March 5, 2014 - Open Rehearsals!
This day we actually planned on going to visit Osaka Castle in the morning, be at the Hall at 12nn for the Rehearsal then just stay for the concert at night. Unfortunately we were so tired from the night before and we woke up very late. Haha! We woke up just in time for lunch. Kkk. Zeke arrived that morning as well and we had lunch together before heading to Osaka Jo Hall. The morning was quite rainy, and it was very cold having to wait outside before they started letting people queue for the Rehearsal. That’s also another thing I observed among JHottests. They’re so orderly. They really did not make any lines before the ushers told them it was okay to start forming lines.
For the rehearsal pass, they sent the winners an email Monday afternoon. You just click on their link, enter your serial number and email address and you are given an assigned seat for the rehearsal. I love that they’re so organized. On the day, you’d only need to bring an ID plus a screencap of that final page that shows a QR code, your assigned seat number, name and birthday. It’s important that your screencap shows your full name and birthday because they will cross-check that with the ID you are presenting. My seat for the rehearsal was in section H, first row. I was so near the right stage! I initially preferred a seat in the first floor (arena) but it all worked out well as it turns out those seats nearest the side stage are very good for fanservice because the members take their time to stand there.
When we got inside, I found out I was actually sitting on an aisle seat. Across my row sat a young chansung fan. She was so cute, she tried conversing with me at the beginning but it was quite difficult so the conversation eventually died. She was so sweet though. Soon enough, the rest of the people on my row arrived. Right next to me was another jangppa. She’s quite older and she actually told me to call her ahjumma. Ahaha! Then next to her was a bunch of junho fans. Before the concert started, jangppa ahjumma talked to me so much. She was so surprised when I told her I came from the Philippines just to watch the concert. She really took care of me, telling me to move my things under the seat so I can lean over the rail to see 2pm better, she also told me to get all my stuff (as in my lightstick, towel and fanboard) ready so I don’t miss anything. Hehe. Before the concert started, she also handed me a roll of 2pm’s confetti foil. Awwww <3 We never got a chance to get our own the whole three nights because it would only fall on the first floor so I was so thankful she gave me Wooyoung, Chansung, Taec and Jun.K’s ribbons <3 http://instagram.com/p/lKAnXqKRjU/
Security was also so much tighter for the rehearsal. When I first got inside, there was an usher standing right by my row and he would announce something in Japanese - presumably a reminder of the no camera, no video, no upload rule. And he would be so committed to that announcement that he would repeat it every time someone new sits in our section. He would even be walking around the rows, sometimes standing right beside me, sometimes on the other end of my row.
My Seat! I took this just when I got in and the usher was busy with something else. Haha! Like I said, I was so scared to take any photos because of super tight security.. :(
Before the boys came out, the staff was doing their own sound check over the speakers. It was quite funny not understanding what they were saying so that was quite entertaining while waiting for the program to start.
A video of the members backstage started playing, I can’t tell if it was live or pre-recorded and it happened so fast and I was still in shock that I don’t remember the outfits they wore for the video. It was just a short introduction of the day’s guests, GOT7! The kids came out really lively, did this awesome dance intro (same one they did for the debut stage) and started singing Follow Me. Jackson even yelled out, ‘LET’S GO!’ very enthusiastically before they started! They had so much energy and attitude those babies! Impressive rookies, indeed! Mark really stood out in the beginning and ppl would go Oooh, Wow! Or Sugoi! Everytime he did flips. Bambam was so cute and adorable and tiny I wanted to bring him home ahaha. I remember some screaming each time BamBam did his cute lines for Follow Me. Jr. looked so friendly, he smiled the most. He did this huge heart sign with his arms to our direction and i couldn’t help but squeal. Jangppa ahjumma laughed at me. LOL. Youngjae seemed a little shy at the beginning but when he started singing, he got comfortable really quickly. Jackson was really wild and sexy! The amount of charisma and confidence that boy has!! He’s so cheeky too. I love him for being so outgoing. He had so much energy, he tried so hard to get the crowd hyped. JB really impressed me as well, he’s really handsome and you can tell he’s got stage experience. He knows how to work it on stage. He tried really hard to interact with the audience while performing. He would make eye contact with the fans sitting below and he would come close to us in the sides to get us excited too. He would try and encourage everyone to do the Got7, Got got 7 move. It made it so fun! Lastly Yugyeom. Ah Yugyeom. When they first came out I didn’t really notice him right away but when he rapped for Follow Me, he got my focus and I was just taken aback by how handsome he was. Ugggh. So young though, so so young. This is my dilemma. I just cannot accept that I’m stanning yugyeom even though he’s all so cute and manly at the same time. Well the heart wants what it wants and eventually I just accepted the fact that I liked this kid, A LOT. Ahaha! After the first song, they did quick introductions in Japanese. The fans beside me were quite impressed that they could speak Japanese already. From what I could tell, it seems like Mark, BamBam and JB are the sliiiightly more popular ones. Hehe.
