i remember the first time i saw Taemin sing. like really sing. as a lead vocal. it was way back just after Hello promotions. SHINee had come to Sydney for a small concert to promote relations between South Korea and Australia. It was just after Jonghyun hurt his leg in Indonesia so he wasn’t able to make it, which was sad and disheartening but i was still so incredibly excited to see them live and up close. and because the venue was so small we were close, so so close.
but anyway, because Jonghyun wasn’t there most of us assumed Jinki or Key would take over vocals for his parts.
i remember watching with rapture, the absolute excitement and exhilaration i felt when Taemin stepped forward during Lucifer and belted out Jonghyuns lines. When he held that long note right to the end and then kept on dancing.
it was everything i could have hoped for him and it was clear from that moment that he’d only keep getting better and better. he was going to improve in leaps and bounds and be something truly brilliant. i was so proud.
i didn’t shut up about it after, i clung to my sister and friend and bounced happily for hours chattering non stop about ‘Taemin’s improvement, Taemin’s talent, he sounds so much like Jonghyun, oh gosh ohhh imagine how hard he practiced for that’, until we went to sleep back at the hotel.
i will never forget that day, never forget that moment. for one it was the first time i ever saw SHINee live and two, It was the first time i ever saw Taemin step up and completely own and command the stage with his voice.