ONE’s Watsons Race Start! in Singapore Running Man Fan Meeting
A Runaway Success!
Singapore, 19 October 2013 – Watsons Race Start! in Singapore, the local leg of the Running Man Fan
Meeting Asia Tour 2013 organized by ONE (SingTel mioTV Ch 513, 604 / StarHub TV Ch 820, 823, 876,
124) was a resounding success!
The sell-out event saw 5 of the 7 resident cast members of South Korea’s famous urban action variety
series, Running Man, including Song Ji Hyo, Gary, HaHa, Kim Jong Kook and Ji Suk Jin star for the
capacity crowd of over 3,000 earlier this evening at Singapore Expo Hall 2B.
Tickets to the event were sold out within hours when priority sales and public sales opened on 20 and 21
September respectively. In addition to title sponsor Watsons Singapore, the fan meeting was sponsored
by Jurong Point, My Beauty Diary and OWL Coffee, with supporting partner Allswell, official hotel W
Singapore – Sentosa Cove and official airline Singapore Airlines. Watsons Race Start! in Singapore was the first time that the Running Man cast members officially visited Singapore. Local fans were the first in Asia to see the sole female cast member Song Ji Hyo on her maiden leg of the Running Man Fan Meeting Asia Tour 2013 so far.
The two-hour Watsons Race Start! in Singapore program saw lucky attendees join the Running Man
personalities on stage for fun and games. In the spirit of Running Man challenges, the entertaining and
amusing stage activities included a game of chained charades, kicking of slippers into a shelf, dancing to
K-pop tunes, shaking off sticky notes off their bodies, as well as a tug-of-war. Autographed mementos
were presented to the lucky fans invited on stage.
Lee Kwang Soo, one of the two members of the Running Man cast who were unable to be a part
Watsons Race Start! in Singapore, delivered his greetings to fans through a video recording played
during the event.
Fans were then treated to live singing performances by all five Running Man stars. Jee Seok Jin sang ‘I
Swear’, a throwback to his comedic audition in 1993; Gary, who is one half of Leessang, performed the
hip hop duo’s hits ‘You’re the Answer to a Guy Like Me’ and ‘Can’t Breakup Girl, Can’t Breakaway Boy’;
while Song Ji Hyo joined him for Leessang’s ‘Turned Off the TV’. HaHa belted out a medley that included
‘Story of a Little Kid’, ‘You are My Fate’ and ‘Rosa’, along with ‘Busan Vacance’, while Kim Jong Kook
serenaded the audience with ‘One Man’ and ‘Today More Than Yesterday’. All five then sang together
and got the crowd to their feet to cap a rousing grand finale to Watsons Race Start! in Singapore.
Earlier in the day, the Running Man hosts autographed and presented event posters to holders of the first 400 top category tickets to ‘Watsons Race Start! in Singapore’, and was warmly greeted by some 4,000 fans at Jurong Point.
On Friday 18 October, the Running Man quintet fielded questions from more than 100 members of the media at the Watsons Race Start! in Singapore press conference held at the W Singapore Sentosa Cove hotel.
“We thank all attendees of Watsons Race Start! in Singapore Running Man Fan Meeting for the great support. We are very encouraged by this fantastic demonstration of how massively popular Running Man is, on ONE. We aspire to continue bringing South Korea’s brightest stars and top notch entertainment content to our audiences on our channel and beyond,” said Ang Hui Keng, Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television.
The fantastic reception enjoyed by the five stars reflects the great success of the Running Man series. Running Man is the No.1 rated show in its timeslot across all pay-TV channels in Singapore and Malaysia among pay-TV audiences 4+ in the year to date. In Singapore, Running Man ratings are 149 per cent higher than that of the next closest competing channel in its timeslot, also among pay-TV audiences 4+ in the same period.
The five hosts are joined by Lee Kwang Soo and Yoo Jae Suk to take on guest stars and celebrities to complete missions at various landmarks to win races and escape punishments each week. Distinguished guests who have featured on Running Man include action movie star Jackie Chan; professional footballers Park Ji Sung of South Korea and Patrice Evra of France; members of K-pop groups BigBang, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, SS501, Super Junior, 2PM, and FT Island; solo artistes including BoA, Lee Hyori, and IU: as well as actors such as Jang Hyuk, Lee Dong Wook, Kim Sun A and Lee Min Jung.
New episodes of Running Man premiere on Fridays at 11.45pm first and exclusively on ONE
Repeats air on the following Friday at 7.40pm, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays at 11.15pm
ONE is available on SingTel mioTV Ch 513, 604 / StarHub TV Ch 820, 823, 876, 124
(Many thanks for ONEtvasia as well as Dean for the invite to the fanmeet)