On March 5, Shinhwa held their first comeback press conference with all six members in attendance. They answered a lot of questions regarding their comeback in nearly four years, but the answer that attracted the most attention was about their favorite idol groups.
When asked if they had any idol groups they’re keeping their eyes on, Eric answered, “In the past we really liked BIGBANG. But these days, we like Teen Top a lot. They remind us a lot about ourselves.” He said the awkward and naive looks of Teen Top, even after winning the #1 spot, made him think of Shinhwa’s earlier days.
Jun Jin, however, mentioned more girl groups, as he said, “I liked Girls’ Generation since we were under SM Entertainment. They were all elementary school students back then, but to see them work so hard now, it almost feels like we’re their older cousin, or real oppa, and we’d like to thank them for growing up so well.”
The group’s daner, Minwoo, in particular, showed his support for Hyoyeon, as he said, “I thought she was the second BoA, and it’s nice to see her be recognized as the main dancer even after debuting as part of Girls’ Generation.”
“The group we’re all paying attention to is actually Stellar. The male actor in their latest MV was really good, too. I think within a year, Stellar will be the best girl group in the market,” Jun Jin said. For Stellar’s debut MV, “UFO,” Eric played the main lead role as he’s the main producer of the group.
At the end, Andy gave his advice as the longest-running idol group member to all the current idol stars. “The most important thing is to trust and talk with each other. Of course, boy groups tend to fight with each other more, but you have to talk and solve things in order to keep the group together for a long time,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shinhwa is expected to release their 10th regular album later this month. On March 24 and 25, they will hold the “2012 SHINHWA GRAND TOUR IN SEOUL” concert to celebrate their 14th anniversary.