The K-pop revolution is gathering pace!
The Olympic Closing Ceremony is traditionally seen as a way of bringing the world together as one, as well as handing over the Games to the next host nation.
It has also become tradition to showcase the best of the incumbent host’s culture, especially through music, while the world’s eyes are watching.
The enormously popular Korean music genre features elements of western pop music, rock, and jazz on top of some uniquely traditional Korean music roots.
Its sounds have been a constant feature in Games venues, and its greatest artists are worshipped like deities.
Boy band EXO and solo artist CL are two of these leading lights and the Twittersphere simply went wild when news broke that they would be performing at the PyeongChang 2018 Closing Ceremony.
If the spectator hand-warmers fail to warm onlookers up on the night, then it looks like these two acts will certainly get the job done!
Going off of what the Opening Ceremony looked like, the #ClosingCeremony is going to be even more epic. I expect nothing less from Shim Jaewon & his team. EXO is about to blow the non-existent roof off that entire stadium on Sunday #READY_EXOlympic
— #BOSS (@jamiletchankai) February 21, 2018
i can't wait to see exo perform at the closing ceremony of the Olympics and show millions of people who they are and why they are nation's group SOBS im already so proud of you my boys ♡#READY_EXOlympic
— n ♡ (@tenshibyun) February 21, 2018
CL is the best hypewoman ever. Her energy would energize millions, which is exactly what she's going to do at the closing ceremony pic.twitter.com/QUV2dXAvHK
— 리사 the Thorte supremacist 🐶🐩 (@cappucappu94) February 18, 2018
Will you be crying Exo tears when the time comes for them to perform?
STOP I’VE NEVER GOT TO WITNESS OT9 EXO TOGETHER IF YIXING PERFORMS AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY I WILL CRY SO HARD I LOVE EXO SO MUCH
— ً (@arsicarus) February 21, 2018
i dont know why but I'm so nervous about exo performing the closing ceremony, like this is so big, this is kind of life changing in a sense too so I'm getting chills and wants to cry too
— Nation's Visual Representative (@pcygosolo) February 21, 2018
— Nation's Pick (@EXOnebulae) February 21, 2018
Growling seems a touch unnecessary, but anything to make a good show!
— MadzYeoℓ (@FlowerPrince_CY) February 21, 2018
A slightly tenuous connection from this online onlooker, but we appreciate the pun nonetheless.
stylizing “the winter olympics closing ceremony” as “the winter olympics CLosing ceremony” since it’s occurring during a CL concert
— 🧚🏽♂️ (@beyonseh) February 21, 2018
Find out more about K-pop with our Olympic Channel insider at PyeongChang 2018