white mini-dress, IU sang the Japanese version of “Good Day”. Even Japanese fans who hadn’t heard of IU before became interested and were asking, “Who’s that?”, “Was that live?”, after IU sang the 3-level high note in ‘Good Day’.
IU gave a steady performance in front of an audience of over 30,000, showcasing her unique charm. Furthermore, after the song, she made an appearance on the runway, alongside other top Japanese models, and receiving a warm applause from the audience.
Prior to her debut, the Japanese media has reported that, “IU, the female solo singer who shares the status of the nation’s little sister with Kim Yuna, has arrived” and is a rising Hallyu star in the spotlight.
Also, during the time when more than 200 media gathered in the press room, cries of “IU”, “IU” could be heard everywhere.
Meanwhile, at this year’s Tokyo Girls Collection, other than IU, Kara also appeared as a special guest and After School’s Nana also made another appearance on the show as a main model.
> IU started replying with, “You’re a big senior to us. You’re totally totally a big senior,” when Lee Hyori cut in furiously saying, “Why am I totally a big senior? I haven’t reached that status yet, have I?”
After that, Lee Hyori requested for IU to compare Hyori to Uhm Junghwa sunbae and IU replied, “I’ve met Uhm Junghwa a few times and she’s always putting on a smile, so she seems like a kind and cheerful person.” “Uhm Junghwa is kind and cheerful? Then why am I… in future, I’ll have to treat my juniors better,” Lee Hyori abruptly replied, bringing laughter to the audience.
Furthermore, IU brought along a heart rate measuring instrument and they immediately got down to measuring Jung Jaehyung’s heart rate. He took on the challenge with confidence inittially, but when Lee Hyori whispered in his ear and blew into his ear, he immediately became embarrassed and his heart rate jumped from 130 to 140. Truly the Hyori effect.
Also, IU did her wave dance in order to increase Jung Jaehyung’s heart rate, to which he shouted, “Ah, no!”, and his heart rate jumped to 150.
Lee Hyori then said, “What! Do you have feelings for a young child like this?”, causing the audience to laugh again.
On this episode, IU performed “Fields of Gold”, “Sleeping Prince” and “You and I”, showcasing her fresh charm.
Gaon is the national chart of South Korea and is intended to be the equivalent of Oricon in Japan and the Billboard in the United States. The organization’s awards stand out by recognizing not just artists and idols, but stylists, choreographers, producers, composers, and other professionals in music industry as well.
This year, the show was hosted by Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon and composer Joo Young Hoon, with appearances by B2ST, IU, Super Junior, and more.
On January 26th, IU guested on a live Japanese TV talk show, where she introduced herself to the public and shared some behind-the-scenes stories from her showcase.
IU began, “I was nervous after hearing that we will be starting a showcase in Japan, but I was relieved after a lot of fans showed [up]… I was actually worried for the 3-high-note part because I was in such a bad condition that day, but I felt great after seeing all the fans.”
On the 24th, IU opened two showcases at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo and pulled off the 3-high-note boosts from “Good Day” perfectly.
Commenting on her ability to hit high notes, IU said, “I’m actually not that good with high notes. I was never confident with hitting the high notes [to begin with], but I was able to do so with the help of songwriters.” She joked, “I’ve always worked hard on singing, since I’m not good at dancing.”
She then added an afterthought, “But in truth, my dancing isn’t that bad,” causing laughter to erupt on the set.
For her first live shoot in Japan, IU put all her effort into speaking only in Japanese for the 35-minute session. However, when she had to use difficult words or phrases, she asked if she could speak Korean and received help from her translator.
Carrying on with her success in Korea, IU has finally breached into Japan and will be releasing her debut single “Good Day” on March 21st.
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The concert was pre-recorded back on January 17th with over 4,000 fans in the audience, and even South Korea’s president Lee Myung Bak! IU teamed up with announcer Kim Hwan and model Yoo Hae Young to MC this festive event.