Ariana Grande leaves fans wanting more : Concertgoers accuse star of having bad attitude during first Seoul show
The 23-year-old singer, who is currently touring the world in support of her third studio album, “Dangerous Woman,” posted footage from her Seoul concert on her Instagram saying “Seoul, you were magical. Thank you for your beautiful, loving energy tonight.” But many of her Korean fans commented on the post saying that they were disappointed in her “unprofessionalism and attitude,” and that they “don’t want her to come back.” Some fans who purchased V.I.P. tickets for 650,000 won ($569.60) even demanded their money back as the singer did not hold a rehearsal which they were entitled to watch.
While fans remained safe throughout the concert, many left the show disappointed. Grande arrived at the airport at about 5 p.m., just three hours before the concert. Most of the concert attendees arrived at the venue at 4 p.m., waiting in line for four hours in the rain to see the singer. Due to her late arrival - which some say was to avoid having her photo taken at the airport while others claim she just wanted to stay in Japan longer - the rehearsal was canceled. This infuriated those who purchased the V.I.P. tickets, also known as “meet-and-greet” tickets, which gave them access to enter the venue early and watch Grande rehearse. Grande posted on Instagram a video of her singing in a bathroom just before the concert, which further fueled disappointment from fans.
“The series of actions prove how lightly the singer regarded the Seoul concert,” said Kim Ji-yeon, 30. “There was no appreciation, no emotion. Only business-like and very mechanical.”
Unlike many foreign acts who often show affection for their Korean fans during concerts in Seoul, Grande’s concert was relatively dry, without much interaction with fans. She spoke not a single word in Korean - which angered the fans as the singer managed to write a full sentence in Japanese in her Instagram to thank the Japanese fans.
There is no doubt in her ability as a singer. She still pulled off all the high notes and the performance itself was high quality, especially unique spinning performance she showed off during “Side to Side.”
After staying in Korea for about seven hours, she left for Thailand, where she will be performing today.
BY YIM SEUNG-HYE firstname.lastname@example.org
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