[Review] herworldPLUS Reviews 2NE1′s New Evolution in Singapore
Korean girl group sang, danced and won us over. Find out what went down at the last stop of the New Evolution concert
2NE1‘s catchphrase has always been “Nolza” which means “Let’s play” and fun was what the group brought their Blackjacks (the official name for 2NE1 fans) in Singapore. Three years after their debut, Korean girl group 2NE1 successfully wrapped up their first ever solo concert, New Evolution, in Singapore. This time round, Singapore, being the last stop for the quartet’s New Evolution Global Tour, was treated to a little something extra – an extra encore song the fans picked. Blackjacks were entertained with 2NE1’s powerful performances of 25 songs which lasted slightly less than two and a half hours.
The popular K-Pop group, made up of CL, Dara, Minzy and Park Bom, performed to an almost sold out crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on December 1, 2012. We were excited to be in the audience for the group’s first-ever full concert here in Singapore and with 2NE1’s electrifying energy, all the Blackjacks, including us, were having a great time cheering and dancing along to the songs. With such an energetic crowd, this concert was nothing short of fun.
Visual effects, lasers and fireworks
The show started at 7.10pm in an electric atmosphere with the girls making an entrance on elevated platforms with their hit song “I Am The Best”. Throughout the show, fireworks on stage, elevated platforms, inflatable slides, laser lights, conveyor belts and confetti were just some of the effects that the organisers worked in to up the ante.
Transformed into a club
Energy levels in the room got even higher when leader CL showed off her amazing DJ skills as she stood on an illuminated platform which rose above the stage. Wearing her Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, she spun remixes of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Madonna’s “Hung Up” which CL exclaimed to the audience “this is one of my favourite songs”.
During her solo performance for “Kiss”, Dara surprised the public by revealing, “I’m going to kiss a really lucky guy tonight”. “But I won’t be doing this anymore after tonight as this is the last concert. Since this is the last time, shall I kiss him on the lips instead of the cheek?”, teased Dara. The singer invited a lucky fan from the audience and briefly sat on his lap during the performance. But no kisses on the lips for this one, she left him with a kiss on the cheek.
The youngest member in the group, Minzy, known for her astonishing dance moves didn’t disappoint as she pulled out all all the stops during her dance solo. Not to mentioned every movement was perfectly executed. Throughout the night, Minzy drew cheers as she danced and even as she playfully cartwheeled across the stage during the encore.
2NE1’s lead singer Park Bom stood on a podium and performed “Don’t Cry” and “You and I”. It’s a wonder how this petite girl on stage could have such a powerful voice. Nonetheless, we were all charmed by her voice and cutesy expressions at the end of the night.
Wearing their heart on their sleeves
Being the last stop of the New Evolution tour, CL stated “Tonight, I don’t want to regret (anything). I want to give everything I have to all of you.” With their non-stop dynamic performances, the 2NE1 members had fun on stage and gave Singapore fans a great night.
But during the encore performances, Dara started crying and thanked fans for giving her “such a wonderful memory.” As they said their thank yous and I love yous to their fans, lead singer Park Bomstarted tearing up too.
After 2NE1 came back on stage for their encore with “I Don’t Care” and a remix version of “I Am the Best”, the girls left the stage but came surprising back again to the delight of the fans with CL stating, “since this our last show, we would love to take a photo with all of you”.
Unlike other their other concerts which only played two encore songs, Singapore fans were unexpectedly treated to an extra last song when CL asked the ecstatic fans “do you guys want to go for another round? What song do you want to hear?” 2NE1 ended the night with “I Love You” and with this amazing concert, the girls showcased their perfect chameleon-like styles – ever changing – and why they are the undisputed K-Pop queens of reinvention.
2NE1’s energy and enthusiasm was felt in every corner of the Singapore Indoor Stadium and their high energy performance sure made this concert a fun and memorable one.
Stay tuned to herworldPLUS for more updates as we bring you the official photos from the concert!
2NE1 New Evolution Global Tour 2012 Singapore Set List:
I Am the best
Clap your Hands
I Don’t Care (reggae version)
Don’t Stop the Music
Please Don’t Cry (Park Bom solo)
You and I (Park Bom solo)
Please Don’t Go (CL and Minzy duet)
Kiss (Dara solo)
In the Club
I Love You
Let’s Go Party
I Don’t Care
I Am the Best
I Love You