was sitting and everyone on this side SCREAMED and SHOUTED!! He then pulled the most cutest face i’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went crazy!!! I swear my voice was disappearing sooner or later! Then… then.. then, I think i’m going to faint. Then, one lucky lucky lucky fan had Key point at her and he was singing to her and looking straight in her eyes… the whole cinema was full of jealousy and screams!! It’s not all, he even got off the stage and sang to her again but this time he got right up close to her!!! I’m telling you now, whoever the fan is, you are one lucky person on this planet right now!!! The song reached the end (I liked the part when he sang the high parts, it moved me). He then made a quick finish and walked off the stage, leaving fans heartbroken.
Minho was next!!! Ahh~ Rocketeer by Far East Movement he sang. He wasn’t singing in sync with the music at first but he looked so professional and just carried on until the song caught up. I didn’t know his voice could go that high. He then started rapping, hear him rap live is so different to hearing him rap on youtube or a music recording!! His voice is so manly and fierce but extremely attractive. He was rapping in korean so you can tell how much time he put into this solo performace to even compose the rap and then remember it. He was really quiet during the mini interview but during his performance he really used the time to shine – a lot! He made fans cheer, wave our arms in the air and interacted with the fans. He used the stage well, he used all sides of the stages interacting with different fans in different areas. He came to the side I was sitting at and his body was slim underneath his nice fitted top and blazer with ripped skinny jeans. He put a lot of effort into this stage, he used hand gestures and everthing.
Last but not least, TAEMIN!!!!! Everyone expected a dance but he sang instead which I think was the most emotional. He came on stage and shocked the audience with the song I’ll Do Well by Se7en. Taemin is my bias as you may have gathered, he really does look even more amazing in real life! All cheers stopped immediately as he started singing and the whole cinema went silent and all you could hear was Taemin’s sweet and soft voice and the music, fans were like ‘WOW!” then it went silent again. His voice really shocked me! What you hear on youtube may not catch your attention but it is completely different live, its even better live!! You may not believe me but when you hear him sing live… you will know what I mean! His high notes were pitch perfect, all the high notes touched me and put goosebumps all over my body… his voice is really heavenly, no joke! I teared up so much when he was singing this, his voice is really hard to describe, basically it’s perfect. His voice has really improved!! I really felt like recording his voice in the high quality I was hearing it. I could fall asleep with his singing!!! He put all his emotion into the song, it’s kind of ironic that the song is called I’ll Do Well, but Taemin you have done really well, you done phenomenally well!! He ended with a big smile on his face, he looked really proud of himself (he should be), I WAS EXTREMELY PROUD FOR HIM!!!
NOTICE TO ALL TAEMINTS (ESPECIALLY) AND SHAWOLS: YOU MUST ALL GO AND HEAR TAEMIN SING A SOLO LIVE IN SOME POINT OF YOUR LIFE!!
Then the screen showed some clips of SHINee World Concert in Taiwan.
After getting dressed, on the 5 shining members came next altogether performing Hello, wearing black and grey coloured clothes. I think they lip-synced Ring Ding Dong and Senorita but from Onew’s performance onwards it was all LIVE! Every move was clear and powerful. They were also cheerful in this song. Taemin’s dance position were mostly on the left, which was where I was sitting, so I did scream every second for that song. Taemin and Key looked like twins when I was filming them on my phone. Then a bit of Jongho towards the end where fans were screaming…!!
Straight after was Juliette!!! Aigooo~ Thier dancing is really powerful and strong. Taemin was dancing so powerfully that his jacket kept coming off one of his shoulders which was HOT!!! I don’t know how SHINee can dance well while sing in tune and not sound out of breath!! They are so talented!! When they drew out Juliette’s body, it wass so smooth! This time they looked more serious and were sweating again. Onew and Minho was on my side for some time, they both put lots of effort into it. OMG!!! Jonghyun’s long and high note was perfect and his popping vein was showing!! So SEXY!!! Each member ended on different poses. Taemin was too hot so he took off his jacket half way down and put it back on again = HOT!!!
Noona Neomu Yeppeo!!! Most of the fans there were probably their dongsaeng’s! Anyway, They quickly got into their positions. It was fatastic! Dance moves were perfect! Again as each member came forward for their part screams got louder. Onew’s MVP gathered many cheers and faints, followed by Jonghyun’s accurate notes. More fan screams when they do their leg circuling move, and even more when Taemin does his extremely hot solo dance. I SAW TAEMIN PASS HIS MICROPHONE TO KEY!!! THEN SAW KEY PASS IT BACK TO TAEMIN!!! SO SKILLED!! Then their small body waves leading into Minho’s rap in which fans went crazy…!! Taemin then took off his jacket half way again and finished dancing. Ending on his special arm move right on the last beat!
SHINee made their way off the stage and the making of the Hello MV came on… everyone cheered for their bias as they came on screen!! Majority of people didn’t even understand what they were saying but they were really cute!
STRONG BEATS!!! LUCIFER!!! Taemins hard popping in the introduction beats!! FANCHANT was even shouted!! Shawols were singing along with them and dancing in their seats. OMG!! I saw the famous popping when they pop and change direction live!! Aww. Then Taemin makes his way back to my side of the stage making all Taemints on my side scream and shout his name. All moves were made with perfection and they were so accurate!! Then came the standing in one line robot move!!! But because I was sitting on the side I couldn’t see what it looked like from the front. Their clothes were the same which matched their feirce looks on stage. Taemin’s sweat patches were forming around his stomach area. So manly!! Onew’s arm curled while singing the long note which was followed by Taemin’s cool microphone spin in the air which he caught because he is skilled. Then Minho kicks into place and starts his charismatic rap!! I swear Jonghyun has like the sexiest arms i’ve ever seen in my life!! *drools* SHINee then wraps up the end of Lucifer with the outstretched arms. Kekeke… you’re probably tired of me saying this but Taemin then took off all of his jacket this time!! He was too hot and had a huge sweat patch around his neck… the other members were sweating lots too!!!
Lucifer was their last song to perform!! That hour went too quickly!! The man who came at the beginning came back on stage and rounded off the night. Thanking SHINee and us fans. SHINee finished on “We are SHINee!” and they made their way off stage. I saw SHINee’s manager too, but from far away. He is soo tall!! I really didn’t want to leave. When me and my friend got out of the cinema we saw lots of people in the small area where the individual members cardboard cutouts were. I was thinking… Is SHINee there? Are they handing out free stuff? But it was fans taking pictures with the cardboard cutouts. So me and my friend pushed through to Taemin’s cutout. We waited as other people were taking pictures too. Finally it was my go. When the people before me left Taemin’s cutout, it nearly fell on the floor. Luckily I was there to save him!! LOL!! Took a few pictures then moved onto Key, then moved onto Minho, but as my friend was taking a picture of me and Minho’s cutout, workers at Odeon took the cutouts away. I was so sad!! Atleast I got one with Taemin!!! They took them away because fans were blocking the set of stairs people were trying to go up as the area we were in was only small! So then we all had to leave and they were talling us to go out as they needed to set up for the next movie.
It was so sad to leave!!!!!!!!!!! I definitely had the best time of my life!! If any of you want to watch their performances I recommend you go on youtube and type in ‘11.11.03 shinee in london 01 ring ding dong’ and click on the first one or the one with the name lobstarzz. All the videos are named with numbers before the song name so watch it in order (if prefered). She has really good quality videos of them and she was sitting further away than I was. You might want to watch them so you know what dance moves I was talking about or just to get the feeling of the concert.
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