Kim Samuel, a 16-year-old pop star from South Korea, had fans on their feet as he held a performance on the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
Samuel, who is in Vietnam between April 1-4 for the shooting of a TV program, was cheered by thousands of fans as he arrived at the venue at 6:00 pm, escorted by five bodyguards.
Some of his audience, most younger than 20, had been waiting for two hours to meet their idol in the flesh.
The young star performed two dance routines without singing and handed out free copies of his studio album Sixteen to fans who joined him in the dances.
|Fans watch an outdoor performance of K-pop star Kim Samuel on the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, April 2, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Samuel, also known by his full name Samuel Kim Arredondo, was born in the U.S. to a Mexican father and a South Korean mother.
The mixed-race idol is dubbed by fans in Vietnam as hoang tu lai, literally translated ‘half-blood prince.’ The ‘prince’ title is earned thanks to his good looks, likable character and captivating performances on the stage.
Following his initial success as part of local singing duos, Samuel collaborated with Silentó – best known for his debut single Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) – to release the single "Spotlight" in 2016.
Together they won the 26th Seoul Music Award for Global Collaboration and went on tour in the U.S.
Samuel is fluent in Korean, English and Spanish.
His debut solo extended play Sixteen, released in August last year, was a hit in a number of Asian markets including Vietnam.
The music video for the album’s namesake single has raked in nearly ten million views on video sharing site YouTube as of today.
Samuel was in Ho Chi Minh City last November to attend the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA).
|K-pop star Kim Samuel performs a dance routine on the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, April 2, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
|K-pop star Kim Samuel gives a copy of his studio album Sixteen to a fan during an appearance on the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, April 2, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
|K-pop star Kim Samuel hugs a fan during an appearance on the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in Ho Chi Minh City, April 2, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre