[COVERAGE] Race Start Press Conference

Running Man, the well-known South Korea variety show is finally here in Singapore to hold their fanmeet! Even  with only 5/7 of the cast, the members managed to get the attentions of their fans in Singapore which showed support by grabbing all 3100 tickets within hours upon release!

Brought to you by ONETVASIA and Wastons, the event ” Wastons Race Start! in Singapore” is the first official time the cast appear in Singapore as Running Man members. ONE welcomes 5 of the 7 members in Running man including JiSukJin, HAHA (Ha Dong Hoon), KimJongKook, Gary (Kang Hee Gun) and SongJiHyo. Sponsored by Jurong Point, My Beauty Diary, OWL coffee and Allswell, local fans will be able to provide SongJiHyo with   wonderful memories as Singapore will be her first leg in ‘Race Start Fanmeeting Asia tour 2013’!

It was Sukjin’s first time here in Singapore and he was surprised at how Running Man was very popular in Singapore. HAHA was just in Singapore 2 months ago and this is his second time in Singapore he stated:

 HAHA : Hi Singapore! I love Singapore. Singapore’s food, chilli crab, awesome! Awesome yeah, very good!
When asked by the MC if he would recommend to the other members to visit Singapore, he told us that Jongkook has visit Singapore 3 times including this trip! Joogkook commented (in English!):
KJK : Yes this is my 3rd time coming to Singapore. Singapore is very famous for their trees. And the streets are very clean and the people here are very nice. And I like the trees in Singapore a lot.
When asked about the first impression of Singapore , Jihyo thanked local fans for the warm welcome. She thinks that Singapore is a very beautiful city and she is very glad to be here and she hopes that she can provide fans with good memories as well as for her too.
Gary is also very glad to be here in Singapore. This is his 2nd day here now (he came a day before the members arrive) . He think Singapore is a beautiful country and city and he also had Singapore’s chilli crab last night while touring around Singapore and it was really delicious.
 
Running man is Gary’s first presence in a variety show and he is definitely very honoured to meet awesome people in the show. He had a lot of fun and he is always glad to be a member of Running Man. He is always happy to work with them. Jihyo expressed that It’s definitely different being the only girl but she don’t think the other members really see her as a female so there is not much advantage of being the only female cast in the show. JongKook joked that Jihyo is not a woman and she’s stronger than the male casts sometimes. (HAHA- She’s a Superwoman!)
 
[Following are some questions asked by the media and their answers]
 
Recently Gary have given Jihyo a peck on the cheek one of the episode. This is one of the most daring move on the show. So how does Jihyo feel about it? And why is Gary so courageous nowadays?
Gary : To make it simple, I think at that particular moment I was a little bit crazy.
MC : So how does SJH feel about it?
HAHA : Gary told her to say that it was hot
SJH : I guess it was good for me.
 
If each member of Running Man has got their own capabilities and if each of you could chose one member and take away the particular power of the member, who will you chose and what capabilities would you chose to take away from him/her?
HAHA : Sukjin’s old age, KJK’s strength and Monday couple’s loveliness
In recent episodes, there are less of the nametag game. Is there any reason why?
Gary : We have segments of nametag games but recently we been trying a lot of new things in our show. We want to improve our segment of nametag game in a more fun and engaging exciting manner. So, we been doing a lot of new things and we hope that you guys will enjoy it like whatever we are trying on the show.
 
Jongkook have had past injuries during rm. I know that some of the games are quite tough. So is there any other specific injuries in the past?
 
KJK : Yeah, honestly we do get hurt sometimes because a lot of the games are very exciting and all. So, we get injuries a lot of the times but it is not that hard and not that serious so don’t worry.
 
If they could redesign a game in Running Man, what kind of game will they want to play?
HAHA : Of course we do work closely together with the production team quite often to discuss what kind of game we should play on the show and we are definitely working into these for new ideas and so I hope you guys will look forward for more exciting stuffs in the future and definitely we are open to challenges.
Running Man is very popular not only in Singapore but in also other Asian countries. As such the fans have been following Running Man’s famous fashion so how does it feel like to be a trendsetter for the fans?
 
HAHA + Gary : It is definitely been a great honour and it feel great to have so many fans following on our trends and our fashion. Thank you so much for copying us I feel great. Not only myself but also to Gary and Jihyo and everyone in the RM family. We try to make things as interesting as fashion goes. Probably the most fashionable thing in the show would be the nametag and we went to the club and we also heard that one of the person in the club was seen with a nametag of a RM cast. It is very interesting to see and also many girls following Jihyo’s hats that she wears on show.
 
If you could create an opponent team(idol) to go against the RM team who would you chose and why?
Gary : Recently Shinhwa, the first generation idol in Korea, when they appear on the show we didn’t manage to win any challenges so we wish to have them back in our show to have another competition with them. That will be very interesting.
HAHA : What is the hottest Singaporean idol group here?
MC : Running man!
Last greetings :
Gary : Thank you so much for coming today. I will see you guys tomorrow. I hope we can have fun just like friends in a close environment just as tight as friends are. Thank you for all your love and support for RM and we will definitely be better and we definitely appreciate your continuing support for rm.
 
SJH : Thank you so much for coming and thank you all for your warm welcome. I am so happy to be here. We prepared a lot of tomorrow show so I hope you guys enjoy as much as we put a lot of effort into the show and I hope the next time I am here in Singapore I hope it will be as beautiful and great place like what I will always remember it to be.
KJK : First of all I am very happy to be here again with my members. I always have good memories of Singapore and also tomorrow show, I hope you all will enjoy. Thank you.
HAHA : Me too. I love u Singapore. Thank you so much for coming down and I will definitely have lots of fun with everyone of you tomorrow. So do look out and have lots and lots of fun tomorrow. Thank you I will never forget Singapore.
Sukjin : Thank you so much for coming down today. I really appreciate you guys here. It is my first visit here and I always wanted to be here and I am so glad I am here. I hope you all will have lots of fun tomorrow and I notice Singapore flyer I hope there will be one day where we can film running man here in Singapore with the background of Singapore flyer. Hope to see you soon.
 
And this marks the end of the Press Conference which makes us more excited for the fanmeeting the following day! Thanks to ONETVASIA for organising this press conference and holding this event as well as Dean for the invite!
Pictures link will be up soon, do like our facebook page! ^^
 
Photos: Joey
Written by: Joey
Transcript by: Steffi
 
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