Everyone who is a K-pop fan knows about Inkigayo. It’s a program that has been on air for the last 13+ years and has had every big name you can think of gracing it’s stage. It is also a staple diet for any person is a Kpop fan and lives in Korea.
I’ve already gone and made you a comprehensible guide on how to get to and get into Inkigayo (which you can find if you click here), but Inkigayo is more than just lining up and getting in and seeing your idol; it’s a very social experience. Most of the friends you’ll make in the fandom you’ll make at Inkigayo (or any other of the music shows, really). Standing in line from 5 o’clock in the morning until about 6 at night is a great bonding experience. It also passes a lot of time if you have someone to talk to during those long waiting hours.
Now that I’ve done Inkigayo so many times I’ve kind of lost my motivation to go so early. I now get there almost close to staff calling time and leave immediately after the recording, not even bothering to stay for the live show. It’s not like I can get in with my atrocious number anyway.
Though this was one of the few instances where I did stay for the entire day if only because Henry decided to have a mini fanmeeting after his recording. Perfect for me, who adores this mochi-cheeked violinist with all her fangirl heart.
And what Super Junior fanmeet would be complete without a surprise guest, this time in the form of a very enthusiastic Ryeowook who showed up with purple hair and a ‘Trap’ balloon, waving it cutely from front row.
Henry was adorably speechless for most of the fanmeet. He really had no idea what to say! After his introductions and expressing his thankfulness for our support, he stuttered and laughed, looking around at the staff for an idea of what to say. Usually he’d have an assemblage of band members who were eager to chime in with their own two cents, but he was alone and it was obvious he had nothing planned.
Not that we minded, of course. The fans were happy to give him suggestions, asking if he’d do Gwiyomi for us. He did it somewhat halfheartedly, claiming that it was “Sungmin-hyung’s job” to do the Gwiyomi.
You’re all alone Henry, it’s now your job *cackles insanely*
Though Inkigayo can sometimes be a very long and tiring day, it’s little things like this that make it totally worth my while.