Next they started performing Girls Girls Girls but since I’ve seen it so many times online already, plus my view from the side wasn’t that great.. my eyes started to wander and I was so surprised because I could see 2pm standing backstage from where I sat!!! I don’t know how long they’ve been there but I could clearly see Taec, Jun. K and Junho standing in front. Wooyoung was at the back as well, wearing sunglasses. I’m so sorry to Got7 babies but from there I just paid attention to oppars. Haha. Noonar will make it up to you, I promise. Ahaha.
2pm was being their dorky selves back there. I think they knew some fans could see them but they didn’t really care. Haha! I could see Taec and Jun.K doing the GGG choreography each time for the choruses. Junho joined them in doing it too but only some times. He would just stand there with this arms crossed otherwise. Haha! Taec and Jun.K seemed to have a blast jamming to GGG. They were bouncing along the song the whole time. For the second verse, Taec even crouched on his knees and did Yugyeom’s dance! It was so funny because he actually cleared some space for himself by asking Jun.K and Junho to stand back and then he did it in slow-mo and with exaggerated movements! Hahaha!! TROLL.
After GGG, Got7’s set was over. I was kinda disappointed they only performed 2 songs but I’m glad I got to see them anyway. When Got7 exited the stage, 2PM came out~!! At this point, jangppa ahjumma beside me started pulling closer to the stage. Weee. Everyone in our row was squishing to move closer and closer to the right stage. As we moved closer I realized how close oppars would be. I can definitely see them clearly even when they were standing in the middle of the stage. So close that I could see details on their shoes kkk.
They came out doing some soft sounds on their mics, actually doing mic test.. Hehe. At some point, Wooyoung clearly said, ‘Heol’ and Taec replied ‘Aigooyah’ ahaha cute. Junho was doing random ‘Aaaah’ ‘Aaaaaaaah’ in the background. Haha. Then they did introductions and started with Lasting Heart. The members started walking around in different directions and Wooyoung came to our side! /CRYING. He walked really slowly like seriously my heart rate was rising just watching him walk closer and closer to us!! Uggh. Oppar, my heart!! He wasn’t looking at us and kept looking at the floor while walking ahaha I don’t know why. He was wearing sunglasses and a cap. I took out my Philippines <3 JWY banner and when jangppa ahjumma saw it, she pulled me even closer to the stage. Huhu I am so thankful to her. When Wooyoung finally reached the end of the stage, he was like 10 feet away from me. Really. That. Close. Waaah. He just stood there for a long time and he really took his time to look at all the fans in our section, as well as those sitting on the seats below. I was busily waving my lightstick at him because I was thinking he was looking for his fans. Whenever he would look in our direction, ahjumma would point at my banner. /cries. She’s the best. I think Wooyoung really did see it. Lol. He would’ve been blind to miss it I was right in front of him ahahaha. He was wearing sunglasses so I couldn’t tell if he was making eye contact or looking right past me. He waved only once in our direction and gave a small smile. That moment alone made my heart jump so much. I wanted to yell at him and call his name but all the other hottests in my section were really quiet. They would just wave their lightsticks and smile excitedly but never scream at him. I got shy ahaha I regret it a tiny bit but seeing him so close is already so much more than I ever hoped for! He stayed for a long time, I think until halfway through the second verse. I observed how his jeans fit so well and he was wearing a white t-shirt, a coat and sneakers. I wish he didn’t wear the coat tho. Haha he didn’t have to hide that hot bodeh. XD
Right after Lasting Heart, they would do random vocalizations it was quite amusing. Junho would do scales and Chansung would try singing his lines again to make sure he’s hitting the notes. So cute. Chansung’s mic had some problems and staff kept coming on stage to fix his mic. the boys kept talking to entertain us while Chan’s mic was getting fixed.
