K-pop fans buzzing about big names at the Olympics
Could a surprise be in store for the Opening Ceremony?
By Nicole Winchester, for CBC Sports
The Opening Ceremony acts for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have been announced, and they lean toward a distinctly indie rock-slash-folksy vibe with Bolbbalgan4's Ahn Ji Young and Guckkasten's Ha Hyun Woo performing.
That hasn't stopped K-pop fans from buzzing about a possible surprise performance from the biggest K-pop names in the world today.
BTS WILL PROLLY PERFORM AT THE OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY AND THEY’LL WATCH YUZURU PERFORM AND YUZURU WILL WATCH THEM PERFORM AND I STG I’LL BE CRYING WITH MY DOG #iHeartAwards #BestBoyBand #BTS @bts_twt
THE OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY IS NEXT WEEK AND @BTS_twt HAVE VIRTUALLY GONE UNDERGROUND DO YOU SEE WHERE I'M GOING-
Could BTS be a secret guest at the Opening Ceremony? Some fans think it's unlikely because one of their members, Namjoon, had surgery for a deviated septum this week.
so if namjoon had that surgery, it means definitely no bts for the opening ceremony...
Meanwhile, news about potential Closing Ceremony performances has already caused great excitement in K-pop circles.
EXO has experience with sports ceremonies, as member Baekhyun sang the South Korean national anthem for the IOC's opening ceremony. EXO also performed in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Incheon Asia Games.
CL stars in one of K-pop's biggest girl groups, 2NE1, while also doubling as a solo artist who had success in North America with her 2015 jam 'Hello B----es'.
Needless to say, even though CL's performance isn't confirmed, the hype is real. As is the hashtag: #EXOlympics.
Korean broadcasts/news outlets all calling EXO the "representative group of Korea" talking about them performing at the Olympics closing ceremony 👍🏻👍🏻
They got that power 💪🏻#iHeartAwards #BestFanArmy #EXOL@weareoneEXO
Omg I am getting chills just imagining EXO-L's fanchants at the Olympic's closing ceremony when EXO will perform and to think that the whole world will witness that!!@weareoneEXO #EXOL #BestFanArmy #iHeartAwards
EXO 엑소 CHINA SHEEP
Or could there be the ultimate mashup?
If you want to hear (and see) what all of the tweets are about, here's a few fan fave videos to catch up on K-pop's big names.
BTS - 'Blood, Sweat, and Tears'
EXO - 'Monster'
CL - 'The Baddest Female'
Or check out CBC Music's K-pop playlist, with some of the best of K-pop, curated for you!