[article][no Rain] Awesome KPop moment of the day: BIG welcome for KPop idols in France.

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World KPoppers unite! World KPoppers rejoice! Way to go, France! 😀

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HanCinema 6/10/2011 —

Big bienvenue for K-pop idols

French police form lines to allow vans with Korean pop stars on board to get through hordes of fans upon the performers’ arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, yesterday, to hold two concerts starting tonight. Over 1,500 European fans flocked to the airport to greet the stars. [YONHAP]

PARIS – The Korean Wave has stretched beyond Asia and reached the heart of Europe.

On Wednesday evening, members of three popular Korean pop groups landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris for a concert and were met by over 1,500 teenage fans from France, England, Italy and Sweden. The teens surged to get a look at 10 singers as they came through customs, and French police had to escort the performers safely to a van outside.

The performers were from the groups TVXQ, SHINee and f(x), and many fans wept upon seeing them.

“I can’t believe I saw the faces of SHINee members with my own two eyes”, said a teenage girl wiping tears away.

To maintain order, over 50 local police officers were deployed. Fans started gathering at the airport at 2 p.m., hours ahead of the stars’ arrival at 7:30 p.m. “Hundreds of fans flocking to the airport is a common scene upon the arrival of a celebrity”, said an airport policeman. “But I’ve never seen such a large number of fans turning up at Charles de Gaulle”.

Most of the fans were female, and they arrived at the airport carrying posters of the performers with messages written in Hangul, and even Korean flags.

Some fans camped out in a corner of the airport arrival hall and sang favorite songs by the groups, such as SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong” and Girls’ Generation’s “Gee”, and mimicked their dance moves. Most of the fans at the airport were reported to be members of Korean Connection, which is a club for K-pop aficionados.

A 14-year-old fan said, “The thought of meeting the singers kept me up all night”. A 65-year-old fan said proudly, “I only watch Korean dramas and listen to Korean music at home”.

The idols themselves were surprised at the reception, according to SM Entertainment, the agency that represents them.

“We didn’t expect such a crowd”, said Kim Eun-ah, a PR representative of SM Entertainment. “Our artists were surprised and said they’ll make every effort to prepare for the concerts in return for the support from the European fans”.

The three Korean groups will perform at “SM Town Live in Paris” today and tomorrow at Le Zenith de Paris concert hall, which has a seating capacity of 6,000.

Tickets were reported to have sold out in 15 minutes. Girls’ Generation and Super Junior, from the same agency, are also scheduled to perform at the concert. It’s the first European concert for SM’s talent.

Originally, only one concert was scheduled for Paris, but hundreds of French fans rallied in front of the Louvre last month demanding an extra show. SM Entertainment agreed to a second concert.

By: Lee Sang-eun, Yim Seung-hye [sharon@joongang.co.kr] K팝 아이돌 파리 입성 … 드골 공항엔 ‘지지지지~’ 울려퍼졌다

~ by Cloud USA on June 10, 2011.

8 Responses to “[article][no Rain] Awesome KPop moment of the day: BIG welcome for KPop idols in France.”

  1. It’s amazing to see people from France so in love with Korean music and dramas. Another article that proves that I am not crazy or alone in my love for kpop or kdramas!!

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  2. good to hear for france love K=pop and and kow good for them know K-pop world of asia are so entertinemnt and now that they getting their i hope france very digging in thier music and can grow it all over the world too this looking like it going to fun and nice to they are welcome for them yup, it make me happy too.. 🙂

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  3. como me gustaria que esto pasara aqui en mi pais Argentina…sigo diciendo lo mismo es mi sueño verlos en vivo…espero poder cumplirlo

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  4. We need more of this in the US… There’s enough violence with the lyrics in songs as well as in TV shows. The k-dramas are so sweet and so romantic- stuff you don’t see anymore in TV. I always cry my eyes out everytime I watch them. These days it’s just partying and drinking and getting in trouble. We need Ji-Hoon to come and have the americans follow and love his music and his work as well as other korean actors and singers. Maybe I just need to move to South Korea…

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  5. SMTown. 🙂
    Go France

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  6. Yay! I saw this earlier and I am sooo glad they got that kind of reception. Maybe now they can realize just how popular they are in other places. Keep up the good work, French Kpop fans!

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  7. Great to see that France had such a warm welcome for them.

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