Next song is Take Off! To be honest, all the things that happened after Wooyoung came to our side was such a blur. Haha. Junho was the next one who also came by our side. He just stood by the edge of the stage for a looong time. He just stood there so sexily. I remember admiring his jawline, it was just so defined and hot. The blonde hair looks even sexier up close. Uggh. I think he stayed a long time because of all the junho fans in our row. He kept waving at us and the fans below. At the end of Take Off, Junbros did some musical-sounding vocalizations. they were just doing vocalizations but their voices sounded so hot and sexy LOL. While talking, they kept switching between japanese and korean it was cute. I did not understand much of what they were saying but they were so cute and funny.
Third song is Next Generation! It was so much fun, just like during the concert! they didn’t do hip thrusts as enthusiastically though ahahaha but they worked hard to get the audience really hyped! I liked how they seemed so free to add in their own adlibs and lines. Taec was even doing japanese commentary at times. hahaha. FUN!
In between songs, Taec and Jun.K and Junho talked the most. Ok MC you worked hard! kkkk Next song is Give Me Love. They mainly just stayed in the main stage and did the whole choreography. I focused on watching Wooyoung at this time and I was just in awe at how well he dances. uggghhh.
After GML, they started chatting again and Taec pointed to his shoes and apparently he said he prepared much for the rehearsal that he blinged up his shoes for the event. Haha. True enough there are shiny silver bands on both his sneakers. Hahaha. He attached them himself apparently. LOL. Jun.K started teasing him about it and took them off his shoes while Taec was busy explaining. HAHAHA. Taec then started playing with them and put them around his head, then around Jun.K’s head.. haha it was so funny!! Jun. K also did a short sample of No Love. The part where it builds up, it was sooooo good listening to him sing acapella.
Last song is Step by Step! For this last song, Khun came by our side of the stage! He scanned the crowd as well and I flipped my fanboard to show the Philippines <3 2PM side. He stood in front of us for a long time, and jangppa ahjumma was pointing to my sign again. I thiiiiink Khun saw it and I remember he was looking at us then he sent a flying kiss to our direction! Waaaa. I really did not want to assume that it was for the sign I was holding but jangppa ahjumma started patting my back and nodding at me enthusiastically, and so did the jhottest behind me! They were motioning that the flying kiss was for me. /dies omg khuuuun! I still don’t wanna assume but KHUN IF YOU SAW IT, YOU KNOW WE’RE WAITING FOR YOU HERE, RIGHT?! XD
After Khun left, I remember Chansung was the last one who came by. I didn’t realize he was there right away because Wooyoung was on the extended stage and I was watching him. Hihi. Good thing jangppa ahjumma tapped me to look at chansung. GAHD SO GORGEOUS. He didn’t stay long though but omg such flawlessness. Hwang Changod.
I had so much fun at the rehearsal and I’m so grateful for the chance of seeing them up close. Even though it was just a rehearsal, the boys still sang their best and they did the choreography enthusiastically. They didn’t have to exert so much effort but they did and I love them so much for that. <3
Just forget about me ever writing short fanaccount because once I’m in front of my keyboard reminiscing memories with oppars, I just cannot stop talking. XD