More than 20 million Chinese netizens watched the first online concert of Westlife, the Irish boy band, dedicated to the Chinese market, on Friday night,
recalling their memories with the melodies and expressing exclamation when hearing the band sing a Chinese song, with the fervor lasting well into Saturday.
Since Friday night, many Chinese social media platforms, including Sina Weibo, have been exploding with posts about the online concert of Westlife, which was organized by WeChat.
More than 20 million netizens came to watch the online concert.
The enthusiasm had not died down the next day and as of press time on Saturday,
the topic with the hashtag #Westlife has been viewed more than 170 million times and the online concert had earned 140 million likes.
"When the rhythm of the song 'My Love' came, I can't even hold my tears. This is my favorite English song when I was young.
“当歌曲《My Love》的旋律响起时，我甚至无法抑制自己的眼泪 。这是我年轻时最喜欢的英文歌曲 。
Being immersed in the music and seeing the singers, I felt my youth has come back," a netizen commented on WeChat Moment.
For many Chinese born in 1980s and 1990s,
Westlife's songs were often their first interaction with European and American music and accompanied them through many unforgettable moments in their lives.
During the 100-minute online concert, the band performed all their hits, including "My Love," "Uptown Girl," "You Raise Me Up" and "Seasons in the Sun."
在这场长达100分钟的线上演唱会上，“西城男孩”演唱了《My Love》、《Uptown Girl》、《You Raise Me Up》、《Seasons in the Sun》等所有热门歌曲 。
And they also had interactions with Chinese fans and shared their previous experience of visiting China.
At the end, they sang a Chinese song as a surprise for the fans.
"It really surprised me to see the band sing a Chinese song with such good pronunciations. This is also a chance for cultural exchange!" a netizen commented.