MANILA — Towards the end of NU’EST’s first-ever concert in the Philippines, staged Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum, the members, in an apparent attempt to sustain the energy, asked fans for their loudest cheers.
Filipino L.O.Λ.Es (pronounced as “love”) still let out deafening shrieks that rocked the entire arena, despite having cheered and waved their light sticks for 2 hours already, a testament of the fans’ unwavering devotion for the group.
These gestures did not go unnoticed to the quintet, who considered their fans’ cheers as energizers. “As we performed, we were also able to receive more energy and we were able to enjoy our performances even more,” said JR, the group’s leader and main rapper.
“I really had so much fun. While we were singing and dancing, we saw you guys smile and watch us and also scream for us, so we were able to enjoy our performances,” a grateful Minhyun, arguably the group’s most popular member, added.
The vibrant Saturday gig underscored that NU’EST was a vocal powerhouse in K-pop that possessed a colorful catalog of sounds: soulful ballads, bouncy EDM (electronic dance music), and sleek future bass.
Baekho, dubbed as a “sexy bandit” for his tantalizing gaze and lean physique, showed he had one of the most powerful vocals in K-pop. The audience felt as though they soared with Baekho's voice each time he would hit a high note, especially in “Love Paint” and in his solo “Thanksful for You.”
Fans, meanwhile, were mesmerized with Minhyun’s soothing voice and breathtaking visuals — porcelain skin, dreamy monolid eyes, and a sharp jawline.
For his solo stage, Minhyun performed the hypnotic dance track “Universe.”
Ren, who is noted for his doll-like face, employed a bit of theatrics for his solo performance of “Paradise” while the English-speaking Aron charmed the crowd with his song “Good Love.”
Fans also went wild for JR, whose sexy, deep voice betrayed his boyish charms, most notably during his solo “I Hate You.”
A crowd favorite was the set that was composed of the group’s first two singles, the debut song “Face” and “Action. ” Both old and new fans ardently sang along to the songs.
The concert was part of the group’s “Segno” tour, which also made stops in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Indonesia.
NU’EST debuted in 2012 under Pledis Entertainment, which also houses the boy group Seventeen. Their career, however, was considered a failure, which led to 4 of the members (minus Aron) being demoted to trainee status to participate in the hit reality show “Produce 101” in 2017.
The group experienced a surge in popularity after their appearance in the program. Minhyun also ranked in the show’s final 11 and joined the temporary boy group Wanna One, which disbanded in January this year.