I’m going to do a separate post for the performances etc. so please look forward to that, this’ll mainly be focused on Jin and the other guest judges during the event. Also, sorry if there are any typos of things that don’t make sense here! I’m still extremely tired (and still quite sick) so I probably mucked up a few things.
Ok let’s see how well I can remember Kollaboration from last night. If you follow me on twitter and were following me last night a lot (probably all?) of this info won’t be at all new to you because instead of writing notes in my notebook I decided to just tweet as stuff was happening. The security guard to my right really didn’t give a damn what I was doing during the whole show, even though he was like 1 foot away. People all around me were doing video recordings and using flash photography and he never said a thing lol.
Alright, so sadly I can’t give you much of my own photos. I’m trying to figure out when this happened but apparently my camera’s shutter speed was set to a slower setting. I don’t know if that means anything to any of you but basically it means if my target was moving, or I even barely moved, in the conditions we were in, my photograph was mucked up. So basically all of my photos were screwed up. I wasn’t even aware this could be altered on my camera because from my experience you usually can’t do it on point and shoot style cameras… I’m guessing this happened at some point because I have a touch screen camera and I guess something hit it and changed the settings, idek.
I had a few issues getting to Nokia Theatre early so I didn’t get to see the Red Carpet like the girls I was with did. I arrived a little after 7 when everyone was taking their seats, and considering how my day had gone I’m surprised I even made it that early @.@
A recap of what the girls told me about what happened before I arrived:
They arrived early and signed up for (correct me if I’m wrong, I think this is what they did) going to the lower lounge where the red carpet event was going to be held. They really didn’t publicize that there would be a red carpet at all so apparently there weren’t too many fans there. When Jin came out apparently he seemed a bit nervous but he did do an interview (or was it multiple ones?). The rope that was between the fans and the media personnel apparently was knocked down so everyone rushed forward and some amazing photos and videos were taken.
After he left, the girls then went ahead to find their seats and we were all grouped in the first two rows of seats. All the judges though, were about 5-6 rows behind us in orchestra seats, we totally should have kept our orchestra seats instead of switching to pit! But they did have a better view of the whole stage from there.
Oddly enough, even before the judges all came out, and when people were still early in taking their seats, Jin came to his seat. The girls and some other girls went back to see him, where apparently he was filling out some forms for Kollaboration. Apparently though, he didn’t have a pen with him and a fan who had come over gave him hers to use. Also, apparently the media were taking pictures of the fans… taking pictures of Jin as he filled out forms.
Alright, so this ends the part where I wasn’t at Club Nokia yet, but from what I heard Jin was being his usual adorable self throughout all of this.
To start off the show we had an opening performance (and I swear I’ll come back later and fill in the names of all the groups and performers I mention but I need to find my pamphlet from last night ^^;). It was a cute piece about, and this is a direct quote, “About school, studying… and how much we hate it.”
The host then came out and after a bit began to introduce all the guest judges, though there seemed to be some confusion at this point as to when and where exactly they were going to walk in from and with the lighting at whatnot. We spotted all the guest judges lurking over in a dark corner though, waiting to walk in, and because they were in such a dark corner it was basically impossible to get any pictures of them. We actually spotted them first because of Jin’s beanie and outfit.
Eventually the judges each walked out individually to their seats, which were behind us so it was rather hard to keep tabs on all of them. None of them said anything, sadly, and this would continue to be a trend throughout the night. There was also very little/no interaction from what we could tell between the judges all night because instead of them being position next to each other they were positioned in a column behind each other.
Jin seemed a bit nervous as he had to walk out and over to his seat, just as we would expect from him. During the performances you couldn’t see much of him because he was taking notes and writing down scores the whole time. He also continued to wear his sunglasses throughout all the performances, but I don’t know if I blame him because I was blinded quite a few times by some of the stage lights @.@. But he definitely reminds me of a classmate of mine. He’s in my chemistry lab and even though class is from 6-9pm he wears sunglasses inside the whole time. But that’s a random tangent, ignore me.
We all know Jin adores children, and one of the groups was a dancing group/organization with a goal to inspire children and teenagers to excel through getting them involved in dance and other things to help keep them out of trouble. There was the main, older group, but during their performances they brought out increasingly younger dancers to perform and they were amazing. Jin seemed to find them positively adorable as well.
Jin kept kind of ducking down behind Kelly Hu, who was another guest judge, and I honestly couldn’t tell if it was because of nerves, him just slouching, or because he was doing some serious notetaking. Or, my personal joke theory, maybe he was intensely intimidated by her (she was gorgeous) and was hiding. Who knows.
On a side note, the host during a break started calling out celebrities etc. who were in the audience that night and were sitting in the special guests’ section in orchestra seating behind us. Bai Ling was a couple rows behind us and her outfit was amazing, and so sparkly… *_____*
The host also then gave a shout out to the judges and specifically called Jin by name. I’m pretty sure he did this because Jin kind of shrunk in his seat when the attention was drawn to the judges.
Jin really seemed to enjoy Clara C’s guest performance. I don’t blame him, she did an amazing performance and was so adorable. Clara C. was the winner from last year’s Kollaboration btw.
