Razzle-dazzle affair with the Girls
ARTIST: Girls' Generation
VENUE: Singapore Indoor Stadium
IT'S a case of strength in numbers for the nine leggy lasses of K-pop royalty Girls' Generation.
The bevy of porcelain beauties performed in a huge, formulaic razzle-dazzle affair at their second solo concert here on Saturday, which proved to be a visual spectacle.
Having solidified their top spot in the pecking order of the competitive K-pop industry, the nubile nonet continued their winning streak with an elaborate song-and-dance extravaganza - much like when they performed their first solo outing here over two sold-out nights in 2011.
The dancing dolls were part of a well-oiled production - valued at $1.8 million - complete with blinding pyrotechnics, bursts of flames, shooting streams of water and larger-than-life props.
In place of their first solo concerts' life-sized sailing ship, the production team this year served up a colossal cake that cruised down the Singapore Indoor Stadium's Y-shaped stage.
Of course, the icing on the cake was the nine girls - Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun, aged 22 to 24.
Sitting pretty in puffy dresses, the girls serenaded the 8,000-strong full-house crowd with the light-hearted cutesy tune Mr J.
Make no mistake, the girls are all grown up and have shed the girl-next-door image of their debut days in 2007.
Turning up the heat by the second song - with the techno-infused tune Animal - of a 25-piece setlist, the lasses transformed into sexy felines, prowling around the stage on all fours.
What hasn't changed, of course, were the girls' signature slender legs that were on display throughout their six or so outfit changes. Stage outfits of the night ranged from kitsch skin-tight pink outfits to sleek all-black cropped tops and mini skirts.
Doing away with the solo performances of their 2011 concerts, the ladies stuck to working the crowd as a group.
Each of their dance moves - while simplistic on its own - were choreographed to wow when the girls grooved together.
The grandiose 2hr 40min visual spectacle was clearly designed to please the eyes rather than the ears.
Still, hours after the concert, I couldn't get the catchy hooks of hits like Mr Taxi, I Got A Boy and Genie out of my head.
That's the power of nine for you.