The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea have been a massive celebration of human athleticism, with sports like figure skating and skiing seeing all-time highs in popularity. For millions of people around the world, though, the main reason to watch the Olympics' closing ceremonies on Feb. 25 is something that doesn't really come to mind when you think "winter sports": KPop. That's because CL (formerly of 2NE1) and EXO have been announced as part of the closing show's lineup, and people are freaking. Out.
#Pyeongchang2018 is, of course, one of the biggest international stages an artist could possibly perform on, with audiences from over 90 countries tuning in. Fans have every right to feel proud of their idols for being part of the closing show, as it's clear affirmation that their talents are world-class. And both CL and EXO know it. In fact, CL's been preparing for this performance for the last three months:
Her fans are anticipating nothing but greatness…
…and have even created a Twibbon to show their support:
The EXO-Ls, on the other hand, have been doing what fan armies do, and flooding social media with love for the boy band. The main hashtag being used to show support for EXO, #Ready_EXOLympics, has been tweeted more than 2 million times, and even made it to the top trending topics in Singapore and Korea.
Millions or should I say Billions of people who are watching Olympics from across the globe will witness a legendary performance by our Kings @weareoneEXO and I AM BEYOND PROUD! Good luck EXO, Eris will make another history with you!#EXOlympics#EXOL #BestFanArmy #iHeartAwards pic.twitter.com/cUpOLLKPgS— sof ㅡ #EXOlympics D-3 (@OFCHANANDBAEK) February 22, 2018
In fact, they're doing a hashtag countdown of each day leading up to the Winter Olympics' closing, from Day 5 to Day 1.
And a 3-second sneak peek only fueled the fandom fires even more:
It's also been announced that there'll be a "surprise guest" at what looks to be one of KPop's biggest moments of the year, so to say that fans are eagerly anticipating the Closing Ceremony on February 25 is an understatement. The entire world's eyes will be on CL and EXO on that day, and everyone trusts them to deliver the performance of their lives. Be sure to catch the closing ceremony as it happens!
– Marco Sumayao