The host hen came back out with um… Shin Ramen packages. If you don’t know what those are… they’re like those Top Ramen/Maru-chan/etc. ramen packages that you just boil and add seasoning to. He threw some out into the audience and this seemed to amuse the guest judges, as it really amused us. It was an interesting moment in the show. He then announced intermission.
The guest judges apparently ducked out a minute or so early so avoid being mobbed. One moment he was there and the next time I looked back when intermission started he was gone. A smart move on their part.
Immediately a ton of his fans rushed over to his seat and I will admit… Mary and I got pictures of us sitting in his seat for fun. He also apparently left his soda sitting in his cup-holder, which may or may not have been a smart decision on his part. I can’t imagine he continued drinking from it after intermission though… Mary, Therysa, and I wondered if anyone had been bold enough to try it and I certainly hope not! Pretty sure it wasn’t any booze though because I would have been able to smell it from a good distance away. Which sounds really odd but I could smell the beer the people like 10 seats to our right were drinking as soon as they sat down.
After intermission, the judges came back in just as After School Special was starting their performances. Jin was immediately mobbed by fans and security told us to go back to our seats when we briefly tried to go get a picture of him.
Ok so I’m going to talk about the Freestyle Audience Singing competition in the other post I’ll make later but the Freestyle Audience Dance competition is relevant to this post.
Alright, so at Kollaboration they have a section that the audience can participate in if they want. During intermission if you want to enter the small singing or dancing competition you sign up and I think 6 people get to go compete in the finals. The prize is $100 and one other thing more relevant to which competition you won (like in the dancing competition they won a $100 giftcard for Vlado shoes).
So one of the competitors was a 4 year old girl who is apparently on the show Modern Family? I’ve never seen it but I think her name is Aubrey? I was having trouble hearing names because the bass was ridiculously strong where we sat. Apparently her mum has performed as a guest for Kollaboration in the past and Aubrey was going to be in the dancing competition.
Jin seemed to think she was the most adorable little thing ever, he had the hugest smile when she was performing because even I agree, she was cute and he does adore children.
After this, they brought up another guest performer who was a stand-up comedian, I promise I’ll get names up soon! A lot of his topics centered around sex and whatnot, which must have been awkward for some people in the audience ^^; but at one point he was discussing names he had “considered” for his son, who is 2 years old now, and he said he wanted him to be a leader of the Asian people and whatnot so he had considered… Martin LutherKim or maybe even Abraham Linkim, which his wife shot down each time. He then said he named him Solomon, from the bible, who was a great king and had (don’t quote me on this, I don’t remember the actual numbers) 600 wives and like 300 concubines and… “My son, he’s going to be an Asian, sexy pimp, like our Jin Akanishi Here!”
After another guest performance it was G.NA’s time to perform, and sadly I couldn’t get any reactions from Jin for you, it was a bit too dark over the audience…
Oh, I almost forgot. Jin kind of took off his sunglasses during some of the performances, but while I say that he didn’t really take them off. During quite a few of the performances he would reach up and move his sunglasses up so he could look up at the stage from under them. Not particularly interesting but I thought I’d mention it, and no. Sadly the hat never did come off.
Alright, so eventually we got to the end where they were going to announce the winner of the competition and all the judges were called up onto the stage. However, they were all kind of hiding in the corner of the stage and none of them particularly interacted with each other, but instead spoke a bit with some of the competitors around them. Jin was particularly elusive and people kept shifting and moving in front of him so that was a bit of a bust.
In the end, none of the judges said anything on stage or really at any point during the whole event. I was surprised, I thought they’d at least give some critiques or something about each group. They loitered a bit on stage after things were wrapped up, posing for pictures with the competitors and performers and whatnot, but of course always with their backs turned to those who were still meandering in the audience.
That’s really all there is to it… oh I forgot to mention. I really couldn’t see much of Ryan during the whole show, only a few snatches and never anything particularly interesting. Like the other judges he was constantly taking notes/marking down his opinions etc. There was one moment when I turned back to see if I could see what he was doing, because some friends wanted me to keep an eye on him, and he looked at me an arched an eyebrow at me lol. So obviously I turned back around.
I’m sure we’ve now learned our lesson about getting the pit seats over the premium orchestra seats. I’m sure if I had kept my prem orchestra ticket it actually would’ve been both easier to see the whole stage and keep tabs on the judges. We were SO close to the stage that it was actually quite difficult to see the centre of the stage, where the main performers were, so that was rather disappointing. So, if you ever go to Kollaboration and it’s in Nokia theatre…. Don’t get first row seats! You won’t be able to see the stage very well.
All and all, even though I didn’t get to see much of Jin, mainly because of LA’s traffic and some other issues, it was tons of fun and I got to meet some great people of course. The performances were all amazing, and hopefully I’ll remember to put up a post about those if you’re at all interested, and I’d probably go again JUST to see the performances… but I definitely wouldn’t spend the extra money to get pit seats, I would just go premium orchestra.
Edit: I almost forgot to say! If I get permission from the girls I'll add links to the pictures and videos they took.
Edit 2: Whoops, sorry for the edits, I hope you'll be able to see them... anyway, I forgot to mention. The interview I know Jin did for sure seemed to have been with the same person who interviewed him at the Harold and Kumar 3 premiere, and thus I'm sure it'll be going up on youtube sometime soon!