Wow. The screaming is still ringing in our ears two days after the record-breaking MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 at Surf Beach @ Sunway Lagoon. We want to say that the night was unforgettable but even that doesn’t quite do it any justice.
Fans, celebrities, dignitaries, and VIPs of all ages, from all walks of life (and from all over the region) flocked to Sunway from as early as 7am. It was an invasion of people, if not a stampede, amounting up to a whopping 16,000 headcount. And they were all there for the same reasons – to catch teen pop sensation Justin Bieber, Kpop hotties KARA and Jay Park, and Malaysian superstar singer-songwriter Mizz Nina in a night of spectacular performances and breath-taking choreography.
But the “flood” didn’t just start on Saturday – in the days leading up to the event, thousands of fans were tweeting, posting and sharing photos via Instagram, sending #worldstagemy in to overdrive with fans clamoring to see their comments and pictures broadcast across the giant screens that flanked the stage.
MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 kicked off with Justin Bieber emerging from center stage and performing his first ever smash hit, “Baby”. Needless to say, the decibel levels skyrocketed and it stayed that way throughout his entire performance. Much more so when he enthralled his fans with acoustic version of “Die in Your Arms”, “Be Alright”, and “One Time”.
Collective sighs were heard and we’re pretty sure there was a mess of melted hearts. He then ended his show with “Boyfriend” before bidding his fans goodbye – but not before cheekily exclaiming, “Swag!”.
Kara (consisting of members Park Gyu Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Goo Ha Ra, Nicole Jung, and Kang Ji Young) claimed the stage next on their first ever live Malaysian appearance. The Kpop girls set a high energy tone with their songs, “Step” before moving into performances of “Jumping”, “Lupin”, “Honey”, and “Let It Go”
They sang, danced, bobbed, jumped, and left us completely mesmerized by their moves. Where do they get their energy from?
After the interval, Malaysia’s very own Mizz Nina opened her set with “Just Do It” before going into “Takeover” and “Hit Me Up”. We have to say, she totally commanded center stage with her song and dance.
You go, Mizz Nina – you made Malaysia so proud!
She then finished her debut on the World Stage with live performances of “Rentak Yang Sama”, “With You”, “Summer Burning”, and of course, “What You Waiting For?”.
Last but not least, the finale of the night which clearly belonged to Jay Park. The US-born-and-bred Korean American singer-songwriter and awesome dancer topped MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 with “AOM and 1llionaire” at the beginning of his set. He continued to keep the crowd completely captivated with “Abandoned” and a Korean version of “Know Your Name”. Also, we believe that many hearts were stolen that fateful Saturday night when he performed the ballad “Carefree”, followed by medleys of “Nothing”, “Girlfriend”, “I Got Your Back”, and “Star”.
The night came to a close with Jay Park’s showstopping spectacular rendition of “Body2Body”.
Our take on MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012? It was awesome! Way to make us feel like teenagers again. Do excuse us as we run off to try to find our voices back again.
And if you missed it, this year’s World Stage was shot in High-Definition and will be produced into a two-hour TV show premiering on MTV SEA channel on the 28th July 2012 (Saturday), at 12:30pm (WIB), 1:30pm (SG/HK/PHIL) and 2:30pm (MAL). Swag!
MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia 2012 is sponsored by Sunway Resort City, Lenovo, Xpax, Twisties and Hong Leong Bank, and supported by MyCeb of the Ministry of Tourism and broadcast partner Astro.