Sunday, 19 February 2012

Super Junior leader due for NS, but still in Singapore for concert


Lee Teuk, 28, the charismatic leader and spokesman of K-pop’s hottest boy band Super Junior will perform in the Super Show 4 concert here tomorrow and Sunday. Worried fans have been speculating online as to whether their beloved idol will fly in today with the rest of his band members.

Lee Teuk is due to enlist in the Korean military anytime. Korean men have to serve between two and three years of compulsory national service and can defer their call-up only until they are 30.

Lee Teuk, like many other Korean celebrities, had deferred his enlistment due to career commitments. Enlistment can be detrimental to an entertainer’s career, but draft dodgers are widely frowned upon in Korea. K-pop superstar Rain, 30, enlisted last October with a final tearful salute to his fans for “10 years of love”. Actor Won Bin, 34, joined the military in 2005, but was discharged seven months later because of a knee injury.

Speaking to The New Paper, a spokesman for concert organiser Running Into The Sun (RITS) confirmed that Lee Teuk will be part of the concerts here. She said: “As he can get called up any time, he was supposed to give us at least two days’ notice.

“The boys will be arriving at Changi Airport’s CIP Terminal (an elite airport terminal) so fans will only be able to see them at the concerts.”

Siwon and Donghae arrived yesterday as they are promoting their latest Taiwanese idol drama Skip.Beat!, in which they star, alongside Taiwanese actress Ivy Chen.

This weekend’s concerts could well be Lee Teuk’s last before he trades in his pop-star garb for an army uniform.

Super Junior’s next concert is on March 10 in Macau. As testament to the group’s massive popularity, the 11,000 Super Junior World Tour Super Show 4 tickets – priced at $228, $168 and $148 – were sold out in twodays last month. The group, which has already performed in Korea, Japan and Taiwan as part of its world tour, will head to China and Thailand after the Singapore leg.

Disappointed ticket-less fans scrambled online, hoping to find sellers willing to let go of their concert tickets.

Source: AsiaOne and The New Paper
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