Twice ended their sold out U.S. tour this past weekend in Elmont, New York at the UBS Arena, previously making stops in Los Angeles, Oakland, Dallas and Atlanta. The nine member K-Pop group, consisting of Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu, gave an outstanding performance–showing off their impeccable singing, rapping, dancing, and performing skills. Their three hour performance was filled with fan interactions, paper hearts, streamers, and making confetti snow angels on stage. With a sold out North American tour, JYP, Twice’s company, announced two additional shows in Los Angeles and Belmont Park, both which quickly sold out.
They kicked off the show with their U.S. debut title song, “The Feels.” The crowd erupted, reciting the lyrics back, waving their lightsticks, known as the Candybong Z, and chanting the Twice members names. The crowd’s reaction was deafening. Twice’s fanbase, known as Once, were full of passion and excitement. Their two shows at the UBS Arena were particularly exciting because it was their first time performing in New York with all nine members. Mina did not participate in their 2019 “TWICELIGHTS” tour due to health concerns. This tour also highlighted Jeongyeon’s return to the stage after a short hiatus to tend to her health. Onces welcomed her back by turning the stadium into a green ocean by turning their Candybong Z’s and cellphones green during “Feel Special.”
Twice looked comfortable on stage, showing off their veteran status in the industry. They maintained the same amount of energy through the entire concert, not showing an ounce of fatigue. Their 2019 tour rounded up about 28,000 fans and their fourth world tour “III” had approximately 100,000 attendees (Forbes). Twice is the first female K-Pop group and second overall, following BTS, to sell over 100,000 tickets during the North American leg of their tour. This comes at no surprise as Twice is one of the most popular K-Pop groups because of their strong stage performances and varied discography.
From iconic songs such as “Knock Knock” and “What is Love?” to tropical vibes in “Dance the Night Away” and “Alcohol-Free” the crowd erupted. Overcome with emotions, “I Can’t Stop Me” and “Cry For Me” had our hearts racing as Twice belted out the strong lyrics and danced the powerful choreography. About halfway through the show, the nine members took turns performing subunit songs, subdivisions of all the members. “Push & Pull” by Sana, Jihyo, and Dahyun, “Hello” by Nayeon, Momo, and Chaeyoung, and “1, 3, 2” by Tzuyu, Mina, and Jeongyoung. Toward the end of the show, right before the encore roulette, each member gave a heartfelt speech to Once. At this time the members also broke down the meaning of their tour’s name, “III.” “One is for the love Once gives Twice. Two is for the love Twice gives to Once. One is added to the two, and it’s the perfect love of three!”
The encore roulette was another highlight of the show. Some of the Twice members spun the wheel with older and newer songs from their discography to determine what to perform next. Onces screamed their favorite song names as the wheel turned, hoping it’d land on the one they wanted. Some of the songs included fan favorites, “TT,” “Signal,” “YES or YES,” and “Like OOH-AHH.” The crowd was filled with nostalgia and emotions as Twice sang and danced along to the older songs. The members walked around the stage, dressed in their merchandise t-shirts and sweats, and interacted with their fans. Twice performed their hearts out, but the encore roulette felt like a gift for Once–a token of appreciation for their dedicated fans.
This was our first time seeing Twice and it was everything we expected and more. Our hearts were racing and our jaws were on the floor. We have been fans of Twice since 2016, so finally seeing them in person was surreal. As the saying goes, save the best for last, and Twice certainly ended their tour with a hit at the UBS Arena.