NEXT members Justin Huang and Huang Xinchun were in Singapore last Thursday to attend the opening of the new Skechers store at Jewel Changi Airport. The two Cpop stars are ambassadors of the brand, and fans swarmed to the the grand opening event to catch a glimpse of the boys modelling the shoes.
Justin and Xinchun were on the popular Chinese programme Idol Producer last year, and shortly after, they debuted in NEXT, which is currently one of the biggest Cpop boybands in China. While the boys were in town for just a few days, we managed to get an interview with them. Swipe through our gallery to find out what these two boys shared during their interview!
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- Their close friendship
Their close friendship is apparent during our interview. They were not afraid to display skinship, and had nothing but nice things to say about each other.
Justin, as the youngest member of NEXT, do the other members give you any extra love or special attention?
Justin: No. (Laughs)
J: But I like it that way, I’m not the type to like being taken care of by others.
X: Justin might be young, but he is very mature for his age!
J: We all get along really well together.
Do the other members enjoy teasing or picking on you?
J: Yes! Especially Xinchun! OK, he doesn’t really tease me, but he really enjoys joking around with me.
2. Their plans after turning 21
Xinchun recently turned 21, and he also released a track which translates to ’21’ in English. We find out what his plans are after hitting this significant milestone.
Xinchun, what are 3 things you really hope to do now that you are 21?
X: Hug Justin. (Laughs) Three things I really want to do? Release a song that I’ve fully wrote and produced by myself. That’s a big goal of mine this year. Go back home to visit my parents. And to wear Skechers every single day.
Justin, although you still have 4 years to go before you are 21, do you have any goals for when you’re that age?
J: I want to be able to see Xinchun everyday. I want to wear Skechers with Xinchun every single day and also- (Laughs) OK, I would also like to go home and see my family.
3. Their love for Skechers.
Justin and Xinchun proved to be the best ambassadors of Skechers. We know because they plug the brand at every chance they get. Here are some prime examples.
If you are stuck on a deserted island, which member would you bring with you?
J: A member? Why would I bring one of my members? I would just bring Skechers with me. Because Skechers are very comfortable and walking on the beach with them on would feel amazing.
X: On the deserted island, Skechers will give us the hope and will to survive.
Other than the members in NEXT, are there anyone else you consider a very close friend?
J: Yes, Skechers.
X: Yes. Skechers.
Both: Skechers and us are fated to be together.
4. The superheroes that they want to be
We asked them which superheroes they’d want to be, because why not?
If you two could be superheroes, which superhero would you want to be and why?
X: Ironman. I don’t need to think about it. I would take all my money and buy a thousand pair of Skechers shoes. I would put a ‘S’ on my suit.
J: This question is very hard. I think… I think I want to be Huang Xinchun. He is a particularly famous artiste under Yuehua Entertainment. I really want to be him because I think he’s really exceptional and he’s really handsome, he’s awesome and nice and I really want to be him.
5. Who they think is the most fashionable member in NEXT
We talked to the boys to find out who has the best style in the group.
Who is the most fashionable member in NEXT?
J: We are all fashionable!
X: We have different styles but we are all fashionable.
J: The fact that we are all brand ambassadors of Skechers makes us all fashionable in a way.
Who is the biggest fan of sports shoes in NEXT?
Both: All of us, we all love shoes.
Will you guys wear each other’s shoes?
X: When we are in a rush, sometimes we will accidentally wear the wrong member’s shoes.
J: Yeah, but it’s been a long time since that has happened.
6. Their travel essentials and habits
Ever wondered about the travel habits of Cpop stars and their travel essentials? The boys share some insights.
How do you find each other as a travelling partner?
X: Actually you can watch the show Master in the House because on that programme, our objective was to go out and have fun and we had to plan our many activities together.
J: That’s amazing. That’s a great recommendation.
What are the three things you have to bring when you travel?
Both: Skechers shoes, Skechers pants, Skechers shirts.
J: I think if you add in a Skechers hat, that would be enough.
And Skechers socks?