Photos: Toh Zi Yi, JJ Lin/YouTube
It’s 6.30pm on a weekday evening, and the basement level of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is teeming with people - but why?
Homeboy JJ Lin announced a day before on his Instagram (which boasts an impressive 3.9 million followers) that he would be making an appearance for Moncler’s 1952+ Valextra Launch Party, and his fans turned up in droves to catch a glimpse of the 38-year-old, especially since he's usually far, far from home.
An hour later, the singer appeared right on cue and we slightly regretted not bringing earplugs as the screams from the crowd nearly deafened us. Later, during a quick doorstop interview with the media gathered, the singer shared that he’s “quite into” the colour yellow recently, though he stopped short at calling it his lucky colour.
The conversation, however, quickly moved on the singer’s latest song 'The Right Time', which had a decidedly Singaporean tinge to it. ‘The Right Time’, which was released earlier this week, featured a music video which was filmed at Jewel Changi Airport.
The music video featured local actor Christopher Lee, which begged the question - how did he end up as the star of the music video?
"I wanted to invite a handsome actor that I personally admire to film the music video,” JJ confessed with a chuckle. “(Christopher) was the first person I thought of. I’ve always respected him and I also hope to pick up some acting skills from him. I’m very happy that he agreed to film this music video.”
“Every time I come back home, I usually spend time with my family or am busy with other work commitments. I rarely have the chance to film a music video here. I’m honoured to be able to film at Singapore’s new landmark, ” he added.
(Continued on next page: JJ gives a teaser on what you can expect at his December concert)
With Christopher’s wife, local actress Fann Wong also gracing the same event, we took the opportunity to ask her about her thoughts on the music video. She then revealed that Christopher was initially apprehensive about saying yes.
“He said, ‘Am I a suitable choice for a music video?’” Fann recounted, laughing that she had encouraged him to cast aside his worries and accept the invitation.
“(The music video) is shot in Jewel and it was a collaboration with JJ as well. As a local artiste, you should definitely say yes since it represents Singapore,” Fann said.
As her husband’s biggest supporter, Fann gushed that she felt Christopher did a fantastic job. “Not only is he good at acting, he’s very handsome as well!” she grinned.
The pair also took the opportunity to do an impromptu duet backstage, where they sang a short snippet of the song and sent it Christopher.
Before the night ended, we had to ask JJ about his upcoming concert in Singapore, which will be held at the National Stadium. Promising a “bigger show, with more surprises”, JJ shared that he hopes that fans will be able to feel a different atmosphere during the concert.
As for the sound system over at the National Stadium, which has had its fair share of troubles, the singer assured, "My biggest priority is ensuring that the quality of music is delivered to the fans, so there's a sense of pressure on all of us to ensure that everything goes smoothly.”
JJ Lin Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour in Singapore will be held on December 21, 7pm at the National Stadium. Tickets are priced from S$148 and are available on SportsHubTix from August 30, 10am.