You might have heard of SHINee, one of South Korea’s biggest K-pop boy bands. Formed by S.M. Entertainment, the quintet – Onew, Taemin, Jonghyun, Minho and Key – have gained popularity ever since their debut in the K-pop scene in 2008. This in return has earned the title ‘Princes of Kpop’ in their native country. Not only are they known for their complex dance moves, but they are considered one of the best live vocals K-pop groups. Their official color is Pearl Aqua.
They also have dedicated fans, who are referred to as Shawols, around the world and the MENA region is no exception. Since SHINee is coming to Dubai for the SMTown concert, I had a chance to interview admins of their official Arab Twitter fan account @SHINeeAR, to know more about SHINee’s fans, when they became interested in the K-pop group, what they like about each member and what they have planned for the concert in Dubai next month.
Hi there, can you tell me more about yourself and the admins as well as the @SHINeeAR Twitter account? Why did you decide to create the SHINee fan account?
Uhood: Hello, my name is Uhood from SA, admin in SHINeeAR since 2012.
SHINeeAr started as a way to help fans know more about SHINee and we are thrilled to have been active for so long, since 2010 to date.
Hind: Hello, my name is Hind from UAE, admin of SHINeeAR since 2014.
Taghreed: Hello, my name is Taghreed from SA, admin of SHINeeAR since 2015.
I started translating at this account because I really love SHINee and I want people who love them to know their latest news etc.
Who are your followers? (Nationality, gender, age groups etc…)
We have 91% of the followers are females and 9% are males.
The followers from all of States Arabic, but the most is from Saudi Arabia, Emirates and Iraq. There are also followers from Turkey, Sweden and USA.
The ages range between 17-29 years old.
What made you become interested in SHINee?
Uhood: Lucifer MV.
Hind: I saw Ring Ding Dong MV and I thought they were so cool.. after that, I searched for their videos and I fell in love with them.
Taghreed: I knew SHINee since I was really young and I liked their music so much. Then I got to know who they are and how their relationship and their personalities and how hardworking they are. They’re always making me feel overwhelmed and happy.
“The members are just so caring about shawols (SHINee fans). SHINee is one of the most caring groups when it comes about the fans” – Uhood
When would you say you first became a Shawol?
Uhood: already know SHINee since 2008, they were the first group I heard and I became a fan of SHINee since 2010.
Hind: I liked them since 2010 but I think that I became a true shawol in 2012.
Taghreed: I became a shawol since 2010 after I saw their Ring Ding Dong MV.
What do you like most about each member?
Uhood: Ummm …I love SHINee so much because their relationship is so amazing. They all love each others and you can see that they are real friends, like brothers.
Hind: I like their personalities and their visuals but if I have to specify (the first thing I like about each member):
Jinki: his smiling face
Jonghyun: his eyes and his gaze
Kibum: his style
Minho: his charismatic personality
Taemin: his childish and baby face
But honestly I like and love everything about them.
Taghreed: I love how they are so respectful and polite and hardworking even after 10 years of their debut, onew is always happy and giving people around him this warm feeling. Jonghyun is so talented and hardworking and kind. Key is so hardworking and he is always doing new stuff and trying to communicate with the fans in any possible way. Minho is so soft and heartwarming. He always takes care of everyone around him. Taemin is so talented and hardworking. He always tries new stuff and really knows how to make the fans happy.
How is SHINee different from other K-pop boy groups? What do you like most about them?
Uhood: The members are just so caring about shawols (SHINee fans). SHINee is one of the most caring groups when it comes about the fans.
Hind: I don’t know how and why they are different but they are so talented.. after loving them I lost my interest in other groups.. I like their music and their songs.. I like their vocals and their harmony.. I like the way they move and dance.. I like their strong relationship and their personalities.. I like their polite behavior with us and with others.. I like everything about them..
Taghreed: To me, SHINee is so different because their music is different, their relationship is different and their aims are different, they REALLY love shawols and they really care about them and they are so polite and respectful to everyone.
“I’m really looking forward to SHINee’s reactions because they will see that they have alot of fans in Arabic countries who are waiting for them and will support them no matter what” – Taghreed
Any projects (posters, fan chants etc…) you’ll be working on for the SM Town concert that you can share with us?
We’re still in the planning stage, but, yeah this year is SHINee’s 10th anniversary of debut 😉
What are you looking forward to mostly from their performance?
Uhood– Looking forward to SHINee’s live performance of Replay.
Hind– I think that their performance will blow my mind … I’m looking forward to it.
Taghreed– I’m really looking forward to SHINee’s reactions because they will see that they have alot of fans in Arabic countries who are waiting for them and will support them no matter what.
Have you worked on any other projects for SHINee? If so, what are they?
There are some projects we did with international fans, but we are preparing for the most important project. Will be announced later.
If you had the chance to meet SHINee, what would you tell them?
Uhood: I will tell them I love so much, I will always be with them and thank you for giving my life a taste.
Hind: I won’t have the ability to speak!! But if it happens, I want to express my feelings and my love to them + I will support them always and I will stand by their side. Also, I want them to know that they were my strength when I had a hard time and I’m really proud of them. They are my hope. I’M PROUD TO BE A SHAWOL.
Taghreed: I will tell them that I really love them and I’m so proud of them and glad to be their fan.
Lastly, is there anything you’d like to share that I haven’t asked?
I’d like to thank @ArabJongYu @Arabtaemints for helping all fans in Arab countries to get SHINee’s albums and goods and thank you to @ShawolSubTeam (arabic translation for SHINee’s videos and tvshow) @ArabJongYu @Arabkeybum @arabchoiminho and @Arabtaemints.
Instagram (SHINee_arab) and Twitter (@shin5545) and lets spread love to our shining boys and thank you Samar! I hope you are attending SMT’s concert and watch SHINee’s performance. You will enjoy with SHINee.